Obituaries 08-07-2014

Edward Wolnicki

Retired Kayem Meat Cutter; Forced Laborer in Germany During World War II; Fought Communism as Member of Polish Resistance; Joined the US Army and Became a US Citizen

Edward K. Wolnicki passed away on Friday, August 1 at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was 86 years old.

Born Kazimierez Wolnicki, he was raised in Paszczew, Poland, the youngest child of eight children born to the late Peter and Mariana (Lebek) Wolnicki.

He received his early education in Poland. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, he was taken from his home as a young boy to work in the forced labor camps in Germany. After the wa,r he remained in Germany working as a mason during post war reconstruction.

Soon he joined with others in the Polish Resistance Army, opposing communism in his homeland and assisting the US Army in German.

He was offered the opportunity to enlist in the US Army in Manheim / Seckenheim, Germany on his way to gain US Citizenship. While in the army he adopted the name of Edward.

During his enlistment he was transferred stateside and stationed at Ft. Devens, MA.

He enjoyed his leave time from the base attending socials at the Polish American Citizens Club in So Boston. It was there he met his future wife, Zofia Lukusiak.

He completed his education in the United States and attended college for two years under the GI Bill. He was honorably discharged from the US Army as a US Citizen at the rank of sp4 in 1960.

He married Zofia “Sophie” and together they settled in Chelsea raising their own two children. Edward was employed for 35 years by KAYEM Foods, working in the plant as a Meat Cutter, retiring at the age of 67.

He was a member of; the Polish Falcons, Polish Political Club and the PAV Post 13, all in Chelsea and a parishioner and communicant at St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Zofia “Sophie” Wolnicki; devoted father of Peter Wolnicki and his wife, Diana of Salem, NH and Janina Tassone and her husband, Albert R. Jr. of Billerica; cherished grandfather of Isabella and AJ Tassone.He was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers in Poland.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Franklin ‘Al’ Nolan

US Postal Service Retiree

Franklin J. “Al” Nolan , a 60 year resident of Revere, died on Saturday, August 2 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home following a long illness. He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he came to live in Revere more than 60 years ago. “Al” retired from the US Postal Service in 1990 as a mail carrier in Medford. He was a member of the Retired Postal Workers Union.

He was a graduate of St. Rose Catholic High School of Chelsea, Class of 1944. Immediately following graduation, in June of 1944, he entered the US Navy and served as a Radioman 3rd Class until June of 1946.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret J. (Donovan) Nolan. He was the dear brother of Robert Nolan of Kansas City, Missouri and the late John W. Nolan, Joseph R. “Ritchie” Nolan, Claire F. Nolan and Eleanor Baczewski. He is also lovingly survived by his sister in law, Mary K. “Kay” Nolan of South Weymouth, his brother in law, Retired Revere Fire Lt. Anthony V. Pesce, Sr. of Revere and by many dedicated and faithful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, August 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, please visit:

Natalie Slater

Wife of Late Chelsea Mayor and State Rep. John Slater, Jr.

Natalie M. (Fothergill) Slater, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on Saturday August 2 after living with Parkinson’s Disease for several years. She was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the only child of the late James and Lillian (DeYoung) Fothergill. Natalie attended Our Lady of the Assumption Parochial School in Chelsea and was a graduate of St. Rose Catholic High School.

She was married to Chelsea native Atty. John J. Slater Jr. and during a nine year span they had a family of six children to raise. Natalie devoted her life to home and working behind the scenes as a politician’s wife, assisting her husband’s political career, consisting of terms as an alderman-at-large, three terms as a distinguished Chelsea Mayor and one term as a State Representative.

Since 1961, the family would spend their summers on Cape Cod in Dennisport. Being at the beach was a place she enjoyed for all those years, up to and including last summer.

Her husband “Jack” passed away in 1998 and two years later, she took residence in Lynnfield with her daughter, Cathy.

An avid beach goer, Natalie also enjoyed physical activities, especially bowling. She was the past president and co-captain of the former OLA Bowling League.

She was the devoted mother of Atty. John J. Slater III and his wife, Ann of Hingham, Nancy Slater of Shrewsbury, James Slater of So. Yarmouth, Cathy Slater of Lynnfield, Jerard Slater and his wife, Nancy of Chelsea and Patrice Slater and her husband, John Carolan of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Meaghan Slater, Kara Slater, Caroline Slater and Sarah Ann Slater, Jack Carolan and Harry Carolan.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, August 7 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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Lucille Sevinor

Longtime Marblehead Resident

Lucille Sevinor, formerly of Marblehead, died at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea on August 1. She was 96 years old.

Lucille was born on June 5, 1918 in Brockton and at age six moved to Hyde Park. She was the daughter of the late Abraham Mezansky and Dorothy (Block) Mezansky and resided in Marblehead for most of her life.

She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Leo Sevinor with whom she shared 71 years of marriage. They married in 1941 and within three months theeafter, Leo was drafted into the US Army and served as an infantryman and sharpshooter in the Phillipines. In all, he served five years in the US Army during which time they were apart. He received numerous medals including the Phillipine Liberation Ribbon and the Bronze Service Star.

Lucille was a member of Temple Israel in Swampscott and Congregation Shirat Hayam. She was a lifelong member of Temple Israel’s Sisterhood, the Marblehead-Swampscott Chapter of Hadassah and a volunteer at Salem Hospital.

Lucille was the devoted and loving mother of Dr. Sheldon Sevinor and Ruthann Sevinor and Ralph and Meryle Sevinor and Gary Sevinor and his wife, Lydia. She was the adored grandmother to Cara Fineman and her husband, David Sobol, Jared Sevinor and Jordan Sevinor; the loving great grandmother to Alexa, Dylan and Gavin Sobol of Wellesley. She was also the cherished sister of Jeanette and Alan Ablow, the late Bernard Mason and Eugene Mezansky.


Mrs. Sevinor’s Funeral was held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Swampscott, on August 3. Internment was at the Temple Israel Section of Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery on Lowell Street in Peabody. Shiva was held at Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody following the interment.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Lucille’s Memory may be donated to All Care Hospice, Development Office, 210 Market St., Lynn, Massachusetts 01901.

Joan ‘Joanie’ Constantino

Devoted to Home and Family

Joan M. “Joanie” (Sheehan) Constantino, a longtime Chelsea resident and beloved mother of six, passed away at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading where she had been receiving palliative care for the last several weeks. She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston and Everett, the beloved daughter of the late John L. and Mary M. (Whalen) Sheehan, she married Nicholas Constantino and settled in East Boston to raise her family of two sons and four daughters.

She worked briefly outside of her home but was mostly devoted to home and family. Her husband passed in 1975 leaving her a young single mother. She moved to Chelsea in 1976 and remained in Chelsea since that time.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, visiting at the Chelsea Senior Center and spending much time with her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joanie was also predeceased by a son, Gary Payne, a sister Charlotte “Patsy” Gautreau and 10 days ago, another sister, Mary “Theresa” Granara also preceded her. She is survived by her beloved children and their spouses; Joseph D. Constantino of Chelsea, Nicholas L. Constantino and his wife, Donna of Danvers, Maria Constantino of Wakfield, Janice Constantino-Emerson and her husband, Scott of Peabody, Stacy Constantino-Lavalle and her husband, Anthony of Peabody, Tracy Constantino-Nowicki and her husband, Paul of Chelsea and she was also the mother of the late Gary Payne. She was the dear sister of Helen LePage of Winthrop, Eileen Coppola of California and John “Jackie” Sheehan of Saugus and is also survived by 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild and by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, August 8 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 4 to 8 p.m.

The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Grayce Borgatti

Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea and Revere

Grayce J. (Murphy) Borgatti of Saugus, a Chelsea native who lived in Revere for 25 years and in Chelsea for over 50 years, died on July 30 at Epoch Center of Melrose following a long illness. She was 87 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was a 1944 graduate of Revere High School. She moved to Chelsea when she married and remained here for over 50 years.

Her beloved late husband, Louis F. Borgatti died in September of 2004. She was a dedicated mother of four children: Richard L. Borgatti and his wife, Belinda of Revere, Linda M. Borgatti-DiCarlo and her husband, Dennis of Stoneham, Thomas F. Borgatti and his wife, Marie and Nancy A. Krouse and her husband, Phillip, all of Peabody. She was the dear sister of Joanne Reppucci of Revere and the late Robert F. and Paul E. Murphy. She is also lovingly surviced by 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant st., Watertown, MA 02472. For more information, visit:

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