Obituaries 05-07-2015

Lillian Hanlon

Retired Chelsea School cafeteria worker, class treasurer who was voted most popular girl in Chelsea High School, Class of 1945

Lillian (Hahsey) Hanlon, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away early Sunday morning, May 3 at Massachusetts General Hospital, just a few days after being admitted from home. She was 88 years old.

A graduate of Chelsea High School Class of 1945 where she was the class treasurer and voted the most popular girl in the class. After high school she took a job with New England Telephone. To spend more time at home and to raise her children, Lillian put work second and family first.

After the passing of her husband, Parker, in 1980, she worked for the Chelsea School System in the school cafeterias for over 15 years. In her spare time she enjoyed the beach and shopping as well as trips to Las Vegas.

She was the devoted wife of the late Parker F. Hanlon; beloved mother of Victoria Hanlon of Winthrop and Douglas Hanlon and his wife, Debbie of Chelsea; sister of the late Dorothy DelSignore and cherished grandmother of MacKenzie Hanlon and Dougie, Jackie and Kasey Hanlon.

At Lillian’s request, funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send a message of condolence to Lillian’s family, please visit

Evelyn Therese Cunningham

Registered Nurse and book lover

Evelyn Therese Cunningham died on April 27 in Winchester after a full life and a brief illness.  She was 84 years old.

Born in Swampscott on October 9, 1930, she grew up in Revere (Point of Pines), the adopted daughter of Joseph John and Alice (Mahoney) Conway and sister of Olive Costin and Jack Conway.

A graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, she went on to nursing education at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston.  She became an RN and had a career of adventure and experience working as a visiting nurse throughout the country and for many decades at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett.  She lived in Florida for several years  in the 1980s, but at the end of the day, her life was centered in the Boston area (Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Woburn, Winchester.)

For 17 years she had the pleasure of working with a Winchester family and their daughter.  The parents knew that their daughter would thrive in the care of a pediatric/emergency room nurse and Evelyn rose to the challenge, sharing with their daughter her love of books, among other things. As a prolific reader, Evelyn is said to have checked out 6,608 books from the Winchester Public Library alone!

She was the former wife of Francis X. Cunningham and together they had eight children:  Susan of Brookline, Francis X., Jr. “Buddy” (Charlotte) of Chevy Chase, MD, Denise (Ellen) of Takoma Park, MD, Carolyn of Sierra Madre, CA, Patrick (Debbie) of Revere, Kevin (Lisa) of Belmont, Daniel (Mary) of Takoma Park, MD and Joan (John) of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.  She is also survived by 17 grandchildren.

It was clear that Evelyn was getting near the end when she said she could no longer read while in the hospital.  As a tribute to her memory, donations may be made to: Honor and Memorial Gifts (in memory of Evelyn T. Cunningham), Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

Interment is private.  A memorial service to honor her life will be held during the summer.

Fred Martinello

Employee of Leonard Florence Center

for Living, former Chelsea Housing

Authority employee

Fred Martinello  passed away suddenly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on  April 28. He was 53 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea,  the beloved son of Armando and Grace (Griffin) Martinello of Chelsea, Fred attended local schools and continued his education at Wentworth Institute in Boston graduating as a Certified Building and Construction Supervisor. He enjoyed carpentry and masonry work and was employed by the Chelsea Housing Authority for 15 years and, at the time of his passing, he was  working for the maintenance department at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Martinello and his three children; Timothy, Amy and Holly Martinello, all of Templeton. He was the loving son of Armando and Grace Martinello of Chelsea; dear brother of Stephen Martinello and his wife, Patricia of Peabody, Thomas Martinello and his wife, Linda of Saugus, Robert Martinello of Chelsea, Michael Martinello of West Yarmouth, Frank Martinello and his fiancée, Christine of Winchester and the late Maureen and Theresa Martinello. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral was held from St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Cardinal Cushing Pavilion) at the Chelsea Soldiers Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Rose Liberty

Bank of Boston retiree; member of many Jewish organizations

Rose (Spector) Liberty died on April 29 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. She was 83 years old.

The beloved wife of the late H. Bernard Liberty, she was born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Nathan and Ann (Schectman) Spector.

She was raised and educated in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1949. She had been employed with Bank of Boston as an executive secretary retiring after 20 years of service and was a member of the Temple Emeth Sisterhood, Mizrachi of Del Ray Beach, Florida, Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Auxiliary and the Orange Street Shul.

She is survived by her children: Nelson Liberty and his wife, Marcy of Georgia, Arleen Stoller and her husband, Jeffery of Marlborough and Bryan Liberty and his wife, Susan of Milton; her grandchildren: Samantha, Amanda and Nathan Liberty and Max Stoller. She was the sister of the late Samuel Spector, Dorothy Finklestein and Pearl Peters.

Her funeral service was held from the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea followed by interment in the Jewish Community Center Cemetery, Danvers.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.

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