Obituaries 12-15-2016

James Cunniff

Customer service retiree, always a happy and friendly

James M. Cunniff of Chelsea died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Wednesday morning,  December 7 at the age of 62.

Always a happy and friendly person, for over 30 years, until his retirement, he worked in customer service, first at Bradlee’s and after it’s closing, next door at Save-a-Lot. An avid reader of newspapers, he always was current with the events of Chelsea and the world. A fanatic for the local sports teams, he kept every ticket stub for any of the games he went to. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling, most of the time at the lanes in East Boston

The devoted son of the late Albert and Elizabeth (Saladino) Cunniff, he is lovingly survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, December 17 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in James’ name may be made to the Chelsea Community Center, 207 Shurtleff Street, Chelsea, MA 02150.

Margaret Emma Selvage

Longtime resident of Mill Hill Section of Chelsea

A Memorial Mass for Margaret Emma (Sullivan) Selvage was celebrated on Saturday, December 10 at Saints Joseph and Lazarus Church in “Orient Heights” East Boston.

Margaret, who was 76 years old, passed away on Friday, December 2 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a decline in health and a short illness.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was one of four children of the late Thomas and Anna (D’Angelico) Sullivan. She received her early education in East Boston and worked outside of the home to support and contribute to her family.  She wed Robert D. Selvage and the couple shared 50 years together raising their family of three.

She resided in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Chelsea for most of her life and briefly resided in Revere and Everett.  Margret worked as a handler and sorter for Watson Mailing for several years.  In her lifetime, she enjoyed family camping in New Hampshire, traveling and Bingo games.  She returned to Chelsea several years ago after the passing of her beloved husband Robert in 2011.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sisters; Marie Papandrea and Patricia Russo.  She is survived by her beloved children: Robert T. Selvage and his wife, Noreen of Saugus, Lisa Selvage of Chelsea and Steven Selvage and his wife, Roseanna of Peabody.  She was the cherished grandmother of Janna, Courtney, Nicholas, Lola, Summer and Emma Selvage and was the expectant great grandmother of Holden Selvage; dear sister and sister-in-law of Alice Teneriello and her husband Sal of Naples, Florida,  Ben Papandrea of East Boston and Sammy Russo of Winthrop.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Donald Gallant

Chef, former owner of Don’s Lawns and Landscaping, always available to help

Donald R. Gallant, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away suddenly at home last Thursday evening. He was 55 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of Lois M. (Holland) Hutchinson, the late Eben Hutchinson and Alfred J. Gallant, Sr., Don attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1981.   He worked for many years as a line cook and sous chef in the hospital kitchen at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.  In the summer, Don spent his time mostly on Cape Cod where he worked seasonally in kitchens at the Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket and later at the Pelham House Resort in Dennisport on Cape Cod.  He loved summers   on   the   Cape   and   loved   being   outdoors,  so  he   worked   independently establishing Don’s Lawns and Landscaping which he operated until 2010.   Don enjoyed swimming and sunning himself on the Cape and local beaches.

He most enjoyed spending quality time with his three grandchildren sharing their laughter and many special moments and occasions with them.

He is remembered as to “Go get It man” shopping and doing errands for his friends, family, elderly neighbors and he was always available to help anyone in need.

He was the devoted father of Jaime L. Ferguson and her companion, Stephen Ford of Chelsea; loving   son   of   Lois   M.   (Holland)   Hutchinson   of   Chelsea; dear   brother   of   Lois

Hutchinson-Stone and her husband, Michael of Nantucket and the late Alfred J. Gallant,

Jr.; cherished grandfather “Grampy Don” of Joshua and Mariah Ferguson and Juliana

Ford; beloved uncle of Danielle Gallant and Gene Vose, Alexzander Gallant, Mackenzie

and Giovanni Vose and Alyssa Michelle Stone.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated for

Donald this past Tuesday at St. Rose Church in Chelsea.   Services concluded with

interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden where Donald was placed to rest together

with his late brother who passed away four years ago.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Virginia Bernier

Animal lover

Virginia G. “Ginny” (Olson) Bernier passed away unexpectedly at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Monday evening, December 5 surrounded by her loving family.  She was 57 years old.

A lifelong resident of Chelsea, the daughter of the late Franklin L. and Margaret R. (Geroian) Olson, Virginia attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1977.  She dedicated more than 20 years of service in the banking industry, first as a teller, then in customer relations and then in the fraud division.  For the last seven years, Ginny worked as a medical auditor for Logix Health in Bedford.  Having two dogs and two cats of her own, she will be most remembered for her love for animals.  In her spare time Ginny enjoyed reading.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her, including her cats and dogs.

Ginny was the beloved wife of Donald H. Bernier with whom she shared 30 years of marriage; beloved mother of Jessica A. Pultorak and her husband, Christopher of Chelsea; dear sister of Marianne F. Welch and her husband, Lawrence of Chelsea; cherished aunt of Michelle M. Roberts and her husband, Craig and great-aunt of Kevin Roberts, all of Apache Junction, Arizona and the late Briana Roberts.  Virginia is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Elizabeth M. Pultorak of Chelsea and her sisters-in-law and their families.

Funeral arrangements are private and entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.

George Dunn

Retired Tractor Trailer Driver

George H. Dunn of Revere and Chelsea, 83 years old, devoted husband of the late Lorraine (Carson) Dunn, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning, December 9.

In his younger years, George was very active with the Boy Scouts, loved sports especially the New York Giants and the Boston Bruins and was also active with the Salvation Army. He also loved woodworking and being on the road in New England during his working days as a tractor trailer driver. During semi-retirement he delivered meals on wheels with his late wife, Lorraine in Revere.

He leaves his loving children: George E. and his wife, Debra of Revere, Clinton H. and his wife, Deborah of Chelsea, Raymond W. and his wife, Maria of Saugus, Wendy and her husband, Paul of Winchester and Mary Dunn-Todd of Revere. He is also survived by his grandchildren who loved and will miss him: George, Joanna, James, Stephanie, Raymond, Paul, Caitlyn and his great-granddaughter Elaina.

Graveside service to be announced. For details, please contact the family.


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