Obituaries 04-28-2016

Ann ‘Linda’ Crotty

Active member of her community

Ann “Linda” Crotty of Chelsea died on April 20.

Ann was an active member of her community, a longtime participant in the 20 mile Walk for Hunger, a volunteer with the Ahearn Memorial Pilgrimage Group for persons with physical disabilities as well as the Simon of Cyrene Society which sponsors Days of Recollection for persons with disabilities. She was also an Associate with the Sisters of Notre Dame.

The daughter of the late Mary, Ann is survived by her beloved cousin, Anne Crotty Joyce of Milton and is also survived by three Godchildren: Jill Montanile, Peter Chotkowski and Kathleen Lambros and by many cousins, extended family and friends.

Visiting hours were held and a Funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Service. For additional information, visit:

Dolores Graham

Retired Nurses Aide

Dolores H. (Tsolas) Graham, a life long resident of Chelsea, passed away late Sunday afternoon at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere where she was receiving supportive care. She was 82 year old.

A graduate of Chelsea Schools, she worked for over 22 years as a Nurses Aide at the Whidden Hospital, retiring in 1983.

She was the devoted wife of Lavon L. Graham, beloved mother of Sean Graham and his wife, Eileen of Marlboro and the late Georgiann Braid; sister of the late Gregory Tsolas; cherished grandmother of Kimberly Kowalski and her husband, Daniel of Revere, Scott Braid and his companion, Rebecca Dausch of Salem, Caitlin Graham of Chicago and Erin Graham of Dorchester.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, Patient Activity Fund, 91 Crest AvenueChelsea, MA 02150. To send a message of condolence to Dolores’ family, please visit

Martin Cooksey, Sr.

Career Navy Veteran and City of Chelsea employee

Martin D. Cooksey, Sr. of  Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

A career US Navy Veteran, born in Washington, DC 82 years ago, he served 20 years aboard many ships during his enlistment to include the USS Dealey, USS Cone and the USS Tweedy. Upon his discharge, he settled in Chelsea in 1973. After his service to his country, he worked for the City of Chelsea in the Department of Public Works and later as the maintenance coordinator for the Chelsea Senior Center.

He was the devoted husband of the late Mary Ann (Tammaro); beloved father of Paula Boczkowski and her late husband, William, Jr. of Chelsea, Martin D. Cooksey, Jr. and his wife, Kelly of Lynn, Linda Roberts and her husband, John of Chelsea, David Cooksey and his wife, Kelley of Norton and Michael Cooksey of Chelsea; brother of Marie Willett and her late husband, Walter “Sonny,” Rodger Cooksey and his wife, Cheryl, all of Maryland and the late Marion White and Janie White; cherished grandfather of Erica Smith and her husband, James of Medford, William Boczkowski III of Chelsea, Nicole Boczkowski of Chelsea, William Cooksey and his wife, Nicole of Lynn, Danny Cooksey of Lynn, Kristina Roberts of Chelsea, John Roberts, Jr. of Washington, D.C., David Cooksey, Jr. of Norton, Amber Cooksey of Norton and Shae Cooksey of Lynn. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Noah Cooksey, Kendall Smith, Chloe Smith, William Boczkowski, IV and Logan Cooksey as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm Street, Everett at 11 o’clock.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. To send a message of condolence to Martin’s family, please visit

Oscar Gonzalez Linares

Of Chelsea, formerly of El Salvador

Oscar A.  Gonzalez Linares passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea apartment on Wednesday March 23. He was 60 years old.

Born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, the son of the late Armando Linares and Luz Gonzalez Terrazas, Oscar came to Chelsea with his family in 1989 and has resided here since then. He worked for a time with Unico and at various other jobs as a general laborer. He recently  worked at a local fruit stand in Bellingham Square. In his spare time, Oscar enjoyed card games, dancing and socializing with friends.

He is survived by his siblings; Jose Gonzalez of Lynn, Rigerberto, Guillermo, Alicia, Lucia, Dora, Julio and David Gonzalez.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

James ‘Lewie’ Lewis

New England Coffee retiree

James R. “Lewie” Lewis of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 23 with his loving wife at his side.

Jim and Jean have been together for 35 years and resided in Winthrop since 1980. He was a longtime member of the P.P. Club of Chelsea and was an avid Boston sports fan. Jim was a shipper and receiver for the New England Coffee Company of Malden, retiring in 1998 after 17 years with the company.

He was the beloved husband of Jean M. (O’Donnell) Lewis; brother of Janice of N. Revere and the late Winthrop, Leon, Kenneth, Eugene, Marilyn, Thomas and John; cherished grandfather of Collin Lewis; brother in-law of Pat Rorick and her husband, Tony of Vermont, Janet Daloia and her husband, Frank of Tewksbury and Peg Ryan and her husband, Patrick of California; loving uncle of Michelle and Rand Pelton of Vermont, Michael and Caterina Rorick of Framingham, Melanie and Brian Vokey of Winthrop and Stephanine and Bryan Mannetta of Tewksbury and great uncle of Jesse, Austin, Darius, Kaden, Olivia, Pinennah and Mari-Jean.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hosp., 262 Danny Thomas PL., Memphis, TN 38105. For guestbook  go to

Giuseppe ‘Joseph’ Pagliuca

High End Custom Cabinetmaker

Giuseppe A. ‘Joseph’ Pagliuca died unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on Thursday, April 21.  He was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Montefalcione, Italy, he was one of five children born to the late Antonio and Angela Pagliuca. Giuseppe received his early education in Italy and apprenticed in finish cabinetry. He worked as a skilled craftsman in Italy, carving and crafting items like church pews and other fine works that are still admired today in his beloved birthplace.

He married his childhood sweetheart Antonia in 1962 and they began their life together in Italy and for a time in Switzerland before coming to the United States in 1970 settling with family in Chelsea in 1974 and have resided here since that time. He continued working as a high end custom cabinetmaker with Ocean Woodworking and before retiring he worked for Alpine Woodworks. He was a past member of the Carpenters Union, Local 51.

Giuseppe enjoyed anything having to do with cars and sports, he was an old school Boston Bruins and Boston Celtic fan. He enjoyed time with family and friends but most specially time doting on his four treasured granddaughters.

Giuseppe is mourned by his beloved wife of 53 years, Antonia (Fabrizio) of Chelsea, his children and their spouses; Antonio and Maria (Cataldo) Pagliuca of Peabody, Angela (Pagliuca) and Gaetano Ciampa of Dedham. He was the cherished grandfather of Antonia and Josephine Pagliuca and Vanessa and Sabrina Ciampa; dear brother of Alfonso and Josephine Pagliuca of New York; Francesco and Vincenza Pagliuca, Antonio Pagliuca and Antonietta (Pagliuca) Amadeo Lionetti, all of Italia; dear brother-in-law of the late Francesco and Maria Garofalo, the late Sabino and Giuditta Fabrizio, the late Anna Fabrizio and the late Giuseppe Fabrizio. He is also survived by his beloved in-laws: Domenico Fabrizio, Gerardo and Antonietta Fabrizio, Delia and Anthony Cassano and JoAnn Fabrizio and by many cherished nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews in the United States and in Italia.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Oakes Street, Everett at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 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.

Helen Barnes

Devout Catholic and animal lover

Helen C. (Benton) Barnes of Chelsea passed away on Friday, April 22 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice in Reading where she was receiving palliative after suffering a debilitating stroke 10 days earlier.

Born and raised in Chelsea,  a beloved daughter of the late Arthur C. and Mary “Vina” (Gallant) Benton, she was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She attended college and considered religious life studying with the Marist Sisters. Choosing secular life, she later married her beloved Cornelius “Neil” Barnes and together they resided in South Boston for 14 years and in Chelsea for the past 42 years. A devoted housewife, Helen was a deeply spiritual person and devout Catholic. She was a lifelong parishioner of the former Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Chelsea and joined the Immaculate Parish in Revere when her beloved “French Church” closed several years ago.

In her lifetime, Helen enjoyed her faith, family, friends, playing cards and was a well know animal lover and special lover of birds.

In addition to her parents, Helen was also preceded in death by her siblings; Arthur, James, Robert and John Benton and Jean Allen Gillis. She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Cornelius “Neil” F. Barnes of Chelsea and she was the dear sister-in-law of Elaine and Elder Benton and the late Kathleen Benton. She is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews.

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 a charity of their choice.

James Barry, Jr.

His life centered on work, family, and home life

James B. Barry, Jr. of Chelsea died on Wednesday evening, April 19 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers  after battling Leukemia for the past two years. He was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved and only child of the late James B., Sr. and Nancy L. (Lanzo) Barry. His mother died while he was still a toddler and he was raised by his father, aided by the help and guidance of his grandmother and the Lanzo family. He attended Our Lady of Grace parochial school and graduated from Chelsea High School. He was trained in auto body repair and worked for many years with Mastercraft Auto Body Shop on Heard Street in Chelsea. He completed his career at Commercial Auto Body in Malden, retiring in 1999.

His life centered on work, family and home life. Jim enjoyed home vegetable gardening, growing various crops of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini squash, herbs and more from his Chelsea garden. He would proudly share the fruits of his labor with his family making homemade soups, cooking fresh vegetable dishes and sharing his homegrown produce from his car as if it were a private farm stand and growers market. In addition to his parents and beloved grandmother, he was also preceded in death by his uncle Alfonso Lanzo, his aunts; Lucy Larcome, Margaret Denis, Rose Palermo and Anna Guanci. He is survived by his loving cousins: Jane Vivona and her husband, Ben of Wilmington, William Lanzo and his wife, Dolores of Burlington and his godchild, Nancy Montalbano and her husband, Paul of Andover. He is also survived by many more cousins and beloved extended family members.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O.Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. Click link to give on line

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