Helen Rose Mulkern
N.E. Tel & Tel Retiree and
Whidden Hospital volunteer
Helen Rose Mulkern passed away Friday morning, May 23 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. She was 97 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late John and Mary (White) Mulkern, Helen attended school in Chelsea and graduated from St. Rose High School in 1934. Just after high school, she began working for the original New England Tel & Tel and retired after 43 years of dedicated service. She was a member of the New England Telephone Pioneers of America. Throughout her retirement, Helen enjoyed volunteering at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. She also loved to travel, visiting New York City, Hawaii, Italy, Ireland, Monaco, Bermuda, Florida and Lake Winnipesaukee. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
Helen was pre-deceased by seven brothers and sisters: Mary McCarthy, Rev. John F. Mulkern, Edward Mulkern, Margaret Dixon, Gertrude Ireland and William and Arthur Mulkern. She is also lovingly survived by 16 nieces and nephews, 21 great nieces and nephews and three great-grand nieces.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea on Wednesday. Interment was at the family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.
Retired assistant bank treasurer
Geraldine T. (Hederson) Morneau, a retired assistant bank treasurer, passed away early Monday morning, May 26 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after being stricken in her Chelsea home. She was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the Loving daughter of the late Chelsea Fire Dept. Capt. Thomas L. and Gertrude (McAdams) Hederson, “Geri” attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. She raised her family of four daughters and one son in Chelsea and as a young mother and housewife she worked as a legal secretary for her brother’s law firm. She also worked for the former Atlantic Savings Bank in Chelsea and Revere, beginning as a Mortgage Loan Officer and Administrative Assistant, lastly she held the position of Assistant Treasurer prior to her retirement.
She possessed a strong devotion to her Catholic Faith and was a lifelong parishioner and communicant of St. Rose Church in Chelsea. She also worked for many years a Parish Office Aide and volunteer Bingo Worker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her only son, John V. Morneau, her siblings: Thomas L. Hederson Jr. Esq., Helen Hayes and one grandson. She was the devoted mother of Patricia Renz of New Hampshire, Jeanne Casey and her husband John of Lynn, Claire Kowalski and her companion, Ken of Malden, Nancy Herbert of Chelsea and the late John V. Morneau. She was the dear cousin of Peggy Smith of Billerica and is also survived by nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, May 30 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 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 5 to 8 p.m.
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