Obituaries 02-18-2016

Thomas Mace, Jr.

Known for his kind heart, gentle soul, quick wit, and willingness to listen

Thomas E. Mace, Jr., died on February 10 at his home in Somerville after a long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old.

Mr. Mace was born in Chelsea on June 26, 1956 to the late Thomas E. Mace, Sr. and Audrey M. (Arsenault) Mace. He worked for many years for the City of Chelsea and then served as a counselor at the Casper House in Somerville where he helped many persons in need.

He is survived by his sisters, Audrey Ann Riley and her husband, David Riley of Clearwater, Florida and Southport, Maine and Geraldine Mace of Madrid, New Mexico. He is also survived by loving nephews: Matthew Riley of Seattle, Washington and Colin Riley of Portland, Oregon and his loving neice, Meghan Riley Thress of Needham and three great-neices and a great-nephew. In addition, known for his kind heart, gentle soul, quick wit, and willingness to listen, he leaves an extensive number of friends from across the region.

A Memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Minnie Weiner

Of Chelsea

Minnie (Berman) Weiner of Chelsea died on February 13.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Weiner; devoted mother of Roberta Weiner of Roslindale and the late Amy O’Donnell; loving mother in law of Jerry O’Donnell of Chelsea; daughter of the late Harold and Lena Berman; dear sister of Diane Wald of Seekonk and the late Tilly Berman and the late Ida Sevinor; loving grandmother of Elissa Murray and Brandon O’Donnell and loving aunt of Ralph Sevinor, Marji Somers, Dale Gusman, Peter Wald and Deb Barta.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave, Cary Sq. Chelsea. Interment was in Lindwood Cemetery, Randolph. In lieu of flowers, donations in Minnie’s memory may be made to the Mass General Hospital Melonoma Research Fund- 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Visit for guest book

Albert Ernest Christoforo

Decorated Veteran proud to call Chelsea home

Albert Ernest “Schooch” Christoforo passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 12. He was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea,  the son of the late John and Amelia (Ardulino) Christoforo, “Schooch” attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1942. Just after high school, he enlisted in the US Navy on March 4, 1943 and served on the USS Boston during World War II, receiving two Bronze Stars, the Atlantic Pacific Theater Medal, and the Philippine-Liberation Medal. He was honorably discharged on January 24, 1946. Prior to World War II his dream was to play professional baseball. Although that dream never came true, he was a lifelong baseball fan and aficionado.

In 1948, Schooch married his beloved Stella (Faraci). The couple settled in Chelsea, where they raised their three children. Together they shared 41 years of marriage before her passing in 1989.

During his career at Carmote Paint Company, Schooch worked as a paint mixer for over 20 years. After leaving the paint industry, Schooch worked in the maintenance department at the Chelsea Jewish Community Center before retiring. He was also a member of the Chelsea Traffic Commission throughout much of the sixties to the late 1970’s. He remained a lifelong resident of Chelsea until the last months of his life. Schooch loved his City and was proud to call Chelsea his home. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Schooch was the devoted father of John Christoforo and his wife, Janice of Holbrook, Suzanne Taverna and her husband, Anthony of Chelsea and Rosemary Caggiano and her husband,, Marc of Peabody; dear brother of John Christoforo and his wife, Joan of Everett and the late Pat, Americo, James and Charles Christoforo, Mary Tassinari, Bianca Puleo and Alexandrina “Sandy” Pignato. He is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Stephanie Siden and her husband, Ryan of Marblehead, Anthony Taverna and his partner, Gary Mele of Florida, John Christoforo and his wife, Jana of Arizona, Matthew Christoforo and his wife, Shana of Dorchester and Tiffany Caggiano and her fiance, Nico Gobbi of Peabody; four great grandchildren: Sophia and Olivia Siden, Julia and Nicholas Christoforo and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea on Friday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea will be held prior to the Mass from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Interment will be inWoodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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