Donna (Doucette) Shields of Chelsea died on October 7.
The beloved wife of Charles Shields of Revere, she was the loving mother of Richard Seeley of St. Petersburg, FL and Maryellen Seeley of Holyoke; dear daughter of the late Donald Doucette and Mary (Harms) Doucette; beloved sister of the late Michelle Dunn; former wife of Robert C. Seeley of Mystic, CT; cherished grandmother and adored aunt of Richard Seeley, Hadley Dunn, TJ Dunn, Brianna and Michelle Dunn.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering, life tribute and remembrance service on Saturday, October 28 at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea from 2 to 4 p.m..
Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com – Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723
Eleanor “Ellie” Wells
Diehard Boston Celtics fan; worked at
Al Zack’s Sandwich Shop and
Nobrega’s Curtain Shop
Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Wells passed away Saturday evening, October 21 at Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield where she has been receiving supportive care for the past 18 months. She was 80 years old.
Born and raised in Boston, she was a daughter of the late Henry C. and Mary E. (McClure) Clark. Ellie attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Roxbury High School where she played high school basketball and had a lifelong love for the game.
She met her future husband, Frederick T. Wells while attending a dance social at the French Club in Chelsea. She was married to Fred in 1963 and they shared the next 52+ years together up to the day of his passing in 2015.
The couple settled in Chelsea residing for many years on Carmel Street where they raised their family of one daughter and two sons. Ellie worked outside of her home at Al Zack’s Sandwich shop, and for over 25 years providing counter service to many of Chelsea’s population. At the restaurant’s closing Ellie continued working at Nobrega’s Curtain Shop before retiring in 2000.
She and her husband Fred relocated to Northwood, New Hampshire for their retirement years. Shortly after her husband passed away, she returned to the area to be close to her children.
During her lifetime, Ellie liked to be active. She and her husband participated in various couples bowling leagues and she was a diehard Celtics fan holding season tickets from 1979 and for 20 years she rarely missed attending a game.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also predeceased by several siblings: the late Mary Patricia Clark, Josephine “Dolly” O’Leary, Veronica “Ronnie” Centrella, Henry C., Gerald R., and Robert E. Clark. She was the very devoted mother of Susan Wells of Wakefield and Thomas Wells and Paul Wells, both of Saugus; the cherished grandmother of Brandyn Wells of Boston, dear sister of Joan Havey of Malden and she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, October 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.
Long time medical instrument specialist and devoted homemaker
Loretta (Klosowski) Holsten passed away on Wednesday, October 4 at the West Revere Health Care Center after a long illness. She was 63 years old.
Born in Salem, a daughter of the late Henry S. and Alfreda J. (Vronski) Klosowski, Loretta grew up in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1972 and continued to maintain strong friendships with many of her classmates.
She married Robert Holsten in 1974 and was the loving and devoted mother to her son, Brian R. Holsten.She was a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish and received all of her early sacraments there. She attended BHCC “Just a Start Program” and received a certificate in the Bio-Medical field in 1994. She worked for many years as a Medical Instrument Specialist in central sterilization departments with Tufts Medical Center and Beverly Hospital.
Loretta also battled and overcame many personal internal illnesses in her lifetime. She was a devoted homemaker and homebody and an accomplished embroiderer and crocheter, creating and donating her works to local children and church bazaars. She also enjoyed ceramics and arts and crafts. She is survived by her beloved son, Brian R. Holsten of Chelsea and was the dearly loved sister of Alicia Cardoza and her husband, Robert of Waterbury VT and the cherished aunt of Casey and Khloe Cardoza. She is also survived by her former husband, Robert Holsten of Miami FL, her many extended family members, dear friends and her feline companion “Daisy.” Family and friends are kindly invited to visit at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, October 27, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. A prayer service will be conducted in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible,ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Gioacchino “Jack” Frangiamone
Gioacchino ‘Jack’ Framgiamone of Chelsea died on October 25.
He was the beloved husband of 72 years of Mary F. (Merlina) Frangiamone; devoted father of Donna Katzman and her husband, Elliot of Marblehead and Diane Butera and her husband, Michael of Everett; cherished grandfather of Matthew and Katie Katzman, David and Emily Katzman, all of Swampscott and cherished grandfather and best friend of Michelle Butera of Everett and the adored great grandfather of Nora and Maggie Katzman. He was the loving son of the late Salvatore and Lena (Spagnola) Frangiamone; dear brother of Zina Commito of Wakefield and the late Mateo Frangiamone.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 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 onMonday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory retiree
Richard C. Kozlowski passed away after a brief illness at Watson Field Assisted Living in Strafford, NH where he has been convalescing for the past year. He was 76 years of age.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Charles G. and Helen (Kalinick) Kozlowski. Richard attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He was employed with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on the Harvard Campus since 1958. Beginning in the mail room and progressing to become an information specialist in the IT Dept. before retiring in 2006. He settled in North Reading in 1967 and resided there for many years. He was a dedicated dad, volunteering as a youth hockey and baseball coach encouraging his son in sports and athletics. After his retirement, he returned to Chelsea for several years before again relocating to New Hampshire a few years ago.
In his lifetime, Richard enjoyed saltwater fishing, training and competing with his show dogs, accomplishing a second place at Westminster AKC and he held a lifelong love of gardening.
He was the loving and devoted father of Adam Kozlowski and his wife, Bobbie of Strafford, NH, cherished grandfather “Dzia Dzia” of AJ and Brooke Kozlowski and dear brother of Carolyn Moglia of Chelsea.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, October 28 at 9:3O a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 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 on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral Homeis fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Norbert ‘Nobby’ Pawlak
GE retiree and devout Catholic
Norbert “Nobby” Pawlak passed away on Sunday, October 22 at Sunrise Manor Hospice in Hodgenville, KY after a brief illness. He was 83 years old.
Born in Salem, a son of the late Walter and Helen (Kulaszewski) Pawlak, he was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Columbus High School in Boston. He furthered his education at Boston University receiving a B.S. degree and later received his MBA from Northeastern University. Nobby worked for GE Aviation in Lynn as a senior export-import analyst and completed his 35 year career with GE in Evendale, Ohio.
He married the former B. Frances Monteiro and together they raised their family locally and later in Pelham and Exeter, NH from 1977 then relocated to West Chester, OH in 1987.
Nobby was widowed in 2002 after 40 years of devotion to his beloved Frances. He remained in Ohio for several years before moving to Vine Grove, KY.
In his lifetime Nobby played baseball, enjoyed candlepin bowling, was an avid golfer and past member of the St. Andrews BBC in Chelsea. Nobby was a devout catholic, a man of deep and abiding faith and devotion to the Chaplet of Devine Mercy.
He is survived by his beloved children; Mark S. Pawlak of Vine Grove, KY and Caryn E. Mittman and her husband, Michael of Virginia Beach, VA.; adored grandfather of Kevin Reilly; loving brother and brother-in-law of; Leonard Pawlak of Montgomery Village, MD, Joanna Pawlak of Revere and Patricia London of Weston and her late husband, Michael, Marjorie Silva, Antonia Duarte, Mabel Mann, Rachel Silva, Gladys Fermino, Pearl Monteiro and the late Sadie Cruz and Dolores Tynes; cherished uncle of Terrence London, Roanna Tritos, Shauna Ring, Hellene Severance, Craig Elliot and Lance Barry and is additionally survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10:30 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 on Sunday from 2 to 6 p..m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723
Ray ‘Raia’ LaRosa
Mass Department of Transportation retiree
Ray J. (Tkachuk) “Raia” LaRosa of North Reading, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on October 20 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lynnfield. She was 90 years old.
Ray had an engaging personality, a happy disposition and was pleasant and kind to all, even when she no longer could speak due to her advancing Alzheimer’s disease. She had a big smile and shoulder shimmy
to greet her caretakers, family and friends. Ray had a long career working as a secretary at the MA Department of Transportation in downtown Boston. She loved to frequent Filene’s Basement during her lunch hour and had a knack for finding the best bargains. Always stylish, she enjoyed dressing up, especially for many nights out ballroom dancing which was her passion. Ray was devoted to her family,
especially her late mother. She made the best lasagna and meatballs. May she rest in peace.
The wife of the late Ben LaRosa, she was the loving sister of George Tkachuk of Revere, Philip Tkachuk and his wife, Karin of West Peabody and Judie Giannetto
of North Reading; sister-in-Law of Jean Tkachuk of Dennis and the late Lillian Grady and Leon, Edward, Walter and Paul Tkachuk. Ray was affectionately known as “Auntie Raia” by her many loving nieces and nephews and was adored and loved by Lloyd Dickson of Deltona, Fla.
Funeral arrangements were by the Cota Funeral Home, North Reading and Funeral Services were held at the chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray’s memory to: All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street. Lynn, MA 01901 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road. Waltham, MA 02452.
Retired truck driver
Franklin G. Jeffrey of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died at his home on October 20 after a long illness.
A retired truck driver, he was the beloved husband of Paula M. (Santamaria) Jeffrey; devoted father of Scott Jeffrey and his wife, Judy Favro of Ipswich, and Michele Jeffrey Peltroche and her husband, Elias Peltroche of Revere and the cherished grandfather of Jessica Santiago of Revere.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons- Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere. A private burial was held at the family grave at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. For guest book please visitwww.Buonfiglio.com