Obituaries 03-16-2017

Stephanie Krasco

Her greatest love was family

Stephanie M. (Klimek) Krasco passed away Friday evening,  March 10 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing

Home where she had been receiving supportive care for the past several days. Stephanie celebrated her 95th  birthday just two weeks ago.

Born and raised in Chelsea,  the beloved daughter of the late Adolph and Mary Klimek, she attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Chelsea High School.  She was married to Walter Krasco and together they raised two sons.  A lifelong resident of Chelsea, she lived for most of her life on Carmel Street in Chelsea.  For the past 10 years, she resided at the Cohen, Florence, Levine Estates on Admirals Hill.

In her earlier days, Stephanie also worked outside of her home as a seamstress in the North End garment district and later in Chelsea with Bay State Novelty Company.

Stephanie was a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church, a member of the former Get Together Club and an active member of the Chelsea Senior Center.   In her Lifetime, her greatest love was family and she will be best remembered for her kind and sweet disposition and her delightful sense of humor.  She felt blessed to be present for her only granddaughter’s wedding this past October and reaching her 95th birthday in February.

In addition to her parents, Stephanie was also preceded in death by her Husband, Walter Sr. her son, Walter Jr. and brothers, William and Philip Klimek.  She was the beloved mother and mother-in-law of William “Bill” Krasco and his wife, Susan of Stoneham, Marlene Krasco of Surprise, AZ.; cherished grandmother of James Krasco,

Bill Krasco and his wife, Erin, Michael Krasco and his wife, Jennifer and Kathleen Krasco and her husband, Elbert Baquero and adored great grandmother of Jake, Ava, Jack and Dylan Krasco.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, March 16, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 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 Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea MA 02150

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Catherine Morgan

Multi-talented, “Pioneer Woman” of deep faith and a great love for animals

Catherine M. Morgan passed away suddenly on Saturday evening, March 11 .  She was 80 years old.

The loving daughter of the late John and Catherine (Power) Morgan, she was born and raised in Castle Countess, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.  She received her early education in Ireland. An accomplished pianist and talented singer, she traveled the countryside for six years as a member of a band.  She attended business school in Ireland and at 21 years of age, Catherine married and began raising her family in Ireland.

She came to the United States in 1964 with her family and resided for several years in the Malden and Medford communities before settling in Chelsea in 1994. She worked outside of her home for many years as an office administrator, she excelled in shorthand and was an experienced typist.  She continued her education taking business courses at Bentley College in 1981.

Catherine held several jobs, sometimes working simultaneously beginning with the Medford Chamber of Commerce and Boston Coast Guard Station, she assisted in writing the weekly bulletin for the Old South Church and worked full time at the Salvation Army Headquarters on Berkley Street before retiring in 2001.

She was fluent in Gaelic and Latin, an amateur botanist with a green thumb and love for gardening.  She was an intense cyclist, enjoying bicycling here and in Ireland before it became a popular sport.  She was an avid reader, and enjoyed sharing and telling stories, listening to a good tale, enjoying good food and company of good friends and sharing a laugh or two.  She was a woman of deep faith and devotion to her family and was a “Pioneer Woman”.  She favored St. Francis of Assisi and had a great love for animals.  This was exampled by her support of PETA and the Animal Rescue League.

In addition to her parents, Catherine was also preceded in death by her former husband and friend, John F. O’Flaherty, a sister, Bridget Holden and a brother, Liam Morgan.  She is survived by her beloved sons and their spouses;  John P. O’Flaherty of Chelsea, Cathal J. O’Flaherty and his wife, Tracy of Chicago Il, Dominic B. O’Flaherty of Chelsea, Eugene L. O’Flaherty and his wife, Patricia of Charlestown, Kieran J. O’Flaherty and his wife, Siobhan of Wilmington.  She was the cherished grandmother of John Jacob O’Flaherty, Caitlin and Brendan O’Flaherty and dear sister of Lt. Col.(ret) John S. Morgan and Patrick Morgan, both of Ireland,

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., (Chelsea Soldiers Home) Chelsea today, Thursday, March 16 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. The family will receive visitors at the Chapel this morning from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Martin Scannell Scott

Devoted to family and friends

Martin “Papa” Scannell Scott, a longtime resident of Chelsea, was blessed to be surrounded by all his loved ones before his passing on the afternoon of March 11. He was 83 years old.

Born on November 16, 1933 in County Cork, Ireland. Martin was the beloved husband of Annette (Powers) Scott. He had the great honor of raising three daughters: Yvonne, wife of Steve Bennson, Estelle, wife of Steve Savage and Carol, wife of Manuel Cetina and three sons, Martin Scott, husband of Michael Sanders, Sean Scott, husband of Elizabeth and Mark Scott, husband of Patty.

Along with his children, Martin also had the pleasure of spending time with all 16 grandkids and 13 great grandkids that brought him more joy than he could ever ask for. Martin was known as “Mr. Fix It”, he was the pillar of the community, passing his knowledge and skills along to the local neighborhoods. He was the most selfless, humble, hardworking man you would ever come to meet. If you ever crossed paths or bumped into papa, whether it be at one of the many sporting events he went to or at Market Basket, you would be greeted by the infamous “Hey Pal ! How You Doing !?. And that’s when you knew you were in for a good story.

Family and friends will honor Martin with a “Celebration of Life” gathering on Sunday, March 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Merritt Club, 101 Webster Avenue in Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested  that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. To send a message of condolence to Martin’s family, please

 Anne Panetta

Devoted homemaker and World War II Marine veteran

Anne M. (Connolly) Panetta passed away Sunday afternoon, March 12th in the peaceful

surroundings within the home she shared with her daughter.   She was in her 95th year.

Born and raised in Dorchester, she was one of the eldest of 13 children born to Patrick and Annie

Connolly. Anne attended Boston public schools and graduated from Dorchester

High School. During WW II, she enlisted in the US Marines Corps and was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of corporal.   She returned home and continued her education attending the Gibbs School in Boston.

In 1949 she married Ralph J. Panetta and they settled in Medford where she was a devoted homemaker raising four children. When Ralph retired, they relocated to Marlborough, New Hampshire. In

Marlborough, Anne was an active member of the community for nearly 30 years. She

was a member of the Friends of the Frost Memorial Free Library and member of the

Woman’s Guild of the Federated Church of Marlborough.

Anne was widowed in 1997 after 48 years of marriage.   In her lifetime, Anne enjoyed handicrafts, knitting and sewing, loved baking and was a devoted Red Sox fan (she and Ralph’s first date was at Fenway Park.) She was an avid reader, a proud Marine and a former member of the Everett Women of the Moose.

In addition to her husband and parents, Anne was also preceded in death by one daughter, Janet M. Barnes and all of her 12 siblings. She is survived by her beloved children: Joseph M. “Mike” Panetta of Chelsea, Ellen P. Connolly and her husband, Richard of Melrose and Carol A. Zazula of Chelsea. She was the cherished grandmother of David Zazula and his wife, Jena, Jordana Mather and her

husband, Lee, Suzanne Zazula-Franklin and her husband, Stephen, Jimi Barnes, Jett

Barnes, Julia Connolly and Richard Connolly and the adored great-grandmother of Kariana,

Zachary, Elijah, Rachael, Joshua and Daniel.

Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea

on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend her Funeral Mass at The Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant St., Malden on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. Family and friends are asked to gather at the church.   In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to; The Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, 30 Wallingford Rd., Brighton, MA 02135

or the Federated Church of Marlborough, 16 Pleasant St., Marlborough, NH 03455.

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Theresa Zenga

Experienced equestrian and animal lover

Theresa K. (DiFiore) Zenga, a longtime resident of Chelsea, passed away at Tufts Medical Center after abrief illness on March 12.

Born and raised in Salem, she was one of four children born to Searfino and Gladys V. DiFiore. She was first married to Donald Iarrobino Sr. and later to Henry Zenga. She settled in Chelsea in 1960 and for many years she was a resident in the Margolis Building on Clark Avenue. Theresa worked for many years with Stride Rite Shoes fashioning metal shoe buckles, she also worked as a counter lady at Nicks Sub Shop on Broadway and at the Chelsea Soldiers Home Canteen.   In her lifetime Theresa was an experienced equestrian enjoying horseback riding and a love for all animals.

Theresa was preceded in death by her two husbands, Henry Zenga and Donald Iarrobino, Sr. her parents and two of her sisters; Maria Iantosca and Jessie DiFiore. She is survived by her beloved son, Donald Iarrobino, Jr. and his wife, Susan of Lynn. She was the cherished grandmother of Arissa and Renee Iarrobino and she is also survived by her dear sister Gladys “Dolly” DeStafano of Saugus.

Her Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite

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