Obituaries 10-06-2022

Stephen L. Condon

April 1, 1964 – September 23, 2022

Stephen L. Condon passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 23. He was 58 years of age.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of Thelma (Yetman) Condon of Methuen and the late Edward Condon. 

He was a lifelong resident of Chelsea, attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. 

He was the beloved companion for 26 years to Joanne Todisco of Chelsea.

Stephen was in the building wrecking field and was member of the Building Wreckers Union, Local 1421.

Stephen was a gentle giant with a heart of gold.  He loved his dogs, Chico and Sheba and his cat, Mufasa.    

In his lifetime Stephen enjoyed playing pick-up basketball with his friends, spending time in the White Mountains in Lincoln, NH and time fishing.  He was a devoted Patriots fan and liked to play cards, “Kitty Whist” was his favorite game.  Family reunions were never dull when Stephen showed up.   

He is survived by his beloved life partner and companion, Joanne Todisco of Chelsea,  the devoted stepfather of Dean Todisco and the late Nicole Alas and step grandfather to Jayden, Aubree and Jared; loving son of Thelma (Yetman) Condon and the late Edward Condon; dear brother of Shelia Perez of Chelsea, Michael Condon and his wife, Margaret of Methuen, Janet Condon of Sarasota FL, and Debra Witkim and her husband, Scott of Methuen; most cherished uncle of Gina Perez of Malden, Christopher Hand of Hyde Park, Michael Condon of Roslindale, Rachel Condon of Harker Heights, TX, Mollie Condon of Methuen, Matthew Condon of Raymond, NH, Derek Condon of Lowell, Melissa Gonzales of Sarasota, FL, James Witkum of Salem, NH and Kevin Witkum of Methuen. He is also survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family members and friends.

 Memorial Gathering was held at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, October 3 and the gathering was immediately followed by a service of Remembrance and Life Tribute.  Services concluded at the Funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in Stephen’s name may be made to the Northshore Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA, 01970.  

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Chester Gawrys

He will be truly missed by all who loved him

Chester Gawrys passed away Sunday afternoon, September 25 at the Elliott Hospital in Manchester, NH.  He was 79 years old.

Born in Poland, the son of the late Stanislaw and Helena (Suchecka) Gawrys, Chester came to the United States as a young man and settled in Chelsea with his family.  He was a long time Chelsea resident before recently moving to Manchester, NH to be closer to his children.

 Chester was a retired steel fabricator, having worked in the steel welding and fabrication industry for a number of years before his retirement.  He cherished his time playing music on his accordion for family and friends.  He will be truly missed by all who loved him.

The beloved father of Isabella Barsalou of Huntington, Robert Gawrys, Michael Gawrys and Jolene Howe and her husband, Kevin, all of New Hampshire, he was the dear brother of Jadwiga Humenik of Metheun and the late Henryk Gawrys, Genowefa Topa and Stefania Topa.  Chester is also lovingly survived by two granddaughters, Ella Barsalou of Huntington and Aubrey Howe of New Hampshire.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Saturday, October 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at Blessed Mother of the Morning Star Parish/Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 12 Noon.  Services will conclude with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

Bridget Manganelli

All about family, active in the community and church, she will always be remembered and loved

Family and friends attended visiting hours on October 2 and a funeral on October 3 in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere for Bridget M. (Giovino) Manganelli who died on Wednesday, September 28

at the Massachusetts General Hospital

following a brief illness. She was 90 years old. A Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, was immediately followed by interment in Holy Cross

Cemetery, Malden.

Bridget was a native of East Boston, where she was born to her late parents Patrick and Rose (Rinaldi) Giovino . She was raised and educated in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston

High School, Class of 1949. Bridget married her husband, Ralph and they remained in East Boston’s “Eagle Hill Section.” 

Bridget was a proud mother of her only child, Rosemary. She proudly and gracefully raised her daughter and kept her home. She later became a Crossing

Guard for the City of Boston, where she happily crossed many children in the Streets in East Boston, for over 28 years.

 Bridget was also a very active woman, where she sat on the Commission of Elderly Affairs at Boston City Hall. She also helped many seniors over the years

who needed guidance and assistance for their needs. She was active in the East Boston Social Center and

Chelsea Senior Center.  Bridget was a woman of strong faith and also attended mass regularly. Above all, she was all about her family. She cherished cooking for them and hosting many dinners and holidays. She will always be remembered and loved.

The devoted wife of 60 years to Ralph D. Manganelli of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, she was the loving mother of Rosemary Bouchrif and her husband, Hassan of Chelsea, formerly of East

Boston; the cherished sister of the late Edward Giovino and his surviving wife, Patricia Giovino of Burlington, she is also lovingly survived by her sister in law. Virginia Leo of Peabody and her late husband. Nunzio Leo  and by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

For online condolences and guest book, please visit

Elaine Finklestein

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Elaine (Chatis) Finklestein of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away onOctober 2.

The beloved wife of the late Mitchell Finklestein, she was the devoted mother of Paul Finklestein and his wife, Lisa, Ellen Crocker and her husband, Jack and Carol Zamansky and her husband, Mark; dear sister of the late George Chatis and his wife, the late Dodi, the late Barbara Chatis, and the late Myrna Bluestein.  Elaine was the loving grandmother of Matthew Crocker, Lauren Crocker, Andrew Zamansky and his wife, Emily, Karly Finklestein and Chloe Finklestein and adoring great grandmother of Henry Mitchell.  She was also loved by many nieces and nephews.

Services at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, October 7 at 12 Noon.  Interment to follow in Danvers.  Contributions in Elaine‚Äôs memory may be made to the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living, 240 Lynnfield Street, Peabody, MA  01960 or the Jack Satter House Tenants Association, 420 Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere, MA  02151.  For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website:   

Carlos Rodriguez

Devoted to home and family, always willing to help those in need

Carlos Rodriguez, at 74 years of age, passed away on Sunday, October 2 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Born and raised in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, he was one of twelve children born to Geronima Rodriguez Gonzalez and the late Bonifacio Rodriguez.

Carlos came to Chelsea in 1966, he married Lydia Rivera in1968 and worked hard to support his family. He worked in the local poultry processing field.  He began his career working at Arlington Poultry for 18 years. In 1984 and for the next 22 years, he continued his work with Native Poultry and Purdue Chicken as a foreman.  After the industry left Chelsea, he worked briefly with Silver Spoons Salads and for a local bottle recycling company until retiring from work several years ago.

In his lifetime, Carlos was devoted to home and family, he also sang ‚ÄúTrobador‚Äù and favored Puerto Rican Folk Music.  He  enjoyed playing dominos and cards with friends, telling jokes, watching baseball and the ‚ÄúThree   Stooges.‚Äù He  is fondly

remembered as a very kind personable man and for his charitable and giving nature. He was always willing to help those in need.

He was predeceased by his father and two of his siblings and is survived by his former wife, Lydia Santa.  He was the devoted father of Marisol Rodriguez and her husband, Mariano Hernandez of Saugus, Lillian Rodriguez and her husband, Eric Rodriguez of Milford, Juan Carlos Rodriguez and his fianc√©, Giselle Fuentes of Chelsea, Veronica Flores and her husband, Miguel Flores of Altamonte Springs, FL, Danny Rodriguez and his wife, Johanna Rodriguez of Chelsea.  He was the

loving son of Geronima Rodriguez-Gonzalez of Puerto Rico and the late Bonifacio Rodriguez; cherished grandfather of Mariano Hernandez, Jr., Jovan Rodriguez, Aaron Christopher Hernandez, Jaysi Yvliz Flores and Caleb Rodriguez and adoring great-grandfather of Isabella Beatrice Hernandez, Mariano Vittorio Hernandez and Reid Janario Hernandez.  He is also survived by his brother, Miguel Rodriguez-Gonzalez of Orlando, FL, and by several other siblings who mourn his passing.

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, October 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Funeral Services will be conducted from the Welsh Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 11 at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at WoodlawnCemetery, Everett.

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

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