Obituaries 01-04-2018

Robert McKennon, Sr.

November 9, 1933 – December 29, 2017

Robert T. McKennon, Sr., a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away on Friday, December 29 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Medford following complications from his long struggle with Diabetes.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Alfred P. and Helen P. (Anderson) McKennon, at the age of 35, Robert found himself a single father raising his five children at home.  He supported his family working as a professional truck driver and teamster for Fox & Ginn in Everett and Reading.  Later in life, he worked for Décor Graphics in Stoneham as a union painter.

During his lifetime, Robert was a great motorcycle enthusiast who taught many fellows how to ride.  He would frequently load up his car with his children and their friends, driving the gang to go roller skating at the Bal-A-Roue.  He enjoyed games of chance at Foxwoods and at the former dog track.  He was a wrestling fan and enjoyed following the WWE and WWF.

He bred and raised Birmingham Roller Pigeons from his home.  He also fancied himself a home/backyard auto mechanic, always ready to help anyone in need. He was known to many as “Papa” or simply “Mr. M.”  He will be best remembered as an inspiration to many and will be truly missed by all.

He was a member of the Teamsters, Local 25 and the IU Painter and Allied Trades, Local 391.

In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by a son, Jerry McKennon, his brother, Alfred McKennon and two sisters; Lois Lindstrom and Rita Noel.  He was the truly devoted father of Deborah Smallwood and her husband, Jimmy of Winthrop, Robert T. McKennon, Jr, Daniel P. McKennon and his wife, Ujean, all of Chelsea, and Sheryl Bonds of Winthrop.  He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, January 4 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Beverly Nowicki

January 12, 1937 – December 27, 2017

Beverly J. Nowicki, a lifelong resdident of Chelsea, passed away on Wednesday, December 27 at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after a long and courageous battle with ongoing illnesses. She was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the only daughter of the late Robert P. and Christina (Sherman) Renfrew, Beverly attended local schools, graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1955 and later graduated from the BI School of Nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse.  She married Frederick A. Nowicki and together they shared 56 years of love and true devotion to one another.

A police captain’s daughter, a firefighter’s wife, a hockey mom and cherished grandmother, Beverly was truly devoted to her home. She supported her family in all their endeavors.

Beverly also worked for many years as a Registered Nurse and Director of Nursing for Cottage Manor and On Broadway Nursing Homes in Chelsea. As a lifelong resident of Chelsea, she was active in community affairs. She volunteered her time and skills with Chelsea Youth Hockey and as a member of the Mt. Bellingham Methodist Church she taught Sunday School there for many years.

Her home was a place where friends were always welcomed. In her small backayard she hosted larger gatherings, she had a garden, a pool and basketball net where she enjoyed watching her sons and their friends enjoy a safe haven for fun, comradery and food.

Beverly is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, retired Chelsea Firefighter Frederick A. Nowicki. She was the devoted mother of Scott C. Nowicki of Revere and Paul R. Nowicki and his wife, Tracy M. Nowicki of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Mia V. Nowicki, Christina H. Nowicki and John Paul Nowicki; dear sister and sister-in-law of Paul Renfrew and his wife, Sue Ellen of Southborough, Linda and Frank Sobelewski of Florida and Roger A. Nowicki of Billerica; cherished aunt of Brenda Sobolewski-Finn, John Sobolewski, Elizabeth Renfrew-Birkemose, Douglas Renfrew, Adam Nowicki and Rachel Hall.

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

Grace Limoli

Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere

Grace Limoli of Chelsea, formerly of Revere died on Dec. 30.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Limoli, she was the devoted mother of Diane Limoli and her partner, Loretta Cardinale of Chelsea, Daniel Limoli and his wife, Linda of Maine, Cathy Limoli of Chelsea and the late John Limoli; cherished grandmother of Robin, John Jr, Garth, and Stacey and adoring great grandmother of five. She is also survived by many loving family members in West Virginia.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, January 4 time to be determined followed by a  Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A visitation will be held today, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For guest book please visit

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