Obituaries 11-24-2021

Elisabeth Stambolian

Retired Principal Clerk Chelsea City Assessment Department

Elisabeth “Lisa” (Sperber) Stambolian passed away Wednesday morning, November 17 in the comfort of her home in Peabody.  She was 96 years old.

Born in Nurnberg, Germany, the daughter of the late Johann and Berta Eva (Haring) Sperber, Lisa came to the United States in 1948 when she was 24 years old.  She took business courses in college but dedicated her working career at Chelsea City Hall as a principal clerk in the Assessment Department.  Lisa dedicated 30 years of service to the City of Chelsea before retiring in 1988.  She was a member of the Chelsea Zonta Club and also a member of the Community Covenant Church in Peabody.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. 

Lisa was the wife of the late Diran Stambolian, with whom she shared 37 years of marriage before his passing in 2013.  She was the beloved mother of Linda J. Locatelli and her husband, Dr. Peter Locatelli of Hawaii and John T. Lyons and his wife, Dr. Natalie Lyons of New York; sister of the late Hans Sperber and Kurt Sperber and dear aunt of Michael Sperber and his wife, Dianne of Lexington.  She is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: Benjamin Dyer, Nicholas Locatelli, Allison Locatelli, Jesse Lyons, Matthew Lyons, Jane Lyons and seven great grandchildren: Emma, Bjorn, Sterling, Abigail, Sophia, Dean and Thomas. 

Funeral services were held at the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Tuesday, November 23 and concluded with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Lisa’s memory may be made to the Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., Peabody, MA 01960 and/or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or on-line at 

Luz Celenius Anaya

December 23, 1964 – November 15, 2021

A loving child of God, at the age of 56, Luz passed away peacefully on Monday, November 15 in the quite peaceful surroundings of her home with her loving family and lifelong caregivers by her side.

Born in Catano, Puerto Rico, she was the forever beloved daughter and precious angel of Carmen D. Febres.  Luz, who has been living with her caring and supportive family in Chelsea since 1976, lived bravely all of her years with many lifelong challenges. 

Though she was non-verbal and not able to communicate easily, she still delighted in hearing a loved one’s voice or caring touch. 

She is survived by her loving mother and lifelong guardian, Carmen D. Febres of Chelsea, Luz’s dearest sister and devoted caregiver, Carmen Rosario and fellow siblings: Angel Anaya, Carmen Febres, Pedro Febres, Silvia Rivera, Orlando Rivera, Julio Anaya, Luis Anaya and the late Orlando Anaya. 

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Edward Voke Mulkern

Verizon Retiree, Proud to Be from Chelsea, the City He Dearly Loved

Edward “Eddie” Voke Mulkern entered eternal rest Wednesday morning, November 17 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers surrounded by his loving family.  He was 69 years of age. 

The oldest of eight children, Eddie was the son of the late Edward E. and Julia E. (Voke) Mulkern.  He was born and raised in Chelsea, attended elementary school at St. Rose School in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1971. 

Just after high school, Eddie began his working career in the telephone industry at New England Tel & Tel.  With time came change and Eddie stayed with the company through many transitions from Bell Atlantic, Nynex and finally, Verizon.  Eddie dedicated 47 years to the telephone industry before retiring from Verizon in Boston as a telephone technician in 2019. 

Eddie moved to Lynn with his family four years ago but in his heart, he was a lifelong resident of Chelsea.  He was proud to be from Chelsea, the City he loved dearly.  Eddie was a member of the historical society; he was a late board member of the Governor Bellingham-Cary House in Chelsea.  He was also a late library trustee of the Chelsea Public Library, a Past Faithful Navigator 4th degree Bishop Chevrus Assembly and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus #83 in Chelsea. 

The devoted husband of Mary E. (Pinkman) Mulkern of Lynn, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage, he was the beloved father of Alicia Palange and her husband, Robert and Paul Mulkern, all of Lynn, Maura Bouton and her husband, George Edward Bouton III of Reading and Mary Ann Mulkern and her fiancé, Wolfgang Hahn of Brighton; dear brother of Kathryn Wallace and her husband, Stephen, Mary Ellis and her husband, Alfred, all of Winthrop, Patricia Tabbut and her husband, James and Maureen Mulkern, all of Chelsea, James Mulkern and his wife, Juko of Japan and the late David E. Mulkern and John F. Mulkern; brother-in-law of Kathleen Manning of Milton and also lovingly survived by four grandchildren: Ryder, Aster, Kayden and Owen.  

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, November 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral will be from the funeral home on Saturday, November 27 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Blessed Mother of the Morning Star Parish, Our Lady of Grace, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or on-line at

Marie “Mary” Buscanera

Chelsea Redevelopment Authority Retiree and Local Real Estate Agent

Marie “Mary” F. (Moore) Buscanera, 82, passed away on Monday, November 15 in the peaceful surroundings of the Revere home that she resided in for over 45 years.

Born in Melrose, the daughter of the late John W. and Helen (Greene) Moore, she graduated from Revere High School in 1957 and before moving to Revere, she lived in   Saugus   and   Chelsea.   Marie   worked   for   the   Chelsea Redevelopment Authority for over 30 years.  She later obtained her real estate license and enjoyed several years as a local agent.

 In her lifetime, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends whether going on vacation to Lake George, NY, Cape Cod, cruising the Caribbean or going on day trips to the casinos to play the slot machines.

Marie was the beloved mother of John A. Buscanera and his wife, Cheryl of Lowell and cherished grandmother of Gabrielle.  She is survived by her sister, Joanne Castillo and her husband, Rogelio “Roger” of Bedford, VA. and dear aunt of Dina Castillo and Roger Castillo.  She is also survived by many cousins, extended family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Monday, November 29 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the  Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea.    For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

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