Obituaries 06-23-2022

Sandra Ramirez

July 14, 1964 – January 7, 2022

Celebration of Life and Committal Service:

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Life and Service of Remembrance on Saturday, June 25th in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea from 9 to 11 a.m. for Sandra Y. Ramirez who passed away unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on Friday, January 7.  She was 57 years of age. 

Born in Laredo Texas she was 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 always enjoyed watching various crime shows and was a passionate animal lover.  She always expressed her concerns 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 concern 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 is also survived by her many cousins, extended family members and friends. 

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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Rosa Odila Anezquita

April 16, 1975 – June 11, 2022

At 47 years of age, Rosa Odila Anezquita passed away on Saturday June 11 while at the CHA Everett Hospital. 

Born and raised in Boston, she was a beloved daughter of Aixa Amezquita and the late Israel Sanchez, and stepdaughter of Daniel Rivera.  Rosa grew up in Dorchester and graduated from West Roxbury High School. 

She was a resident of Chelsea for the past 26 years.  A devoted homemaker and mother, she raised two children and welcomed a granddaughter into her life.  Rosa worked for 15 years at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in the Rehabilitation Dept as a supervisor. 

In her lifetime, Rosa was mostly devoted to home and family and enjoyed following all Boston Sports teams, She also loved music, dance, cooking, dining, traveling and the arts.  

She is lovingly survived by her children, Thomas Reyes-Amezquita and Nina Reyes. She was the loving daughter and stepdaughter of Aixa Amezquita and Daniel Rivera of Chelsea and the loving daughter and stepdaughter of Aixa Amezquita and Daniel Rivera of Chelsea and the late Israel Sanchez; dear sister of Ray Amezquita, Julie Rivera, Daniel Santiago and Anissa Santiago-Amezquita and cherished grandmother of Nia Reyes. She is also survived by her grandmother, Matilda Amezquita, beloved aunts; Iris, Carmen and Diana, beloved uncles: Pedro, Rafael and Louis and also by Angelo, Louie and Jimmy. And Rosa also has an extended family in Thomas Reyes, father to Thomas Jr. and Nina, Gina Reyes, Ridley Johnson, surrogates Mami Becca, Charlene Hunter and tribe.

Relatives and friends gathered to honor Rosa’s life at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, Saturday morning, June 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. immediately followed by a prayer service in the Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Services concluded with Rosa being placed to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

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Arthur R. MacDonald

December 11, 1940 – November 24, 2021

Relatives and friends attended a Service of Remembrance with Military Honors and Inurnment at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. for Arthur R. MacDonald who passed away on Wednesday, November 24. He was 80 years of age. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, a beloved and Loving son of the late Frances M. (Bradley) MacDonald and the late Leo A. MacDonald, Sr.  Arthur attended the Shurtleff elementary school and Chelsea High School.  As a young man he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1957 and served during the Vietnam Era.  He was honorably discharged in 1961 holding the rank of Airman Second Class.

A former resident of Chelsea and Dorchester, Arthur has been living in Boston’s North End for the past 25 years.  He worked for many years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as the manager of the banks printing department.

In his lifetime, he enjoyed playing tennis, traveling to Las Vegas and other destinations and always enjoyed his lively debates with friends and companions at Rocco’s Cucina & Bar in the North End.

In addition to his parents, Arthur was also predeceased by siblings, the late Beverly Pappalardo, Leo A. MacDonald, Jr. and Robert McAleer and his former wife and friend, Helen Laima (Jakutis) MacDonald. He is lovingly survived by his sister, Maureen Harris and her husband, Michael of the North End, several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Should friends desire, contributions in Arthur’s name may be made to a charity of their choice.  

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