Devoted to her family and St. Rose Parish
Barbara L. (Clark) Bruce of Chelsea passed away on October 26 at the Hancock Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Quincy where she was receiving supportive care as her illness progressed. She was 79 years old.
Born in Boston, she spent her first 24 years in Roxbury, and was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial School for Girls. She went on to attain an Associates Degree from Boston Business School and after graduation went to work for the Garland Knitting Mills as Executive Secretary.
After her marriage to Robert and settling in Chelsea, she became very active in her Parish of St. Rose. For over 34 years, until her retirement in 2003, she worked as a teacher and secretary at St. Rose School. A member and former President of the St. Rose Woman’s Club, she was also active in the choir as well was a member of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Devoted to her family, she loved Broadway Shows, playing piano, reading books and was a huge Red Sox Fan.
She was the devoted wife of the late Robert H. Bruce, Jr. ; beloved mother of Robert H. Bruce, III of Andover and Susan M. Bruce-McGrath and her husband, John F. of Methuen; daughter of the late Frank Harry Clark and Frances (Lawlor) Burke and step daughter of the late Charles Burke; dear sister of Frank Clark and his late wife, Elizabeth of Norwood, Loretta Carter and her husband, William of Quincy, Eugene Clark and his wife, Shirley of Foxboro and the late Patricia Dello Russo and her surviving husband, Edward of Florida and the late John Clark; cherished grandmother of Christopher, Robert IV, Derek and Stephanie and is also lovingly survived by her cousins, Joan Lyons and Alice Hanson as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, October 30 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be today, Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Barbara’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to Children of Haiti Project, 110 Breed’s Hill Rd. #2, Hyannis, MA 02601. To send a message of condolence to Barbara’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Long time Chelsea resident
Mae (Yale) Milley passed away on October 19 at the Aurora Senior Living in Derry, NH. She was 95 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Wardle) Yale, Mae attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1938. She resided in this city for most of her life until she moved to the Aurora Senior Living Center in 2011. Mae was a retired transcription clerk for John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston. She dedicated 10 years of service before retiring in 1985.
She was the wife of the late Leslie Milley; the devoted mother of Linda M. Bjorkman and Lorine Buzderewicz; dear sister of Eileen Kozak and the late George, Charles and John Yale and Hylda Marley and is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren: Joseph Buzderewicz, Kirk Bjorkman, Brian Bjorkman and Brenda Buzderewicz, and three great grandchildren: Mackenzie Buzderewicz, Brian Bjorkman, Jr. and Noah Bjorkman.
A Memorial Service was celebrated at the First Congregational Church, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Donations in Mae’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund 26 County Rd. Chelsea, MA 02150. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.