Obituaries 04-28-2010

Moses Maltzman

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Moses Maltzman of Deerfield Beach, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 27.

He was the son of the late Jacob and Bessie Maltzman; loving brother of the late June Gross, Harry Tanar, Philip Maltzman, David Maltzman and Charlotte Zeitsiff; dear uncle of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Services will be held at Onichty Cemetery, Route 99-Broadway ,Melrose – Malden line today, Thursday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial week will be omitted. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA., 02150. Funeral arrangements are by Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. For online condolences and directions go to


Andrew Gardner

Of Brockton, formerly of Chelsea

Andrew J. Gardner of Brockton, formerly of Sharon and Chelsea, died on April 21.

He was the son of the late Andrew T. and Eula (Fracier) Gardner; father of Andrew Gardner of Boston; brother of Frank Gardner and his wife, Jodi, of Sharon, and Betty Bailey and her husband, Russell, of Mattapoisett; close friend of Billy Kenny of Boston and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Burial with military honors was at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Arrangements were by Kane Funeral Home, Easton. For condolences visit


Sarah Medros

Member of Hadassah, the Walnut Street Shule and many other organizations

Sarah G. (Leverant) Medros died on April 26 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She was 89 years old.

Born in Boston, she lived in Chelsea for most of her life. She was educated in the Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High. She was a homemaker, a member of Hadassah, the Walnut Street Shule and many other charitable and religious organizations.

She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Medros; the devoted mother of Edward Medros and his wife, Ruth; the loving grandmother of Adam and Jonathan and the loving great grandmother of Nathan and Sadie.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Cary Square, Chelsea, today, Thursday, April 29 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Lynn. Memorial week will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to Congregation Agudos Shalom, 145 Walnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,


Louise Taromino

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston

Louise B. Taromino of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on April 24.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Volta) Taromino-Ferraro; beloved sister of Anthony J. and his wife, Rosemary (Barrett) Taromino, of Virginia and is also survived by many dear friends and cousins.

She unselfishly devoted herself to her mother’s care for several years before her passing in 2005.

Services have been held.


Robert McCarthy

Retired High School Teacher, Church Lector, Decorated Veteran

Robert F. McCarthy, retired high school teacher and church lector, passed away Saturday evening April 24 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Bartholomew and Mary (Driscoll) McCarthy. He attended Chelsea Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He was a US Army veteran of World War II with the 35th Infantry, served in the Asiatic Theater and was engaged in the Luzon Campaign to liberate the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1946 having been awarded two Bronze Stars.

He returned to Chelsea and continued his education attending UMass Boston and later Boston College where he was conferred his Masters Degree in Mathematics. For 46 years, he was a high school mathematics teacher for the City of Boston retiring from Charlestown High School in 1997.

He was a member and past secretary for the Mill Hill Naturalization Club “The Irish Club” in Chelsea and was a faithful Communicant and Sunday Lector at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea.

He was predeceased by his wife Lois Eileen (Durkey). A resident of Everett for most of his life, he married Margaret “Peg” (McIntyre) and together for the past 47 years they raised their family of seven in Everett. In 1983, he and Peg were predeceased by their son Andrew G. McCarthy.

He was the beloved husband of Margaret “Peg” (McIntyre) McCarthy and the late Lois Eileen (Durkee) McCarthy; devoted father of Sheila M. Kimball and her husband, Craig, Michael C. McCarthy and his wife, Lucy, Elizabeth S. “Betsy” Perry and her husband, Steve, Lois E. Lukas and her husband, Michael, Theresa N. Cornell, Patrick N. McCarthy and the late Andrew G. McCarthy; dear brother of the late John “Mack” McCarthy and Walter McCarthy. He is also survived by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, April 30 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hallmark Health V.N.A. & Hospice Care Inc. 178 Savin St., Ste. 300, Malden, MA 02148 or to Our Lady of Grace Building and Maintenance Fund, 59 Nichols St., Everett MA 02149. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Delbert ‘Jake’ Chodrick

Retired Case Manager

Delbert G. “Jake” Chodrick, a retired case manager, passed away in his Chelsea home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 21. He was 64 years old.

Born in Enid, Oklahoma, he attended local schools there. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the US Navy. He was stationed in Boston and served during the Vietnam Era. After being honorably discharged, he settled in East Boston and married Dolores (Spadorcia). His wife died in 1974 after their union produced one daughter. A single father, he married Mildred (Howell), together they settled in Chelsea and shared 30 years of marriage raising their family of three daughters and two sons.

He worked for many years as a sous chef in numerous downtown Boston restaurants. Most recently he worked as a case manager at the Barry L. Price Center in West Newton. After 10 years of service, he retired in 2006. He loved spending time with his family and was an avid reader.

He was the beloved husband of Millie M. (Howell) Chodrick of Chelsea; devoted father of Shawnda Pugliese and her husband, Charles, of East Boston, Charisse Haskins, Candice Vicente and her husband, Jason, Chelsea Police Officer Dustin Chodrick and Dale Chodrick, all of Chelsea; dear brother of Barbara Clinkerbeard of Kansas, Glenda, George and Ray Chodrick, all of Oklahoma; cherished grandfather of Brandi, Amber and Charley Pugliese, Trinity and Samantha Coltey and Cheyenne Haskins. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held at the Frank A Welsh and Sons Funeral Home on Sunday evening, April 25. Rev. Richard T. Loring, former pastor of St. Luke’s Church, officiated. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or by visiting For online guestbook, please visit


William Healey

Chelsea resident

William D. Healey of Chelsea, formerly of Medford, died on April 24.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the son of the late Francis and Helen (Gerace) Healey; cherished brother of Marianne Sammon and her husband, William, of Kingston, NH, and Francis R. “Chuck” Healey and his wife, Kathleen, of Malden; uncle of Stephanie Sammon and Kimberly Morris and her family.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. For obituary and guest book,


Brian Walles

Charlestown resident

Brian M. Walles of Charlestown died suddenly on April 24.

He was the beloved son of Albert R. “Sonny” and the late Helen E. (Dineen) Walles; loving brother of Albert Walles of Revere, Kevin Walles of Charlestown, Edythe “De De” Atkins of Chelsea, Margaret Collins and Patricia Walles, both of Everett, David Walles of Agawam, Martin Walles of Somerville, and the late Cathleen Butler and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Wodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his name may be made to The American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701; or The American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., Boston MA 02210.


Helen Marie Duncan

Salem resident

Helen Marie (Costigan) Duncan of Salem, formerly of East Boston, died on April 22. She was 81 years old.

She was born and raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1948.

She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Nora (O’Brien) Costigan; loving mother of Michael Babin and his wife, Lisa Masella, of Salem, Joanne Gallant and her husband, Terrence, of Hill, NH; sister of Edward Costigan of Chelsea, William Costigan of Wells, Maine, and by Mary Coombs of Wilmington. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Laura, Nicole, Heather, Michael, Sean, and Kaitlyn, three great grandchildren, Amanda, Dagan, and Mackenzie, and by many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Kevin Duncan and sister of the late John and George Costigan.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Ste Anne’s Church, 290 Jefferson Ave, Salem, MA 01970. For on-line obituary, visit


Julia Kectic

Retired Mass. State employee

Julia P. (Gumbin) Kectic, a longtime Revere resident, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing on April 26 after a long and wonderful life. She was 94 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Apolonia (Brach) Gumbin. She attended local schools, married Philip Kectic and together they raised their son and two daughters in Chelsea. She settled in Revere in the late 1960’s and has been a resident of Revere since that time.

Mrs. Kectic worked in the Saltonstall Office Building in Boston as an office clerk for the Commonwealth of Mass Division of Employment Security retiring after 20 years of service. She resided in the Cohen-Florence-Levine Assisted Living Center for four years before coming to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she has been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Get Together Club, The Smart Set Club, The Polish Falcons Nest 485 and the Anthonians, in Chelsea and Revere.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip Kectic; devoted mother of Joan Donovan and her husband, Daniel, of No. Marshfield, Robert M. Kectic Sr., and his wife, Donna, of Nashua NH, Janet McDonough and her husband, Edward, of West Roxbury; dear sister of Adele Grigas of Florida and the late Stella Foster; cherished grandmother of Daniel and Sean Donovan, Anjulie Cotter, Robert M. Kectic Jr., Adrienne Ulrich, Allison Warren and Brian McDonough and adored great grandmother of nine.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Albert Bussolari

Soldier’s Home resident

Albert L. Bussolari of Chelsea, formerly of Carver and Somerville, died at the Soldier’s Home on April 22.

Born and raised in Somerville, he had been a member of the Dante Club. He enlisted in the U.S Army in 1943 and served in the 76th AAF Base Unit as an Air Operations Specialist during World War II.

He is survived by his sister Gloria Resmini of Medford, his brother Quinto Bussolari of Somerville and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Armando, Angelo, Leo and Frank.

Burial was in the National Cemetery in Bourne with arrangements by the Richard Davis Funeral Homes of Plymouth and Manomet. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For on-line condolences, please visit:


Roman Szczepanski

Retired electronic technician

Roman Szczepanski, a retired electronic technician, passed away unexpectedly at the Cambridge Hospital on April 20 after being stricken in his home. He was 86 years old.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, he attended local schools and grew up in Poland during World War II. He was held as a political prisoner in Nazi labor camps. After coming to the United States, he settled in Chelsea and later moved to Cambridge. He has been residing in Cambridge for the past 35 years. He worked as an electronic technician for Draper Laboratory, a research development firm headquartered in Cambridge, retiring in 1988.

He was the husband of Stephanie (Galazka) Szczepanski; devoted father of John Szczepanski, Barbara Szczepanki and Eve Szczepanski, both of Lynn; dear brother of Stanley Szczepanski of Warsaw, Poland and the grandfather of Tommy Guarante.

A Memorial Gathering was held at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guestbook and directions, please visit

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