Obituaries 04-02-2015

Julia Sliwinski

Past member of Chelsea Golden Age and lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Parish

Julia F. (Krakowski) Sliwinski  passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Sunday evening March 29 after a brief illness. She was 94 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Franciszek and Michalina (Urbaniak) Krakowski. She attended local schools and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Parish and a past member of the Chelsea Golden Agers.

During the 1930’s and 40’s, she worked at the J.A. Cigar Store on Arlington Street in Chelsea. A resident of Chelsea for most of her life she also lived in Everett for a short time before settling in Saugus with her family 10 years ago. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Sliwinski in 1993 and her siblings; Jennie Withrow, Helen Galenski, Stella Ollson, Mary, Anna, Joseph, Stanley and John Krakowski. She is survived by her beloved son and his wife, Henry and Susan Sliwinski of Saugus. She was the cherished grandmother of Aimee Guarente and her husband, Leo, Michael, Timothy and Haylee Sliwinski, all of Saugus and the adored great grandmother of Giana and Emma Guarente.

A Funeral Liturgy Service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Holy Thursday, April 2 at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Pauline Victoria Stawicki

Talented dressmaker and animal lover who cherished her role as wife and mother

Pauline Victoria Stawicki of Topsfield, formerly of Chelsea, passed peacefully from this life on  March 27. She was 94 years old.

Pauline was raised and educated in Chelsea where she caught the eye of the love of her life, Sigmund.  They married on May 18, 1941 and together they raised four daughters.  Her most cherished role in life was being a wife and mom; providing her family with tremendous love and nurturing.  She would revel in their every accomplishment and brag to anyone who would listen.  Pauline was a stay-at-home mom and loved every minute of it.  She made sure her daughters were always styled to perfection using her amazing talents as a dressmaker.  She had a passion for sewing and spent a large part of her life making wedding gowns for local young brides.  When she wasn’t sewing, she spent hours shopping for materials and other items that added that special touch to her original creations.  Pauline was many things to many people – a wife, sister, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend.  Her kindness and compassion were instilled on many over the years, especially to her beloved animals.

Her love affair ended in this world with the passing of her spouse, Sigmund, on October 29, 2005.  She mourned greatly but the Lord gently removed the pain with the onset of dementia.  Her remaining 10 years were filled with love, comfort and her constant desire to put other people’s needs before her own.  Sometimes roles would be reversed and she would call her daughters by different names.  Sometimes they became her mother figure.  But Pauline endured with a style and grace like no other.  Her passing now brings consolation that the love affair with Sigmund may continue in eternity.

She is survived by her four daughters, Albina Hanegan of Lynnfield, Nancy Bloom of Truro, Deborah Stawicki of Springfield, VA, and Charlene Stawicki of Topsfield; her sons-in-law: Joseph Hanegan and John Bloom; her grandchildren, Shawn Hanegan, Kevin Hanegan and Jeffrey Bloom; six great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Irene Labonte of Chelsea.

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

Marion Beffre

Retired nursing home actiities director; devout Catholic; past chaplain of Malden Women of Moose

Marion F. (Culliton) Beffre passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of her home on March 26. She was 87 years old.

Born in Medford, the beloved daughter of the late Edward and Mary Culliton, she grew up in Somerville and received her formal education there. She lived in Medford and Topsfield before settling in Chelsea where she resided for most of her life.

Mrs. Beffre worked outside of her home as a Nursing Home Activities Director at the Somerville Nursing Home, retiring in 1993.

A devout Catholic, she held a deep faith and dedication to the Holy Eucharist and was a communicant at St. Stanislaus Church where she attended weekly masses. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Malden and served as past Chaplain there.

She was the devoted mother of Edward Moreschi and his wife, Gloria of So. Yarmouth, Karen Walsh and her husband, Thomas of Everett, Michael McDaniel of Lynn and Owen Beffre and his wife, Patricia of New Hampshire; cherished grandmother of Nicole and Thomas Walsh, Liz and Amanda Moreschi, Seth, Jason, Amber, Ashley, Mackenzie and Michael McDaniel; adored great grandmother to Lilly Walsh, Alison McDaniel, Kaitlin and Thomas Walsh. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Gladys Manning, Edward and Mary Kenney.

Funeral arrangements were entrustd to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.   Interment was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Topsfield. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Phillip Simonelli

Skilled barber who loved spending time with his family

Phillip Simonelli of Chelsea died on March 29 after a courageous 9 ½ year battle with brain cancer.

Phil loved spending time with his family, fishing, vacationing on cruises, and working on home improvement projects. He was proud to be a US Marine Corps veteran, having served in the Vietnam War, and spent many years working as a skilled barber. Phil and his loving wife, Carol recently celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary.

He was the devoted husband of Carol (Vigliotti) Simonelli of Chelsea; loving father of Carrie Ann Simonelli of Rhode Island and Kimberlee Ellis and her husband, Michael of Peabody; dear brother of Ronald Simonelli, Anthony Simonelli and his wife, Cathy, Evelyn Pollock and her husband, Barry, Wayne Simonelli and his wife, Linda and the late Gerald Simonelli and Marlene Nolan; doting Papa of Cassidy and Meredith Dawkins and Giulianna Ellis. 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, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a  Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Phil’s name may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Frances Alpert

Of Chelsea and Florida, golfed until her late 80’s

Frances (Baer) Alpert of Chelsea and Pompano Beach, Florida passed into eternal rest on March 29. She was 95 years old.

Mrs. Alpert was a graduate of Chelsea High School and Bryant & Stratton Business College. She was a member of Temple Emmanuel in Chelsea and its Sisterhood for many years and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She also worked as a volunteer at the former Chelsea Memorial Hospital.  Frances enjoyed playing mah jong and cards but mostly loved to golf and did so into her late eighties.

The beloved wife of the late Norman Alpert, she was born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Julius and Flora (Hyman) Baer and was predeceased by her siblings: Louis, Ruth, Henry, Eva, Hannah, Bella and Selwyn. She was the devoted mother of Allan Alpert and his wife, Laraine of Saugus; loving grandmother of Robert, Justin and Lindsay, Jonathan, Amanda and Stacie Alpert; adoring great grandmother of Devin James Alpert and Owen Nathaniel Alpert.

Services were held from the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea followed by burial in Temple Emmanuel Cemetery, Danvers. Memorial observance was held at the home of Allan and Laraine on Wednesday.  Donations in her memory, may be made to Congregation Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel, 245 Bryant St., Malden, Ma. 02148. For guest book please visit Torf Funeral Service website:

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