Obituaries 12-25-2014

Herbert King

Retired meat cutter who worked hard all his life

Herbert T. King died on November 26 at his home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He was 85 years old.

He was born October 18, 1929 in Chelsea to Nicholas and Marion (Peary) King. He grew up and attended schools in Chelsea and after high school he began his career as a meat cutter. He worked for Dick’s Meat Locker in Cambridge, First National Stores and Gallahue’s in Melrose until he retired after 50 years. He served in the National Guard for six years.

He loved growing vegetables, puttering in his work room, working on his car and especially loved watching hockey and the Boston Bruins. He was a caring, out-going and funny person who worked hard all of his life.

Herbert was predeceased by his wife, Ella King. He was the beloved father of Deborah Phinney of Boothbay Harbor, ME, Richard King and his wife, Aimee of Goshen, KY.; dear brother of Beth “Sis” Watson of Deerfield, NH, Barbara Williams of Wilmington, John King and his wife, Pat of Norton; brother-in-law of George Spencer and his wife, Rita of Everett. Herbert is also lovingly survived by two grandchildren, Derek King of Westport, KY and Jenni King of Goshen, KY and several nieces, nephews and a great nephew.

A service to celebrate Herbert’s life will be conducted at the First Congregational Church, 26 County Rd., Chelsea on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in Herbert’s memory may be made to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals in Chelsea.


Mary Morton

Devoted Homemaker

Mary A. (McNeil) Morton, former longtime Chelsea resident, passed away at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH after a brief illness. She was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late John J. and Isabell (DeOtt) McNeil. She attended local schools and  graduated from Chelsea High School.

The wife of Lawrence G. Morton, she raised her family of four sons and three daughters in Chelsea. A devoted homemaker and housewife, she also worked at Watson Mailing as a Parcel Sorter in Everett for several years.

She and her husband relocated to Salem, New Hampshire 27 years ago and she was widowed at his passing in 2009. For the last three years, she has received supportive care while residing at Aurora Senior Living of Derry, NH.

During her life, one of her favorite pastimes was playing Bingo with friends.

In addition to her husband, Mary was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary and son, Raymond “Bubba” and all of her brothers. She was the beloved mother of John Morton and Joseph Morton of Windham, NH, Larry Morton of Cambridge, Theresa Durham of Ringgold, VA, Patty Bohondoney of Salem, NH; dear sister of Patricia Gatta of Newport, RI, Josephine Santiago of Chelsea and Harriet Santiago of Revere; cherished grandmother of Tara Stanichuk, Joseph and Christian Giordano, Cassandra Gianatasio, Jonathan Halloran, Alicia and Christian Cetina, Scott and Matthew Bohondoney, Kaitlyn and Sean Michael Morton and adored great grandmother of Alexia, Ariana and Averey Stanichuk.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Tto send expressions of sympathy, please visit


Gwendlyn Leah

Retired loan officer at Metropolitan Credit Union of Chelsea

Gwendlyn J. (Alexander) Leah  passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her Chelsea home on December 22. She was 87 years old.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, she was one of three children of the late Peter and Mary (Bell) Alexander. Her family moved to Manchester, England where Gwen was raised and began her early education.

 At the outset of World War II, her school days were placed on hold as she joined the war effort as a civilian employee for the US Army and Allied Forces. During her time working with Allied Forces, she was introduced to the love of her life Maj. Louis D. Leah. They were married and as a war bride and Army Officer’s wife, she traveled to bases working for the Army together with her husband while stationed in Germany, Iceland and Italy. Their first child passed away before the age of one month, their second child, a son, John F. ,was born while stationed in Germany.

At the Major’s retirement in 1960, the family returned to Chelsea and she has resided in that same home for the past 54 years. Gwen continued working as a bookkeeper at various Boston Banks and finished her career working as a loan officer at the Metropolitan Credit Union in Chelsea.

Gwen enjoyed games of chance, in particular Bingo, she would travel to Foxwood’s to play bingo long before the present casino was built.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, John F. Leah, her husband, Louis D. Leah, her sister, Frances Olmstead and brother, Patrick Alexander. She is survived by her beloved nieces Gwendolyn Griffin of New Hampshire, Cynthia Arsenault of Mississippi and many other loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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