Obituaries 07-26-2018

Teresa Kaplan

Her passion was family and spoiling her grandchildren


Teresa C. (Breau) Kaplan of Nahant, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on July 20 surrounded by her loving and devoted family.  She was 67 years old.

Born in Chelsea and residing in Chelsea, Malden, Nahant and Tequesta, Fla., Teresa passed away at the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln late Friday evening.

Teresa had a love for traveling but her passion was her love for her family and spoiling her grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of Michael, devoted mother of Jesse Kaplan and his wife, Beatrice of Salem, Sarah Scofield and her husband, Travis of Peabody and Sean Kaplan of Malden; dear sister of Michael Breau of Chelsea, Ann Long of Virginia and Robert Breau and his wife, Linda of Winthrop and cherished nana of Grace, Hunter and Reagan. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Funeral Services will be held in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sonia Brunilda Lao

May 24, 1970 – July 21, 2018

Sonia Brunilda Lao of Lynn passed away unexpectedly at home  on Saturday, July 21.

Born in Guyama Puerto Rico, the beloved daughter of Hector J. Lao and Sonia Morales, both of Chelsea, she settled in Chelsea with her parents and six siblings, attended the Williams Junior High School and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1990.

She married and has lived in Lynn for the past 19 years, raising and caring for her son, Elito Ayala. She was a devoted homemaker and mother and her life was dedicated to family and providing a loving and nurturing home.

A humble and caring person, she was the primary caregiver to her son and parents. She would never refuse to help anyone who asked. Even depending solely on public transportation, no distance was too far to help anyone in need. Her presence will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her beloved son, Elito Alaya, at home in Lynn, and her former husband, Joselito Ayala of Chelsea. She was the dearly devoted daughter of Hector J. Lao Sr. and Sonia Morales, both of Chelsea and the very special and dear sister of Angel Santiago of Indiana, Jose Santiago of Puerto RIco, Mike Santiago of Hyde Park, Rosa Lao of Chelsea, Hector Lao and Carmen Lao, both of Lynn.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

 Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Friday, July 27, 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 Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements are by the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home.

Jose Carmindo Mendez-Flores

April 21, 1965 – July 19, 2018

Jose Carmindo Mendez-Flores passed away on Thursday evening, July 19 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a short illness. He was 53 years old.

Born and raised in Juticalpa, Honduras, he was a son of Jose A. Mendez of Honduras and the late Dolores Flores. He married Aleyda Meralda and came to Chelsea with his young wife 30 years ago. Together they have resided in Chelsea raising their family of four.

Jose has been a dedicated employee at Market Basket for 30 years, most recently working in the store’s produce dept.

In his lifetime, Jose enjoyed scratching games of chance, following the Red Sox, the NE Patriots and soccer. He also looked forward to his walks and dancing. He relished his Tuesdays off from work, preparing and sharing morning coffee with his daughter and seeing her safely off to work.

Jose is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years Aleyda Miralda. He was the devoted father of Tirza Mendez, Diana Mendez, Jose and Jancarlos Mendez, all at home in Chelsea and the cherished grandfather of Kaitlyn and Noah Avendano. He is survived by his loving father, Jose A. Mendez in Honduras and his siblings; Esperanza Flores of Honduras, Antonio Romero and Carlos Romero, both of Boston, and Armando Mendez of Florida. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.
Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home. Jose will be placed to final rest with Interment in Olancho, Honduras.

Tosie ‘Tiger’ Collins

Loving, generous, compassionate and hospitable

Tosie Collins, known as ‘Tiger,’ was born on February 11, 1920 in Shreveport, Louisiana and was in the US Airforce from 1946 to 1966. In February of 1980, Tosie married Marie Duval and in November of 1979, Marie gave birth to their only daughter, Sabina Collins.

Tosie was always loving, generous, compassionate and hospitable. Even in his later years, he continued to show his kindness to everyone around him. Every time you would ask him how he was doing, his answer was always the same, “Better than most.”

Tosie is survived by his sister, Lenora Collins Hicks of Kansas City, Missouri; two nephews, James, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri and Michael Hicks of Evans, GA and great nieces, Cheryl Hicks and Ashley Hicks and his daughter, Sabina Collins of Medford.

Dad you will be missed.

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