Obituaries 06-23-2010

Morris Smith

Proud Lifelong Chelsea resident

Morris L. Smith passed away at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on June 22 after a heroic battle with overwhelming illness. He was 77 years old.

He was the son of the late Leon M. and Ethel L. (Jackson) Smith. He was proud that he was born at the Chelsea Naval Hospital and raised in Chelsea, He attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He began working in local rag shops as a material handler and bailer, After the demise of that industry, he continued working for Goodwill Industries “Morgan Memorial” as a supervisor, overseeing clothes sorting and distribution. He also worked at Logan Airport as a utility maintenance man for Host Marriot Inflight Services.

He was the beloved friend and loving companion for 23 years to Laurinda L Burns of Chelsea; devoted husband of the late Jean M. (Perry); loving father of Maurice Thorpe, Donna Mallory, Marie Reid, Noreen Smith, Leslie Smith, Donna Smith Tina Danford, Hollie Davis, Mark Smith and Greg Smith; dear brother of Paul Smith of Las Vegas NV, Marlene Tyler of Everett and Loraine Harvey of California and is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Wednesday June 30 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Tuesday June 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Rose Longo

Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea

Rose T. (Moreau) Longo of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 19.

She was the loving wife of Nicholas Longo; daughter of the late Joseph and Yvonne (Blass) Moreau; sister of the late Marie Emell, Gladys Cordell and Joseph Moreau.

Her Funeral will be held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave., Saugus at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice Services of Mass., 391 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149. For directions


Mary Norsigian

Retired Legal Secretary

Mary Norsigian of Chelsea died on June 18 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 86 years old.

Born in Fitchburg and a resident of Chelsea for many years, prior to her retirement she worked as a legal secretary.

She is lovingly survived by many dear and close friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea. To send an online condolence, please visit


Carl Mansfield Sr.

Worked for Carmote Paint and Raffey & Swanson

Carl A. Mansfield Sr. of Chelsea passed away on May 16 in his Chelsea home after a one month cancer illness. He was 85 years old. 

Born in Revere, he grew up in Chelsea, son of the late Charles F. and Lillian A. (Buzzell) Mansfield.  He attended local schools and in December of 1942, on his 18th birthday, he left Chelsea High School to enlist in the US Navy. He served during World War II and was honorably discharged at the rank of EM 2Cl. In1946, he returned to Chelsea and married Phyllis V. (Hazelton) and together they shared 40 years residing in Chelsea to raise their daughter and son. He worked as a maintenance mechanic for local paint factories; Carmote Paint and Raffey and Swanson Co.

His wife, Phyllis, died in 1987, and for the last 20 years he has enjoyed the company of his dear friend, Wilma,  watched his two granddaughters grow to successful young ladies, enjoyed traveling, visits to his daughter and son in law in Florida, shared his home with his son, and was blessed to see his great-granddaughter, Chloe.

The beloved husband of 40 years of the late Phyllis V. (Hazelton) Mansfield, he was best friend and loving companion of 20 years to Wilma Stevens of Revere; devoted father of Theresa Tomasik and her husband, Richard, of Florida and Carl Mansfield Jr. of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Michelle Tomasik of San Francisco, CA, Kathleen Black and her husband, Eric, of Santa Monica. CA.; adored great grandfather of Chloe Black; dear brother of the late Gertrude Foley, Margaret Dempsey, Lillian Robinson, Charles Mansfield Jr. and John Mansfield.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

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Dorothy ‘Dubbie’ Konowitz

Of Chestnut Hill, formerly of Chelsea

Dorothy (Sheinfeld) “Dubbie” Konowitz of Chestnut Hill, formerly of Newton and Chelsea, died on June 19. She was 90 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur “Ozzie” Konowitz; devoted mother of Steven S. Konowitz and wife, Diane, of Newton and Karen K. Greenberg and husband, Benjamin, of Natick; loving sister of the late Sadie Rosengard, the late Rose Smolker, the late Robert Sheinfeld and the late Ruth Nissen; cherished grandmother of Hannah and Lily Konowitz, Jed and Jenna Rose Greenberg and Melissa Spilman and her husband, Jeremy; adored great-grandmother of Katelyn Eleanor Spilman.

Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, Brookline. Burial was in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. Memorial observance will continue at the home of Steven and Diane Konowitz today, Thursday, June 24 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.


Sherman Dubin

Of Seattle, formerly of Chelsea

Sherman R. Dubin died recently. He was 53 years old.

He lived in Seattle, WA with his loving wife of 10 years, Maureen Lawlor. He was the brother of Harold Dubin of Needham and the son of the late Gertrude and Philip Dubin of Chelsea.

Remembrances can be sent to: Sherman R. Dubin Memorial Scholarship Fund, Pima Medical Institute, 9709 Third Ave NE, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98115.


Brenda Martinez

Hertz Rental Agent

Brenda (McDonald) Martinez of East Boston, formerly of Medford and Chelsea, died unexpectedly at home on June 17. She was 43 years old.

Born in Stoneham and a resident of Chelsea, Medford and for the last year, East Boston, she was a rental agent for Hertz at Logan Airport for over 14 years. An avid Red Sox fan, she enjoyed sewing, bingo, arts and crafts and bowling in her spare time.

She was the devoted mother of Jaya Martinez and Katelyn Martinez, both of Lynn; former wife of Felix Martinez of Lynn; daughter of the late Wesley and Beverly (Callahan) Williams; beloved sister of Terry Hatch of Chelsea, Skip Reddington of Peabody, Michael McDonald and Darren McDonald, both of Lowell, Sharleene McDonald of Everett and the late Kim and Joseph Reddington; dear granddaughter of the late Theresa and Francis Callahan and the God daughter of Ester Costa of the North End of Boston.

She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, June 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal Services will be private. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


John Kelleher

North Reading resident

John J. Kelleher of North Reading, formerly of Lynnfield, died on June 21. He was 70 years old.

Born October 1, 1939, he was the son of the late John D. and Mary (Burns) Kelleher.

He was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School of Revere and later of Boston College. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed travel particularly to County Cork and County Galway in Ireland.

He was the beloved father of Jay Kelleher and his wife, Therese, of Swampscott, Lisa DeGeorge and her husband, Dwight, and Jacqueline Kelleher Boyle and her husband, Chris, all of Lynnfield; loving grandfather of D.J., Zoe, Cameron, Mia, Lisa and Samantha DeGeorge, Madeleine, Anna and Maxine Boyle and Linnea Kelleher; brother of Eileen Sirois of No. Reading. He is also survived by his former wife, Amy (Iwanicki) Kelleher.

His Funeral will be from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave. Wakefield, Friday at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 75 Union Park St. Boston at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Hood Cemetery, Brookline. For obit/directions/guestbook


Gertrude Feldman

Peabody resident

Gertrude Feldman, a resident of Peabody for more than three years and a resident of Wellesley for many years, died on June 17. She was 88 years old.

A homemaker, she was born in New Hampshire and raised in Malden, she attended the Malden schools and was a graduate of Malden High School.

She was the devoted mother of Alan Feldman and his wife, Clovia, Barry Wolfson and his wife, Cheryl, Steven Feldman, Ronnie Larkin, and Gerald Feldman. She was the loving grandmother of nine and is also survived by five great grandchildren.

Services were held at the Montifiore Cemetery, Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St. Watertown, MA 02472.


Longina ‘Lonia’ Strokosz

Active in many social, cultural and civic organizations

Longina ‘Lonia’ (Zawadka) Strokosz, a longtime resident of Chelsea and Revere, died peacefully on June 19 at her residence, Methuen Village Assisted Living Residences, surrounded by her family. She was 78 years old.

She was born in Zawiercie, Poland on July 20, 1931, daughter of Jan and Leokadia (Rozanska) Zawadka. September 1, 1939, as World War II began, was to be Lonia’s first day of second grade. Her education interrupted throughout the war, she finished her studies when the war ended. She was a resident of Chelsea and Revere and for a time lived in Londonderry, NH and Phoenix, AZ.

While in Poland, she worked as a dental assistant. She immigrated to the United States with her family in August of 1965. While in the US, she was employed at Kayem, Polaroid, and Town and Country Jewelry, all in Chelsea. Most recently, she resided at the Methuen Village Assisted Living Residences, where she leaves many new friends, and especially her dining companion, Ben Olenick.

Both in Poland and the United States, she was an active member in many social, cultural and civic organizations. She held office of treasurer in the Polish Club Kopernik in Chelsea, and helped organize many festive events. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, sister and a friend. All those who knew her will miss her gentleness, her kind words, and her delicious cooking. She was a graceful ballroom dancer, and an avid reader of Polish books. She enjoyed entertaining and her many friends. Walking, especially on Revere Beach, was one of her favorite activities. Her biggest passion, however, was her family, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by Ursula J (Strokosz) and her husband, Stanley Gabryjelski, of Methuen; Margaret J (Strokosz, Karniej) and her husband, Jack J McEachern Jr., of Salem, NH; her grandchildren, Mark J Gabryjelski of Salem, NH; Henry and his wife, Anne Gabryjelski, of Seattle, WA; Diane A (Gabryjelski) and her husband, Richard Hoffecker, of Phoenix, AZ; Jennifer M (Karniej) and her husband, Korrie Vinton, of Franklin; Sabrina E Karniej of Alexandria, VA; Melissa (Yebba) and her husband, Tim Malley, of Hudson, NH; and Melinda (Yebba) and her husband, Jeff Smith, of Hudson, NH; great-grandchildren, Antonella Hoffecker of Phoenix, AZ, Simon and Peter Gabryjelski, of Seattle, WA; and Ava Malley of Hudson, NH. She also leaves her sister Krystyna (Zawadka) Gorgol and nephew Arnold Gorgol in Gliwice, Poland; a nephew, Robert Gorgol, and his family in Duisburg, Germany and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family in Poland and in the United States. She was predeceased by the late Irene (Strokosz) Yebba, her youngest daughter, and by her younger sister, the late Zofia (Zawadka) Kot.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, June 25 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut Street, Chelsea at 9 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be held today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to National Breast Cancer Institute in the name of Irene (Strokosz) Yebba and Lonia’s, or to Beacon Hospice in Haverhill. To send a message of condolence to “Lonia’s” family, please visit


Evelyn Di Natale

Woburn resident

Evelyn M. (Fusco) Di Natale of Woburn died on June 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph P. Di Natale; devoted mother of Thomas J. Di Natale and Diana M. Di Natale Doherty and her companion, James Casella, all of Dracut; dear sister of Lorraine Fusco and George Fusco, both of Chelsea, and the late John and Joseph Fusco and Gloria Plummer.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Memorial donations may be made to VNA of Middlesex East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. (Obituary and guest book at

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