Obituaries 01-28-2021

Jane Veronica Butt Frieden

 Former Elementary School Music Teacher

Jane Veronica Butt Frieden entered eternal rest Sunday morning, January 24 at the Carney Hospital in Boston.  She was 70 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late W. Roy and Veronica “Vera” (Cronin) Butt, Jane attended elementary school at Our Lady of Grace School in Everett and later attended St. Rose High School graduating with the Class of 1969. 

After high school, Jane continued her Catholic education by attending St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1973.  Jane was a former elementary school music teacher. 

Jane had been a resident of the Boston Home of Dorchester for the past 25 years, which specializes in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. 

Jane enjoyed music, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, the Red Sox and Notre Dame, reading and making phone calls.  Jane participated in numerous activities at the Boston Home, especially painting and writing.  But most of all she enjoyed her family and friends.  

Jane endured MS since she was 22 years old.  She passed away from complications of an infection and was COVID free when she moved on to the final chapter of her life because of the great care of the entire staff of the Boston Home. 

Jane was the mother of Beth Frieden Garcia and her husband, Chris of Murray, UT; Timothy Frieden and his fiance, Tristen Edmundowicz of Indianapolis, IN; the daughter of the late W. Roy and Veronica “Vera” Butt; sister of Marie Washington and her husband, Allan and Ellen M. Butt, all of Chelsea, Karen E. Butt and her wife, Cindy Brown of Newbury and Roy Butt and his wife, Anna of Wakefield; aunt to Bryan and Tommy Butt of Wakefield; dear and special friend to Judith Houghton of Indianapolis, IN. Jane is leaving behind many cousins and friends from all parts of the United States. 

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, January 28 from 9:30 to11:30 a.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, at 12 Noon.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jane’s memory to the Activities Department, The Boston Home, 2049 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124. 

Per COVID-19 State Regulations, the Funeral Home is allowed a 25 person capacity limit.  All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.    We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

Maurice Cromwell, Jr.

Though he loved traveling, he always returned home… Chelsea

Maurice R. Cromwell, Jr., a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly at his home on New Years Eve, December 31, from heart related issues that he has had for many years.

He was a graduate of Bunker Hill Community College with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management. As a managing head chef to which his resume shows included many local restaurants and institutions, ie: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, The Spirit of Boston as well as the Spirit of Chicago, managing director of the Chicago School District Food Program, the manager and opener of many Popeye’s Restaurants, Halal Guys as well as Chipotles Restaurants.

He was profoundly proud of being a single dad raising his daughter. In his spare or down time, he enjoyed cooking, was an avid reader, a fan of the New York Yankees, Celtics and Patriots. Though he loved traveling, he always returned to home……Chelsea.

The longtime companion of Lisa Thompson of Lynn, he was the devoted father of Maurice R. Cromwell, III and his wife, Kathy Mojica and Lauricia Cromwell, all of Chelsea; son of the late Maurice and Madeline (Hagen) Cromwell; beloved brother of Doreen Hornsbeak and her husband, Steve of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Beverly Ross and her husband, Larry and Paula Cromwell, all of Chelsea, John Cromwell of Hubbardston, John Martin and his wife, Delia, Richelle Cromwell and her husband, Larry Elgart, Joan Cromwell and her husband, Kenneth Umemba, all of Chelsea, Charles Martin of Lynn, Darren Cromwell and his wife. Sue of Lincoln, Greg Carter of Revere and the late Thomas Cromwell and Andrea Martin;  cherished grandfather of Maurice R. Cromwell IV, Jamie Amado and Maurliyah Cromwell. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends and extended family.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, funeral services at this time will be private. When time allows for a more appropriate gathering of family and friends, a Celebration of Life will be announced.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home.

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Eileen Frances Cronin

Family Matriach

Eileen Frances (Tedford) Cronin was born in East Boston, the eldest daughter of George “Ted” Tedford and Althea “Tootsie” ( Gallagher) Tedford.  

Throughout her life she was known as  “Teddy Tedford”   “Lee”  “Big Lee”   and “Grammy Kitty.” 

As a young child, Eileen was an Army Brat.   Her father served in the 9th Coast Artillery at Fort Banks in Winthrop and the family lived in the housing at Fort Heath. 

In addition to operating the huge gun batteries, her father, George played the tuba in the Army Band and traveled all around Massachusetts to perform in concerts and to march in many parades in Boston.   Eileen and her mother would often travel with the band, in an Army truck, to Fort Devens to see her father in the band. 

After the fort was de-activated, the family moved to George Avenue in Beachmont, Revere.   Eileen really loved living there and that was the happiest time of her life.

She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Mary T. Ronan Elementary School and she had many childhood friends in the neighborhood. 

 She became an expert swimmer and loved to swim every day at Short Beach which was the favorite place of her entire Life. 

She lived through the Hurricane of 1938, and two floods, which caused her family to lose most of their furniture and belongings.  Her uncle, Ned Gallagher, was the owner of the Original Arcade at Revere Beach. He had a car and rescued the family during the two floods. 

In 1940, the family was tired of the storms and floods and moved back to East Boston. At East Boston High School, Eileen excelled in biology and was a talented artist.  After High School, she graduated from the Burdett Business School, majoring in accounting and operating a comptometer During WWII, she was very proud of the fact that she worked in accounting for The Everlastic Company in Chelsea, which had a government contract to make the elastic webbing for parachutes, they were well-known as the best Manufacturers in the Country.  

After the War, she met and married Dennis L. Cronin of Peabody, who was an Army Veteran of WWII.

In 1951, they bought a four family house on East Eagle Street in East Boston and in 1956, after her two children were born, Eileen went back to school and became a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She worked at The Chelsea Memorial Hospital for many years, caring for the babies in the newborn nursery and working alongside many well known doctors.  After the hospital closed it’s maternity ward, Eileen went to work for Jordan Marsh/Macy’s and retired at age 68.  

She loved ballet and symphonies.  

During most of her life, she was a supporter and devoted attendee of The Boston Ballet and The Boston Symphony Orchestra where she had the chance to see many famous ballet dancers and orchestra conductors.  

She had a lifelong passion for reading, loved true crime novels and her favorite authors were Charles Dickens and Gore Vidal, 

She loved cats, and had several, which earned her the Title of “Grammy Kitty.”

She loved spending time with her grand kids and great grands and was famous for her endless supply of ice cream cones, shopping trips to Macy’s and reading bedtime stories. 

She leaves her children: Eileen Mary Cronin Kaitz and her husband, Paul of Holliston and Paul Michael Cronin and his wife, Aida of Chelsea; her grandchildren:  Erika Anne Kaitz and her boyfriend, Jarred Norsworthy of Uxbridge, Elizabeth Regina Kaitz and her fiancé, Dave Becker of Bridgewater, Dianna Marie Kaitz Leoncini and her husband, Jeffrey Leoncini of Dedham, Bijan Saifollahi Cronin and his wife, Sahar of Newton, Azad Saifollahi Cronin of Chelsea and his fiancé, Nichole, and Nyomi Rivera of Florida (formerly of Chelsea); her great grandchildren:  Cassie Jade and Brenna Faye Langley of Hopedale,  Isabelle Elena Leoncini of Dedham;  Ayden Amir Cronin of Newton,   Brianna and Roberto Rivera of Florida and her great great grandchildren: Sophia Rivera and Jayden Deroulsier of Florida.  

She was the loving aunt of three nieces:  Sue Eremka Colombo, Paula Eremka Graf and Beth Parrotta West. 

Eileen was the Matriarch of the Family, the last of her 14 first cousins.  

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, with concern for family and friends, Funeral Services with entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum will be private.

To send a message of condolence to Eileen’s family please visit

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home.  

Jorge Rene “Purito” Martinez

October 3, 1955 – January 20, 2021

Jorge Rene “Purito” Martinez of Chelsea, formerly of Honduras, died on January 20.

He was   born   on   October 3, 1955 in   La   Lima, Cortes, Honduras.  His  parents  were  Jacobo   Martínez   and   María  Trinidad   Castro.   Jorge   was orphaned at the age of six and left in the care of his grandmother, Adela and aunt, Ana Rosa Martinez.

In 1982, he emigrated to the United States with the great love of his life and beloved wife, Norma Dunia Contreras and with the support of his aunt María de Jesús Chávez he settled in Chelsea, where he lived for more than 38 years. He became a faithful member of the Church of St. Rose of Lima in Chelsea. Abiding to Catholic Church Cannons, he accepted the Sacrament of Matrimony and wed again his beloved wife, Norma.    Their   union   was   blessed   by   his   faith   so   to   serve   God   more   fully   and completely.  

For   his   sympathy, love   and   spirit   of   service, he   earned   the   respect   and affection of the church community. His departure leaves the hearts of his wife, sister, Rosa   Maria   and   other   brothers   in   Honduras   shattered, as   well   as   the   hearts   of   his cousins, nephews and his whole family.     Jorge was a great man. Everyone who had the privilege of meeting him is going to miss him forever. May God receive him in glory and may he rest in peace. Amen.

Jorge Rene Martinez “Purito” nació el 3 de octubre de 1955 en La Lima, Cortes, Honduras. Sus padres fueron Jacobo Martínez y María Trinidad Castro. Jorge quedo huérfano de padre a la edad de 6 años y quedó al cuidado de su abuela Adela y su tía  Ana Rosa Martinez. En 1982 emigró a los Estados Unidos con el gran amor de su vida, Norma Dunia Contreras. Con el apoyo de su tía María de Jesús Chávez logró establecerse en la ciudad de Chelsea, MASS en donde vivió por más de 38 años haciéndose fiel miembro De la Iglesia Santa Rosa de Lima. Siguiendo la fe de religion decidió casarse con su ya esposa, Norma, por las leyes de su religión Catolica y de esa manera servir completamente a Dios. Por su simpatía, amor, y espíritu de servicio se ganó el respeto y cariño de la comunidad De la Iglesia. Su partida deja destrozados los corazones de su esposa, su hermana, Rosa María y demás hermanos en Honduras.

Así como también los corazones de sus primos, sobrinos, y toda su familia. Jorge fue un gran hombre. Todos los que tuvimos el privilegio de conocerlo lo vamos a extrañar por siempre. Que Dios lo reciba en gloria y descanse en Paz. Amen.

A con-celebrated Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Hilario Sanez and Rev. Reynaldo Escobar in St. Rose Of Lima Church, in Chelsea on Tuesday, January 26. Services concluded with “Purito” being placed to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.

Arrangements   were   given   to   the   care   and   direction   of   the Welsh   Funeral   Home, Chelsea.  We continue to 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 “Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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