Jimmy Vasquez of Chelsea died tragically in the ‘department at CHA-Everett Hospital from fatal injuries sustained Friday evening, January 13. He was 15 years old. Jimmy was born in Cambridge and was a beloved son of Esmeralda Vasquez of Chelsea. He spent his life growing up in Chelsea, attending local schools and was currently enrolled as a ninth grader at Chelsea High School. He belonged to the Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chelsea and once played on a Lacrosse team. A young and characteristic teenager he enjoyed listening to current music, enjoyed hanging around with friends and eating out.
Chelsea was his hometown where he remained the beloved son and stepson of Esmeralda Vasquez and Edgar Ochoa; the loving brother of Yuly Vasquez, Edgar Ochoa-Vasquez and Erick Ochoa-Vasquez, all at home and Roberto Andrades, Lino Andrades and Joanna Andrades, all in East Boston. He was the cherished grandson of Jesus Vasquez-Flores and Mercedes Flores-Vasquez of El Salvador; adored godson of Jasmine Perez of Chelsea and dear nephew of Nino Vasquez of Indiana and Berta Vasquez of California.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home
Decorated veteran, GE retiree and former president of Chelsea Little League
Richard C. Chapin of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly January 8 at the North Shore Medical Center-Salem Hospital. He was 83 years old.
A longtime Chelsea resident prior to moving to Peabody, Richard was a decorated US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict. In addition to receiving the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Korean PUC and National Service Defense Medal, he was awarded the Purple Heart on two occasions for service connected injuries. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a machinist at General Electric for over 35 years.
Locally, he was involved with the Chelsea Little League for over 20 years, becoming the league’s President and was also the District 10 Administrator for Little League. In his leisure time, he enjoyed his Sunday Night Bowling League in Lynnfield, golf and was a former member of the Chelsea Moose.
The devoted husband of Jennie M. (Barbati), he was the beloved father of Richard C. Chapin, Jr. and his wife, Margie of North Carolina and Mariann Munroe and her husband, James F. of Peabody; brother of the late Melvin, Fern, Irene, Helen and Eleanor; cherished grandfather of Ashley Chapin, twins Taylor and Kristin Chapin, all of North Carolina and James R. Munroe of Peabody.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services were private.
Francis ‘Fran’ Nugent
Retired Chelsea City Engineer
Francis W. “Fran” Nugent of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea, passed away peacefully at the West Revere Health Center on January 12 at the age of 90.
Fran was born and raised in Chelsea, one of five children of the late Francis and Elizabeth (Hanlon) Nugent. He attended Chelsea Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1944. He enlisted in the US Army, served during World War II and was honorably discharged. He returned to Chelsea and was soon married to Jane R. (Jones) Nugent. The couple had three children and shared more than 66 years together until the time of Jane’s passing three years ago.
In the mid 1950’s Fran began working for the City of Chelsea Engineering Department holding the position of City Engineer for many years before retiring after 40 plus years of service to the community. After retiring, Fran and his wife relocated to Wakefield 23 years ago.
As a young man, Fran was a devoted fan of the old Boston Braves and was member of the team’s “Knot Hole Gang.” He was also a fan of the Boston Red Sox, S.F. Giants and the NE Patriots. He was a former member of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus and VFW Post 1538. He was a charter member, past officer and board member of the Cary Square Assoc. During his lifetime, Fran enjoyed time with family, taking day trips and listening to 40’s music.
In addition to his wife and parents, Fran was also preceded in death by his son, Francis “Barney” Nugent and his siblings; Beatrice Chapman, Eleanor, James and Elizabeth Nugent. His is lovingly survived by his children and their spouses: Mike Nugent and his wife, Joanne Evans of Chelsea, Jane Robblee Smith and her husband, Rodney of Wakefield and Barney’s wife, Denise of West Peabody. He was the cherished grandfather of Michael Nugent, David Nugent, Jason Robblee, Jody Nugent, Tim Robblee and Chris Robblee and the adored great grandfather of Jakob and Sadie Robblee, Mason and Max Medbery and Harper Nugent.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Clara J. (Toda) Szczerbinski, a lifelong resident of Chelsea. passed away Thursday morning, January 12 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she had been receiving supportive care for the last 11 years. Prior to her retirement, she worked in the garment industry as a dressmaker for Madam Ruby on Newbury Street in Boston and also for Conrad & Co.
The devoted wife of the late retired Chelsea Firefighter Charles Szczerbinski, she was the beloved mother of Paul Szczerbinski and his wife, Gulia of Revere, Gerard Szczerbinski of Kentucky, Anne Antonelli and her husband, Ernest of Malden and the late Michael John Szczerbinski; dear sister of the late Eleanor Novak; cherished grandmother of Michael John Szczerbinski and his wife, Stephanie of LaPlata, Maryland, Brian S. Szczerbinski and his wife, Jennifer of Los Angeles, California, Beth Ann Schechet and her husband, Arik of Arlington, Christopher Antonelli and Alyssa Antonelli of Malden and G.J. Szczerbinski of Florida. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandson, Chasin Schechet of Arlington.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send a message of condolence to Clara’s family, please visitwww.smithfuneralhomes.com
Animal lover and Chelsea Soldiers Home retiree
Leonard C, Rosenstein of Bonita Springs, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, died January 10 at the Cape Coral Hospital in Florida. He was 69 years old.
Born in Everett, the son of the late David and Marion (Levine) Rosenstein, he was raised and educated in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School and Chelsea Hebrew School. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam War and also was deployed to Indochina.
He was employed at the Chelsea Soldiers Home for 40 years working in various positions. For the past 10 years, he has been a Florida resident but was still an avid Red Sox and Patriots Fan. He enjoyed the quiet retirement among his friends in Florida. He cared very much for all animals, but held a soft spot for his beloved dog, Molly. Leonard was a good natured man who got along with everyone. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his son, Matthew Rosenstein of Chelsea, his brothers, Marc Rosenstein and his wife, Linda of Lynn and Edward Rosenstein and his partner, Alex Flanagan of Stonemountain, GA.; his cousin Edwin Katzman of Boynton Beach, FL and his close friend, Joe Miller of Florida and by many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial observance was private. Contributions in his memory may be made to Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or VA Medical Center Boston, 150 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For guest book, please visit our website www.torffuneralservice.com
Evelyn ‘Aunt Ebbie’ Goff
One of the original telephone company “Chelsea Girls”
Evelyn R. “Aunt Ebbie” Goff, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness on January 11 at the age of 97.
One of three children of the late Patrick J. and Mary A. (LeHane) Hayes, she was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1937. She married Lawrence P. Goff and together they kept residence in Evelyn’s family childhood home in the Mill Hill neighborhood of Chelsea on Crescent Avenue.
A child of the depression, she valued a strong work ethic and began her career as a telephone operator with New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. as one of the original “Chelsea Girls” working from the CH-elsea exchange. She remained with the telephone company throughout all the changes, innovations and name changes from NYNEX to Verizon before taking retirement nearly 25 years ago.
Better known to family and friends as “Ebbie” or “Aunt Ebbie,” in her retirement years, Evelyn remained active and involved in life, whether playing games of Bocci Ball at Voke Park or bus trips to the casinos and she could always be relied upon to recommend a good restaurant or other venue to enjoy good food and fellowship.
“Ebbie” was a member and an active participant at both the Chelsea Senior Center on Riley Way and the Rossetti-Cowen Senior Center in Revere and was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Evelyn was widowed in 2002 with the passing of her beloved husband, Lawrence. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother, their spouses and in-laws: Ellen and Raymond Higgins, John and Theresa Hayes, Peter, John, and James Goff, Lucy Hilton, Mildred Barry and Marion Reardon. She is survived by her loving and caring nieces and nephews; Maureen Nagle, Linda Molineaux, Buddy and Paul Hilton, Bobby and Jack Barry and she is also survived by many beloved grandnieces and grandnephews.
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 can be made to a charity of your choice
Retired Chelsea Fire Captain
Robert M. Newberry, Chelsea Fire Department Captain (retired), and a lifelong member of the Chelsea community, passed away unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett shortly after suffering a cardiac event on the way to a doctor’s appointment. He was 77 years old.
He joined the Chelsea Fire Department in 1972 and retired with the rank of Captain in 1993. A United States Air Force Veteran, he was also a member of the Cary Square Associates and the Boston Sea Rovers. After retirement, he worked for Square Cab and was associated with JC Fence Co.
He was the devoted husband of Emma E. (Harvey) Newberry of Chelsea and former husband of Marcia (Morrison) Newberry of Revere; beloved father of Vicki Newberry Sullivan and her husband, Dan of Saugus, Debora Newberry of Revere and Michael Dussourd of Quincy and his step-son, William Follett of Chelsea; loving brother of Alfred Newberry of Holbrook, Richard Newberry of Peabody, Leonard Newberry of Florida, Annie Citroni of Saugus and the late Lorraine Kelly; cherished grandfather of Michael Dussourd, Jr. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services were private. in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation. To send a message of condolence to Robert’s family, please visitwww.smithfuneralhomes.com
Dani Lynne Guthrie
Chelsea crossing guard who fought a long and courageous battle against cancer
Dani Lynne Guthrie of Chelsea passed away after a long illness on Wednesday afternoon, January 11 at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Everett surrounded by her loving cousins. She was 48 years old.
Born in Los Angeles, C the daughter of the late Robert E. and Jean D. (Thompson) Guthrie, Dani has been a lifelong resident of the City of Chelsea since she settled in this city with her parents at just three months old. She attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1987. She completed a certificate program in medical billing and coding from Everest Institute.
Dani fought a courageous battle for many years against cancer. She found joy in being a Chelsea crossing guard and looked forward to seeing the children every morning and afternoon, making sure they arrived safely to and from school. Dani will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
She is lovingly survived by several cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Funeral arrangements for Dani are private and entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.