Obituaries 12-14-2017

Victor Manuel Carrion

February 09, 1952 – December 05, 2017

Victor Manuel Carrion passed away on Tuesday, December 5 at the Cambridge Hospital after suffering a sudden illness in his Chelsea apartment.  He was 65 years old.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Victor was a son of the late Bartolo Carrion and Carmen Rodriguez.  He attended schools in Puerto Rico and came to Chelsea with his family as a young man.  Victor resided in several surrounding communities over the years and has remained in Chelsea for the past 20 years.

Victor continued his education gaining certification in the medical assistance field and worked as a hospital lab technician for many years with M.G.H., Martha Eliot Health Care in Boston and retired from the Mattapan Community Health Center three years ago.

Victor is fondly remembered for his easy going friendly personality. He was comfortable with people of all backgrounds, rich or poor, educated or not, from the streets to the towers, young and old alike, he would become a friend to all.

He loved telling jokes and as a young boy he always enjoyed music.  He was a self-taught percussionist playing mostly by ear.  As a child he would always improvise instruments using pots and pans to steel drums in his yard as a young adult.  He belonged to several bands, playing clave on timbales, maracas and cowbells but he always favored playing bongos.  His playing began with “Los Bravos de Boston” and he recently he joined a local ensemble “Orchestra Mia.”

Victor leaves to cherish his memory his beloved children, Victor Carrion and Xaviera Santiago. He was the dear brother of Bartolo Carrion, Delia Washington, Lucia Gonzalez, Concepcion Montalvo and Lydia Rodriguez, all of Chelsea, Hilda Carrion of Revere and Nora Gonzalez of Framingham.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation today, Thursday, December 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. A life tribute and service of remembrance will be held in the funeral home commencing at 7 p.m.

Karen Arsenault

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Karen J. Arsenault, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on December 4 at the Boston Medical Center.

Born in Revere, she was a personal care assistant in the healthcare field. She provided personal assistance at both private residences as well as nursing home facilities, among them: On Broadway Nursing Center and Inter City as well as with the Department of Mental Retardation and the Danvers State Hospital. A volunteer at the Salvation Army Citadel, she assisted with the Meals on Meals program and the after school program. Karen was currently a member of the Maplewood Baptist Church in Malden.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Ernest M. and Janet (Gallant) Arsenault; beloved sister of Ernest J. Arsenault and his wife, Brenda of Easton and Bryan Arsenault and his wife, Donna of Chelsea; cherished aunt of Tarra, Christopher, Joseph, Steven, Rennee, Brandon, Cassandra and the late Justin and great aunt of Chase and Jayden.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. To send a message of condolence to Karen’s family, visit

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