Obituaries 03-10-2022

Carmen Maria Gonzalez

Former Chelsea Resident

Carmen Maria Gonzalez, 59, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 4 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after battling a long term illness. 

Carmen was born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico to Violetta (Amaro) Gonzalez and the late Juan Gonzalez. She resided in Chelsea for many years before moving to Providence, RI and recently to Peabody. 

The beloved mother of Hector Gonzalez of Florida and Leslie and Aileen Gonzalez of Providence, she was the longtime companion of Felix Burgos, devoted grandmother of Jessylee, Crystal, Melody, Hector Jr., and Ashlynn of Florida and Desmond and Lyzaiah of Providence, RI; dear sister of Felicita, Maria, Juan J., Maria J., Felix W., Juan A., Jeannie K. and the late Angel L., she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends honored Carmen’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 10 Chestnut St., Peabody on Tuesday March 8. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com. 

Lawrence Resca

His Family was Always his Priority 

Lawrence E. (“Larry”) Resca of Deerfield Beach, FL, formerly of Revere, died on March 3.

Larry was raised in Chelsea and graduated from St. Rose High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After serving four years, he began his career with General Motors retiring after 44 years. Larry’s family was always his priority, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and travelling. He loved being outdoors tending to his garden and fruit trees, and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He will truly be missed. 

 The beloved husband of 63 years to Cecile (Dion), he was the devoted father of Joanne Resca,  Anne Marie Resca,  Anthony Resca and the late Lawrence Resca; dear brother of the late Frank, Louise, Anthony “Joe”, Frederick and Arthur Resca. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be celebrated at St Anthony’s Church, Revere, today, Thursday, March 10 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

“Jimmy” James Robles

November 15, 1952 – February 27, 2022

“Jimmy” James Robles passed away on Sunday, February 27 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston after a long illness.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he was a beloved son of the late Vincent Robles and Aurea Lopez Robles.  He was 69 years of age. 

He settled with his family in the Boston area thirty years ago and has been living in Chelsea for the past two years. 

Jimmy was a person of profound spiritual beliefs and was never at a loss to profess the grandeur of our supreme being.  He was forever grateful for the forgiveness and love bestowed upon him by God, time, and time again.  After a long life of struggling with addiction, Jimmy praised our Lord Jesus for bringing him to the right path and used this enlightenment to mentor young people grappling with addiction.

His warm and good-hearted nature endeared him to many people.  As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he was known to visit veterans in the hospital, and it was not uncommon for him to assist disabled or infirm veterans.  His spirit to uplift everyone with a joke or two was “so Jimmy”.  Jimmy believed as he was saved it was his mission to serve those in need.  He will be forever missed!

Jimmy is survived by his beloved companion of 20 years, Ana Arroyo.  He was the devoted father of James Robles, Jr. and Eric Robles, and stepfather to Yadira Montalvo; dear brother of Dadin Robles, Miriam Medina, Edna Robles and Eddie Robles.  He is also survived by his seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.

 For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

Orlando Hoyos

February 2, 1954 – March 4, 2022

Orlando Hoyos, 68, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 4 at home with his beloved wife, Nancy, and son, Johnny, at his side. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor/glioblastoma in 2018 and lived courageously with the illness since that time.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nancy Kestner Hoyos, his son Johnny Hoyos and grandchildren Leonardo, Leonelli and Noah.  He was the loving son of the late Antonio Hoyos Reategui and Yldaura Yumbato Rimachi of Peru.  He was a dear brother of Esther, Florencia, Teresa, Miguel, Bequer, Luis, Ana and Clotilde and the late Jova, Maria, Gloria, and Leo in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

Orlando was born and raised in a small Amazon village near Iquitos, Peru. Before he came to the United States, he worked as a rainforest tour guide and lodge manager in the Peruvian Amazon.  After arriving in Boston, he worked as a paraprofessional for the Boston Public Schools for 34 years with the last 20 years at the Donald McKay School in East Boston.  He coached youth soccer for over 15 years for Boston Scores, a national enrichment program combining soccer, academics, and civic education. He voluntarily ran a weekly after school soccer program to provide students with a healthy outlet. He was a member of the Boston Teachers Union.

Orlando loved learning and had many interests.  He loved sports, especially soccer, basketball and running.  He enjoyed woodworking and once built a canoe in his basement.  He designed and silk-screened t-shirts, created intricate cross-stitch artwork and wove paracord bracelets and belts for family, students and friends. He was most proud of presentations entitled “Life in the Amazon Rainforest” which were given to elementary school students.  These included authentic blowgun demonstrations and showcased indigenous artifacts.

Every summer vacation Orlando and Nancy would return to the Peruvian Amazon to visit family and help preserve the rainforest. 

A remembrance service was held in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday, March 8.

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

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