Gold Star wife; active member of many organizations
Beatrice (DeCosta) Esparza of Chelsea passed away at home on February 15.
Born in New Bedford more than 100 years ago, Beatrice was a Gold Star wife. She was a homemaker who was devoted to her family.
Bea was known to be a kind and caring person who welcomed everyone in to her home. Bea was honored by family and friends at a 100th birthday celebration last August at the Merritt Club.
In 1956, she, with her family, made their way to Chelsea and she became active in many of the area clubs and causes, the DAV Auxiliary, VFW, St. Rose Woman’s Club as well as Senior Club, the Tammy Club, and the OLA Senior Club. She was a Red Cross volunteer at the Chelsea Naval Hospital for more than 25 years, past Chaplain of the Fleet Reserve Auxiliary. and Secretary of the Chelsea Council on Aging.
She was the devoted wife of the late Mack Esparza; beloved mother of Mary Santoro of Boxford, George Esparza of Boston, Sandra Colello and her husband, Ralph of Lynnfield, Rebecca Swope of Chelsea and Roberta Mavilia of Newburyport; sister of the late Betty Netto, James, George and Henry DeCosta. Cherished grandmother of Billy and Anthony Santoro, Rochelle Nazarian, Dawn Soriano, Christina Ryan, Lisa Swope-Shanafelt, Alison Mavilia, Michael Mavilia, Mary Stingley, Anna Priest, Nancy Hensley, Joseph and Anthony Esparza, Kelly King, Madga Hermensen, and J.R. and Alex Bourland. Great grandmother of Gina, Angela and Stephen Butler, Anthony, Ava and Dominic Shanafelt, Ani, Adara, Anthony, Ara and Alex Nazarian, Danielle Benedetto, Miranda and Elizabeth Soriano, Dylan and Bradley Ryan, Lorena Santoro and Veronica Santoro. She is also lovingly survived by great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Sunday, February 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. Services will conclude with interment on Monday, February 23rd at St. Columba’s Cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island.
To send a message of condolence to Beatrice’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Jazmin Mavet Hernandez-Mendez
A charming little girl
Jazmin Mavet Hernande-Mende passed away suddenly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett following complications from rapid flu like symptoms on February 8. She was three years old.
Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of Wendy Obely Mendez and Sergio I. Hernandez of Chelsea, Jazmin was a charming little girl who loved posing for pictures, dancing and playing with her favorite stuffed animals, “Sponge Bob” and the movie “Frozen.”
She is survived by her loving siblings; 12 year old Roso Fernando Mendez, 9 year old twin sisters Angeli and Jailyn Zeloya, and 6 year old Arcangel Mendez. She was the cherished granddaughter of Rosa Canales, Armando Mendez and Justa Romero.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home Chelsea. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Salem. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Active at the Chelsea Senior Center
Lillian T. Ducey passed away unexpectedly in her Chelsea home on Friday, February 13. She was 76 years old.
She was born and raised in East Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Lane) Ducey. She was a resident of Chelsea for the past 45 years and worked as a product packager for 12 years at Marsons Corp in Chelsea, retiring in 1994. She spent time socializing at the Chelsea Senior Center and enjoyed bingo and bowling. During her lifetime. she also enjoyed the company of family and friends dining out at various restaurants.
She was the dear sister of Dorothy Cimino of Chelsea, Elizabeth Griffin of Osipee, NH and the late Stella Ducey, John and Edward Ducey; cherished aunt of Arnold Cimino, Cathy Terry, Dottie Lombardi, Donna Cimino, Susan Tenaglia Tommy, Anthony and Ralph Staffier and the late Frances Cimino, She is also survived by several grandnieces, grandnephews and her canine companion “Ruby” .
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Paul Femino of Chelsea died on February 13.
He was the beloved husband of Angela (Savignano) Femino of Chelsea; devoted father of Paul L. Femino and his wife, Melissa of Norwood and Gina Citrano and her husband, John of Medford; dear brother of Diane Dichiara and her husband, Michael of N.Reading, Charles Femino and his wife, Cyndie of Melrose, Louis Femino and his wife, Joanne of Wilmington and the late Angela O’Mahoney; loving brother-in-law of Giuseppe Colucciello and his late wife, Assunta and Joanne Andreoli and her husband, Hank of Saugus; cherished grandfather of John, Eric and Alec Citrano. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Thursday, February 19 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Donations in Paul’s name may be made to: St. Jude’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For online guestbook and memorial please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com
Cesar Augusto Moya-Padilla
Production baker, died in accident
Cesar Augusto Moya-Padilla passed away on Monday February 9 from injuries sustained after being struck by a plow truck. He was 60 years old.
Born and raised in Juticalpa, Honduras, he received his early education in Honduras, came to Chelsea 20 years ago and worked as a production baker for Whole Foods Grocery Store in Medford.
He was the beloved husband of Lesly Dolores Lara de Padilla; the loving father of Jenny Padilla, Cesar A. Padilla-Moya and Alex Padilla-Flores, all of Chelsea, Wiler Padilla of Maine, Roger Flores and Carlos A. Padilla, both of Honduras, Luis Padilla of Revere and Ana Padilla of Pennsylvania; the dear brother of Jorge Paquada of Chelsea, Betsaida Paquada of Pennsylvania, Alma Padilla, Antonia Padilla Rosa Delia Paquada, Enma Dalila Padilla and Armando Padilla, all of Honduras.He is also survived by 13 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment will take place at the Punuare Cemetery, in Juticalpa Olancho Honduras. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Louise Marie Resca
N.E.Tel & Tel retiree
Louise Marie Resca passed away Saturday morning, February 14 at the Prospect House in Revere. She was 95 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Anthony V. and Maria (Nannini) Resca, Louise attended St. Rose School in Chelsea and graduated from St. Rose High School in 1937. Se has been residing in Revere at the Prospect House but was formerly a resident of Saugus.
Louise was a Telephone Operator for the N.E. Tel & Tel in Boston, presently known as Verizon. After 25 years of dedicated service, she retired in 1982, without ever taking any sick leave. During her retirement, Louise enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, playing solitaire, and completing cross word puzzles.
Louise was the beloved sister of Lawrence “Larry” Resca and his wife, Cecile and the late Arthur, Frederick Sr., Frank and Anthony “Joseph” Resca. She is also lovingly survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, February 20 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours in the Funeral Home will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Program Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Inc. 178 Savin St., Suite 300 Malden, MA 02148.
Former Chelsea resident
Carmen M. Morales, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on February 1 at the Baypointe Rehabilitation Center in Brockton where she had been receiving supportive care for the past few years. She was 82 years old.
Born and raised in Carolina Puerto Rico, she was the beloved wife of the late Hector Morales. She is survived by her children, many grandchildren, sisters and brothers.
A family visitation was held at the Welsh Funeral Home and Carmen will be buried at the Borniquen Memorial Park Cemetery in Carolina Puerto Rico.
Of New York
Rose M. (Giordano) Barbera of No. Babylon, New York died on February 12. She was 94 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late John Barbera; dearest mother of Gloria (Charles) Waters, John F. Barbera, Barbara Bacchiano and Joseph Barbera; loving grandmother of Barbara Ann Hansen and Samantha Barbera; cherished great grandmother of Erik, Lauren and Jake Hansen; loving daughter of the late Antonio and Carmella Giordano; dear sister of the late Gloria Saggese, Margaret Panarello, Levina Mezzacappa and Tony Giordano.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday February 19 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.
Kevin Paul Francis Gallagher
Self-employed electrical contractor; member of Chelsea French Club
Kevin Paul Francis Gallagher passed away at the Eastpointe Nursing and Care Center in Chelsea after a brief illness. He was 74 years old.
Born in the old West End of Boston, Kevin, the loving son of the late Joseph and Helen Gallagher, grew up in various Boston neighborhoods including Dorchester and Charlestown where he attended High School. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served honorably during the Vietnam Era. He worked as self-employed electrical contractor and was a late member of the Chelsea French Club.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Gail Cirrone. He was the beloved longtime companion of Lee Terchiak of Chelsea; devoted father of Lisa Terchiak of Chelsea; dear brother of Dennis Gallagher of Georgetown, Donald and Charlene Gallagher of Bradenton, Florida, Terry and Lil Gallagher of Everett, Carol and Michael O’Connell of Ft. Meyers, Florida and is also survived by two grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a visitation at the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion, St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea “Soldiers Home” on Friday, February 20 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Chapel at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Road, Bourne. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit