Obituaries 12-23-2010

Thomas Rossetti

Independent Residential Painter

Thomas P. Rossetti, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away after a long illness in his home early Monday morning December 20. He was 63 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the loving son of the late Michael and Edith (Tolman) Rossetti. “Tommy” supported himself working as an independent residential painter for many years.  He enjoyed the company of his large family and his many good friends.

He will be missed by his 13 beloved siblings and  their spouses; Michael Rossetti of Wilmington and his wife, Connie, Diane Brown of Saugus and her late husband, John, Janet Collorone of Chelsea and her companion, Jimmy Warren, Robert Rossetti, Donna Canales, her late husband Marco, Pasquale Rossetti all of Chelsea, James Rossetti of Revere, Leana Griffin of Haverhill and her husband, Larry, Angela Jenks and Lisa Rossetti, both of Revere, the late Theresa Price, Patricia Rossetti, and Joseph Rossetti.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and good friends.

Funeral Services were conducted at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea on Wednesday Dec. 22. Services concluded with Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Martin Redington

Concord resident

Martin T. Redington of Concord died on December 16. He was 77 years old.

The beloved husband for 42 years of Andrea (Kammer), he was the devoted father of Peter A. Redington and his wife, Kristin B. Kane, of Amherst and Rebecca M. Redington of New York City; loving “Papa” of Myles Kane Redington and Annika Kane Redington; brother of Arleen M. Shea of Winthrop, Joan M. Zaremba of Saugus, Grace B. McKenzie of Middleton, and the late Donald F., Robert A., and Paul E. Redington. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dee Funeral Home, Concord Center. Burial was in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. Contributions in his memory may be made to Boston College Financial Aid Program, c/o Development Office, More Hall, #220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or to Holy Family Parish Center, 55 Church Street, Concord, MA 01742. For obituary and guestbook, please

Dorothy Lanzillo

Retired Legal Secretary

Dorothy D. (Beaulieau) Lanzillo, a retired legal secretary and a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away at the Leonard Florence Center for Living on Tuesday, December 21. She was 89 years old.

Born in Sanford. Maine, she was the beloved daughter of the late Solomon and Albea (Michaud) Beaulieau. The  family settled in Chelsea when she was a young girl.  She attended St. Rose Elementary and graduated from St. Rose High School.  She worked outside of her home as a legal secretary for several Boston law firms. She continued working for the Chelsea School Department and the Chelsea K-mart before taking full retirement.

Beloved wife of 67 years to Charles F. Lanzillo, Sr.  She was the devoted mother of Dr. Charles F. Lanzillo, Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Stonington, CT., Susan DeSantis and her husband, Andrew, of Saugus, Joan Lanzillo-Hahesy and her husband, David, of Revere; cherished grandmother of Dr. Charles F; Lanzillo III of Colorado, Richard Marotta, Jr. of Wakefield and his fiancée, Paige Kenrick, of Lynnfield and Mathew Marotta and his wife, Nicole, of Revere; dear sister of Anita Buckley of Chelsea, Solomon Beaulieau of Danvers, the late Janet Forti, Cecile Dello Iacono, Robert Beaulieu, and Rita Hamel.  Her family will receive visitors at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, December 24 from 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Francis McGrath

Former Woodworker

Francis J. McGrath died at the Chelsea Soldiers Home on December 13. He was 84 years of age.

He was born and raised in Medford,  the son of John and Elizabeth (Marchand) McGrath. He worked as a woodworker making furniture and was a US Navy Veteran serving during World War II in the Asiatic Theatre.

He is survived by his brother Eugene McGrath of Burlington and his nephew Joseph McGrath of Westford.

Funeral services were private with arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

John Melnick

Long time Exxon Mobil employee

John Melnick of Everett died on December 13.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a long time employee of Exxon Mobil.

The son of the late Fred and Anna, he was the brother of Stella Supe and her husband, Gustavus, of Hawaii, the late Sophie Mummey, Charles Cusick, Benjamin Cusick and Helen Bednarz and is also survived by nieces Sonya Cannon, Elaine Bednarz, Maureen Lawrence, Michele Supe, Lianne Supe, nephews Ronald Senna, Eugene Bednarz, Michael Cusick and the late Gustavus Supe III, and many grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ ‘Liz’ DeFeo

Member of Revere American Legion

Elizabeth C. “Betty” “Liz” (Whalen) DeFeo of Chelsea died on December 21. She was 81 years old.

A member of the American Legion in Revere, Mrs. DeFeo spent her life as a caring and devoted wife, mother and homemaker.

The Beloved wife for 58 years of Arthur V. DeFeo, she was the loving mother of Glenn DeFeo and Kevin DeFeo, both of Chelsea; daughter of the late John and Margaret (Connelly) Whalen.

Funeral services will be conducted in the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, December 23 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will precede the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Bessie Short

Of Newton, formerly of Chelsea

Bessie (Stavisky) Short of Newton, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 18. She was 103 years old.

President of the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel in Newton for several years, she was the beloved wife of the late David Short; devoted mother of Joanne Forman of Providence and her late husband, Roy, Dr. Allan Short and his wife, Elizabeth, of Wellesley and Edwin Short of Weymouth; loving sister of the late Jacques Renard, Harris Stavisky, Samuel Stavisky and Sophie Stavis; cherished grandmother of five, great grandmother of seven with a great-granddaughter expected in a few days.

Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, Brookline. Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116 or to a charity of your choice.

Richard Gautreau

Cambridge resident

Richard Gautreau of Cambridge died suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital on December 13. He was 73 years old.

He was the loving son Anna (VanDozzi) Gautreau of Palm Coast, Florida and the late Edward Gautreau; dear brother of Dolores  Hinchee of Revere, William Gautreau of Tewksbury and Rosalie Hansen of Palm Coast, Florida and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes and desires, funeral services were strictly private and under the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send an expression of sympathy to the family please visit

Gertrude Dropkin

Retired Retail Salesperson

Gertrude Dropkin of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on December 20 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she attended the Chelsea Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She was a retired retail sales person, a member of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, N’Amat, and the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.

She was the loving daughter of the late Samuel and Ida Dropkin; the dear sister of Irving and Marilyn Dropkin, and the late Dorothy Lebowitz;  the loving aunt of Barry and Helen Lebowitz, Steven and Sheryl Dropkin and Laurie and Steven Schertzer. She is also survived by many great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website,

Lorraine Alberta Smith Harvey

Of California, formerly of Chelsea

Lorraine Alberta Smith Harvey was born in Chelsea on May 10, 1931 and died on December 6, 2010. She had been living in California with her daughter, Lorraine. She was one of eleven children of the late Ethel Jackson and Leon Smith. “Rainy”, as she was fondly called, was known and loved by many. Mrs. Harvey was a lifetime resident who was raised, educated and employed in Chelsea. She worked for Lawrence Freedman and the Chelsea Soldiers Home in the Dietary Department until her retirement in 1994.

Rainy was an active member at the Senior Center. She enjoyed her many trips to Foxwood Casino and Atlantic City with her friends. She wouldn’t miss playing the local lottery, no matter what. As a matter of fact, it was the simple things that made her happy, and filled her heart with joy. She was an active participant at the local food bank, picking up and giving food to those in need.

Rainy met and married the late William E. Harvey, Sr. of Chelsea. They settled in Chelsea, and raised their eight children in their 63 year span of marriage. She was the devoted and loving mother of sons: William E. Harvey, Jr. of Las Vegas, Joseph M. Harvey and Lawrence V. Harvey, Sr. both of Chelsea, Gerald F. Harvey of California and the late Alan B. Harvey and her loving and caring daughters, Lorraine M. Harvey and Darlene A. Eskridge, both of California, and Carol J. Harvey of Chelsea. She also leaves to mourn her sons-in law, Edward V. Roberts and Ottie Eskridge, both of California, and her daughters-in-law, Linda Harvey of California and Dorothy Harvey of Las Vegas. She was the beloved sister of Paul Smith of Las Vegas, Marlene Tyler of Chelsea and the late Morris Smith, Buddy Smith, Charles Smith, Ethel Richards, Mary Clark, Dorothy Cook, Edna Santiago and Emerline Cromwell; the beloved grandmother of William E. Harvey, III, Lawrence V. Harvey, Jr., Joseph Harvey, Jr., Edward V. Roberts, Jr., Edwin Harvey, Dewayne Evans, Patrice F. Harvey, Mechale Eskridge, Sheana M. Harvey, Tamar B. Harvey, Chelsea F. Harvey and great grandmother of Cassidy and Gabriel Andrades. She is also survived by a host of extended family, relatives and many friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to St. Rose Church, 601 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to The Greater Boston Food Bank, 99 Atkinson Street, Boston, MA 02118. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

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