Obituaries 08-06-2015

Frederick Pulsifer

Known for his loving, charitable and giving nature

Frederick C. ‘Freddy’ Pulsifer, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away after a short illness on August at the Chelsea Soldiers Home where he had been receiving supportive care for the past three years. He was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Melrose, he was the loving son of the late Albert E. and Sarah A. Pulsifer. He began his early education with Melrose Schools and later attended Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, boarding in Kingston, Ontario.

He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and served honorably during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was discharged at the rank of Electricians Mate 2cl. in 1946. He returned to his family home on Clifford Street, Melrose and was a lifelong resident of Melose. “Freddy” began working for Jenney Oil and was later employed by the City of Melrose working as a building custodian at City Hall, he retired in 1989.

A devout Catholic and deeply religious man he attended daily Mass while residing at the Soldiers Home. He was well known for his loving, charitable and giving nature. In his younger days he was a respected local athlete and accomplished baseball player scouted by major leagues.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings: Richard J. Pulsifer, Albert E. Pulsifer, Jr., Kathryn P. Jones and Jean P. Mooney. He was the cherished uncle of Fran “McQ-J” Mascolo, Deborah Jones, John F. O’Reilly, Richard J. Pulsifer, Christopher Mooney, Norman Thomas Jones, Stephen Pulsifer, and John Pulsifer.

His Funeral will be held from St. Michael the Archangel Chapel-Cardinal Cushing Pavilion, Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea on Friday, August 7 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in His memory may be made to a charity of their choice. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home Chelsea.

Sadie Cruz

Had great love for her family and was official family historian and ambassador

Sadie J. (Monteiro) Cruz passed away following complications of an ongoing illness on July 28 in the peaceful surroundings of her own home with her family at her side. She was 85 years old.

Born in Bridgewater, she was the beloved daughter of the late Antonio and Bertha (DeWeer) Monteiro. She was raised in New Bedford and Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School. She attended college and received an Associates Degree and teaching certificate. She worked for Self Help Head-Start of Avon teaching with the Head-Start program for 28 years retiring in 2007.

A resident of Holbrook for the past five years, she resided in Brockton for 30 years prior and was a former Chelsea resident. In her lifetime Sadie enjoyed dancing and Cape Verde music. A spiritual and religious person, she attended Mass frequently at the Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton. She held a great love for family and she was regarded as the official family historian and ambassador.

She is survived by her former husband, Daniel Cruz, Sr. of Brockton and was the devoted mother of Vanessa M. Cruz of Stone Mountain, GA., Antone D. Cruz of Holbrook, Daniel Cruz, Jr. of Roxbury, Rachel A. Griffin and her husband, Timothy Sr. of Orange, Lisa Cruz Kincade of Roslindale and Darren K. Cruz and his fiancé, Ingrid of Brockton; dear sister of Marjorie Silva of Lynn, Mabel Mann of Swampscott, Antonia Duarte of Revere, Gladys Fermino of East Providence, Pearl Monteiro of Hyde Park, Rachel Silva of Boston, the late Dolores B. Tynes, Frances B. Pawlak and Edna Monteiro. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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

Viola Stratos

A selfless and giving person

Viola (Saggese) Stratos passed away at the Don Orione Home in East Boston on July 28 after a short illness. She was 98 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Saggese, she attended local schools and worked as a seamstress at Piccarello & Singer in East Boston. She also worked for Raymond Silver Giftware and as a saleslady for Jordan Marsh in Boston. She married Peter Stratos in 1952. Viola enjoyed sewing, cooking and caring for her family. She was a very selfless and giving person.

In addition to her parents, Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Peter 11 years ago, and by her siblings: the late Pat, George, John, Alfred, Joseph and Domenic Donarumo, Andrew, Louis, Tony and Richard Saggese, Philomena Saggese and Concetta DiTullio. She was the devoted mother of Judith Hanly and her husband, Gerard of East Boston, cherished grandmother of Kristyn Hanly, Jennifer Polsonetti and her husband, Michael, all of East Boston and the adored great grandmother of Ella Polsonetti. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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:

Wanda Grabowski

Of Chelsea

Wanda T. (Bezon) Grabowski passed away in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 1 after a brief illness. She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in Port Henry, NY she was the loving daughter of the late Frank and Rosalie Bezon. As a young lady she moved to Chelsea with her family in 1938. She was married in 1941 to her beloved husband, Victor S. Grabowski and together they shared 60 years raising their family of one son and two daughters. Wanda and her husband settled in Malden in 1957 and she remained a Malden resident for most of her life. She relocated three years ago to her daughter’s home in Charlotte.

Earlier Wanda worked outside of her home beginning at Sweetheart Paper in Chelsea then as a private home aide and housekeeper. She was a longtime parishioner and communicant at St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. In her lifetime Wanda enjoyed social gatherings and polka dances at the PPC and PAV in Chelsea.

In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by her beloved husband Victor in 2001 and by her siblings Frank and Martin Bezon, Stella R. Wyrocki, Anna Cutting and Mary Wyrocki. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses: Jeannette Teresa Hartman, her husband William, and Patricia Ann Grabowski all of Charlotte, NC and Victor Robert Grabowski and his wife, MaryAnn of Grover, MO. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation and Funeral from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsa today, Thursday, August 6 beginning at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

James Kyle

Worked for Cabot Paints in Chelsea

James F. Kyle passed away on Thursday, July 2 after a brief illness at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Medford where he had been receiving supportive care for the past few years. He was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Portland, Maine, the loving son of the late James A. and Dorothy Emmaline Kyle, James received his formal education in Maine and enlisted in the USMC near the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged and returned home to Maine in 1946.

Soon thereafter he settled in Chelsea and was married to his beloved wife, Rosemary (Souther). Together they raised their family of two daughters and three sons. James worked as a material loader and warehouseman for Cabot Paints in Chelsea.

His wife preceded him in death six years ago after sharing 56 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Shirley Paige and her husband, Kenneth of Medford, Jane Souza and her husband, Anthony of Everett, James F. Kyle, Jr. and Robert Kyle and his wife, April, all of Amesbury and William Kyle and his wife, Vicki of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Robert and Crystal Sweeney, Colinda and Anthony Souza, Jr. and Michael Kyle and the adored great-grandfather of Jereme Citro, Colinda Kyle, Zachary, Olivia and Kevin Sweeney, Abigail Kornatowski and Tracy Adamason. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Gathering and Service to be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway Chelsea on Tuesday, August 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Michelle Robertson-Rose

Worked as medical secretary

Michelle A. Robertson-Rose of Revere died unexpectedly on Monday, July 27 at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. She was 44 years old.

She graduated from St. Rose High School of Chelsea in 1989 and continued her education at Bunker Hill Community College as a Medical Assistant and Secretary. She was employed by Massachusetts General Hospital Health Care, Norwood St. Division, in Everett as a medical secretary and receptionist for 10 years.

The beloved mother of Ashley A. Robertson of Revere, she was the devoted daughter of Joan M. (Lombardi) Robertson of Revere and the late Carl D. Robertson. Her husband, Frederick B. Rose of Beverly also survives her. She is the dear sister to Michael A. Robertson and his wife, Tracy of Lynn, Ronald N. Robertson and his companion, Leah of Lynn; the special aunt to Kristen E. Robertson of Revere, Michael D. Robertson of Revere, Briana M. Robertson of Lynn, Nicholas J. Robertson of Essex and Dylan A. Robertson of Melrose; special grand-aunt of John P. Green, Anthony and Nicholas Palladino and Leeann Paladino. She is also lovingly survived by William Roselli of Lynn.

Interment will be held privately at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere.

Ramon Sanchez

Retired pharmacy tech of Chelsea, formerly of Puerto Rico

Ramon Sanchez of Chelsea, formerly of San Juan, Puerto Rico died on July 27 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett surrounded by his family.

Ramon was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 17, 1933 to the late Ramon Sanchez-Gonzalez and Claudia Hernandez-Villalobos. He was educated in San Juan where he obtained his associate degree to become a pharmacy technician. He then began his career working as a pharmacy tech at the Municipal Hospital of San Juan.

While working there he met the love of his life and married Ana Caraballo in 1960. Ramon retired in 1974 and decided to move with his wife and three children to Massachusetts and settled in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of Ana Caraballo-Sanchez; devoted father of Juan Carlos Sanchez, Nancy Sanchez and Sgt. Miguel Sanchez of the Chelsea Police Department and the late Jose Ramon Sanchez; dear brother of the late Milagros Sanchez and is also survived by 10 cherished grandchildren three loving great grandchildren and by many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial will be in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. In honoring Ramon’s memory and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his loving wife, Ana.

Charles Antzak, Sr.

Chelsea Plumbing and Gas Inspector for 50 years; member of PAV and Merritt Club

Charles J. Antzak, Sr., a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on July 28 at the Massachusetts General Hospital from complications of a stroke. He was 87 years old.

A graduate of Boston Trade School, for over 50 years he was the Plumbing and Gas Inspector for the City of Chelsea. He was a veteran of the United States Army, a board member of the Gas Inspectors Association and a member of the PAV and Merritt Clubs.

The devoted husband for 58 years to Edith M. (Keating), he was the beloved father of Charles J. Antzak, Jr. of Chelsea; son of the late Charles and Beatrice (Zabierek) Antzak; brother of the late Andrew Antzak and his late wife, Mary; loving uncle to Denise Guida, Robert Keating, Jr., Glen and Gary Keating, Linda Finnigan, Thomas Anthony Keating and his wife, Colleen, Thomas Anthony Keating and his wife, Colleen, Thomas Edward Keating and his wife, Lee and the late Michael and Richard Keating.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Charlie’s family, please visit

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