Obituaries 06-08-2017

Norma Consuelo Canelas

She was determined to make the world a better place, spread love and make people happy

On Sunday May 28, Norma C. Canelas of Chelsea was tragically taken while on a trip in Honduras visiting family.

Our hearts are deeply saddened, as she touched so many people’s hearts. Norma was intelligent, mature, beautiful, loving, charismatic, full of life, outgoing and so much more.  She would do her best to make everybody around her smile and be happy, even on her hardest days.  There are no words to describe the pain left by this tragedy.  Norma was only 19 years young and just starting out her life with so many dreams and plans for her future.

She graduated from Chelsea High School in June of 2016 and had plans to continue on to college to pursue a career in criminal justice, especially helping teens.  Norma had started working at Hale and Hearty in Boston, trying to save money for college.

Norma, or as many often called her Normita, was very devoted to her family and was loved by so many. She leaves behind her mother, Olivia Contreras and father, Jeremias Canelas, both of Chelsea; her brothers: Wilson, Carlos, Manue and Jerson.  She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers and even acquaintances that her beautiful soul touched.  The abundance of support and love shown by everybody has been so greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

Born in Boston, Norma was a very proud member of her community in Chelsea. She was always involved in many things with her school including the REACH Program, she volunteered countless hours at Chelsea Collaborative aiding in rights for Immigrants and many other important matters that involved her community.  She was so determined to make the world a better place, spread love, and make people happy even through the hardest of times.  That was what she was so well known for, staying positive even through the toughest of times. We will all miss her bright smile that could light up any room when she entered.

 Friends and family are invited to visit and gather Friday morning, June 9 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Rose of Lima Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m.  Services will conclude with Norma being placed to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. There is a GoFundMe for the family of Norma Canelas to help with expenses bringing our Normita home and lay her to rest. The link is

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