Obituaries 07-18-2019

William Higgins

Electrician Noted for his Singing

William F. Higgins of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 13.

Born in Chelsea and a resident here until moving to Revere 30 years ago, William passed away the the CHA-Whidden Hospital late Saturday evening.

An electrician by trade, he worked for many years at Market Forge and was a member of Electricians Brotherhood Local 103. He was most noted for his singing and performed with the Chosen Few and Proud of it, as well as with Michael J. and the Inn Crowd.

He was the devoted husband of Charlene (Salie), beloved father of William Higgins of Melrose, Brian Higgins and his wife, Kristen of Wakefield, Jennifer Higgins and her companion, Anthony DiChiara of Revere and the late Kelly Higgins; brother of Nancy Muise and her husband, John of Lynn, Donald Higgins and his wife, Louise of Chelsea and the late John Higgins and cherished grandfather of Gianna, Sofia and Brian. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere on Friday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Please meet directly at Church). Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Ave., Chelsea are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association for COPD research.

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Grace Lombard

37-Year employee of Bradlee’s in Chelsea

Grace M. (Iantosca) Lombard, 85, of Lake Suzy, FL and Pelham, NH passed away Saturday, July 13.

She grew up in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Mary (Longobucco) and Americo Iantosca. Grace worked in Bradlees in Chelsea for 37 years. She enjoyed knitting, teaching others to knit and shopping. She ran bingo for 18 years in Florida. Grace was devoted to her family and enjoyed cooking for them.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Larry “Lou” of Lake Suzy, FL; her three sons, Lou and his wife, Patricia of Londonderry, NH, Mike and his wife, Suzanne of Pelham, NH and John and his wife, Christine of Malden; her siblings, Joseph Iantosca of Marco

Island, FL and Christina Capra of Lake Suzy, FL; four grandchildren, Christopher, Jonathan, Michael and Shannon; three great grandchildren, Ayden, Abby and Aryanna and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her many friends in Crystal Bay.

She was predeceased by her brother and his wife, Tony and Kay Iantosca. Private services were held for the family. Arrangements were under the care of Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace’s name may be made to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA  22215. 

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Roberto Alcides Monteagudo

Killed in Tragic Motor Vehicle Accident

Roberto Alcides Monteagudo was involved in a motor vehicle accident on North Shore Road in Revere early Thursday Evening, June 28 and was pronounced dead from his injuries on arrival in the Emergency Department at the Whidden Memorial Hospital.

Born in San Vicente, Apastepéque, El Salvador, a beloved son of Inda Monteagudo, Roberto settled in the area several years ago, and worked   as a landscaper and professional groundskeeper for local contractors.

He is survived by his mother in San Vicente, his daughter, Arlin Monteagudo-Barahona and son, Wilbur Monteagudo-Barahona, both of Passaic, NJ.  He is also survived locally by his aunts, nieces, nephews and several cousins.    

Roberto will be returned to El Salvador for burial in the San Filipe Municipal Cemetery, San Vicente Apastepéque.    

Arrangements were given   to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Phyllis Tricco

Jordan Marsh Retiree

Phyllis L. (Gill) Tricco entered into eternal rest Saturday morning, July 13, at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.  She was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Alfred and Hester A. (Noftle) Gill,  Phyllis attended Chelsea public schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1947.  During her working career she worked as a sales auditor for the former Jordan Marsh Company in Boston.  Retiring in 1992, she enjoyed playing bingo and watching her six grandchildren grow up.  Phyllis was a resident of Everett for 66 years and a late member of the First Congregational Church in Chelsea.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. 

The wife of the late Charles L. Tricco, she was the beloved mother of David C. Tricco and his wife, Mary of West Roxbury and Steven P. Tricco of Braintree; dear sister of Jean Thompson of Revere and the late Alfred Gill and Doris Penney; sister-in-law of Rose Ann Gill of Everett and the late William Thompson and John C. Penney.  Phyllis is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: Andrew, Edward, Jacquelyn Tricco, Elizabeth Schwarz and her husband, D.J., Emily Leach and her husband, Owen and Dana Tricco. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave. Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. 

Frederick Massucci

Retired Boston Herald Printer, Former Owner of Hillside Press and Past President of Chelsea Pop Warner

Frederick M. Massucci, formerly of the West End of Boston and a Chelsea resident for over 50 years, born in Boston 73 years ago, passed away at home in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 9.

His early years were spent on Joy Street in the West End of Boston. He was a graduate of Boston Trade School in Roxbury, Class of ’67, and began working with his father at the family-owned Hillside Press. During this time, he also began his career as a dedicated union printer with the Boston Herald. It was a career that lasted for over 45 years until his retirement 10 years ago. 

In addition to being a dedicated union printer for the Boston Herald and former owner of Hillside Press, he was a member of the Winnisimmet Club, the West End Club and the Pressmens Local.

And even though he was a West Ender at heart, Chelsea was where he was instrumental in shaping youth through his involvement with the Chelsea Pop Warner organization and where he served as its president.

He was devoted to his family, especially his wife of 49 years, Diane; his sons, Michael and Marc, as well as his grandsons, Domenic and Anthony.

He was the devoted husband of Diane C. (Lancia); beloved father of Chelsea Fire Department Deputy Chief and Vice President of Firefighters Local 937, Michael F. Masucci of Reading and Marc A. Masucci of Kelley Wholesale Florist and his wife, Maria of Chelsea; brother of Joanne Limone of Stoneham and Patricia Gravallese of Lynnfield and cherished grandfather of Domenic M. Masucci and Anthony J. Masucci. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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Kathleen Spinney

An Inspiration to All Who Knew Her

Kathleen A. “Kathy” (Needham) Spinney, a longtime Chelsea resident,  passed away Monday evening, July 15, in the peaceful surroundings of her home, surrounded by her loving and caring family. after a sudden and brief illness.

Born in Brighton, a daughter of Kathleen W. (Webb) Needham and the late Owen F. Needham, Sr., she was raised in Hyannis where she participated in the 4-H Club as a young girl and attended schools on Cape Cod.  She graduated from Barnstable High School and enrolled in Cape Cod Community

College receiving her Associates Degree in business.  She worked for 15 years in the airline industry, beginning with Air Lingus and later with US Airways. 

Kathy enjoyed time at the beaches on Cape Cod, family gatherings, traveling and shopping.  She lived with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 30 years, but her condition did not overshadow her zest for life, living as an inspiration to all who knew her.

She was the beloved wife of Robert F. Spinney, Jr. and devoted mother of Robert F. Spinney, III of Charlestown and his fiancée, Alexa Carley; loving daughter of Kathleen W. (Webb) Needham of Centerville and the late Owen F. Needham, Sr., dear sister of Patricia Hardy and her husband, Phil of Franklin, Owen F. Needham, Jr. and his wife, Dorothy of Centerville,   James   Needham   of   Osterville,   Laureen   Needham   of   Centerville,   Dee Needham of Delray Beach, FL and Sean Needham and his wife, Wende of Orchard Park; loving niece of Walter Webb of Ludlow, Chick Webb of Medford and Jack Needham of Stoneham; dear daughter-in-law of Margaret Spinney of Chelsea and the late Robert F. Spinney, Sr., sister-in-law of Cheryl and Bobby Lombardi of Peabody, Joanne Simonelli of Lynnfield and her late husband, Louis, III. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Visiting Hours will be held in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Friday, July 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Her Funeral will be from the Welsh Funeral Home on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.  or Beacon Hospice,

529 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129.

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Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons.

Raymond P. DeFranzo

Feb. 11, 1970 – June 19, 2019

Raymond P. DeFranzo passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 19, after he was taken to the emergency department at the Whidden Memorial Hospital late Tuesday evening after being stricken in his home. He was 49 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of Annette Louise Russo  and the late Raymond P. DeFranzo, Jr. he attended Chelsea High School and was a resident of Chelsea for most of his life but has lived in Revere for the past 17 years.

He worked for many years as a mechanic with his father and grandfather at their family garage “Corvette” in Saugus. Raymond’s specialty was working on Corvettes and other high-performance cars. He was medically disabled and retired from work several years ago. He still remained an all-around handyman, building and creating many various items from his home workshop. He continued to enjoy repairing cars and also enjoyed sharing his own home cooking.

He was the loving companion of Lisa Marie Rossetti and the beloved father of Raymond P. DeFranzo, IV and Amanda DeFranzo of Revere. He is also survived by his sister, Kim DeFranzo of Revere.

A Memorial Gathering was held on July 12 at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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