Chester ‘Chet Zak’ Zaksheski
Well Known Chelsea Funeral Director
Chester . “Chet Zak’ Zaksheski, Chelsea Funeral Director and lifelong resident of the city, passed away Monday morning, June 15 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea after a short period of overwhelming illness. He was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Anthony W. and Josephine U. (Trocki) Zaksheski, Chester attended St. Stanislaus Polish Parochial School and went on to attend Chelsea High School graduating with the Class of ‘44.
He enlisted in the US Navy, served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of Motor Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class. He returned home to Chelsea and enrolled in Tufts College and later the New England Institute of Anatomy and Science in Boston. He became a licensed Funeral Director in 1949, immediately joining his father operating the Anthony Zaksheski and Son Funeral Service on lower Broadway in Chelsea.
He married his beloved wife Charlotte J. (Romaszko) in 1950 and together they raised their family of one son and four daughters in Chelsea. He was appointed by the City of Chelsea to serve as trustee to the Chelsea Soldiers Burial Lot overseeing the purchase of grave space in Woodlawn Cemetery providing burial space for Chelsea Veterans.
In 1965, six years after the passing of his father, he constructed and opened a new location in Cary Square, Chelsea establishing the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home in honor of his late father. In 1980, Chester was joined by his son, Peter operating the Funeral Home at that Chelsea location.
He was appointed to the Chelsea Board of Health serving as board member and later assuming the role of Chairman for several years. In 1999 the family business merged and acquired the Welsh Funeral Home on Broadway in Chelsea and since that time he has assumed the role of Director Emeritus.
He has been a licensed Funeral Director for 65 years and in his semi-retirement he would often accompany veteran services to the National Cemetery in Bourne. In earlier years, Chester also worked for a Cambridge based livery company providing hearses and assisting fellow Funeral Directors in the course of their business. He was a current member of the PAV Post 13 Chelsea and the Polish Political Club. Chester was a past member of the St. Stanislaus Holy Name Society and one time Choir Member. He held positions as an Assistant Boy Scout Master, past member of the American Legion Post 34, the Chelsea Rotary Club and The 100 Club of Mass. He was a lifelong communicant and parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and would frequently attend Mass at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, St. Michael the Archangel Chapel.
In addition to his parents, Chester was preceded in death by his daughter, Dianne Marie in 1969, his beloved wife, Charlotte J. in 1995 after 45 years of marriage, and by his grandson, Jonathan last year. He is survived by his devoted son, Peter A. Zaksheski and his wife, Donna M. of Chelsea, three loving daughters; Linda S. Wood and her husband, David of Sierra Vista AZ, Andrea Z. Jackowski of Royersford, PA and Patricia J. O’Donnell and her husband, William of Peabody. He was the dear brother of Helen A. Wilson of Peabody and the late Irene J. Schultz; cherished grandfather of Amanda D. Jackowski, Christopher S. Jackowski and Jonathan’s wife, Elizabeth Jackowski, all of Pennsylvania and the adored great grandfather of Charlotte Jackowski together with Zach, Anna and Tori Fokin.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday June 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 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. A Vigil / Wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, “Leonard Florence Center for Living” 165 Captain’s Row, Chelsea MA 02150. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Stella A. (Busz) Domoretsky, born in Manchester, NH and a Chelsea resident all of her life until moving to Life Care Center of Stoneham over two years ago to receive supportive care, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 11 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital shortly after admittance to the emergency room. She was 90 years old.
She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Domoretsky and fiancee of the late Edward Johnson; beloved mother of Donald Domoretsky, Sr. and his wife, Marilyn of Stoneham and Michael Domoretsky, Sr. of Ipswich; sister of the late Jennie Dedeo and her late husband, Joseph; sister-in-law of John and Sophie Kanarkiewicz and the late Vasily and Michael Domoretsky and cherished grandmother of Donald, Jr., Brian, Lisa, Michael Jr., Erica, Ashley and Traeger. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church and interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Stella’s 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 Stella’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Mary E. (Allen) Verrengia passed away Monday evening, June 8 in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her caring family at her side. She was 86 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the loving daughter and only child of the late Francis Allen and Gertrude (Fariole) Griffin, Mary attended local schools. and was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Verrengia. She raised two children and worked for a time outside of her home for Technicolor in Boston as a film developer and later as an assembler at Marsons Corp in Chelsea. In her lifetime she much preferred the quite stay at home lifestyle caring for her family and beloved pets. She also enjoyed socializing at her favorite hair and nail salons. She was the devoted mother of Dolores Decareau of Nashua, NH and Richard Verrengia of Chelsea and was the cherished grandmother of Richard Decareau and his wife, Sharyn, also of Chelsea.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington St., Boston, MA 02130. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit