Obituaries 06-30-2010

Edward Landers

Worked at Santagate Supermarket

Edward C. Landers of Haverhill, formerly of West Peabody, died on June 22 at the Wingate at Haverhill Nursing Home after a long illness . He was 81 years old.

He was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 24, 1928, the son of the late Benjamin and Frances (Swiston) Lewandowski and was raised in New Jersey.

He entered the US Navy in 1943 serving overseas in Italy during World War 11. Following his discharge, he moved to Massachusetts and had been a storekeeper at his wife’s family’s Santagate Supermarket in Chelsea for 15 years. He later worked as a truck driver at the Chelsea Fruit and Vegetable exchange for 18 years prior to his retirement.

A 60- year member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 83 of Chelsea, he served on the board of directors, and was been active in the Bingo Committee, the Couples Club and was also a member of the K of C bowling league for many years.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife to Las Vegas and loved to putter around his yard and keep it in trim condition. He had been a coin collector and also a baseball card collector and had been an avid Red Sox fan.

He was the husband of the late Concetta Rose “Connie” (Santagate) Landers who died nine years ago; the loving father of Lissa Jensen and her husband, Rob of Haverhill, Edward C. Landers II of Texas and the late Richard C. and Guy Steven Landers; devoted grandfather of Guy Richard and Edward C. Landers and Renee De Simone and great grandfather of Raya De Simone, father-in-law of Constance Landers of Haverhill and also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, Church St., Station, PO Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 in his memory. For obituary and guestbook, visit


Paul ‘Pauly’ ‘Hodgie’ Hodgkins Jr.

30-year employee of Stanley Elevator Co.

Paul A. “Pauly” “Hodgie” Hodgkins Jr. of Kittery, Maine, formerly of Madbury, NH and Chelsea, died unexpectedly at his home on June 24. He was 56 years old.

Born in Malden, and a resident of Kittery, Maine for the last four years, he moved from Chelsea in 1982 and took up residence in Madbury, New Hampshire. Working for Stanley Elevator in Merrimack, New Hampshire for 30 years, he made many friends in the industry and even after he retired in 2008. He was a member of the Irish Club and Elevator Constructors Union IECU Local # 4.

The friendships he built over the years, continued. What he liked and what he was interested in spanned the spectrum, from love of the Boston Red Sox and Patriots, to music, opera, musicals, Sinatra and Pavarotti were some of his favorites. He loved the water and never lived far from it. He was an outdoor person who loved all animals, but his biggest interest was his family. He was a hard worker to support them, a very good and positive father, supportive any of his childrens ventures, whatever or wherever it took them. To know him was to love him !

He was the devoted husband for 28 years to Paula C. (Simpson); cherished son of Gladys M. (Williams) Hodgkins of Chelsea and the late Paul A. Hodgkins, Sr.; beloved father of Paul A. Hodgkins, III and Alexandria A. Hodgkins, both of Boston, and Charles A. Crafts of Chelsea; dear brother of Judith E. Buckley of Saugus and Patricia A Kowalski and her husband, Frank, of Chelsea. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Because of his concern for those less fortunate, it is recommended that expressions of sympathy in his name be made to a Food Pantry or Homeless Shelter in your area. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit


Edward Condon, 81

Former Chelsea resident

Edward C. Condon died at the Academy Manor Nursing Home in Andover on June 25 after a heroic battle with overwhelming illnesses. He was 81 years old.

Born in Charlestown, he lived most of his life in Chelsea, before moving to Methuen. A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he loved bowling and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years,Thelma Condon; his children Sheila Perez and her long time companion, Luis DeJesus, Michael Condon and his wife Margarett; Janet Funai and her husband, Steve, Debra Witkum and her husband, Scott, Stephen Condon and his long time companion, Joanne, 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild, and many neices and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Kenneth Pollard Funeral Home, Methuen.


Gladys Moores, 95

Of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea

Gladys R. Moores of Wilmington, a former long time resident of Chelsea, died on June 22. She was 95 years old.

A homemaker, she was a former member of the Salvation Army and the Mt. Bellingham Church, both of Chelsea. She was the wife of the late Carl H. Moores; the beloved mother of Gertrude G. Jaynes of Windham, NH, Richard H. Moores of Chelsea and Marjorie R. Christerson and her husband, Robert, of Wilmington. She is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren, Jennifer and Jacqueline Jaynes, both of New Boston, NH and Lauren and Michael Christerson, both of Wilmington.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.


Francis Kane

East Boston resident

Francis J. Kane of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, died suddenly on June 23.

He was the beloved husband of  Carol A (Hall) Kane; devoted father of Francis Kane of Missouri ,Stephen Kane of Ilinois, Maryann Thompson of So. Carolina, Kim Arias of Everett, Rosanne Kane of Winchester, Anthony and Michael Cinelli, Paula Cinelli-Coleman and Lynda Ranelli all of Revere, Scott Cinelli of East Boston, Ronald Cinelli of Gloucester, Cara Cinelli of East Boston, Laurie Penta of New Hampshire, Thomas Cinelli of East Boston, Robert and the late Joseph Ferdinand; dear brother of the late Albert”Sonny” Tigges and Patricia Kelley and is also survived by his many loving grand and great grandchildren and many cherished nieces  and nephews.

Funeral arranements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations in honor of his life may be made to  American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham 01701. For more information or to send the family an online condolence,


S. David Dorfman, 89

Past President and Treasurer of Shurtleff Street Shule, member of many organizations

S. David Dorfman died on June 23 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He was 89 years old.

Mr. Dorfman was a resident of Chelsea for many years and a resident of Revere for the last 25 years. He was born in Chelsea, attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1938.

He was a retired electronic technician of 30 years for ITEK Corporation, the Past President and Treasurer of the Shurtleff Street Shule, the Past Chancellor of the Knight’s of Pythias, Roosevelt Lodge, Lynn, and during his membership he was a recipient of the Sir Knight Award. He was also a member of Dokey’s, a social group of the Knight’s of Pythias.

He was the beloved husband of Alice (Susmanovitz) Dorfman; the devoted father of Howard L. Dorfman and his wife, Susan, Ann Adell and her husband, Steven, and the late Michael S. Dorfman. He was also the loving grandfather of Shayna and Cara Dorfman, Joshua and Tara Adell and Rachel Adell.

Arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was at the Mishna Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenants Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151 or to Congregation 420, at the above mentioned address. For obit and on-line guestbook, please visit:


Gerry DeSisto

Chelsea resident

Gerry (Grasso) DeSisto of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on May 14.

She was the loving mother of Doreen Perez of Revere and Sharon DeSisto of New Hampshire; beloved daughter of Nellie (Dotolo) Grasso of Revere and the late Salvatore Grasso; dear sister of Dennis Grasso of Revere; cherished grandmother of four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral and burial was private. Arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For on line guest book


Salvatore Fischer

North End resident

Salvatore Fischer of the North End of Boston died on June 22.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a 25 year employee of the Boston Naval Ship Yard.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Tenore); father of Flavia Siuda and her husband, Thomas of Melrose and the late Robert Fischer; beloved brother of Jane Brown of Texas, Catherine Catulli of Georgetown, Anthony Rinaldi of North Carolina, Joseph Rinaldi of Chelsea, Frank Rinaldi of Texas and the late Freddy Fischer, Benny Fischer, Ann Cherette and Dorothy Raffo; grandfather of Thomas and Jennifer and great grandfather of Kyra, Colby and Kendra. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the charity of your choice. Smith Funeral Home 617-889-1177


Harry Bernstein

Of Canton, formerly of Chelsea

Harry S. Bernstein of Canton, formerly of Chelsea died on June 22.

The beloved husband of Cynthia (Garber) Bernstein, he was the devoted father of Benis Bernstein and her husband, Hugh Fenimore of Arizona, Robert Bernstein and his wife, Anne of Foxborough and Joel Bernstein and his wife, Suzanne of Franklin; loving brother of Phyllis and Norman Davidson of Florida and Evelyn and Alan Katz of Tewksbury; dear grandfather of Edward, Jeffrey, Frankie, Samuel and Sarah.

Graveside services were held at Hand in Hand Cemetery, West Roxbury. Memorial remembrances may be made to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre Street, Roslindale, MA 02131 or Charity of Choice. Funeral arrangements were by the Schlossberg-Solomon Chapel

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