Obituaries 08-16-2018

Catherine Theresa

“Kay” Corea

Enjoyed the company of her large family 

Catherine Theresa “Kay” Corea entered into eternal rest on Friday evening, August 10 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.  She was 96 years old.

Born in Newark, NJ, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (LaMonica) Ienna, during World War II, Kay worked as a seamstress at a New Jersey garment company.  Once married and a mother of four children, Kay was a homemaker, taking care of her family and her home in Chelsea.

The wife of the late Ernest V. Corea, the couple shared 71 years of marriage before his passing this past February.  Kay enjoyed the company of her large family and also enjoyed sewing and crocheting clothing for all members of the family.  She will be remembered for sewing red ribbon into every article of clothing to ensure safe keeping and protection.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Kay was the devoted mother of Ernest V. Corea, Jr. and his wife, Florence of Saugus, Joseph F. “Jay” Corea and his wife, Susan of Pelham, NH, Catherine F. Corea-Arbing and her husband, Robert of Weymouth, Maryann Corea Carroll and her husband, Joseph of Chelsea; sister of the late Josephine DeMarinis and is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Amanda Antonelli and her husband, Brian of Melrose, Joseph “Jay” Corea, Jr. of Lowell, Christopher Corea of Pelham, NH, Marie Corea of Salem, Joanna Corea of Saugus and two great grandchildren, Catherine Amelia Antonelli and Jacob Antonelli of Melrose.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea. Entombment was at the Holy Cross Mausoleum in Malden.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Kay’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or on-line at


Mary D’Antona

Of Chelsea

Mary D’Antona of Chelsea passed away on August 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony D’Antona, loving mother of William Thompson and his wife, Prudy of Georgia, Elaine Thompson and her companion, Henry Cataldo of Tewksbury, Anthony D’Antona and his fiancé, Deirdra Alba of Melrose and Susan D’Antona of Chelsea, dear sister to the late Bridget, Bertha and Bretelle and cherished grandmother of Michael Thompson, Lauren Thompson, Christopher Brown, Brittany D’Antona, Anthony D’Antona and five great grandchildren.

Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston on Sunday, August 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. and again on Monday, August 20 at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 303 Paris Street, East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass celebrating Mary’s life. Services will conclude with Mary being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett.

Gertrude Ciarlone

Of Chelsea

April 7, 1915 – July 26, 2018

Gertrude A. Ciarlone of Chelsea died on July 26. She was 103 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late James A., beloved mother of James Ciarlone of Chelsea, Robert Ciarlone of Everett and Donald Ciarlone of Billerica; sister of Doris Davis of Franklin, Mildred Nickerson of Malden and the late Anna, Elizabeth, Theresa, Helen, Ralph and Alfred and cherished grandmother of Lisa Ciarlone, Terri Walsh, Kristin Fulton and Gina Bauer. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Dylan, Jordan and David as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Edward J. “Budzy” Houghton

Of Chelsea

October 20, 1929 – August 11, 2018

Edward “Budzy” Houghton passed away Saturday morning, August 11 in the peaceful surroundings of his Chelsea home and in the presence of his tender loving and caring family. He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a son of the late John J. Sr. and Laura (Dwyer) Houghton. “Budzy” attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1948. He was a 3-sport varsity team player while at Chelsea High.

A few years later and as a young man, “Budzy” enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged and returned to make his lifelong home in Chelsea. Soon after his discharge, he joined the Chelsea Fire Department and married the former Barbara A. Reppucci. Together they raised their family in Chelsea. “Budzy” was promoted to Lieutenant in 1962 and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1974. He retired from the C.F.D. in 1992 after 36 years of highly decorated service receiving several awards for his lifesaving actions above and beyond. A fact he humbly accepted and rarely spoke of.

He also attended Bunker Hill Community College and received an Associates Degree in Fire Science. “Budzy” passed away as member of the group of “Old Time Chelsea Firefighters” and was a veteran of the ’73 Chelsea Fire. He was a member of the Sagamore Club and Chelsea P.F.F. Local 937.

In his lifetime, he devoted himself to his love of family. He was an all-around home handy-man, whether in his own home or assisting his children at their homes. He could often be found in his basement workshop refinishing furniture or other helpful projects.

He followed his sons in Chelsea Youth Hockey and was a total hockey-dad and granddad. He was also and all Boston sports fan, favoring the NE Patriots, relishing their victories and championships and greatly loathing their losses.

In addition to his parents, “Budzy” was also predeceased by a brother, John J. Houghton, Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Barbara A. (Reppucci) Houghton. He was the forever devoted father of Laurie L. Pelosi of Chelsea, Robert Houghton and his wife, Karen of Peabody, Keith E. Houghton and Rosemary (Hughes) of Everett, Lisa Marie Houghton of Chelsea, Susan A. Houghton of Melrose, Karen A. Lodoen and her husband, Andrew of Peabody and Karl P. Houghton and his wife, Aimee of Littleton NH; cherished grandfather of Michael and Maria Pelosi, Robert and Kyle Houghton, Brennan and Bailey Houghton, Kayla and Samantha Lodoen, Jacob, Devin and Kelsey Houghton. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia M. Dillman of Evansville, IN.

His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, August 16 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 1 p.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Chelsea Soldiers Home Recreation Dept. 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Gloria Ciulla

March 8, 1929 – August 7, 2018

Gloria B. Ciulla passed away Tuesday evening, August 7. She was 89 years old. Born and raised in Revere, a beloved daughter of the late Agrippino and Antonette (Alicata) Padova, Gloria attended Revere High School.

She married Anthony J. Ciulla, raised a family of three and worked outside of her home for many years as a private homemaker with Inter-City Home Care.

She lived in Chelsea for many years and was an attendee at the Salvation Army Social Club, the former Chelsea Golden Agers and Chelsea Senior Citizens. She was proud of her Italian/Sicilian heritage and lived a vibrant exciting life. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Coney Island and listening to the music of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and other crooners. She was an avid reader, enjoyed horror stories, science fiction and romance novels. She followed pro-wrestling, the Red-Sox, enjoyed old movies, soap-operas, sci-fi episodes and many of the new TV shows. She would regale others with the recent episodes of her stories. She stayed involved with family and friends following many of them on Facebook, sharing many likes and comments.

Gloria was widowed in 1991 with the passing of her beloved husband, Anthony J. Ciulla after sharing 43 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by siblings: Mary Cardillo, Helen Benedetto, Joseph, Anthony and James Padova. She is survived by her loving children, Mary-Lou Ciulla and Jo-Ann Lassiter, both of Saugus and Michael Ciulla of Woburn. She was the dear sister of Louis Padova of Revere and is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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