Mun Lan “Helen” Kwong
June 1, 1947 – December 22, 2018
Mum Lan “Helen” Kwong passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the CHA-Whidden Hospital after being stricken in her home. She was 71 years old.
Born and raised in Guangzhou (Canton) China where she received her early education, as a young lady she moved to Hong Kong and married Foon Lei Kwong. Together they came to Chelsea in 1973 with their two sons. Here she gave birth to a daughter and remained in Chelsea for most of her life, settling in Revere just a few years ago.
A devoted homemaker and beloved mother, she also worked outside of her home holding jobs as a seamstress in Boston’s Chinatown and performing assembly work at Sweetheart Paper in Chelsea. She later worked as a kitchen production worker preparing in-flight meals for Sky-Chefs in East Boston. She took her full work retirement several years ago. She enjoyed home gardening, tending to her flowers and vegetable garden.
She was predeceased by her parents and several siblings in China and was widowed from her beloved husband, Foon in 1998. She remained the devoted mother of John Kwong of Revere, Steven Bong Kwong and his wife, Kwei Kwong of Malden and Shirley Kwong of Revere and was the cherished grandmother of Kaytlin and Alyson Kwong and dear sister-in-law of Dick Kwong of Chelsea, Foon Dick Kwong of Canada and the late Poon Chie Kwong. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and her beloved canine companion “Angel.”
Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Dec. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Funeral gathering and services will be held in the Welsh Funeral Home on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by procession to Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh and Sons.
Former Chelsea Housing Authority employee, of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea
Jennie G. Cohen of Derry, NH, died Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Parkland Medical Center in Derry. She was 58 years old.
Born in Chelsea on July 22, 1960, a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Daly) Cohen, she has been a resident of Derry for the past five years, formerly living in Londonderry, NH for more than 20 years.
Jennie grew up in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She had worked for the Chelsea Housing Authority for many years.
She is survived by her three daughters: Alyssa Francis and her husband, Joshua Francis, Caitlin Cohen, and Kristin Hanlon and her husband, Brian Hanlon; four grandchildren: Falynn and Levi Francis and John and Saoirse Hanlon; two sisters, Linda Cohen and Carol Cohen and by several nieces and nephews.
Following cremation, a calling hour was held on Saturday, Dec. 22 in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, NH followed by a memorial service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to charity of one’s choice. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com
Reginald “Reggie” DeFlumeri
May 27, 1930 – December 20, 2018
Reginald “Reggie” DeFlumeri, retired owner and proprietor of “Reggies” Service Station, passed away on Thursday evening, Dec. 20 at the CHA-Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Antonio and Carmella (Cataldo) DeFlumeri, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.
He married Nina (Cataldo) DeFluemeri and the couple lived in Everett for a brief time before settling in Malden in 1974 and for the last 44 years. In 1970, Reggie established Reggies Service Station located on the corner of Chestnut and Second Street in Chelsea and the station has been a Chelsea landmark for nearly 50 years.
Work at the station was Reggie’s passion, selling gas, repairing cars and socializing with friends both new and old alike. Years after his retirement, he could still be found holding court from his old office chair or outside in the station yard.
He was the beloved husband of the late Nina (Cataldo) DeFlumeri, having shared 64 years together, He was the devoted father of Joseph DeFlumeri and his wife, Donna of Lunenburg, VT and Anthony DeFlumeri and his wife, Debra of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Alexandra Chapman and her husband, Jonathan, Joseph DeFlumeri, Jr., and his fiancée, Jessica Stoddard, Anastasia DeFlumeri, Paul DeFlumeri, Daniel DeFlumeri and great grandfather of Saoirse and the dear brother of Carl DeFlumeri of Stoneham, Vinny DeFlumeri of New Hampshire and the late Phyllis Toolan.
Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, Dec. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. His Funeral will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 489 Broadway, Everett at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh and Sons.
January 23, 1921 – December 22, 2018
Gertrude A. Wawrzynowicz passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she had been receiving supportive care for several years. She was 97 years old.
Born and raised in Reading, the beloved daughter of the late Julian and Eva (Gauthier) Wilton, she was a devoted homemaker and mother who shared 43 years of marriage with her husband, Edward J. Wawrzynowicz.
Gert, who was widowed in 1988, was a longtime resident of Chelsea and enjoyed gardening and crocheting in her spare time. In addition to her husband, Gertrude was predeceased by her brothers: the late Joseph, Ray and Richard Wilton. She was the devoted mother of Edward Wawrzynowicz, Jr. and his wife, Christina of Saugus and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Sunday, Dec. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Her funeral will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 31 from the Welsh Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements are by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh and Sons, Chelsea. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
May 17, 1936 – December 19, 2018
Arline J. (Freda) Smigielski passed away on Wednesday evening, Dec.19, in the peaceful surroundings of her home and in the presence of her loving and caring husband and daughter.
Born and raised in East Boston, Arline was a daughter of the late Rocco and Susie (Coviello) Freda. She attended local schools and was a graduate of East Boston High School. She married Edward Smigielski and the couple had celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Arline was a devoted homemaker, mother, care giver to her parents and other family members. She worked outside of her home for several years as an insurance company office clerk. She also worked for a short period for Sweetheart Paper, resigning from the workplace to care full time for her aging parents.
In her lifetime, she enjoyed simple pastime activities. She was a faithful Catholic and frequent communicant at St Rose Church.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings: Jerry Joseph Freda, Gabriel Freda, Alfred Anthony Freda, Carmela Marie Freda and Elizabeth Nora Freda. The beloved wife of 59 years to Edward S. Smigielski, she was the devoted mother to Linda Smigielski, both at home in Chelsea.
Her funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, Dec. 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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Arrangements are given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723