Obituaries 5-16-24

Rosemary O’Callaghan
She is fondly remembered for her devotion to family, especially her grandchildren

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to honor the life of Rosemary E. (Memmolo) O’Callaghan by gathering on Friday, May 17, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody.  Visitation will immediately be followed by a funeral service at the funeral home at 11:15 a.m. Services will conclude with Rosemary being placed to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody.

At 85 years of age, Rosemary peacefully passed away with her children and grandchildren at her side on Sunday, May 12th after a brief decline in health.  

Born in Chelsea, Rosemary was one of five children of the late John and Raffaella L. (Parrotta) Memmolo.  Rosemary grew up in Chelsea where she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  

She was married to Richard C. O’Callaghan for 61 years.  They settled in Peabody and together raised two daughters and one son.  Rosemary was passionately devoted to home and family.  She also worked for MDA in Danvers as a Patient Service Coordinator and owned Elizabeth Rose, a clothing store in Andover with her daughter Lori. 

In her lifetime, Rosemary enjoyed traveling, the beach, coffee with her husband on the boardwalk in Newburyport and family gatherings in the backyard by the pool and grill. She is fondly remembered for her devotion to family, especially her grandchildren. She felt immense joy taking them on vacations, baking (especially at Christmas), cheering them on at after school activities, and lots of sleepovers. She lit up a room with her mischievous sense of humor, always patient and kind, and shared her wisdom often, because she felt ‘talking about it’ was the best medicine. 

Rosemary was predeceased by her husband, Richard C. O’Callaghan, her grandson, Connor, Joan and Chester Swankowski, Jr., and Louis “Sonny” and Diane Memmolo. 

She is lovingly survived by her devoted and caring children, Lori Michaud of Chester, NH, Lisa Haley of Milford and Rick O’Callaghan and his wife, Leslie of Peabody.  She was the cherished grandmother of AJ, Shaunna, Megan, Marisa and Connor.  She is also survived by her sister, Maria Simmons and her husband, Robert of Atkinson, NH, her brother, John Memmolo and his wife, Linda of Revere, many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.  

The family is grateful for all the love and care she received from her caregivers at Brightview Senior Living in North Andover. 

Donations in Rosemary’s name should be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN, 38105. or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 3607.

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Richard Lettieri
Accomplished attorney with uncompromised high integrity with a passion for justice and kindness for the poor and the underserved

Richard J. Lettieri, 76, of Osprey FL, formerly of Swampscott, passed away on May 4, 2024 after a long, courageous battle with heart disease.

Richard was born in Chelsea on May 29, 1947 to Roy and Genevieve Lettieri. After graduating from Chelsea High School, Richard attended and graduated from Villanova University in 1969, where he was a three-year starting letterman on the varsity baseball team. As a student-athlete at Villanova, Richard was recognized by the Outstanding Americans Foundation as an Outstanding College Athlete of America for his academic and athletic achievements. Upon graduation, Richard taught algebra and geometry at St. Dominic Savio High School in East Boston for two years. Richard then enrolled in law school at Boston College, where he graduated in 1974 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Richard was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1975. Richard had a 40 year, esteemed legal career including a nine-year stint with the Massachusetts Port Authority where he was Chief Legal Counsel from 1981-1986. Richard’s career path then took him to the prestigious Boston law firm Ropes & Gray where he spent 25 years, excelling as a Partner from 1990-2012. While at Ropes & Gray, Richard’s practice focused on Corporate Law, Public Development and Airport Law.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Richard was a man of uncompromised, high integrity with a passion for justice and kindness for the poor and the underserved. He took great pride in serving as a Board Member of the New England Center and Home for Veterans, as well as supporting numerous charities that help the needy and disadvantaged.

Richard was predeceased by his parents; his younger brother, Ronald; his aunt Lucy Ryan and his loving partner of 35 years, the distinguished artist, Jennifer L. Pierce. Richard is survived by his younger brother, Roy of San Francisco; two nieces; numerous cousins in the Boston area and his cousin, Ann Marie Lane of Chicago.

A private ceremony is planned at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. The Lettieri Family requests any consideration for donations be made to the American Heart Association or New England Center and Home for Veterans in memory of Richard Joseph Lettieri.

Theodore “Teddy” Sobolewski
Former Director of Chelsea Veteran Services and Chelsea Public Works

Theodore P. “Teddy” Sobolewski, 79, former Director of Chelsea Veteran Services and Chelsea Public Works.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation in the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea (Chelsea Soldier’s Home) today, Thursday, May 16th, beginning at 10 a.m. for Theodore P. “Teddy” Sobolewski, who passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on May 11, at 79 years of age. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden will be held privately. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, Teddy was the son of the late Theodore R. and Ethel A. (Coakley) Sobolewski. He attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam Era. During his faithful service, he was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal, among others. He was honorably discharged in 1968 and returned home to Chelsea. 

During his time in the service, he attended electrical school and he used his new skills to begin a career with the City of Chelsea. He started out with the Electrical Inspection Department and eventually became the head of that department. He then transferred to Public Works and became the Director of Public Works. 

Teddy’s commitment to our veterans eventually led him to the position of the Director of Veterans Services. He retired in 2007 after enjoying over 37 years of dedication and service to the City of Chelsea. 

A fervent reader of stock market analysis, current events and all things Chelsea, Teddy was known for his keen insight and informed perspective. Teddy was an avid Boston sports fan, especially of the Red Sox.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends sharing a nice meal together and sparking engaging discussions.

The dear brother of the late Robert J. Sobolewski and his late wife, Patricia M. (Tulley) Sobolewski, he was the devoted uncle of Cheryl A. Reeves and her husband, Charles of Wakefield, Robin M. Lamberti and her husband, Aldo of Wakefield, Robert J. Sobolewski, II and his wife, Kelli of Woburn and Paul R. Sobolewski of Lynnfield. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England

Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St, Boston, MA 02108. To send online condolences, please visit

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza Beechwood Home for Funerals, Revere.

Irene F. (Venezia) Dublin
Her legacy of love and kindness will live on in the countless lives she touched. 

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to a Memorial Service for Irene Dublin on Friday, May 17th at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Saugus, 105 Main St., Saugus, Following the service, a repast and celebration of her life will be held at Community Brotherhood-Lynn, 15 Coburn St., Lynn. 

Irene “Renee” Venezia-Dublin was born on January 29, 1945 in Boston to Michael and Florence Venezia. Growing up in Chelsea, she attended Shurtleff Elementary School and later Chelsea High School. After moving to Lynn in 1989, she continued her work as a foster parent, a role she first embraced in Chelsea. Alongside her husband Tommie, she has fostered over 300 children since 1984.

Renee cherished family time and enjoyed camping trips, vacations, painting, ceramics, cooking, listening to gospel and R&B music. She volunteered for West Lynn Pop Warner for many years when her children were younger. Renee was a fun-loving prankster, always making others laugh.  She was full of life and had a heart of gold.  She passed away peacefully at home in Lynn on May 4, 2024.

She is survived by her husband, Tommie Lee Dublin and their children: Jason, Dynasty, William, Kyleigh and Micah. She is also survived by her sisters, Michele DeJesus and Maureen Bubluski; predeceased by her daughters, Maria and Judianne Venezia, she also leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and the many foster children she cared for. Renee will be remembered as a mother to many, known for her generous heart and vibrant spirit. Her legacy of love and kindness will live on in the countless lives she touched. 

Should friends desire, contributions in Irene’s name may be made to Fostering Hope New England, 14 Imperial Pl, #202, Providence, RI 02903 or by visiting:

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