Obituaries 02-24-2011

Margaret Costantini

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Margaret (Moscatelli) Costantini of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on February 22 at the Radius Healthcare Facility in Danvers. She was 76 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Felicia Moscatelli. She grew up in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High school.

She worked in the cafeteria at Lynnfield High School, enjoyed bingo, crochet, bowling and adventurous trips to Foxwoods. She loved shopping and will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother who valued her family.

She was the beloved wife of Donato Costantini of Peabody, dear mother of Domenic Piso of New Hampshire, Rose DeMild of Peabody, and Margaret Leo of Lynnfield; loving grandmother of 13, Eddie, Danny, Louis, Kristina, Domenic, Danielle, Derek, Marina, Lucas, Louis, Melissa, Paulette, and Janae; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Brayden, Haylie, Zachary, Coleman, Jacob, and Mark, sister of Sam “Sonny” Moscatelli of Chelsea, and also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Friday February 25 at 9 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St. location, Peabody followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Adelaide’s Church, Peabody. A visitation will be held today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Please visit for online obit and to sign condolences.

Wanda Pignato

Long Active at St. Stanislaus Parish

Wanda M. (Nowicki) Pignato, beloved mother and longtime Chelsea resident, died suddenly at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford Sunday evening with her devoted daughter and caretaker at her side.  She was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the loving daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Bakinowski) Nowicki.  She married Pasquale Pignato and devoted her life to home and family, raising one daughter and a son in Chelsea.  A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she was a past member of St Stanislaus Parish, volunteered as a Cub Scout Den Mother and was a member of St Stanislaus School Mothers Club.

After the Chelsea Fire, she and her family relocated to Billerica for the next 30 years. After the death of her husband, “Pat,” in 1996 and her son, Charles, in 1999, she remained briefly in Billerica and in 2004 she took residence with her daughter, Patricia, in Malden who became her devoted caretaker and supportive attendant for the rest of her days.  She continued to enjoy cooking, gardening and flowers.

She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale “Pat” Pignato; devoted mother of Patricia H. Pignato and her longtime friend, companion and fiancé, Sam Sarno, and the late Charles P. Pignato; dear sister of Josephine Leone of Norton, the late Anna Tansey and Dorothy Figelski.

Her Funeral will begin at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, February 25 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass offered in thanksgiving for her life to be celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home, today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Rita Costa

Of Chelsea, formerly of Cambridge

Rita (Petit) Costa of Chelsea, formerly of Cambridge, died on February 16,

She was the beloved sister of Edmund Petit and his wife, Dorothy, of Quincy. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Private services were by the Keefe Funeral Homes, Arlington and Cambridge.

Dorothy Mullen

Retired Everett School Cafeteria Cashier

Dorothy E. (Haley) Mullen, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on February 21 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. She was 91 years old.

A retired Everett School cafeteria cashier, she was a former member and past president of Our Lady of Grace Women’s Club.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert M. Mullen; dear and devoted mother of Mary E. Tobin and her husband, Joseph, of Salisbury, Patricia A. Barry and her husband, Richard, of Everett and the late Stephen Mullen and his wife, Betsy, of Byfield; loving grandmother of Jason Mullen and his wife, Sarah, Moulton Mullen, Andrew Mullen, Evan Barry, Nolan Barry, Sarah Tobin and Brandon Tobin  and great-grandmother of Stephen Mullen; dear aunt of Maryanne Petti, Diane Petti, Patricia Rauseo and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her special cousins, Darlene, Paul and Lisa Morgan.

Her Funeral will be held from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main Street) Everett, Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, Nichols Street, Everett-Chelsea line at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Florence Leonard Center for Living, 165 Captain’s Row, Chelsea, MA 02150, would be sincerely appreciated.

Anneliese Barletta

Worked at East Boston Social Center

Anneliese (Meissner) Barletta of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on February 20.

Mrs. Barletta worked at the East Boston Social Center.

She was the beloved wife of Phil Barletta with whom she shared 58 years of marriage; loving mother of Evelyn Auld and her husband, John, Donna Saraceno and her husband, Robert, and Lisa Tracia, all of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Erica Rago, Stephen Apicco, Christopher and Robert Saraceno Jr. and Nicole Tracia.

Her funeral service will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday, at 8 a.m. followed by services in our Chapel of the Resurrection at 9 a.m. Burial will be private. For directions and guest book:

Marc Pompeo

Iron Worker

Marc R. Pompeo, an ironworker and Chelsea native, died suddenly at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida early Friday morning, February 11.  He was 46 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the loving son of Carol A. (Kopaczynski) Pompeo of Chelsea and the late Joseph “Boom” Pompeo, who died 18 months ago. He was the dear grandson of the late Andrew and Genevieve “Arlene” Kopaczynski and the late Angelo and Anna Marie Pompeo.

He graduated from Chelsea schools and worked locally as a Union Ironworker for many years before moving to West Palm Beach, Florida 12 years ago.  While living in Florida, he worked in Commercial Construction as an on call laborer for several independent contractors.

He is survived by his mother, Carol A. Pompeo of Chelsea, his sister Andrea M. Gustin and her husband, Bryan, his brother, Jason E. Pompeo and his wife, Darlene, nieces and nephews: Sean and Brianna Gustin and Erick and Brittani Pompeo. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Michael Belfiore

Retired Chelsea School Custodian

Michael D. Belfiore, late Chelsea School Custodian, who was convalescing for the past few months in his daughter’s Tewksbury home, died Friday evening with his family at his bedside. He was in his 94th year.

Born in Roxbury, he was the son of the late Ralph and Margaret (DiPeza) Belfiore.  He grew up in the Roxbury / Jamaica Plain neighborhoods and attended Boston Public Schools.  He was a resident of Chelsea for all of his adult life and worked as a machinist for Specialty Automatic, a US Defense Contractor making electronic components.  The factory closed in the early 1980’s and he went on to work for the Chelsea School Dept. as a custodian until the time of his retirement in 1992.  He was a former member of the Sons of Italy and the Chelsea Senior Center.

He was the beloved husband of the late Venera “Vi” (Barbera) Belfiore who died six years ago after sharing 66 years of marriage. Together they raised three daughters and enjoyed the love of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was the devoted father of Natalie Santagate of Chelsea, Marguerite Belfiore and her husband, John Elliott, of Tewksbury and Grace Belfiore and her husband, Neil Head, of Temple, NH; dear brother of John Belfiore of Revere, the late Ralph Belfiore, George Belfiore and Ethel Belfiore; cherished grandfather of Lisa Santagate, Christine Landale, Kimberley Gulley, Theresa Zajackowski, Jason Miller and Gregory Miller; adored great grandfather of Andrea, Megan, Matthew, Rachel, Alicia, Hannah, Ryan, Isabella, Sarah and Aiyah.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Rose Church on Tuesday, February 21. Services concluded with Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice. To send an expression of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Dr. Norman ‘Eppie’ Epstein

Well Known Chelsea Dentist, Basketball

and Tennis Player and Coach

Dr. Norman “Eppie” Epstein of Marblehead, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 19.

He was born in Chelsea, attended Chelsea schools and high school before continuing his education at Tufts University and Tufts Dental School. “Eppie” had his own thriving dental practice on Broadway in Chelsea for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant (JG) and had a very successful athletic career as a player and coach in both basketball and tennis.

He was the beloved husband of Roz Epstein; devoted father of Dr. Jay Epstein and his wife, Stephanie, and Ellen Epstein; dear brother of Sidney Epstein and his wife, Estelle, and the late Rina Zamczyk; loving grandfather of Laura, Nancy, and Melissa Epstein.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial observance at his late residence will continue today, Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and at the home of Dr. Jay and Stephanie Epstein and on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website:

Jaime Frances Sacharsky

WBZ Radio Producer

Jaime Frances Sacharsky of Chelsea died on February 17. She was 46 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Jesse and Jayson Bowes.  A radio producer at WBZ for 17 years, she is also survived by her parents, James and Jeannine Timlin; three sisters, Gayle Bohrer, Donna Lemieux, and Jeannine MacKinnon, and one brother, James Timlin, along with two nephews and three nieces, as well as one grand-niece.

Her Funeral Mass will be today, Thursday, February 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere. Please omit flowers. Send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital .

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