Obituaries 05-18-2017

Edward ‘Teddy’ Fusco, Jr.

State House Ranger, Sagamore Club member, remembered for his thoughtful and helpful demeanor, friendly personality and congenial nature

Edward T. “Teddy” Fusco, Jr. died unexpectedly on May 5 at his home in East Boston.  He was 41 years old.

Teddy was born and raised in Everett and attended the Webster School and Our Lady of Grace Parochial School.  He was also a graduate of Pope John High School and Suffolk University, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in business.  Teddy worked for the DCR for the past 20 years as a State House Ranger.  He was a member of the Sagamore Club in Chelsea.

Teddy enjoyed amateur photography and following Boston sports teams. He will be forever remembered for his thoughtful and helpful demeanor, his friendly personality and congenial nature.

The beloved son of Edward T. “Ted” Fusco, Sr. and Mary Grace (Gulizia) Fusco of Winthrop, he was the dear brother of Jennifer Hoye and her husband, James of Taunton, cherished uncle of Jimmy, Abigail and Joey Hoye, all at home in Taunton; dear grandson of the late Joseph and Jennie Gulizia and Angelo and Ruth Fusco. He is also lovingly survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

A graveside service was conducted at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.   In lieu of flowers, donations in tribute to Teddy’s memory may be made to; The Samaritans, 41 West St., 4th floor, Boston, MA 02111 Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial ~ Frank A. Welsh & Sons. Chelsea.

Dorothy Rutstein

Of Everett

Dorothy (Winer)Rutstein of Everett passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14.

The beloved wife of the late Oscar “Blackie” Rutstein, she was pre-deceased by her cherished son Howard Rutstein. She was the devoted daughter of the late Max and Sadie Winer, sister of the late Betty Egan, Esther Cohen, Samuel Winer, Lou Winer, Jeannette Mussman, Robert Winer, Harry Winer and Ann Greece. The grandmother of Lauren Rutstein Owen and Lindsay Rutstein, she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, May 17 at the New Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 ATTN: Hospice and Palliative Care. Visit for guestbook.

Armando Martinello

His wife and family was his best love and lifelong devotion

Armando Martinello passed away suddenly on Monday, May 15 in the Emergency Dept. of Massachusetts General Hospital after being stricken in his Chelsea home. He was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Carmine and Theresa (Petruzsiello) Martinello, Armando attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He married Grace M. Griffin in 1949 and they raised a family of six sons and two daughters.

Armando worked most of his life as a tire mechanic, mounting, vulcanizing and recapping commercial truck tires. He was employed for many years with Gans Tires in Chelsea and later with Maislin Trucking in Somerville. When the latter company moved to Canada, Armando started driving a taxi for a local cab company before taking full retirement.

He was a supporting member of the St. Michaels Chapel Community, Wounded Warriors and various children’s charities. Armando was an amateur landscaper fastidiously caring for his home garden and his meticulously kept lawn. But his best love and lifelong devotion was to his wife and family.

In addition to his parents, Armando was also preceded in death by two sons: Robert and Frederick Martinello, his two daughters, Maureen and Theresa Martinello; two sisters, Millie Salvaggio and Angie Griffin and two brothers, Carmine and Joseph Martinello. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Grace M. (Griffin) Martinello and his children: Stephen Martinello and his wife, Patricia of Peabody, Thomas Martinello and his wife, Linda of Saugus, Michael Martinello of West Yarmouth, Frank Martinello and his fiancée, Christine LoConte of Winchester. He was the father-in-law to Lisa Martinello and Andrea Martinello and dear brother of John Martinello of Saugus. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

His Funeral will begin at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Cardinal Cushing Pavilion) at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea on Saturday May 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Robert Fietz, III

Proud veteran of World War II and

DAV member

Robert H. Fietz, III peacefully entered into eternal life on Friday April 28 while in residence at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. He was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Robert H. Fietz II and Sophia (Greenman) Fietz, Robert attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He entered the US Army in 1943 during World War II and served as a supply clerk and participated in several battle campaigns across Central Europe before receiving his honorable discharge in 1946.

He returned to Chelsea and took work at the Boston Navy Yard. He sustained a serious work injury leaving him a paraplegic and he has been permanently disabled since that time. However, with the care and assistance of his siste,r Carolyn Berfield, he was able to continue independent living. For many years, Robert resided in the Green House Apartments on Pearl Street, Chelsea and for the past 17 years, he has been a resident at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home. He was a proud US Army Veteran and a member of the DAV.

 In addition to his parents, Robert was also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Carolyn Fietz Berfield and Edward I. Berfield. He is lovingly survived by his niece and retired Chelsea Public School teacher, Robin Berfield Muise and her husband, William of Tewksbury.

Funeral Services with Military Honors were conducted from the Chelsea Soldiers Home Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea. Robert was placed to rest privately at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home Activity Fund, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea 02150.  Arrangements were by Anthony Memorial ~ Frank A. Welsh & Sons. Chelsea.

Frank Agri

Cab driver, talented artist and amateur cartoonist

Frank A. Agri passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 9 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.  He was 75 years old.

Born in Boston, a son of the late Salvatore and Concetta (Santoro) Agri,  Frank was raised in Chelsea where he grew up in the Marlboro Street and Watts Street neighborhoods.  He attended local schools and as a young man enlisted in the US armed services and was honorably discharged.  He was employed as a cab driver working for many years with Royal and Patriot Taxi in Revere.  In his lifetime Frank enjoyed dancing and bus trips to Foxwoods, he is also remembered as a talented character artist and amateur cartoonist.

He is survived by his children; Gabriel Lynch, Frank R. Agri, Jr. and Henry Agri.  He was the dear brother of Dolores A. McTague, Jeanne Pann, the late Josephine M. McKittrick, Loretta Freeman, Joseph Agri and Salvatore J. Agri, Jr.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

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

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