Obituaries 04-06-2023

Thomas Antinick

September 10, 1948 — March 24, 2023

A resident of Lynn, Thomas Antinick passed away on Friday, March 24 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a brief and rapid decline of health.  He was 74 years of age.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, a beloved son of John and Anetta V. (Rosa) Antinick, Thomas was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1966.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably during the Vietnam War.  He was stationed at Vandenberg AFB as a member of the 4239 CAMS holding the rank of Sergeant.  He was discharged in 1970 and returned to Chelsea.

He married Blanche M. (Ware) in 1969, raising two sons, they resided in Chelsea before settling in Lynn for the past 36 years.

Thomas worked for the US Postal Service as a mail handler at the North Reading Processing and Distribution Center.  He retired several years ago.

In his lifetime, Thomas was passionately devoted to home and family. He enjoyed gardening, growing tomatoes and sitting in his backyard with his pet cockatoo “Crazy Bird.” He also enjoyed passing time playing lottery games of chance.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Blanche M. Antinick at home in Lynn.  He was the devoted father of Joseph Antinick of Lynn, John Antinick and his wife, Cindy Parmenter and her daughter, Emily Parmenter of Maynard.  He was the loving son of the late John and Anetta Antinick; dear brother of John Antinick and his wife, Leah of Everett, Michael Antinick (in the Philippines) and his wife, Mrika of Chelsea.  Stephen Antinick of Cheyenne, WY and his late wife, Leslie, Paul Antinick and his companion, Lois of Vermont and the late Patricia White who is survived by her husband, Rodney of Phoenix AZ.

Funeral Services were private.

Should friends desire, contributions in Tom’s name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 161 N.Clark, Ste. 3550, Chicago, Illinois 60601 or to the Salvation Army Lynn Corps., 1 Franklin St., Lynn, MA 01905. Salvation Army Lynn Donate

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

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Diane Masucci

Passionately Devoted to Home and Family

Diane C. (Lancia) Masucci lived fearlessly and courageously with pulmonary disease for several months.  She passed away on Tuesday, April 4 in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her tender loving family at her side.  She was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Everett, she was one of six children born to Harriet (Bos) Lancia and Anthony Lancia, Sr.  She   attended   Everett   schools,  graduated   from   Everett High School and has been a resident of Chelsea for the past 53 years.

Diane   was   married   to   Frederick   M.   Masucci   for   49   years. Together they raised two sons and she was passionately devoted to home and family. She worked as a hairdresser and later, realizing her creative talents for floral design, she worked for several years as a florist.  In the mid 90’s, together with her husband, they founded their own flower shop, Affairs to Remember in Melrose.  They operated the shop for 15 years before she retired and sold the studio to a new proprietor.

Diane was a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church and in her lifetime, she was a fan of watching crime shows on TV.  She enjoyed cooking Sunday Dinners at her home, entertaining and hosting many poolside gatherings.  She followed her sons in their many sporting events and later continued to champion her grandsons in theirs.

Diane was predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband, Frederick M. Masucci, her sisters, Lisa Lancia, Debra Lancia, Joann King and her brother-in-law, Russell King. She is survived by her loving and caring sons and their partners, Michael F. Masucci of Reading and his companion, Michelina Tizzano and Marc A. Masucci and his wife, Maria of Chelsea.  Diane was the cherished grandmother of Domenic Masucci and Anthony J. Masucci, both of Reading.  She is also survived by her dear brother, Anthony Lancia, Jr. of Chelsea and sister, Lucille Najarian and her husband, Paul of Amherst, NH.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend her visiting hours on Monday, April 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea.  Her funeral will begin at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 11th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeal Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Diane being placed to rest with her husband in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.​

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

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John Arsenault

Retired Chelsea Soldiers Home Chef

John Arsenault, retired chef of the former Soldiers’ Home passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 21st at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A lifelong resident of Chelsea, John was the loving father of Lena (Arsenault) Wickham and her husband, Jared of Winthrop and proud grandfather of Eli Wickham; the cherished brother of Michael and his wife, Patricia of Saugus, Susan Cherry of Taunton, Margaret Patz and her husband, Tom of Pennsylvania and Richard and his wife, Audrey of Florida. “Uncle Johnny” also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John was the son of the late Alfred and Leona (Melanson) Arsenault and was also predeceased by his dear siblings, Alfred Arsenault and Barbara Arsenault.

A Funeral Mass for John will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at St. Michael The Archangel Parish, 320 Winthrop Street,Winthrop and a collation will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in John’s name to the Veterans’ Home in Chelsea. To make a donation to the Chelsea Veterans’ Home, please contact the Commandant’s Office at (617) 887-7115.

Amelia Schena

August 10, 1940 – March 31, 2023

A most loving and caring lady, Amelia Schena passed away on Friday, March 31 in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her family by her side.  She was 82 years of age. 

Born and raised in Flumeri, Italy, she was one of nine children born to Michele and Appolonia (Perrina) Annese.  Amelia received her formal education in Italy, married Anthony G. Schena and together they raised two sons and one daughter. 

She resided in Chelsea for the past 61 years and made her home in Prattville for most of that time.  She worked as a Home Health Aide for Intercity Homemaker Service, Inc.

In her lifetime, Amelia enjoyed growing flowers and gardening, cooking, sewing and fashioning clothes for herself and her family.

She was the beloved wife of 61 years to Anthony G. Schena, Sr., devoted mother of Michael Schena and his wife, Donna of Chelsea, Jacqueline “Jackie” Gaudet and her husband, Dennis of Revere, and Anthony J. Schena, Jr. of Chelsea, and cherished grandmother of Megan Schena and Emily Schena; dear sister of Filomena Annese of Medford, Elena Del Viscovo, Dalia Annese, Giuseppe Annese, all of Italy and the late Angelina Meninno, Michael Giacomo Annese, Generose Annese and Imperatrice Bruno.

Visiting hours were held at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, April 3 and Funeral Services were conducted from the Welsh Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 4.  Services  concluded with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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