Obituaries 05-15-2014

Mariellen Mulligan

Chelsea Educator; Williams School Teacher of the Year 1993-1994; Nominated as Mass. Teacher of the Year 1999

Mariellen T. (McFayden) Mulligan grew up in Chelsea, later resided in Lynnfield and spent the past 10 years being cared for at Spaulding Hospital North Shore in Salem. The care she received there was exceptional which allowed her to count it as a home away from home.

She attended Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School from grades 1 to 8 and later attended Mount St. Joseph Academy during her high school years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Boston State College and earned a Masters Degree from Salem State College.

Mariellen spent continuous summers with her family in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. When she was old enough she worked as a waitress at the World Famous Allen A. Resort which was located in Wolfeboro on Lake Wentworth. During her summer free time she enjoyed swimming, waterskiing and boating. She also worked at the Filene’s Basement in Boston in the luggage department while she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies.

She was accomplished in the area of needlepoint and created many outstanding pieces. Mariellen was a remarkable artist and received many awards for her beautiful and creative pictures.

Mariellen spent 30 enthusiastic years in the Chelsea Public Schools while being assigned to almost every grade from third up to high school as well as being a Title I reading teacher. During that time she completed her teaching assignments with the utmost professionalism and was described as being “an outstanding teacher who inspires her students to reach their expectations.” An administrator stated that “she has a unique ability as an educator to provide a classroom environment that reflects her enthusiasm and energy.”

She was elected Teacher of the Year at the Williams School for the school year 1993-1994. She was also nominated for the 1999 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award. She was an outstanding role model for so many students as well as for so many future teachers who she trained from Boston University. One of the student teachers, Missy Ugland has remained in touch with her throughout the years, visiting from Wisconsin when she was able and recently sending post cards from the Czech Republic. Although limited in her physical ability, she never allowed circumstances to prohibit her from carrying out her professional duties. The wind beneath her wings can always be attributed to the limitless support she received from her devoted father, mother and sister.

One of the highlights of her teaching career, was when presidential candidate Paul Tsongas visited her classroom to discuss some of his educational policies. Always demonstrating total involvement as a teacher, she demonstrated total devotion and involvement towards her only daughter, Allison. Allison was the center of her life. Together they formed a special bond. Her love for her daughter was instrumental in overcoming obstacles time after time.

She was the loving and devoted mother of Allison Mulligan of Methuen; beloved daughter of Mary (Nelson) McFayden of Woburn and the late Edward McFayden; dear sister of Janet McFayden Ruggiero and her husband, Louis of Woburn and Edward McFayden, Jr. and his wife, Bozena of Ipswich. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and caring friends.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, May 15 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Spaulding Hospital North Shore, 1 Dove Ave. Salem, MA 01970. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please

Antonetta Tumminello

Professional Singer and Self Taught Musician; Worked for Mass. Department of Revenue

Antonetta E. (Mongiello)Tumminello a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. She was 85 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Luigi and Elvira (Munzione) Mongiello, she attended local schools and raised her family in Chelsea. She also worked outside of the home as a Tax Clerk for 15 years with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph in 2005.

Antonetta was a professional singer and vocalist performing for many years in the Boston and Southern New England area. She was a self taught musician who loved music as well as playing the piano. Antonetta was dedicated to her family and also held a strong devotion to Our Lady of Grace Church.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Tumminello, she was the devoted mother of Rachel Finn and her husband, Martin of North Reading; dear sister of Mary Mongiello of Chelsea, Laura Wangrocki of Revere, Richard Mongiello of Chelsea and the late Carmen Mongiello and Josephine Weiner; cherished grandmother of Matthew Finn of North Reading and the adored aunt of Cheryl Gideon of Salem and Robert Weiner of Wakefield.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in her name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01923. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please

Edward ‘Sonny’ Doherty, Jr.

Retiree of Samuel Cabot Stains of Newburyport

Edward V. “Sonny” Doherty, Jr. of Chelsea passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 8 following a long heroic battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.

A proud retired 43 year employee of Samuel Cabot Stains of Newburyport, he is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 54 years Nancy (Brochu) Doherty. He was the loving and devoted father of Kathleen Fazio of Plymouth, William Doherty and his wife, Nancy of Walpole, Brian Doherty of Chelsea and Eileen Vitale and her husband, John of Peabody; beloved “Papa” to Christopher and Ryan Doherty of Walpole, Brianna and Mike, Jr. of Plymouth and Nicholas and Nina of Peabody and is also lovingly survived by his sister, Jean McCarthy and brother, Richard Doherty.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. The family expresses sincere gratitude to Hope Health Hospice and the “ladies” of Senior Bridge for their compassionate care during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, Kansas 66675. To send a message of condolence to his family, please

George Havens, Jr.

GE Retiree

George A. Havens, Jr. of Chelsea passed away on April 21 at the Lighthouse Nursing and Care Center in Revere. He was 83 years old.

Born in Hudson Falls, NY and a benchwork assembler at General Electric in Lynn for over 25 years, he was the devoted husband of the late Alice (Gilmore); beloved father of Richard Havens of Haverhill, Irene Loussedes and her husband,Tony of Chelsea, Corinne Nason and her husband, John of Connecticut, Eugene Havens of Revere and the late Lawrence Havens of New York and the late Thomas Havens; cherished grandfather of Anthony and Edward Loussedes, Carolyn Trigillo and Paul and Richard Havens, Jr. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Joshua, Oliver, Noah and Elliot.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services and entombment were private.

Charles Christopher

President of Chelsea High School, Class of 1966

Charles Christopher of Alburtis, PA and Chelsea died after a long illness. He was 65 years old.

Christopher, also known as Chris, was the lead acupressist for the Leigh Valley Health Network’s pain management department. During the past 15 years he helped thousands overcome chronic pain.

Christopher was President of Chelsea High School, Class of 1966, A US Marine veteran of Vietnam, a successful salesman, expert in alternative medicine and a philanthropist.

He leaves his son, Adam of Chelsea, a special friend, Suzanne Ickles of

Alburtis, PA; his brothers: Richard and his wife, Lena of Saugus and Lenny of Methuen; his nieces: Nicole, Danielle, Renee and Melanie and nephews: Jason, Gary and Nick as well as his uncle, Jake Amato of Everett. He also leaves many loving cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home: Tel 610-433-2200. There will be a celebration of life ceremony in the near future.

Aidee Solis

Worked at John Hancock Insurance Co. Restaurant

Aidee R. (Rodriguez) Solis of Chelsea, formerly of Argentina, died on May 11 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was 83 years old.

Prior to her retirement in 1995, she worked for John Hancock as a waitress in their restaurant.

She was the devoted mother of Adriana Graham of Chelsea, the great grandmother of Sasha Nicolau and her husband, Fabio of Danvers and Danielle Mitchell and her husband, Glen of Chelsea and is also lovingly survived by her great granddaughter Amelia Nicolau. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Service will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in Aidee’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel. To send a message of condolence to Aidee’s family, please visit

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