Obituaries 05-07-2020

Barbara Ann Quigley, 72

Oldest Grandchild of Former Chelsea Mayor

Barbara Ann Quigley died peacefully at the Life Care Center of Acton on Friday, April 24. She was 72.

Barbara Ann was born on July 10, 1947 in Winchester. She was the oldest child of the late Barbara Regan and Lawrence F. Quigley, Jr. and the oldest grandchild of Lawrence F. Quigley, the former mayor of Chelsea, and Zita (Lawlor) Quigley, a long-time Point Shirley resident.

An accomplished pianist, Barbara attended Jackson College. Her graduate thesis was on Women in Mythology. After college, Barbara attended the Carl Jung Institute in Switzerland and studied under Carl Jung’s protégés before accepting enrollment in the Divinity/Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago.

While at the University of Chicago, at the age of 29, Barbara contracted viral encephalitis. Barbara bore the crippling disease with dignity and amazingly good spirits for the rest of her life. Her gifted mind saw her through her most difficult days. 

She is survived by her sisters, Suzanne Devlin, Nanette Malloy, Carolyn Kane, and Heather Tremblay, and by her brothers Lawrence, Michael, and Graham Quigley. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Kathleen Quigley.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Life Care Center of Acton. Her family appreciates beyond words their care and devotion to Barbara’s well-being.

Adolphe ‘Spinney’ Spinazola

Retired Chelsea Fire Captain

Adolphe M. “Spinney” Spinazola passed away in Salem on Tuesday, April 28 due to COVID-19 complications. He was 93 years old.

  Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Joseph and Amelia (Cianculli) Spinazola, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  He enlisted in the US Army, served during the Korean Conflict, was honorably discharged in 1952 and returned home to Chelsea. 

He married Dorothy M. (Arsenault) and together they raised two daughters. 

He was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department in 1963, promoted to Lieutenant in 1971 and battled the Chelsea Fire in 1973.  He was promoted to Captain in 1984 and retired from the Chelsea Fire Department in 1991 after 28 years of service to his beloved community.  

A resident of Chelsea for most of his life, he settled in Swampscott and enjoyed his retirement years there. 

Known to his friends as “Spinney,” he was a member of the Cary Square Assoc. and past member of Chelsea Fire Fighters Union Local 937.  After attending a morning Mass in Swampscott, he would make his daily trip to Chelsea to visit with family and stop at the Cary Sq. Club to meet with old friends and fire department buddies. 

He was widowed in 1984 with the passing of his beloved wife Dorothy M. Spinazola.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was also predeceased by one daughter, Virginia Gillespie and his siblings: Martha Dwyer, Anna M. “Mandy” Spinazola, Regina “Gigi” Spinazola, Olga Zagarri, Yolanda Gilberti, Sammy Ferullo, Alfonse and Albert Spinazola.  He was the loving father to Gina Harvey and her husband, Kenneth of Swampscott and cherished grandfather of Alex Collins. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Private graveside services were held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.  In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in Adolphe’s memory should be directed to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN, 38105. .  For those who wish, we encourage family and friends to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personal sympathy card visit;  

John Chwaliszewski, Jr.

May 30, 1947 – April 21, 2020

John S. Chwaliszewski, Jr.  passed away on Tuesday, April 21 while convalescing at Elmhurst Health Care in Melrose.  He was 72 years old. Formerly of Chelsea and Revere, he has been residing in Reading for the past 20 years. 

 Born in Winthrop and raised in Chelsea, he was the eldest son of the late John S. Sr. and Harriet E. (Hudson) Chwaliszewski.  He attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and Chelsea High School, graduated from Revere High School and received his Bachelors degree from Northeastern University. 

 John served in the US Army Reserve and worked for many years as a purchasing agent for General Electric.  He was medically disabled and retired from work at a young age.  John enjoyed photography, woodworking and boating. 

  In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by a brother-in-law, Thomas Carroll.  He was the beloved father of Diane Tremblay and her husband,Thomas of Weymouth and John S. Chwaliszewski, III of New Bedford and the loving grandfather of Nicholas and Teagan Tremblay; dear brother of Paul Chwaliszewski and his wife, Pat of Abington, “Marti” Carroll of Shelton, CT, Mary Chwaliszewski Brady and her husband, Steve Brady of Revere, Rita Dignan and her husband, Peter of Wyndham NH, Loretta Chwaliszewski Fallon and her husband, Frank Fallon of Revere, and Helen Chwaliszewski of Saugus.  John is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends. 

A private graveside inurnment and family farewell service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For those who wish, we encourage family and friends to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card here. 

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in John’s memory should be directed to Dana Farber, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Or visit 

Arrangements by the Anthony Memorial –Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Marie Papasadora 

“Revere First” Volunteer and an Original Member of the Board of Directors of MGH Revere

Marie (Terrazzano) Papasadora, 88, of Revere entered into rest on May 1.

Earlier in life Marie was a bookkeeper for Electronic Fasteners located in Waltham and then for the Revere Housing Authority. Marie was on the original Board of Directors for MGH Revere and one of the first volunteers with Representative William Reinstein’s “Revere First.”  Marie loved to bake for her family, play bingo, enjoyed cards with her friends and will be sadly missed by all. 

Marie was born on Sept. 29, 1931 to the late Antonio and Mary Terrazzano . She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Papasodora, loving mother of the late Revere Police Sgt. Peter Papasodora and his wife, Denise of Revere; the adored grandmother of Taylor, , John and Joseph Papasodora; cherished sister of Angelina and her husband, Domenic Bramante of Revere, the late Albert Terrazzano and his wife, Carmella of Amesbury and the dear sister to the late Irene Terrazzano of Revere . Marie is also survived by her nephew Albert Terrazano and his wife, Cynthia, and her great nephew, Anthony of Amesbury. She also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, all services will be held privately. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Sygmund Piasecki

Retired Printing Industry Machinist

Sygmund “Ziggie” F. Piasecki, 76, of Billerica passed away on Tuesday, April 21 after a brief illness. 

Ziggie was born on July 6, 1943 in Chelsea to Zygmunt and Blanche (Naruszewicz) Piasecki. He graduated from Everett Vocational High School in 1961 and worked as a machinist in the printing industry for Metropolitan Lithograph & Printing in Everett and for Matheson Higgins Congress Press in Woburn (and many other jobs in between) before retiring in 2008. 

Ziggie loved the outdoors and being with family and friends. He was a member of the Billerica Elks, the Chelsea Yacht Club, and was a past president of the Polish Political Club.  He went boating, fishing, and camping on Rainsford Island with his children and then his grandchildren.  He enjoyed playing cribbage with anyone willing to lose to him! His other hobbies included taking his grandchildren to flea markets and yard sales on weekends. He was also an avid music lover, especially Elvis Presley and polka music. 

Ziggie was preceded in death by his mother, Blanche, and his father, Zygmunt. He is survived by six children:  James Piasecki and his wife, Pamela of Walpole, Tim Piasecki of Billerica, Steve Fulmer, Norma “Sissy” Scalese and her husband, Joe of Billerica, Billie Jo Barr of Burlington and Kelly Ann Mauch of Troy, NH; his brother, Peter Piasecki and his wife, Debra of Chelsea, twelve grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, several cousins, a niece and a nephew.  A celebration of life service will be announced and held at a future date when family and friends can attend.  Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.  We encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personal sympathy card visit;

Donna Marie Cimino

Feb. 8, 1966 – April 29, 2020

Donna Marie Cimino of Roslindale, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Wednesday, April 29 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston due to Covid-19 related illness.  She was 54 years old.

  Born in Winthrop, she was raised in Chelsea, a special and beloved daughter of Dorothy (Ducey) Cimino and the late Arnold Cimino. 

Donna lived most of her life at home in Chelsea, cared for by her mother and family.  She took residence in a group home for independent living and learning in Roslindale ten years ago.

She took great pleasure in the simple things in life, a car ride to go sightseeing, day trips to the beach, enjoying a strawberry shake or walking arm in arm with a loved one. 

She was the forever loved daughter of Dorothy (Ducey) Cimino of Chelsea and the late Arnold Cimino; loving sister of Arnold Cimino and his wife, Carol of Chelsea, Catherine Terry of Everett, Dotty Lombardi and her husband, Tony of Peabody, Susan Tenaglia and her husband, Robert of Lynn and the late Frances Cimino; cherished aunt of Sal Lombardi, Cindy Sambataro, Anthony Lombardi and Christine Hebert; adored great aunt of Nino, Nicholas and Jack Sambataro, Emma and Ava Lombardi, Rose-Marie and Jerome Hebert. 

A private family farewell will be held followed by graveside prayers and interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. We encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in Donna’s memory should be directed to Autism Speaks-New England, 88 Broad St., Boston, MA 02110 

or the Brigham Covid-19 Response Fund c/o 116 Huntington Ave, 3rd floor, Boston MA 02116

Arrangements are by the Anthony Memorial –Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Edgar Luis Martinez Castillo

A Great Father, Brother, Son and Friend

Edgar Luis Martinez Castillo passed away on Thursday, April 30 after a battle with Covid-19. He was 65 years old.

The world has lost a great father, brother, son and friend.

Edgar, also known by many who loved him as “Macho” and “Tico,” was born in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica and has lived in Chelsea since 1986.

He is survived by his children: Edgar, Luis, Rebeca, Jose Luis and Sebastian along with eight grandkids.

Unfortunately we could not hold a proper memorial and visitation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to thank the doctors, nurses and volunteers of Massachusetts General Hospital ICU who took great care of our father throughout his toughest battle.

“No farewell words were spoken,

No time to say “Goodbye”

You were gone before I knew it,

and only God knows why.”

Kathleen DiChiara

WWII English War Bride and a Woman of Style, Elegance and Grace

Kathleen “Kay” (Davies) DiChiara of Revere died on April 30 at the age of 92. 

Born in Liverpool, England to the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Hanratty) Davies, she was the beloved wife of the late Alfonse “Al” DiChiara, devoted mother of Sandra DeChristoforo and her late partner, Steve of Revere and the late Nicholas DiChiara of Westminster, CO; dear sister of the late Anne Matthews and Bette Machon of England; cherished grandmother of  Gina Bassant and her late husband, Jay of Revere,  Brenda Spinelli and her husband Jim of Port St. Lucie, FL and Johnna Wallace and her husband, Bruce of Port St. Lucie, FL; adored great grandmother of Cassandra, Nikolas, Caden and August.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  

We lost a remarkable woman. A woman full of life, courage and determination. Throughout her exceptional life she endured many challenges but also enjoyed many incredible experiences. Growing up in England during World War II led her to meet a U.S. soldier and fall in love, and that love led her to move to the United States, to marry and start a new life and a family.

Kay was a devoted wife and an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (Nana). A woman of style, elegance and grace. She was the family’s matriarch, historian and storyteller. She loved to travel the world and read everything she could. Her talents were endless; there wasn’t anything she couldn’t cook, sew, create or learn. Always there to lend a hand and always had a smile. And she was the best bargain shopper, especially at her beloved Filene’s.

There is so much that can be said about Kay and the way she lived life. She will be tremendously missed and remembered by all those who love her.  

In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, all services will be held privately.  Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or to a Cancer Charity of your choice in Kathleen’s name.  For guest book please visit

Paul Bright, Jr.

Former RHS Hockey Captain, Retired Chef, Emergency Call-Taker

Paul A. Bright Jr. loved life and lived it with enthusiasm, joy, and an open heart that warmly encompassed everyone he loved  and who loved him.

He loved the Boston Bruins, Aerosmith, cooking, his two cats, and, most of all, his cherished daughters, granddaughter, family, and loyal friends.

A Revere resident for most of his life, Paul passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 26.

Paul is survived by four daughters, Amanda, Dayna, Diandra, and Danae Bright, all of Revere; a granddaughter, Julianna; three siblings, Kathleen Bright-Procopio and her husband David of Saugus, Revere Fire Chief Christopher Bright and his wife Mary Ellen of Wakefield, and Amy Ciccone and her husband Eric of Marblehead. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins and his aunt and uncle, Marilyn (Toomey) and Raymond Longden, of Fairfield, Conn. He was the former husband of Diana(DeSimone) Bright of Revere.

Born in Revere to the late Paul Sr. and Katherine (Toomey) Bright, Paul attended the Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Revere High School, where he skated for the school’s strong hockey teams and was chosen as a team captain in 1975.  He would remain an ardent sports fan throughout his life, especially of the Bruins and Patriots.

He enjoyed the company of a group of loyal friends who often gathered behind the old Revere Cinema on Broadway, and, in reference to the place where they hung out, called themselves the Show Yard Kickers. Once, as youths, they painted a mural on a wall in tribute to the rock band Aerosmith, and Paul would remain a passionate fan of their music throughout his life.

He was employed for many years in the culinary industry, working as a chef for Marriott Hotels and prominent corporate and event catering companies. Throughout his life, Paul enjoyed cooking and good food, and at one point contributed a recipe column to The Revere Journal.

Later in his life Paul worked as a 911 call-taker for the city of Revere and later for the city of Chelsea. After several years he was promoted to deputy director of the Chelsea 911 department. He retired several years ago.

Paul lived in Chelsea briefly and moved to Boston two years ago. In his retirement, in addition to his close bonds with his daughters and granddaughter, dear friends and family, he also cherished the companionship of his two beloved cats, J.J. and Mittens, whom he had rescued separately.

Throughout his life, Paul was a joyous and warm presence whenever he was around family and his many friends, always quick with a smile, a laugh, or a humorous remark. He had the gift of making people feel good when they were around him.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals in Revere, are private because of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Remembrances in Paul Bright Jr.’s name may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler St., Boston MA 02116.

Frances Cargill

Enjoyed Being with Family

Frances A. (Stone) Cargill lost her battle with leukemia on Monday afternoon, April 20.

Fran was born in California on May 9, 1944 when her dad was in the service. She grew up in Chelsea, lived in Cambridge for many years and moved to Medford years ago to be near her daughter, Cheryl.

She faced many challenges in life caring for her disabled husband, George, and dealing with physical and mental health issues. Her earlier work life consisted of working at Market Forge and Ann & Hope. 

She enjoyed being with her family, watching her favorite wrestling programs, playing Bingo, hearing a good joke, dancing when she was able and shopping. 

Fran is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Cargill, who lovingly arranged her care and managed her affairs over these past difficult years. Her other survivors include her son, David Sears and his partner, Karen Tedesco, her sister, Marsha Stone and her husband, Norm Hirschfeld of Greenfield, her brother, Harvey Stone and his wife, Mary of Lynnfield, niece Andrea Stone Mancinelli of Lynnfield and nephew James Stone of Northboro. In addition, she had great nephews and nieces. Fran was predeceased by her beloved husband, George and her mother and father, Dorothy and George Stone, her grandmother, Ida Kaplan and uncle Abraham (Eli) Kaplan.

The family extends tremendous gratitude to all the staff at the PACE, formerly ESP, program from Cambridge Health Alliance who provided the most caring and compassionate service to Fran for many years. Also a special thank you to Maria Melchionno, RN and Dr. Debashish Misra from the Oncology Department for their extraordinary and kind care throughout her many months of treatment. We also thank Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital staff for their attention and care thru her month stay last year.  

In her memory, please donate to the charity of your choice. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date when we can all safely gather again. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi Funeral Home of Medford. For additional information, please visit,

Gloria Gerrig

Harvard University Retiree and 15-Year Co-President of Temple Emanuel

Gloria Gerrig, 89, long time Chelsea resident, passed away peacefully on May 4.

Born in Everett on July 27, 1930, the daughter of the late William and Rose (Abrams) Gerrig, she proudly retired

from Harvard University Economics Dept. after 35 years and was co-president of Temple Emmanuel in

Chelsea for 15 plus years.

She is survived by her beloved sister Barbara Gerrig of Chelsea and sister-in-law Bernice“ Bunny” (Hoffman) Gerrig of Lincoln. She was the cherished sister of the late Leatrice Mazzone and Edward Gerrig; devoted aunt to Gene and Robert Mazzone, Judy Gudinas, Richard and Beth Gerrig, Georgia LeBlond and the late Risa Gerrig as well as several great nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her Harvard and Temple Emmanuel friends.

Contributions in Gloria’s memory may be made to Temple Emmanuel, 6 Tudor St., Chelsea, MA 02150. All arrangements will be private. Visit for guestbook.

Paul Bard

He had a Beautiful Soul

Paul G. Bard, a longtime resident of Chelsea, passed on April 30 after a period of declining health. 

Born August 13, 1948 in Chelsea, Paul was a son of the late Thomas D. and Sylvia Perez Bard, He grew up in the Chelsea area, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. Paul was proud to be a US Marine veteran and kept those memories close to his heart. 

 Paul had a beautiful soul.  He brought smiles to all who loved him with his sharp wit and fun loving outlook on life.  He will be deeply missed.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Lisa.  He is also survived by his loving son Paul J Bard (PJ) of Revere and his former spouse, Janis. In addition he leaves his sister Rhoda Burrows, Warrenton MO, brother, Thomas Bard, (MaryJo)  Boise, ID, sister ,Charlene Lombardi, Del Ray Beach, FL, brother,  Dennis Bard (Karen) and sister, Susie Alfieri (Tony) of Old Lyme, CT.   He was predeceased by his sister, Robin Ann Bard.  Paul is survived by many nieces and nephews along with lifelong friends, Kenny and Rita Flynn.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Covid Unit at MA General Hospital for the exceptional loving care and compassion shown to Paul during this difficult time.  In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, all services will be held privately. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA. For guest book please visit

Laura Josephine Fiorino

Past Member of Women’s Auxiliary and American Legion Post 6, East Boston

Laura Josephine (Voci) Fiorino, a lifelong resident of East Boston, died on May, 1 at the age of 94. 

Laura was a past member of the Women’s Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 6 in East Boston.  She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. 

Born in Revere on August 2, 1925 to the late Joseph Voci Sr. and Amelia (Cataldo) Voci, she was the devoted mother of Vincent “Vinny” Fiorino and his wife, Lorraine of Revere and Philip Fiorino and his wife, Diana of Saugus; beloved sister of the late Grace Guerrero, Patricia Lavoine, Irene Coughlin, Albert Voci and Joseph Voci Jr. ;  cherished grandmother of Vincent, Michael, Stephen, and Ava and adored great grandmother of Alessandra, Craig and Alyssa.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

 In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, all services will be held privately. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave, Revere, MA 02151. For guest book please visit

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