Obituaries 10-02-2014

Genevieve Dembkoski

Devoted Member of St. Stanislaus Church; Active at Chelsea Senior Center

Genevieve (Jankowiak) Dembkoski passed away on Tuesday, September 30 at the Winchester Hospital after a very brief illness. She was 94 years old.

Born and raised in Poland the loving daughter of the late Andrew and Stanislawa (Fleischman) Jankowiak, as a young child she came to Chelsea and attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School. After graduating and as a young lady she worked at Walton Shoe to help support her family.

It was during the early 1940’s that she married James Dembkoski and together they began raising their family of four sons and one daughter in Chelsea. In the late 1960’s she went to work for Raymond Silver, assembling many various giftware items. In the early 1980’s she joined her husband retiring from full time work. After 57 years of marriage, Genevieve became widowed in the year 2000. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and was an active member at the Chelsea Senior Center. She spent the past three years receiving supportive care at the Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stoneham. While there Genevieve began what became known as the “Bear Hill Crochet Club” teaching and sharing her beloved craft with fellow residents. She also enjoyed playing Bingo, together with a little caffeine and chocolate to sweeten her days.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one son James Dembkoski, her two sisters Irene Yutkins and Clara Condardo and brothers Stanley and Edward Jankowiak. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses: Frank Dembkoski and his wife, Janet of Merrimack, NH, Ron Dembkoski and his wife, Jean of Billerica, Gene Dembkoski and his wife, Noreen of Nashua, NH and Carol MacDonald and her husband, Mike of Malden. She was the cherished grandmother of Lori Fernald and her husband, Joe, Denise Dembkoski, Lisa Lisi and her husband, Joe, Corinn Dembkoski, Cara Dembkoski and her fiancé, Matt Rubinstein, James Dembkoski and his wife, Jillian and David and Brian Dembkoski. She was the adored great grandmother of Alex and Andrew Fernald, Julia Lisi and four week old Griffin Dembkoski.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway, Chelseaon Tuesday, October 7 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 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 on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Lorraine Powers

Family Was The Center of Her Life

Lorraine (Politano) Powers of Danvers, formerly of Chelsea, beloved wife of the late Robert James Powers, died September 28 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston surrounded by her family. She was 81 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Angela (Bellofatto) and Joseph Politano, she was raised and educated in Chelsea.

Leaving Chelsea in 1968, Lorraine and her family moved to Danvers where she was a resident for the remainder of her life. She had been employed for many years at Betty Ann’s Sub Shop in Danvers.

Lorraine was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and was dedicated to her family. She was a fitness buff and prided herself on her stamina in any physical activity. She enjoyed bowling and golf, loved to dance and was an avid reader. She cared deeply for animals and had a great passion for music that she shared with all.

Lorraine loved to travel, particularly cruising the Caribbean, visiting the Boothbay Harbor region of Maine, and playing the slot machines at Foxwoods. She was an outstanding cook and will be remembered for her famous Italian dishes, especially spaghetti and meatballs with her famous “gravy.” But, above all, family was always at the center of her life. She was “the Queen” or Matriarch of her large extended family and was proud to tell you so. Despite the scores of people in her family, she never forgot a birthday and always made everyone feel special.

All who knew Lorraine admired her grit and resilience, and treasured her loving and kind nature. Her forever-youthful attitude and wonderful sense of humor were her hallmarks. She will be deeply missed by generations of loving family and friends whose lives she has touched over the years.

Lorraine is survived by her daughters, Maureen DiPierro and her husband, Giovanni of Everett, Valerie Slater and her husband, Donald of Bradford, Nancy Connelly and the late Danny Vivieros of Everett, Laurie Murphy and her companion, Peter Somes of Lunenburg, Kimberly Carney and the late Michael Carney of Danvers, Kristine Babcock and her husband, Kevin and Kathy Geary and her husband Paul, all of Beverly, her son, Thomas Powers and his wife, Carla of Danvers, 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, her sister, Joanne Olson and her husband, John of South Berwick, Maine, her beloved cousin and friend Catherine Dwyer of Chelsea, her brother in law Jim Butts of Amesbury and by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was pre deceased by her dear friend Gordon Willett.

Her funeral will be held from the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, today, Thursday, October 2 at 8:15 a.m. followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Richard’s Church, Danvers at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Little Home for Wanderers, 10 Guest St., Boston, MA 02135 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please

Hugh McLaughlin, Sr.

Two-Term Mayor of Chelsea, Loved Chelsea, Its People, His Family Was His Greatest Pride

Hugh J. McLaughlin, Sr. passed away on Wednesday September 24after a short illness in Naples, Florida just three days short of his 99th birthday.

Born in Chelsea to Hugh J and Katherine (Shuckrow) McLaughlin, he attended St. Rose School, Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, Bridgton Academy and Bates College in Maine. He was an exceptional athlete in his early years, played semi-pro basketball and loved baseball. For most of his life he was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Winthrop Golf Club.

He served as a Chelsea Police officer, a member of the Board of Alderman, a Massachusetts State Representative, and two-term mayor of the City of Chelsea. Hugh loved Chelsea and its people. He was a member of the Cary Square Associates and the Chelsea Council of the Knights of Columbus. His greatest pride was his family.

He was the husband of the late Gertrude (McCarthy) McLaughlin, father of the late Hugh J. “Skipper” McLaughlin, and brother of the late Helen Morse, Rita (Eugene) Pastore, and Alice (John) Sweeney. He leaves his beloved daughter Diane and her son, Michael, both of Naples, Florida, grandson ,Hugh J. McLaughlin of Chicago, Illinois and daughter-in-law Marcella McLaughlin of Medway. He also leaves behind his cherished nieces and nephews

His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelseaon Saturday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 11:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, Ma. 02445-7226. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

William Renz

Former Revere Little League Coach

William G. Renz of Revere died on September 27.

William was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, a member of the American Legion and VFW and a former Coach of the Revere Little League 1965-1975.

He was the beloved husband of 63 years of Dolores (Ausiello); devoted father of William Jr. of Virginia, John of Revere, Kathleen of Chelsea, Kevin and his wife, Suzie of Duxbury and the late Thomas; dear brother of the late Francis Renz and Mabel Loughren and is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and seven loving great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, Ma 02130.

James Joseph Coviello

Chelsea Sanitation Department and US Postal Service Retiree

James Joseph of Chelsea, entered into rest on September 29 in the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 91 years old.

Born in Everett, Jimmy lived in Chelsea for many years and was a US Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from the City of Chelsea Sanitation Department where he worked for many, many years. He also retired from the United States Postal Service working in South Boston Postal Annex as a mail handler. In his early years, Jimmy had a rubbish removal and disposal company.

He was very talented with his hands and was considered to be a master builder and craftsman. He built the home in which he resided as well as homes and furniture for his family and friends.

He was a life member of the Merritt Social and Athletic Club in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of the late Carmella A. (Palermo); dear and devoted father of Ann Marie Kinnally and her husband, Henry of Revere and Janice Fields and her husband, Cliff of Chelsea; loving PaPa of Lindsey and James Fields; brother of the late Joseph and Anthony Coviello, Evelyn Briley, Lena Trunfio, Lillian McGrane and Edie DeSimone.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Jimmy’s visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett today, Thursday, October 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 9 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Thomas Malvarosa

Of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea

Thomas E. Malvarosa of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly at home on September 23. He was 58 years old.

The devoted son of Dorothy and Edward Malvarosa, he was the loving brother of the late Lisa Malvarosa.

A private graveside service was held on Friday afternoon. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. To send a message of condolence to Thomas’ family, please visit

Marie Sako

Of Chelsea

Marie (Dedia) Sako of Chelsea died on September 21.

She was the beloved wife of Llazi Sako; devoted mother of Nexhmije Muca and her husband, Fitor and the cherished grandmother of Brunilda and Johana.

In accordance with the wishes of the Sako Family, funeral services were private with arrangements entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.

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