Lifelong Chelsea resident
Gloria C. (Brown) Mondau, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on January 24 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 65 years old.
The devoted wife of Gerry F. Mondou, Sr. , she was the beloved mother of Gerry F. Mondou, Jr. of Chelsea; dear sister of Harold Brown of North Carolina, Nancy Cardone and Kathy Torres, both of Chelsea, John Brown of Lynn and the late Patricia Pizzaro and Michael Brown. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Monday, February 2 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home on Sunday will be from 1 to p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy in Gloria’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To send a message of condolence to Gloria’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Irma Eloisa Pena ‘Tia’ Cardona
Voted “Mother of the Year” by members of the Chelsea Senior Center
Irma Eloisa Pena ‘Tia’ Cardona passed away after a brief illness on January 24 at Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea where she was receiving palliative care. She was 79 years old.
Born and raised in Honduras, she came to Chelsea over 40 years ago to make her home and raise her family. She supported her family by working as a housekeeper at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for more than 25 years, retiring at age 62. She was a devoted member of the St. Rose Parish Community and was an active participant at the Chelsea Senior Center and was more than once voted “Mother of the Year” by center members.
Irma was preceded in death by her sister Josefina de Murillo and her brother Sergio Tejeda. She is survived by her beloved daughter Lesvia Esther Caceres and adored granddaughter Irma Esther Caceres. She was the cherished “Tia” to her nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews and countless extended family members.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday January 31 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 St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lynn. 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.. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Famed musician, founder and leader of the Modernistics Orchestra
Stanley B. Sinitski of Randolph, retired musician, drummer, founder and leader of the Modernistics Orchestra for over 63 years, passed away on Monday, January 26 at Winchester Hospital. He was 93 years old.
Stanley was a life member of the Polish Falcons Nest 48 and Polish American Veterans Post 13 of Chelsea, a member of Pulaski Post American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and the First Seniors of St. Mary’s and St. Bernadette’s in Randolph and St. Mary’s of South Boston. He graduated from St. Michael’s elementary school of Lynn and Rindge Tech High School in Cambridge, class of1939.
He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, a Navy AMM2/c serving in the North Pacific and was awarded three medals. He was a machinist, mechanic and quality control inspector employed through the years by Boston Woven Hose, Ace Electronics, TRG, Control Data, and Alpha Industries.
Stanley’s greatest love in life was Polka music. He founded the Modernistics Orchestra in 1939. In the early years the band could be heard broadcasting live on the radio. For the next 63 years, anywhere people gathered to have a good time, weddings, dances, picnics and parties, the Modernistics were on the bandstand playing that happy, upbeat Polka music.
In the band’s TV debut on PBS Channel 44, Stanley was honored to be introduced as “The Lawrence Welk of Boston.” In 2013, he was presented a lifetime achievement award for his years of preforming and promoting Polka music throughout New England by the German Cultural Society in Pawtucket RI.
Born in South Boston on March 28, 1921, the son of Vincent and Alice (Postawska) Sinitski, formerly of Lynn, Cambridge and Chelsea, he was the brother of the late John Sinitski of Lynn and was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Jean (Szklar) and his dear friend, Bridget (Robak) Bubencik.
He leaves behind his daughters: Christina El Maghraby of Chelsea and Alice Rourke of Wilmington; his son, Stanley P. Sinitski and his wife, Gail of Hampstead, NH; his grandchildren: Jennifer El Maghraby of Arlington , Jonathan El Maghraby of Poultney, VT, James Rourke and his wife, Jessica of Columbia, SC, Stephanie Barczak and her husband, Dan of Londonderry NH, Kristen Vallieres and her husband, Peter of Watertown, Eric Sinitski and his wife, Jennifer of Salem, NH, Emily Sinitski of Newton; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Sydney Barczak and nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday, February 3, 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 Sunday, February 1 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea
Sophie S. (Sikorski) Borum of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at home on January 22 after a short illness. She was 90 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Peter and Julia (Goryszewska) Sikorski, she married Robert J. Borum and together they raised their family in Chelsea. She worked for a short time outside of her home for Armour meatpacking company in Boston and retired when the plant closed its local operation. She was a late member of the PPC in Chelsea and the former PAV Ladies Aux Post 13 Chelsea. During her life, Sophie enjoyed traditional Polish cooking, homemade sausage making, golombki and baked goods.
In addition to her parents, Sophie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Borum, a granddaughter, Elisa Borum, her siblings: the late Stella Ciepiela, Helen Ksypka, Katie Lopezzo and John Sikorski. She was the devoted mother of James Borum and Christina Hawley, both of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Christopher Borum, Carla Borum, Kristin Hawley, Robert Hawley and she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, January 30 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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.- 8 P.M. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Andres Daniel Jaramillo
Andres Daniel Jaramillo of Chelsea died tragically as the result of gunshot wounds received early Friday morning January 23. He was 18 years old.
Born in Boston, he grew up in Chelsea and received his early education at the Fessenden School in West Newton and later went on to Chelsea High School. He participated in basketball, football, lacrosse and soccer during his school years. He was also involved at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chelsea where he was recognized for his compassion to others and his leadership qualities.
To cherish his life and mourn his passing, he leaves his mother Isidra Quinones and her fiancée, Eric Burgos of Chelsea; his father, Andres Felipe Jaramillo and his companion, Lina Sierra of Revere and his four sisters: Andrea and Sophie Jaramillo, Soliel Allen and Laila Burgos. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins
. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Possessed a strong and independent nature
Virginia T. (Kruczek) Fitzgerald, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away after a brief illness on January 23 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing Center where she was receiving supportive and rehabilitation care.
Born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, she was the beloved daughter of the late Jacob and Cecelia (Cebula) Kruczek. As a young lady, she settled in Chelsea together with her parents and sister Ann Celeste. She married Chelsea Attorney John H. FitzGerald and together they raised their family of three sons and one daughter. During her lifetime, Virginia kept an active social life as a member of the St. Rose Ladies Sodality and recently at the Chelsea Senior Citizens Center where she enjoyed attending Yoga classes, playing bocce, bowling and taking various senior bus trips with the center.
She possessed a strong independent nature and would chauffer friends and family to various appointments, errands and shopping excursions, one could say she was a pre-“Uber Driver.” Her favorite all time car was an International Scout SUV she called “Blue Bell.”
She was an avid reader and believed in keeping active both physically and mentally — virtues which kept her young in spite of any age.
In additions to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, John H. FitzGerald, Jr. a son, John H. III, and her sister, Ann C. Glebus. She is survived by her beloved children and their spouses; Mary Ann Folsom and her husband, Frederick of Belmont, NH, Robert FitzGerald and his wife, Susan of Byfield, Michael FitzGerald of Chelsea and Rosemarie FitzGerald of Florida. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Andrea, Michael Jr. and Kayla.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Maryknoll Missions, PO Box 345, Maryknoll, NY 10545. For guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: