Obituaries 06-02-2010

Susie Taylor

Worked at Hood Rubber and Cool Ray

Susie (Palladino) Taylor, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on May 28 at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford. She was 90 years old.

After an active working career which started first as an assembler at Hood Rubber in Watertown then as a glazier at Cool Ray on Beecham Street and finally as a homemaker for Family Services of Boston, she retired to enjoy the love and company of her family as well as her friends.

She was the devoted wife of the late Harold E. Taylor, Sr.; beloved mother of Evelyn Betancur of Chelsea, Harold E. Taylor, Jr. of Chelsea and the late Henry Taylor; dear sister of Nellie Lombardo of Chelsea, Grace Carney of Allston and the late Jennie Kennedy, Tina Pulscino, Mary Ciaramella, Anna Damiano, Minnie Belli, Rose Hoffman, Michael, Louie, Dominic, Rocky, Joseph and Anthony Palladino; cherished grandmother of Susan Morales, Anthony Morales, Natalie Virella, Hernano Betancur, Amanda Betancur, John Betancur and Angelina Rose Taylor. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Zyana Betancur, Caylum Betancur, Xylise Betancur, Donnell Skeen, Alyssa Morales and Steven Smith as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Leslie ‘Les’ Whalen

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Leslie A. “Les” Whalen, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died suddenly on May 29. He was 70 years old.

A heavy equipment operator specialist for the Chelsea Department of Public Works for many years, he was the director of the Red Cross Emergency Services, a former member of the Alton Bay Christian Campground and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam era.

He was the former husband of Laura M. (Jones) Whalen – Smith of Gloucester; beloved father of George Dymond and his fiancé, Sherry Almond, Glenn M. Whalen and his wife, Alice, all of New Hampshire and David C. Whalen and his fiancé, Allison Baker, of Stoughton; dear brother of Linda Quinlan and her companion, Anne Charles, of Vermont; son of the late Leslie G. and Ada M. (Moore) Whalen and is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren: Jessica Dymond, Mathew Almond, David Dymond, David C. Whalen Jr., Nathan Whalen, Victoria Whalen, Jared Whalen and the late Michael Almond and one great-grandson, Caleb Almond.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Private burial will be held at a later date.


Ruth Laskin

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Ruth (Kriteman) Laskin of Revere, formerly of Lynn and Chelsea, died on May 27. She was 89 years old.

The devoted wife of the late Sigmund Laskin, she was the beloved mother of Sandra Desrosier, Harry Laskin, and Edward Laskin; loving sister of Morris Kriteman, Natalie Levine, Joseph Kriteman and the late Herbert Kriteman and the late Hannah Weiner; adored grandmother of 12 and great grandmother of 10.

Services and burial were at the Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea Cemetery, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund c/o Mass General Hospital, 165 Cambridge St. Suite 600 Boston, MA. 02114. For online condolence


Sarah Coolidge

East Boston resident

Sarah E. (Pestell) Coolidge of East Boston, formerly of Dorchester, died on May 26.

She was the beloved wife of the late Roscoe L. Coolidge; loving mother of Joan Jagiello of Chelsea, Alfred Coolidge and his wife, Janice, of Peabody, Barbara Romano of Malden and her late husband, Frank, Marie Pava of East Boston, Roscoe Coolidge Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, of Melrose, Ralph Coolidge and his wife, Linda, of Amesbury, Christine Greenwood and her husband, Thomas, of N. Reading, Janet Pellegrino and her husband, Frank of Boston, Marian DiLuigi and her husband, Domenic, of Revere, Patricia Lavigne and her husband, Roy, of Randolph and the late John Coolidge and his late wife, Georgia. She was the sister of the late Alfred Pestell and is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: The East Boston Social Centers, 68 Central Sq., East Boston, MA 02128. For online condolences, please visit:

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