Obituaries 09-21-2017

Michael Ciaramella

Of Chelsea

Michael Ciaramella of Chelsea died unexpectedly on September 14.

The devoted son of John Ciaramella and his wife, Rose of Freemont, Hew Hampshire and the late Sheila (Ryan) Ciaramella, he was the beloved father of Kimberly Marie Ciaramella of Framingham, Tiffany Ciaramella Gordon of Boston, Michael Devaney of New Bedford and Kyle Michaud of Salem; dear brother of Bruce Ciaramella of Revere, Mark Ciaramella of Keene,.New Hampshire and Joanne Bruno of Everett. He is also lovingly survived by 11 grandchildren as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Life in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Monday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with prayers being offered at 12:15. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in Michael’s name be made to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Development Office, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118 or at To send a message of condolence to Michael’s family, please visit

Richard Zaleski

Active athletic volunteer

Richard S. Zaleski passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his residence on Congress Avenue in Chelsea last September 26, 2016. He was 61 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the beloved only son of the late Felix and Alice (Operacz) Zaleski, Richard was raised and resided for most of his life in the family home on Fenno Street in Revere.  He attended St. Stanislaus parochial school and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School.

He attended college, held a bachelor’s degree and worked earlier as a physical/sports trainer.   He worked for the Oakland Athletics, the Arlington Public School Dept. and was a seasonal employee at Fenway Park. He also volunteered his time locally with the PAV Explorer Post under the leadership of the late Ed Pigulski, assisting and training for the Winnisimmet Chiefs Hockey team.   He also assisted at the PAV Post 13 weekly Bingo games.  At the time of his passing, Richard was working for Sky Chefs in East Boston.

He is survived by his dear and closest friend Caroline Chisham of New York.  He was the beloved nephew of Mary Sitnik of Wethersfield, CT, the late Julia Dziodzio, Frances Dufresne, Gladys Chodkowski, Edward Zaleski, Hedwig Macek, Regina Chiras and Adam Operacz.

He is also survived by many cousins and extended family members.

Friends and family are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering at the   Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, September 23 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with a reception at the Marriot Residence Inn, 200 Maple St., Chelsea. A private   inurnment   will   take   place   at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date.  The Funeral Home Is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Sarah Powell

Her wit and special ability to say the alphabet backward will be missed by all

Sarah M. (Moore) Powell of Lunenburg, a former resident of Chelsea, passed away peacefully on September 13 at the Highlands in Fitchburg with her loving family by her side.  She was 103 years old.

Sarah was born in Adam’s Cove, Newfoundland, on February 17, 1914 to Leonard and Elizabeth (King) Moore.  She came to this country at the age of 14 and lived in Chelsea for most of her life.

Sarah tended to her family and her home, but also worked outside of the home for a number of years at the American Optical in Chelsea and also at Everlastic in Chelsea.  Sarah was a member of the former Mt. Bellingham United Methodist Church in Chelsea and a late member of the ladies group, Forget-Me- Nots.  During her retirement, she enjoyed crocheting and knitting slippers and blankets for all of her children and grandchildren.  Sarah’s wit will be missed by all, as well as her special ability to say the alphabet backwards!

Sarah is survived by her three daughters, Ethel Moore and her husband, Norman of Melrose, Louise Hudson of Lunenburg, with whom she lived and Carol Powell of Tewksbury; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 25 great, great-grandchildren; a sister, Eva King, two brothers, Eric and George Moore, a sister-in-law, Margaret Moore, all of Newfoundland and Canada and by many nieces and nephews.  Sarah was pre-deceased by her daughter, Shirley Holler; ex-husband, Arthur Powell; sons-in-law: Edgar Holler, Howard Hudson and Frank Fulco and brothers, Willie and Stanley Moore.

Funeral services were conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Monday, September 18.  Interment following services was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  Donations in Sarah’s memory may be made to the Smile Train P.O. Box 96231 Washington D.C. 20090-6231 and/or Shriner’s Hospital 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.

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