Obituaries 03-09-2017

Evelyn Goff

New England Telephone Co. retiree, one of the original “Chelsea Girls”

Evelyn R. 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.

She was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1938. She married Lawrence P. Goff and began her career as a telephone operator with the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.

Evelyn was one of the original “Chelsea Girls” working from the Chelsea exchange. She remained with the company throughout all the name changes, from NYNEX to Verizon, before taking retirement nearly 25 years ago.

Friends knew her as “Ebbie” and in her retirement years she remained active and involved in life whether playing games of Bocci Ball at Voke Park or trips to the casinos.  Ebbie was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and an active participant at both the Chelsea Senior Center on Riley Way and the Rossetti-Cowen Senior Center in Revere. She won the Bocci Tournament held at Langone Park in the North End of Boston in 2006.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lawrence in 2002; her sister and brother in law, Ellen and Raymond G. Higgins and her brother and sister in law John and Theresa (Léclair) Hayes. She is survived by her loving and caring nieces: Maureen Nagle of Milton and Linda Melescius of Melrose and also by Patricia and M. Kenneth Hyland of Stoneham, Patricia and Eugene O’Flaherty of Chelsea, Katherine and Stephen M. LeClerc of Stoneham, Eileen and Matthew Piccione of Winchester, Kathleen Hyland Flett of Malden and Patricia Walsh of Saugus.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Beatrice Shaffer

Graduate of Chelsea Memorial School of Nursing; member of Hadassah B’nai Brith and Temple B’nai Israel

Beatrice (Pirkovitz) Shaffer, beloved wife of Henry Shaffer, died at Winthrop Place, Winthrop on March 5. She was 95 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Morris and Esther (Yudin) Pirkovitz, she was raised and educated in Boston attended Boston Girls High School and graduated from Chelsea Memorial School of Nursing in 1957. She was a member of Hadassah. B’nai Brith and Temple B’nai Israel of Beachmont.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews: Johanna Alper and Amy Alper of Colorado, Susan Cohen of New York, Russell Pirkot of Greenfield, Donald Alper of W. Roxbury, Andy Cohen of Tennessee, Gerald Pirkot of Randolph, Murray Bass of New Jersey, Joshua Alper of Belmont and Daniel Cohen of Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her siblings: Jeanette Alper, Jack Pirkot, Rose Cohen and Ann Brody.

Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. Assisting the family with arrangements was the Torf Funeral Service. 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea. Donations in her memory may be made to the Mass Commission of the Blind, 600 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111 or the Mass Commission of the Deaf, 600 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111. For guest book please visit

 Richard Preble

Retired Chelsea Water & Sewer Dept. Supervisor

Richard M. “Rich” Preble passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on March 4. He was 85 years old.

Born in East Boston, he was one of seven sons raised by the late Susan E. (Morrison) and Allen B. Preble, Sr. Rich received his early education at public schools in East Boston and Chelsea.  A resident of Chelsea for all of his adult life, he began working in the building wrecking and dismantling field before being hired by the City of Chelsea Public Works.  He worked for many years in the city’s water and sewer department and retired as a supervisor.

Rich was a devoted uncle, friend, mentor and inspiration to many.  Throughout his retirement, he enjoyed many of his mornings socializing at Dunkin Donuts in Prattville. He was a past member of the Chelsea Elks and was a welcome visitor at the PPC, K of C, Sagamore and Cary Square Clubs in Chelsea.  He was a man of deep faith and a devoted Catholic who frequently attended Mass at the Soldiers Home, St. Michael’s Chapel.

He was a loving son of the late Allen B. Preble, Sr. and Susan E. (Morrison) Preble, dear brother of Robert A. “Butch” Harnish of Revere, the late Allen Preble Jr., Edward, John and James Preble and Herbert Morrison. Richard is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand and great grandnieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Geraldine Gravell

Former Necco Candy employee

Geraldine (Clark) Gravell of Revere, formerly of Maine, died on March 5. She was 85 years old.

In her younger years, she worked at the Necco Candy Factory in Cambridge.

The beloved wife of Richard Gravell, she was the dear sister of Pat Clark of Florida and Shirley Clark of Brimfield and is also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guest book, please visit

Richard ‘Fat Richie’ Picardi

Well known local businessman and member of many organizations

Richard J.”Fat Richie” Picardi of Revere died on March 4.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Richard was a well known local businessman, proprietor of Lucy’s, Broadway Deli, Yellow Taxi and many businesses on Revere Beach during its heyday. He was a member of the American Legion, Sons of Italy and a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council 179.

He was the beloved husband of the late Janice (Vaughn) and Margo (Hankel); devoted father of Donna Kelley and her husband, Joseph of Haverhill, Richard Jr. and his fiancé, Danielle Michaels of Revere, Heidi Picardi and her husband, Pat Starkey of Saugus, Robert of Revere, Paul and his wife, Doreen of Revere, Antoinette Abreu and her husband, Estarlo of Lynn, Donna Picardi of North Andover, Lucia Picardi, Richard III, and Connie “Sissy” Picardi, all of Malden; loving son of the late Michael and Lucy (Cella); dear brother of Helen Picardi of Revere, Ann DerMarderosian and her husband, Armen of Needham, and the late Sam, Robert H., and Camille Sasso. He is also survived by 20 loving grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his sister in-law, Marylin McNeil of Burlington.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home C/O Adult Day Care, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, Ma 02150. For guest book, please visit

Murray Tarmy

Retired Mass toll collector

Murray Tarmy of Chelsea, beloved husband of the late Beverly (Wayne) Tarmy. died March 2 at the Beth Israel Hospital Boston surrounded by his loving family.  He was 90 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Joseph and Beatrice Tarmy., Murray was a US Navy veteran of World War II and was employed as a toll collector for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Murray is survived by his two daughters:  Beatrice Liberman and her companion, Fred Darcy of Chelsea and Annette Smith of Florida; his grandchildren: Michael, Jessica and Jamie Liberman and his brothers, Harold Tarmy of Natick and William Tarmy of N. Reading. He was predeceased by his son, Barry Tarmy, two grandchildren, Joseph and Jared Smith, his brothers, Benjamin, Jack and Albert and his son in law, Larry Smith.

His funeral service was held from the Torf Funeral Chapel. Interment was in New Tifereth Israel of Everett Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to MSPCA Angell Memorial Hospital, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.  For Guest Book, please visit

Angelina Margareci

Volunteer Nurse’s Aide

Angelina N. Margareci of Revere died on March 3.

Born in Boston, she lived most of her life in Revere and made Friendly Garden her home later in life. Angelina volunteered as a nurse’s aide.

The beloved daughter of the late Antonio and Lillian (Masarro), she was the devoted sister of Margaret Ambrosino and her husband, Frederick of Revere and the late Josephine Margareci, Mary Aufiero and her husband, Michael; dear aunt of Paul Ambrosino, Thomas Ambrosino, Michael Aufiero, Peter Aufiero, Paul Aufiero, and Noreena Tuetkin. She is also survived by many loving great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave, Revere, MA 02151 For guest book please visit

Luiz Baez-Reyes

Devoted to family and home

Luis Baez-Reyes passed away after a short illnessin the peaceful surroundings of his Lynn home surrounded by his loving family on March 7, He was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Ciales, Puerto Rico, the loving son of the late Juan Baez and Jacinta Reyes, at 17 years of age he came to Chelsea in search of work and establishing a future for himself. He briefly returned to Puerto Rico and married his beloved wife, Ana Rosa Colon and returned to Chelsea with his young wife to begin to raise his family of five; three daughters and two sons. He supported his family by working his entire adult life with Community Suffolk Farms in Chelsea, retiring in 1993.

After retiring, he lived with family for a time in Saugus and Malden before settling with his daughter in Lynn 12 years ago.

In his lifetime, his devotion was to family and home, He would frequently return to Puerto Rico together with his wife and children for family vacations.   He worked hard to help his family and was a devoted husband, father, brother and uncle.

He was also very instrumental in aiding his niece to attend Harvard Medical School on her way to becoming a pediatrician.

He will be remembered for his easy going personality, love of family and time spent socializing with friends both new and old.

In addition to his parents, Luis was also preceded in death by his siblings: Octavio Baez, David Baez, Melita Baez and Reina Baez. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anna Rosa Baez, his loving children and their spouses; Nancy Baez and her husband, Leonard Doetsch of Lynn, Yolanda Baez-Garcia and her husband, Jeremias Garcia of Chelsea, Luis A. Baez, Jr, of Lynn, Jose Baez and his wife, Angela Martignetti of Revere and Rosa Baez of Plainville. He was the cherished grandfather of: Clori Pantoja, Anthony Colon, Jeremias Garcia, Karina Garcia, Natalie Colon, Matt Colon, Ariana Baez and Jayla Baez; adored great grandfather of Trae and Pasquale Jones, Darielle Maria Thomson, Demaria McKenzie and Hope Marie Colon. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, March 10 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Hill Mausoleum, Malden.Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral   Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

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