Obituaries 09-14-2023

Kathryn Wallace

Lifelong Educator

Kathryn (Mulkern) Wallace of Winthrop passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on September 9 at the age of 69. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Kathy is survived by her devoted husband and best friend, Stephen, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage and 51 years of adventures. She was the most beloved and proudest mother of Elizabeth and her husband, Allan Smith, Annie and her husband, Will Dunne, Joseph Wallace and Julia and her husband, Pat Fullerton. Nana was an adoring grandmother to Wally Dunne, Mae Smith and Tommy Dunne. Kathy is survived by her dear younger siblings, Mary Ellis and her husband, Al, Maureen Mulkern Lojko, Trisha Tabbut and her husband, Jim and Jimmy Mulkern and his wife, Juko. Kathy leaves behind a loving pack of friends, including Kim Geraci and The Girls, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Kathy was greeted in heaven with a hot pot of coffee by her parents, Ed and Julia (Voke) Mulkern, her in-laws, Arthur and Ginny (Morris) Wallace, her brothers, Eddie, David, and John Mulkern and by many other beloved family members and friends.

A 1975 graduate of Salem State College, Mrs. Wallace went on to become a lifelong educator, molding the minds and shaping the behavior of hundreds of elementary school children at several schools, including Our Lady of Grace (Everett) in the 1970’s, the Dalrymple Elementary School (Winthrop) in the 1990’s, and her alma mater, St. Rose School (Chelsea), where she spent the last two decades of her career before retiring in 2020. Kathy spread her dry wit and quiet humor on adventures spanning from the top of the European Alps to the white sand beaches of Grand Cayman with Stephen and the rest of her family. You could typically find Kathy on her front porch with a cup of coffee, Sudoku, iPad and/or a good book watching the world go by. A lover of all things peach and plaid, she looked forward to traveling the world with Stephen, steak dinners with The Girls, turtleneck weather, Pizza Fridays, game nights with her siblings and spending time with her greatest joys: Walla Walla, Mae Mae and Tom Tom. Kathy will be deeply missed, but her memory and generous spirit will live strong with all who loved her.

Kathy and her family are eternally grateful for the exemplary love and care of Dr. Denis Balaban and the rest of the neurology team at Massachusetts General Hospital; Paula Brousseau and Annette Costa of Boston Home Infusions; Sarah Koontz of Mass General Brigham Home-Based Palliative Care Team; and Molly Kelley and the rest of the Care Dimensions team.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, September 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, September 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 3420 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with the interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Kathy’s honor to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a charity that Kathy and Stephen have long supported:

Joan Embree

Late Chelsea Crossing Guard

Joan E. Embree of Revere passed away on August 31.

Joan was a member of the Women of the Moose of Revere and Past President of the Emblem Club of

Revere.  She was also a late Crossing Guard in Chelsea as well as a bartender at the Alpine, Brown Jug and Buddy’s.

The beloved daughter of the late John and Mabel

(Marsh) McDonough, she was the mother of Scott Embree and his wife, Melissa of Revere, Joseph Brown of Woburn and the late John McDonough;  sister of the late John and Joseph McDonough and the late Patricia Sullivan and Marsha Couch and grandmother of Katie, Abby and Grace.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours were held at the Carafa Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on September 7. Final disposition will be private.

All flowers to be sent directly to the Carafa Funeral Home in Chelsea.

Romolo Citro

Member of Chelsea K of C, Chelsea ITAM’s and Served as a Lieutenant with the former Chelsea Police Auxiliary

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a funeral gathering on Monday, September 18th from 9:30 a.m. in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea for Romolo M. Citro, who died on Tuesday, September 12th in the peaceful surroundings of his home with his family at his side.  He was 97 years of age.  His funeral will continue with a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Born in Boston on June 28, 1926, he was one of five children of the late Carmine and Michelina (Pomo) Citro.  Romolo was raised in Chelsea where he attended Shurtleff Elementary School and graduated from Chelsea High School.  During WW II, he enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.

Romolo was married to Jennie G. (Pietropaolo) for 72 years making their home in Chelsea and together raised two sons and one daughter.  Romolo was devoted to home and hard work holding several jobs to support his family.

He was a resident of Burlington for 45 years and for the past year lived with his son, Carmine in Ipswich.

He worked primarily as an Electronics Technician with Mitre Corp, researching and developing radar equipment, and as a licensed real estate broker before taking his retirement. 

He was a member of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus and the Chelsea ITAM’s.  He was very proud to serve as a Lieutenant with the former Chelsea Police Auxiliary for several years to the time the auxiliary disbanded.

He is fondly remembered as a quiet and unassuming gentleman, who loved his family and his hard work to provide for them.

Romolo was predeceased last year by his wife, Jennie G. (Pietropaolo) Citro.  He was also predeceased by his siblings, Michael Citro, Anthony Citro and his wife, Jeanette, Matthew Citro and Rita Tentindo, survived by her husband, George of Lexington.​ He was the most beloved father of Carmine Citro and his wife, Kathleen of Ipswich, Guy Citro and his wife Kathy of Chelsea, the late Diana M. Telis and her late husband, Peter; cherished grandfather of Matthew Citro, Michael Citro, Mark Citro and his girlfriend, Jenna Wolfsgruber, Nicole Marchionda and her husband, Karl and the late Salvy J. Citro and adored great-grandfather of Luca and Kayla Marchionda. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

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

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Gayetano Crespo

His Generosity and Wisdom Will Continue To Inspire Generations To Come

Gayetano Crespo of Chelsea died on September 10, 2023. The son of Sandalio and Marta Crespo, beloved father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully in his home. His legacy of love, kindness, and resilience will forever be cherished by his family and friends.

Gayetano is survived by his devoted children, Donna Crespo, Linda and her Husband, Richard Green, Richard Crespo and his wife, Lourdes, and Renee Hibbard. He was a loving grandfather to Alexandria and her husband, Wendell Lancaster, Richard, Joshua, Ethan, Evan and TJ. He was also the proud great-grandfather to Hutchinson Lancaster.

He shared a special bond with his surviving siblings: Maria Teresa and her husband, Alberto Claudio, Domenic Crespo and his wife, Neida, Margarita and her husband, Jose Delarosa, and Aracelia and her husband, Jose Gomez. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Pedro, Antonio, Juan, and Amelia whose memories he cherished throughout his life.

Gayetano’s warm heart touched the lives of numerous nieces and nephews, who admired him as a role model and mentor. His generosity and wisdom will continue to inspire generations to come.

He will be remembered not only for his love for family but also for his mischievous spirit, which remains alive in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. 

Funeral from the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave, Chelsea, today, Thursday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St Rose of Lima (lower church)  601 Broadway, Chelsea at                        10 a.m.  Relatives and friends invited.

Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

May Gayetano’s soul find eternal peace and may his family find solace in the cherished memories they shared together.

Deborah L. White

August 18, 1954 – August 27, 2023

Relatives and friends attended visiting hours on Monday in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea for Deborah L. White, who died on Sunday, August 27th. ld.  as conducted on Tuesday and services concluded with interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn.

Deborah was born and raised in Holbrook and was a resident of Chelsea for over 46 years.

As a young single mother of three, she also held various jobs outside of her home, working briefly at , she worked for Chelsea Public Schools as a paraprofessional and teacher

Her life’s devotion was to home and family, hosting large family gatherings, decorating her home for every holiday, and doing various kinds of arts and crafts.  But her greatest love was time with her grandchildren, supporting and following them in their many activities.  She is fondly remembered for her loving and generous giving nature.

She was the loving mother of Crystal White, Lena White and Carisa Shank; the dear sister of Robert White and Beverly White and the cherished grandmother  and the adoring great-grandmother of Milani Rivera, Shantel Rameriz-Cabrera, Samuel Z. Rivera III, and Judiani Venezia.

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