Obituaries 09-10-2020

Sheila McMahon

Former Director of the Chelsea Community Connections Coalitionnity

Sheila (McNicholas) McMahon, community activist and former Director of Chelsea Community Connections Coalition, died peacefully in her sleep on Labor Day after a long illness.

Born in Chatham, NJ in 1941 to Henry P. and Ann McNicholas, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated from Clark University in 1963 with a degree in Psychology. 

She married John F. (Jack) McMahon in 1964. Together, they raised five children: Rachel Christopher of Revere, (Lawrence Christopher), Peter McMahon of Greenfield, Deirdre McMahon of Bala Cynwyd, PA, (Jason Mezey), David McMahon (Leah Kramer) and Siobhan McMahon (Philip Holland), all of Cambridge.

Sharp-witted and big-hearted, Sheila delighted in her children and grandchildren.

A long-time resident of Winthrop MA and more recently of Jamaica Plain MA, Sheila was heavily involved in her community, running multiple non-profit programs for families and children and volunteering widely in Chelsea, East

Boston, Winthrop, and Revere. She advocated tirelessly for immigration rights, multicultural awareness, and literacy. She was also handy with power tools and thought most things could be improved with more coffee. She loved to read. Even after she retired and while she was severely ill, she remained active, serving on committees and boards that protect elder rights and working locally in her senior living  community to support residents’ independence and quality of life.

A fan of Scrabble, Cheez-Its, and progressive politics, she left the hospital against orders in 2016 to vote for Hillary Clinton. She really wanted to vote in 2020. She worked toward a better world for her grandchildren, Brendan, Erin, Norah, Paul, Danny, Sebastian, and Rosie. She is survived by her husband and family, who will miss her. A memorial service will be held after it is safe to gather, but for now, the  family requests that donations be made in her memory to ROCA  (101 Park Street Chelsea, MA 02150) or to Chelsea Human Services Collaborative  (318 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150).

Joseph Pedoto

Loyal and Devout Family Man

Joseph L. “Joe” Pedoto of Saugus passed away unexpectedly on September 3 at the age of 60.

Joe was a loyal friend and a devout family man. He was born and raised in the Highlands of Winthrop, a graduate of Winthrop High School, class of ‘79. He has been employed in the energy industry for 40 years, recently with Perley Burrill Oil Company.

Joe was a car enthusiast who enjoyed reading about the history of Detroit, most notably, the muscle car era. He enjoyed local travel throughout New England and summers on the beach. Joe had a heart of gold and will be missed by all who knew him.

Born in Winthrop on March 18, 1960 to the late John M. Pedoto and Jeanette (Fagone) Pedoto, he was the cherished husband of 32 years to Lois Sacco of Saugus, devoted father of Joseph L. Pedoto II, dear brother of Charles Pedoto and the late John M. Pedoto Jr., adored son in law of Rose Sacco of Revere and the late Nicola Sacco, beloved brother in law of the late Geraldine Sacco of Chelsea and beloved uncle of Kristen (Pedoto) Macchiavelli and her husband, Anthony, Justine (Pedoto) Romanos and her husband, Nicholas, and Jaime Pedoto.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St, Revere today, Wednesday, September 9 at 12 noon. (Everyone to meet directly at church). Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Mass at St. Anthony’s and the interment at Woodlawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston MA 02108. Visit their website  NECHV.ORG to specify how you would like your donation to enrich the life of our heroes.  For guest book, please visit

John Lawrence Sidman

Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea

John Lawrence Sidman of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, died suddenly on Thursday, September 3.

The beloved husband of Maria T. (Salvati) Sidman, he was the devoted father of Matthew Sidman of Tampa, FL, Jessica Sidman of Springhill, FL, Jennifer Medrano of Woburn and Vincenzo Guglielmo of Saugus; loving son of the late Abraham Sidman and Frances (Sandel), dear brother of the late Eric Sidman; loving grandfather of Avery Sidman, Harper Sidman, Ayanna Morale, and Makaila Vaillancourt and nephew of Leo Sandel of Revere.

Private graveside services will be held at Greenview Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Visit  for guestbook and directions.

Ruth DiSalvo

Retired Bookkeeper

Ruth K. DiSalvo of Chelsea entered into eternal rest in Chelsea on Wednesday, Sept. 2 .  She was 92 years old.

Born in Boston, Ruth lived in Chelsea for many years.  She was a bookkeeper by profession. Ruth was a fun loving person and a very stylish dresser.

The beloved daughter of the late Carmela (Perella) and Domenico DiSalvo, she was the dear and devoted sister of the late Helen Daniel, loving aunt of Karen Falzone, Stephen Daniel, Donald A. Perella and Bernard Perella.

Services are private and for the immediate family. Interment in the family lot  at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oakes Road, Waltham, MA 02452, would be sincerely appreciated.

Arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

Santos Isabel Hernandez

February 9, 1938 – September 6, 2020

Santos Isabel Hernandez, 82, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 6 in the peaceful surroundings of her home in Revere with her tender, loving and caring family at her side.

Born and raised in Ahuachapan, El Salvador, she was one of four children born to the late Candelaria Hernandez and Jose Domingo Gochez.  She came to the United States with her family residing briefly in California and Boston before settling in Revere over 20 years ago.

Santos was a deeply religious person and was an active member and supporter at Iglesias Adventista de Chelsea.  She was devoted to home and family and enjoyed serving and helping others.

She was the beloved mother of Ana B. Deleon, Yanira Hernandez, Roxanna Ventura and Juana Larin, all of Revere; dear sister of Bertha Arevaro, Javier Arevaro and Virginia Arevaro and is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Her wake and vigil service will be held from the Iglesias Adventista de Chelsea, 111 Hawthorne St, Chelsea today, Thursday, Sept. 10 from 2 p.m.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Her funeral will be held from the church on Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Nancy Ciarlone

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother

Nancy M. (Nicolo) Ciarlone of Revere passed away peacefully on September 1 at the age of 90.

The beloved daughter of the late Diego and Marianna (Compolo) Nicolo, she was the devoted wife of the late Louis H. “Cheako” Ciarlone, loving mother of Louis Ciarlone, Jr. and his wife, Corazon (Parcon) and Michael Ciarlone and his partner, Linda Sarno, all of Revere; cherished grandmother of Kiana Ciarlone Cameron and Dominique Ciarlone and great-grandmother of Eden Cameron; dear sister of the late Demetrie, James, Joseph, Salvatore and Nicolas Nicolo, Angie D’Amico and Marion Raponi. Nancy is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Archdiocese of Boston and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family and under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Ciarlone Scholarship Fund, 410 Park Avenue, Revere, MA 02151.

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Julie VanValkenberg

Of Revere

Julie (Carnazzo) VanValkenberg of Revere passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 4 at the age of 50. 

Born in Medford on June 13, 1970 to Paul and Nancy (Fitzgerald) Carnazzo of Revere,   Julie is survived by Michael VanValkenberg of Danvers, the father to their beloved children,  Michael  VanValkenberg of Revere and Morgan VanValkenberg of Danvers, dear sister to Paul Carnazzo and his wife, Agata of Revere and adored grandmother of Emily Heres-VanValkenberg.  She is also survived by many dear cousins and friends. 

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, September 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a private Prayer Service for the immediate family. Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local officials we are limited to 25 people at a time and social distancing and masks are required.  If you could, please make your visit brief to allow others to attend. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Julie’s name to the MSPCA Angel, Att. Development Donation, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130. Private Interment.  For guest book, please visit

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