Former Chelsea resident
Dorothy M. “Dossie” (Flavin) Rennie passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on March 13. She was 78 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Doris (Lewin) Flavin, she attended Chelsea Schools and married her high school sweetheart, Russell A. Rennie. Dossie and Russ raised their own family, making their home on Spencer Avenue in Chelsea for over 30 years. Dossie also worked as a telephone response operator with 3M Alarm Company.
After retirement, Russ and Dossie enjoyed many years in Sumner, Maine. She was a member of the Sumner Women’s Sewing and Quilting Club and enjoyed many hours helping neighbors and friends in the Sumner community.
In her later years, she and Russ moved to Andover with Nan, Marc and Mike, where they enjoyed making new friends at the Punchard Senior Center.
During her lifetime “Dossie” enjoyed quilting, baking and a good game of Cribbage.
She was widowed in 2017 after 58 years of marriage when Russ passed away peacefully at home with his family. She was the forever beloved mother of Timothy P. Rennie and his wife, Carrie of Merrimac, Nanette (Rennie) Fournier and her husband, R. Marc of Andover, Lorell A. (Rennie) Lawrence of Berwick, Maine and Russell A. Rennie Jr. and his wife, Karen of North Conway, New Hampshire. Dossie was the cherished grandmother of Sarah, Megan and Jacob Lawrence, Michael Conte and Abigail Fournier. She was the dear sister of Geraldine and her husband, Alan Gopen of Texas and also sister to Barbara and Jack in California. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering and celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dossie Rennie’s memory may be made to Compassus Hospice, 790 Turnpike Street, Suite 202, North Andover, MA 01845.
Loris P. Harrison
Devoted mother and homemaker
Mrs. Loris P. (Halkett) Harrison, of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 27 at her home surrounded by family following a brief illness. She was 92.
Born in Derry, N.H., on Dec. 11, 1927, she was the wife of the late Ernest E. Harrison, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage.
Mrs. Harrison was a devoted wife and mother who raised her family in Chelsea. She worked as a sales associate at BD’s at the Mystic Mall, Chelsea.
Mrs. Harrison enjoyed spending time with her family at Fourth of July backyard cookouts, holiday celebrations for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and other get-togethers.
“That’s what she really loved the most – just being with family for the holidays and other special occasions,” said her son, Bruce Harrison, one of Chelsea Youth Basketball’s greatest coaches.
Mrs. Harrison and her husband, Ernest, and sisters Cynthia and Gayle proudly watched from the stands at Chelsea High School when Bruce led his 9-4 Bucks team past the undefeated Knicks to claim the CYBL championship. Also bringing Mrs. Harrison and the family much happiness on that day was her grandson, Leon Smith, an outstanding guard for the Bucks team who was named MVP of the playoffs.
Mrs. Harrison leaves her children, Gayle Harrison and her boyfriend Ramon Sosa, of Saugus, Keith Harrison of Saugus, Lisa Harrison of East Boston, Bruce Harrison and his wife Devorah Harrison, of Chelsea, David Harrison and his wife Mayumi Harrison, of Brookline, Laurie Carvalho Vegin and her husband James Vegin, of Hallowell, Maine.
Mrs. Harrison also leaves 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
She was the mother of the late Cynthia Harrison, the late Peter Harrison, and the late Randy Freeman Sr., a family friend.
Arrangements are by the Vazza Funeral Home. A service will be held at a later date.
Following is the beautiful poem that Bruce Harrison wrote in tribute to his mother:
She was our leader. She was our Queen.
Now she is gone. What do we do now?
How would she want us to move forward?
I believe we can live through her. Holding memories of how our lives began, memories she gifted us.
She was our Queen and we were her seeds.
Growing and healing will hurt.
Regardless, we will continue to bloom – what a journey.
We must remember to never let go of her and of her memory. She lives through those memories.
Although she is gone, this family will always have her in our hearts.
May our Queen’s soul rest in paradise and remain secure in heaven for her spirit will forever live on Earth, through every one of us.
Former secretary for City of Chelsea
Roberta (Goldstein) Golini, 88, of Peabody, beloved wife of the late Alfred Golini and Leonard Braverman, died March 31 at the Courtyard Nursing Home in Medford surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Betty Goldstein whose family owned Goldsteins Supermarket in Chelsea for many years. She was educated in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School; Roberta went on to Mary Brooks School of Boston to continue her education. Roberta was also employed as a secretary for the City of Chelsea.
Roberta enjoyed spending time withr family and friends and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Ellen Braverman Fortes of Peabody and Betsy Braverman Stevens of Danvers, her grandchildren, Jamie, Joseph and Nicole Gaeta and great grandchildren Christopher and Raegan Gaeta and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Berton Goldstein.
Private graveside services were held due to the COVID -19 virus. Assisting the family with arrangements was the Torf Funeral Service 151 Washington Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Association of Frontal Temporal Dementia at demetiasociety.charityproud.org or the Alzheimer’s Assoc. at act.alz.org For guest book www.torffuneralservice.com.