Obituaries 05-06-2010

Sarah Yeshilian

Filene’s retiree

Sarah B. Yeshilian of Melrose, formerly of Chelsea and Watertown, died April 26. She was 93 years old.

She was active in the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church of Watertown for many years and was also active in promoting good schools and education for children. A former bookkeeper and retired sales person for Filenes Department Store, during the later part of her life she resided at the Pavilion Nursing facility located in Lebanon, TN.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Yeshilian. She is survived by her three children, Michael Yeshilian Jr. and his wife, Gwendolyn, and Joseph M. Yeshilian, all of Massachusetts, and Jeanne B. Lawson and her son-in-law, Hershel R. Lawson, of Tennessee; her brother, Joseph Saunders of Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews

Funeral arrangements are by Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown, TN. A Memorial Church Service will be held at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church, 465 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown on Friday, May 7 at 12 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. James Armenian Apostolic Church.


Stephen Guerra

Chelsea resident

Stephen L. Guerra of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on April 27 at Radius Specialty Hospital. He was 75 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late James and Jennie (Oppito) Guerra and lived most of his life in Revere. He was the devoted cousin of Joseph Oppito of Revere and is also survived by two loving nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.


Ruth DiLorenzo


Ruth M. (Rudolph) DiLorenzo, a longtime resident of Chelsea, died on May 2 at the Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitaion Center of Central Avenue after a long illness.

For many years, she and her husband, Mario, operated the Tap Royal and she later worked as a hairdresser at Salon DiRoma on Everett Avenue.

Born in Boston, she was the devoted wife of the late Mario DiLorenzo Sr., the beloved mother of Regina DiLorenzo and her companion, Paul Shifflett, of Chelsea and the late Mario DiLorenzo, Jr.; sister of the late Charles Rudolph.

At the request of her family, funeral services are ;rivate. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 or online at–memorial-giving. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Judy Rosenthal Lane

Retired Legal Secretary

Judy Rosenthal Lane of Medford, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 3. She was 79 years old.

Born in Boston , she graduated from the Jeremiah Burke High School for Girls in Dorchester and was a legal secretary.

She was the loving daughter of Samuel and Shirley Rosenthal; the dear sister of Lisa O’Brien, and the late Sidney Rosenthal, Sylvia Rosenthal, and Marjorie Brooks; the loving aunt of Jeffrey Brooks and dear friend of Anthony Quercia.

Graveside services were held at the Beth Israel Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her memory may be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1150 17th Street NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036. For online guestbook and directions please visit the funeral home website,


Isabelle Finn

Had long artistic and literary career

Isabelle Finn of Chelsea died April 23 following a long illness.

Ms Finn was a 1949 graduate of Emmanuel College. She later studied at the Harvard Divinity School and earned a degree in library science at Simmons College. The course of her career followed her artistic and literary interests. She worked as a librarian at the Boston Public Library and the Cambridge Public Library, then owned and operated the Lake Street Bookstore at Boston College. She later worked as a decorator at the Paine Furniture Company in Boston, then joined the interior decorating firm of Bunn and Strawbridge. She completed her career as the assistant manager of the Chilton Club. For the past 30 years, she enjoyed planning a unique trip to Europe each spring. Her destinations included Portugal, France, Yugoslavia, England, Ireland and especially Italy. In 2006, she planned a very special trip to Tuscany, inviting her nieces and nephews to a 15th century villa in the rural Chianti wine region. Her spectacular trip created wonderful memories that her nieces and nephews will cherish forever. Although she had no children of her own, she was a constant source of support, inspiration, love and joy to her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her brothers, George Finn of Chelsea and Albert E. Finn of Marblehead and his wife, Theresa Finn. She was the sister of the late William and Richard Finn and is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and 16 grand nieces and grand nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be said on May 22 at 11 a.m. at the Star of the Sea Church, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,


Peter Francis

Of Malden, formerly of Chelsea

Peter J. Francis of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 26.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine P. (Senchuck); the devoted father of Peter J. Francis and his wife, Joan (Bushnell), of N. Andover, Patricia Zola and her husband, Andrew, of Malden, and Gail Doherty and her husband, Henry, of Malden; cherished brother of Alice Cole of Rhode Island, Edwin Hubbard of Chelsea, and the late Elizabeth Smith, Millie Malek, and John Francis; loving grandfather of Michael, Alyssia, Mathew, Kristen, and Amanda.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, C/O Commandants Office, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. For obituary, please visit:

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