Obituaries 01-27-2022

Libertad Carromero

February 22, 1942 – January 20, 2022

Libertad Carromero passed away on Thursday, January 20 at the Katzman Center for Living where she was receiving supportive care for the past year.  She was 79 years of age, one month shy of her 80th birthday.

Born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico, she was a beloved daughter of the late Emilio and Damaris (Santiago) Carromero.  She received her formal education attending school in Humacao. 

She settled in Manhattan and started her family before moving to Chelsea in 1964.  She was a resident of Chelsea for most of her life. And for a time, Libertad worked outside of her home at Sweetheart Paper, a local poultry company and as a cafeteria worker for Chelsea Schools.  Most of her life was devoted to home and family.  She also enjoyed playing Bingo and collecting elephant art and curios. 

She was the ever-devoted mother of Miguel Ramos and his wife, Lourdes, Edgardo Ramos and Elizabeth Gonzalez and her husband, Felix, all of Chelsea, Edgard Ramos and his wife, Iris of New Hampshire and Ever Ramos and his wife, Dorene of Chelsea. She was the loving daughter of the late Emilio and Damaris (Santiago) Carromero; dear sister of Carmen Laura Carromero of Chelsea, Juan Bautista Carromero of Puerto Rico and  Dulce Maria Carromero of Puerto Rico.  She is also survived by nine adoring grandchildren, many cherished great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, January 27 from 4 to 8 P.M.  Her funeral service will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, January 28 at 11 a.m. 

Per order of the Chelsea Board of Health, all visitors are required to wear face masks while in the Funeral Home. Services will conclude with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Karen Rekas

August 28, 1959 – January 16, 2022

Karen Ann (Reardon) Rekas, 62, of Revere, formerly of Everett and a long time resident of Chelsea,  passed away most unexpectedly in the peaceful surroundings of her home on Sunday, January 16.  She was 62 years of age. 

Born in Cambridge, she grew up in Chelsea and was a beloved daughter of the late James A. and Evelyn L. (Bernard) Reardon.

Karen attended local schools and was a resident of Chelsea for most of her life raising her own family of four. 

She was married to Ronald Rekas for 16 years and was widowed by his passing 15 years ago.  She moved to Everett and resided there for ten years before settling in Revere a few months ago. 

Karen worked outside of her home as a popular cashier for over 20 years at the Everett Simonize Car Wash.  

Before this pandemic, she enjoyed traveling with her sister and for the past two years she enjoyed quite simple pleasures at home, following the Patriots and watching her favorite TV shows.

She was the beloved wife of 16 years to the late Ronald P. Rekas and the devoted mother of Cathy Bartholomew of Revere, Francis Bartholomew and his fiancé, Liz of New Hampshire, Nicholas Rekas of Sunderland and Matthew Rekas of Revere; cherished grandmother of Jake Bartholomew, Julia Bartholomew, Hayley Sullivan, and Frank Bartholomew; dear sister of Debbie Gesualdi and Cynthia Brennan, both of Chelsea and Michael Reardon of Florida. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

James Michael McConnell

Retiree of Ellis Memorial in Boston

James Michael McConnell, 76, passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of his Chelsea home on Friday morning, January 7. 

Born in Boston, the son of the late James M. and Mary E. (Keady) McConnell, James worked as a maintenance worker for Ellis Memorial in Boston for a number of years before his retirement.  

James is the former husband of Patricia (Giovino) McConnell, dear brother of Rosemary E. McHatton of Tewksbury and the late Paul F. McConnell and Kathleen McConnell and is also survived and loved by many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements are private.  Donations in James’ memory may be sent to: Ellis Memorial, 58 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116 or on-line at 

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.  We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

Negron-Gonzalez Gilberto

Formerly of Puerto Rico

Negron-Gonzalez Gilberto, 55, died suddenly on January 2 in his East Boston Home.

Born and raised in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, he was a beloved son of the late Bernardo

Negron and Luz Delia Gonzalez. He worked for many years as a farm hand in Puerto Rico.  He settled in the Chelsea – East Boston area several years ago.

He is survived by his brother Bernardo Negron-Gonzalez of East Boston and his dear friend Vicenta Irizarry-Belon of Puerto Rico.

All services were private.

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home.

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Sandra Y. Ramirez

July 12, 1964 – January 2, 2022

Sandra Y. Ramirez passed away unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on Friday, January 7.  She was 57 years old.

Born in Laredo, Texas, a beloved daughter of the late Adolfo S. “Fito” and Berta C. (Cadena) Ramirez, Sandra came to Chelsea with her family many years ago and was a resident of Chelsea for most of her life.  She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School; she also attended the Butera School of Art in Boston.

For the past 23 years Sandra worked at Dana Farber specializing as a grant management specialist. 

In her lifetime Sandra enjoyed watching various crime shows and was a passionate animal lover.  She always expressed her concern for all sorts of environmental issues and her love of nature.

She is best remembered for her fun-loving boisterous personality.  She was always a joy to encounter by all who knew her.  Her sympathetic nature was exemplified by her deep concerns for the needs of others.

She was most fond of her Mexican American Heritage, sharing the many family traditions cooking with countless spices, all passed down to her by her beloved mother.  She could always be depended on to bake holiday platters of goodies for family and friends, especially her Apple Walnut Cake.

She will be the forever loved sister of Leticia Ramirez, Adolfo S. Ramirez Jr., and Raquel Ramirez, all of Chelsea.  She was the loving niece of Maria Estelle Garcia and she is also survived by her many cousins, extended family members and friends.

A memorial gathering will be planned for the spring and announced when all can gather to honor and celebrate her treasured life.

Should friends desire, contributions in Sandra’s memory may be made to:

Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts Chapter 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452

The American Lung Assoc. of Massachusetts, 480 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451 or any charity for the benefit of animals.

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