US Postal Service Retiree and Youth Sports Coach
John H. “Jack” Godfrey lost a brief but valiant battle with cancer at home surrounded by his family on March 12.
Born in Chelsea, Jack graduated from Chelsea High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam. After an honorable discharge he graduated from Boston State College. He worked for the US Postal Service from 1968 through 2020.
Jack loved sports. He played baseball, football, basketball, and softball into his 40’s. When his sons were old enough to play, he started coaching and continued well after they graduated from youth sports. He coached baseball, basketball, and soccer in Winthrop. When he wasn’t playing or coaching sports, he was watching his sons and grandsons play or traveling to watch them play. He visited many baseball fields and hockey rinks in New England and more exotic locations like California, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, Spain, and Sweden to watch his sons and grandsons play. He even left the hospital last year in time to watch a MIAA hockey tournament game.
His garden was his second passion and he was constantly adding to it. He could not drive by a nursery without purchasing another ornamental grass or shrub. There could be 20 blueberry plants in his small yard. The birds thank him.
Jack is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Patricia (Lane) Godfrey and his two sons, Christopher J. (Jennifer) Godfrey of Rowley and Daniel E.(Erin) of Winthrop and his three grandchildren, Tyler, Zachary and Amaya. He is survived by his sisters, Ellen Godfrey of Chelsea, Catherine Raso of Everett and MaryJane Gildea of North Andover and a large extended family including brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph S. Godfrey and Catherine (French) Godfrey and his brothers, Joseph Godfrey of Bradford and Thomas Godfrey of Chelsea.
A celebration of Jack’s life will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop Street, Winthrop. Calling hours will be at the church from 10 until 11:30 a.m. A Funeral mass will follow and burial will be in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Viking Pride (vikingpride.org) or Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online @www.CareDimensions.org. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.
Longtime Member of the Polish Political Club in Chelsea
Gerald “Jerry” Myhal of Everett passed away suddenly in his home on March 16.
He was a member of the Polish Political Club in Chelsea for over thirty years, enjoyed spending time with family, doing countless errands for others and playing poker.
The beloved husband of 49 years to Linda (Andrews) Myhal, he was the devoted father of Taj Myhal and Laurie Jefferson of Everett; devoted father and grandfather to Tanya, Michael, Michael Jr. and Olivia of Saugus; dear brother of Robert and Sylvia Myhal of Kennebunk, ME, Joyce and George Leach of Marblehead, the late Dolores and Frank Maniscalco and Thomas Myhal. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jerry was born and raised in Chelsea, the youngest of five children and beloved son of the late Mitchell and Anna (Zaremski) Myhal.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-JDRF. Online at www.JDRF.org/donate/ or by mail at: JDRF P.O Box 37920, Boone, IA 50037-0920.
February 18, 1958 – March 17, 2021
Stephen J. Stofflet, 63, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, March 17.
A resident of Revere for the past 25 years, he was born in Boston and raised in Chelsea, a beloved son of the late Darlton J. and Joan M. (Helfrich) Stofflet.
He attended Chelsea schools, worked as a warehouseman at a Chelsea furniture store, and has been retired for the past 20 years following a workplace injury.
Stephen enjoyed his time with family and friends, singing karaoke and playing games of chance.
He is lovingly survived by his twin sister, Susan Fetanat and her husband, Alex of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, his brother, William J. Stofflet and his wife, Jeanne of Taunton and sister, Nancy Bailey of Revere. He was the cherished uncle of several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and is also survived by extended family members and friends.
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 to visit: www.WelshFH.com.
Jose Juan Rosado
October 24, 1981 – March 17, 2021
Jose Juan Rosado, 39, passed away at home on Wednesday, March 17.
Born in Boston, the much loved and cherished son of Julio Rosado and Rutilia Gelista de Rosado, Jose lived his entire life courageously with cerebral palsy. Although this left him visually impaired and confined to a wheelchair, he was able to persevere given the love and devotion of his family. Jose was included in all aspects of family life, gathering and socializing.
He would express great joy simply being outdoors in the fresh air or accompanying his family on various outings, especially bowling.
To mourn his passing and cherish his memory Jose leaves his devoted parents, Julio and Rutilia (Gelista) Rosado, his beloved sisters, Maria Rosado and Blanca Rosado and his nephew, Izaiah Aroche-Rosado, all of Chelsea.
A private family farewell has been scheduled.
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 visit: www.WelshFH.com.
A los 39 años de edad, José falleció en su casa el miércoles 17 de marzo. Nacido en Boston, era el muy querido y apreciado hijo de Julio Rosado y Rutilia Gelista de Rosado.
José vivió toda su vida con valentía con parálisis cerebral. Aunque esto lo dejó con discapacidad visual y confinado a una silla de ruedas, fue capaz de perseverar dado el amor y la devoción de su familia. José fue incluido en todos los aspectos de la vida familiar, reuniendo y socializando.
Él expresaría gran alegría simplemente estar al aire libre en el aire fresco o acompañar a su familia en varias salidas, especialmente bolos.
Para llorar su muerte y atesorar su memoria José deja a sus devotos padres, Julio y Rutilia (Gelista) Rosado, las queridas hermanas María Rosado y Blanca Rosado y su sobrino Izaiah Aroche-Rosado, todos de Chelsea.
Se programó una despedida familiar privada.
Animamos a la familia y amigos que lo deseen, a ofrecer condolencias en este momento a través del libro de visitas en línea o a enviar por correo una tarjeta de simpatía personalizada mediante uno de los enlaces a continuación.