Obituaries 03-14-2019

Rita Alma Moscatelli

Aug. 14, 1932 — March 12, 2019

Rita Alma (Gallant) Moscatelli, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away on Tuesday, March 12 at the Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea where she had been receiving supportive care for the past several months. She was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the youngest of 10 children of the late Ceofred and Julia (Perry) Gallant. Rita attended local schools and, as a young lady, she worked for a time at American Optical in Chelsea. At work she met Severino “Sam” Moscatelli. They married in 1956, sharing the last 62 years with love and devotion to her beloved husband raising a daughter and three sons.

During her lifetime, Rita enjoyed many trips with her husband or cousins to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Foxwoods. She enjoyed driving family and friends on varied errands and excursions. She was always available to help or lend a hand to her family, rarely ever refusing any request for help. Her life was one of unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends alike.

In addition to her parents, Rita was also predeceased by her nine siblings: Aldine Catalano, Gerald, Kevin, John, Fred, Robert, Paul and Joseph Gallant, Frances Gallant and her granddaughter,  Alyssa Nanopoulos. She is survived by her beloved husband, Severino M. “Sam” Moscatelli of Chelsea and was the forever devoted mother of Nancy Nanopoulos and her husband, Andy of Wakefield, Tommy Moscatelli, Sr. and his wife, Donna of Newton, Robert Moscatelli and his wife, Audrey of Phoenix, Ariz. and Bruce Moscatelli and his wife, Nicole of Lynn; cherished grandmother of Tom Moscatelli, Jr., Christopher Moscatelli and his wife, Korey, Anthony Moscatelli, Michael Nanopoulos and Nicole Moscatelli. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand-and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Arrangements by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons.

John ‘Jack’ Ford, Jr.

April 18, 1955 — March 5, 2019

John J. “Jack” Ford, Jr. passed away unexpectedly in his home on Tuesday, March 5. He was 63 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late John J., Sr. and Frances (Majeski) Ford, Jack attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.

Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam era. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force at the rank of sergeant in 1977. 

A resident of Chelsea for most of his life, he later he moved to Malden and Revere before settling in Saugus a few years ago.  Jack worked for the past 12 years as a Pharmacy Technician at the Everett Costco Pharmacy and was planning his retirement at the time of his passing. 

Jack enjoyed reading, traveling and computer games.  He favored watching history programs and legal dramas and was a member of the V.V.A. Chapter 908. 

He is survived by his beloved wife Grace Siu Chu of Saugus and the loving father of John Richard “Ricky” Ford of England and the late Patricia J. Ford, dear brother of Carol Ford of Chelsea, Michael and Beverly Ford of Saugus and the late Brian W. Ford, Sr.  He was also the adored grandfather of Jackson Ford. 

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St Rose of Lima Church on Tuesday. Services concluded   with   military   honors   and   internment   in   Woodlawn   Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea.            

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Trina ‘Peanut’ Louise Wilkerson

March 7, 1973 — March 6, 2019

Trina “Peanut” Louise Wilkerson passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 6 at the CHA-Whidden Memorial Emergency Department in Everett following heroic lifesaving attempts by EMTs and doctors. She was 45 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late James Julian and Irena Ann Wilkerson. Trina was a lifelong Chelsea resident where she was active in community affairs.

She was a graduate of Chelsea Senior High School and attained an Associates Degree from Bunker Hill Community College. Trina was a devoted Youth Worker at Hyde Park Community Center.

As a youth, during the summer months, Trina worked for Choice Through Educations Upward Bound Program. She volunteered her time serving the youth of Chelsea as a cheer leading coach for Chelsea Pop Warner and Chelsea High School. She was a devoted member and volunteer at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Malden where she taught Daily Vacation Bible Study. She was an active member of Zeta Amicae and the Chelsea Black Community and was the 2017 recipient of the CBC Trailblazer Award. In 2016, due to the benefit that she and her brother host every March in honor of their mother, Trina was recognized by Massachusetts General Hospital for her fundraising efforts for the Cancer Society. She will forever be remembered as the party-planner extraordinaire and a mentor to many.

She leaves to mourn her passing her devoted brother, Reginal James and sister-in-law, Marisol of Everett, grandmother Louise Robinson of Chelsea, nephews: Reginal James II, Demetreus James, Derrick William, and Emmanuel Alexander, nieces Briyana Monique and Alexxa Quianna and a great-nephew and great-niece Mason and Madison. Also to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, she leaves her great-aunts; Mamie Bridges of Chelsea, Elizabeth Mitchell and Minnie Marshall and a great uncle, Franklin Robinson, all of Albany, Georgia and her beloved aunts and uncles: Gwendolyn Greene of North Carolina, Mamie Robinson-Lopez (Michael), James Robinson Jr., Terry Robinson and Margaret Robinson, all of Chelsea, Jacqueline Robinson-Perry of New Jersey, Bessie Mae Robinson (Keith), Larry Wilkerson (Pauline) both of North Carolina, Michael​ Wilkerson (Pamela) of Indiana. She is also survived by a host of cousins, all of her kids from her East Boston, Hyde Park and Chelsea Community Centers and countless extended family members, loved ones and friends.

Relatives and friends joined the family on Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 20 Hillside Ave., Malden for a visitation and  Home Going Service. Her committal service will begin today, Thursday, March 14 at the church at 10 a.m. and will conclude with a procession to Trina’s final resting place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea.

Virginia Forgione

retiree of the former Cool-Ray Inc. of Chelsea

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours today, Thursday, March 14 in the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere from 4 to 8 p.m. for Virginia M. (Russo) Forgione who passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, March 10 at Care One at Essex Park Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing of Beverly.

Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. and immediately followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.

Mrs. Forgione was born in Winchester almost one hundred years ago on Sept. 22, 1919 and worked as a packer for the former “Cool Ray Inc.” of Chelsea for over 30 years.

She spent most of her adult life on Carroll St. in Chelsea before moving to the Victory Gardens of East Boston.

Her joy was time spent with her family and a family luncheon date or early supper date. Virginia also belonged to the Chelsea Senior Center, where she enjoyed many social functions.

Her beloved late husband, George J. Forgione, Sr., passed on April 21, 1993. She was the cherished mother of George J. Forgione, Jr. and his wife, Janet of Boxford and Joan F. DeNapoli and her husband, Paul R. DeNapoli. She was the devoted grandmother to Kristina E. Forgione and her husband, Fahd Cynndy of Saudi Arabia and Korinne G. Bryant and her husband, Kyle Bryant of New Hampshire; the dear sister of the late Victor Russo and his late wife, Louise Russo and the late James Russo. She is also lovingly survived by four great-grandchildren, Faris, Tariq, Ziyad and Brody and a fifth eagerly anticipated great grandchild is due in May. Several nieces and nephews also survive Virginia.

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Hector Iriszarry Seda

Jan. 13, 1953 — March 5, 2019

Hector Irizarry Seda passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 5 in his home in Providence, R.I.  He was 66 years old. 

Born and raised in Yauco, Puerto Rico, he was one of 10 children of the late Juan Irizarry and Cruz Seda.  Hector settled in Chelsea and resided here for many years before relocating to Providence six years ago. 

Hector worked for Trio’s Pasta in Chelsea for over 20 years, retiring when the factory closed several years ago.  In his lifetime, Hector enjoyed fishing and salsa music. 

He was the devoted father of Iris Beatriz Irizarry of Revere, Hector Luis Irizarry of Fall River, Tawany Irizarry of Chelsea, Shara Jasmin Irizarry of Providence, R.I., Sheila Taimara Irizarry of Everett and Edelsein Irizarry of Somerville; dear brother of Juan Irizarry and Bermain Irizarry, both of New York, Efrain Irizarry, Angel Irizarry and Wilfreddy Irizarry, all of Puerto Rico, Isabel Irizarry and Elba Irizarry, both in Massachusetts and the late Benjamin Irizarry and Luznery Irizarry.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

His Funeral will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

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