Obituaries 07-23-2015

Marianne Hanson

Former waitress at Nick’s Deli in Revere

Marianne (Gallant) Hanson passed away July 18 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 56 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanor (Smith) Gallant, Marianne grew up in Chelsea, attended the Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1976. She resided in Chelsea for several years before locating to Malden with her beloved husband, Dale A. Hanson who says of his beloved wife “I cannot say enough about my wife Marianne. Marianne was the most loving, caring, selfless person I know. She spent most of her time worrying and giving to everyone else. She was strong until the end, never losing her faith even on the most painful days. I have lost the mother of my children, my wife and most importantly my best friend and support system. We will carry Marianne’s memory forever in our hearts.”

Marianne was a former waitress at Nick’s Deli in Revere for 10 years. She was a warm and caring woman, always giving gifts to needy families during the Christmas holiday season.

Marianne was the devoted mother of Chris LaChance and Joe LaChance and his wife, Christina, all of Lynn and John A. Hanson and Kevin Hanson, both of Winthrop; dear sister of Joseph Gallant and his wife, Diane of Saugus and the late Carol Anne DeRosa; sister-in-law of Victor DeRosa of Chelsea and is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Audrina LaChance of Lynn, one nephew, Derek Gallant, nieces Lisa Bell and her husband, Ray of Chelsea, and Jaime DeRosa of Saugus, great-nieces, Victoria Bell and Ava and great-nephew, David Bell.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose Church, 601 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, July 23 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Arrangements are by the Carafa Family Funeral Home 389 Washington Ave. Chelsea.

Mary Jane Zecha

Retired social worker

Mary Jane M. (Flynn) Zecha passed away on July 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. She was 72 years old.

Born in Cambridge, the beloved daughter of the late Thomas W. and Alice K (Reidy) Flynn, Mary Jane was raised in North Reading and graduated from No. Reading High School, Class of 1960. She continued her education at the University of Texas where she received her Associates Degree in Social Services.

She worked as a professional social worker for St. Ann’s Home in Methuen and later for RZR Inc. Group Homes in Hyde Park, retiring several years ago.

During her life, she enjoyed travels to Booth Bay, ME and sailboat rides at that beloved destination. Mary Jane was well known for her delightful personality and humor.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Joanne R. Peck and her husband, Peter Peck. She is survived by her beloved husband of 20 years, Frank J. Zecha of Chelsea. She was the cherished aunt of Jennifer A. Altri and her husband, Eric of Peabody and Patricia A. Peck of Amsterdam, Holland; adored great aunt of Aiden and Broden Altri and dear cousin of Mary Breen and Buzzy Breen.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a visitation and Funeral from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday July 27 beginning at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Stefan Tomasewski

Of Chelsea, formerly of Poland – he lived the American dream

Stefan Tomaszewski passed away on Saturday, July 11 in the peaceful surroundings of his home with his loving family at his side at 80 years of age. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and son and will be missed by all who knew him.

Born in Ksawerow, Poland, Stefan was the only son of the late Stefan Tomaszewski and Zofia (Kruszynska) Kukulska. Stefan’s father was a Polish Army Soldier who was killed in action during Stefan’s infancy. He was raised by his mother and stepfather. The family was interned in a Nazi forced labor camp in Germany during World War II where he endured many hardships until the family was released in 1945. He was repatriated to Poland with his family and at the age of 10, he was enlisted with “Sluzba Polski” (Service for Poland) aiding and working with construction workers rebuilding Polish cities destroyed during the war.

Stefan married the love of his life, his wife, Irene, in 1955. He was later drafted and inducted into the Polish Army. Stefan was employed with the Electric Utility Company in Poland after returning home from his military service.

He was extremely family oriented and very much looked forward to raising his son and daughters with his loving wife on his farm. In the early 1960’s Stefan’s in-laws, Joseph and Stefania Wiatrowski provided sponsorship for him to relocate to America to begin the next chapter in his life.

Stefan was first employed by Kayem Foods and he was soon able to be reunited with his wife and family. He later was employed with the tool and die maker Edel Brown in Chelsea as a quality inspector.

Stefan was living the American dream and after seven short years was able to purchase a home for his family. He was very proud of his success in America. Stefan worked at Edel Brown for 25 years and retired in 1998. He enjoyed work around his home and for a time raised and raced homing pigeons.

Over the ensuing years, motivated to pay forward their kind start, Stefan and Irena hosted many families on their immigration journeys. Two goals helped Stefan to persevere throughout his illnesses, the first was to reach age of 80 and the second, the most important goal, was to celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife Irene. He successfully achieved both goals. Stefan was the beloved husband of Irene (Wiatrowski) Tomaszewski. He was the devoted father of Thaddeus Tomaszewski and his late wife, Danuta, Grace Antonelli and her husband, David and Diana Wolnicki and her husband, Peter. Stefan was the cherished grandfather of Nadia Pilat and her husband, Richard and Tina Tomaszewski. He is also survived by many loving extended family members in America, Canada and Poland.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Please consider making a donation in Stefan’s memory to St. Stanislaus Church. 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Michael Lepore

Former truck driver and scholastic hockey coach

Michael J. Lepore passed away on Sunday, July 5 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was 62 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Christopher C. and Ruth L. (Cunio) Lepore, Michael attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Michael worked as teamster and truck driver for Emery Airfreight and Castrol – B.P. Motor Oil companies. He resided for many years in Florida and Canada and resided back home in Chelsea for the past five years. He enjoyed model ship and aircraft building. His great passions were ice hockey and golf. He coached with various high school and college ice hockey teams and was a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 25.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Christopher A. Lepore. He was the beloved father of Angela Lepore of Chelsea, Jennifer Lepore of Rochester, NY, Kelly Lepore of Texas and Christopher Lepore of Orlando, FL; cherished grandfather of Antonio Reyes-Lepore, Bridget Wehrmeister, Brendan and Kyli Lepore. He was the former husband of Cynthia (McGill) Cormier and Lisa Sindoni Mango and dear friend to Vinny Morano of Revere. He is also survived by his pet companion “Cuervo”.

Funeral services were private. For guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Barbara Sabbag

Of Middleton, formerly of Chelsea

Barbara C. (Kral) Sabbag died unexpectedly from complications of several health issues on July 10 in the Middleton home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law. She was 81 years old.

A twin girl, she was born in Malden, one of five daughters of the late Harry J. and Irene (Flynn) Kral. She was raised in Chelsea and graduating from St. Rose School and Chelsea High School. A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she spent the past 13 years in Middleton with her daughter.

Barbara worked as a store manager at the McDonalds Restaurant in Chelsea and later for Burger King in Chelsea and Malden stores. Most recently she worked as a store cashier for Stop and Shop in Danvers for 10 years retiring in 2012.

In her lifetime, she enjoyed playing games of chance, lottery and scratch tickets and excursions to Foxwoods Casino.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Mary E. Solari, Dorothy M. Kral, Irene “Peggy” Norftill and Anna Holmes. She is survived by her loving daughter, Elizabeth E. Glowacki and her husband, Stephen Glowacki of Middleton.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Charles Cameron

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Charles J. Cameron, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away on July 9 at the Chelsea Soldiers Home after a short illness. He was 66 years old.

Born in Everett, he was the beloved son of the late Charles and Alice Louise Cameron. He was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1966. He continued his education at Boston State College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree.

He joined the US Army in 1968, was a Vietnam Era veteran and was honorably discharged at the rank of SP5. He began working for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and later went on to work as a truck driver for the City of Chelsea DPW, he completed his career retiring as a chauffeur from Square Cab in Chelsea.

He was an avid “Boston all sports” fan and spent the last 14 years in residence at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Marie Grasso. He was the loving brother of Barbara Perry and her husband, Michael of Pelham, NH, Paul Cameron and his wife, Marion of Chelsea, Robert Cameron and his wife, Susan of Reading. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His Funeral was held from the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion-St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea Soldiers Home followed by a Funeral Mass in the Chapel. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Kathleen Landry-Ottomaniello

Retired LPN

Kathleen M. (Crosby) Landry-Ottomaniello of Holyoke, formerly of Revere, died following a long illness on July 11 at the Holyoke Health Care Center of Holyoke. She was 69 years old.

Born in Chelsea and raised and educated in Revere, she was a 1963 graduate of Revere High School. “Kathy” also attended the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home School of Nursing and earned a degree in Practical Nursing as an LPN. She worked at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home for over 20 years. She moved to Holyoke and completed her career until retirement in 2011 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Kathy was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary-American legion Post #61 of Revere for several years.

She was the wife of the late Lowell D. Landry and David Ottomaniello; the beloved mother of Lisa A. Landry of Wakefield, Cheryl A. Ottersburg and her husband, John and James D. Landry, all of Holyoke, and Sean J. Landry and his wife, Nicole of Amesbury; the dear sister of: Joseph W Crosby and his wife, Genevieve M. “Jeannie” of South Attleboro, formerly of Revere, Retired Revere Auxiliary Police Deputy James P. Crosby and his wife, Patricia J. of St. Cloud, Florida, formerly of New Bedford and Revere, Robert Crosby and his wife, Sally of Concord, NH and the late Kevin J. Crosby. She is also lovingly survived by her six grandchildren: Alysa, John, Katelyn, Donovan, Trevor and Jacoby and by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral serice at Woodlawn Cemetery, 3302 Elm Street, Everett on Friday, July 24 at 1 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, 91 Crest Aenue, Chelsea, MA 02150, Attn: Patients’ Actiities Fund.

The staff at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere was honored to have assisted the family. For more information,

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