Obituaries 03-17-2011

Edward Doherty

Co-Owner of Eastern Express Car Wash of Chelsea

Edward H. Doherty of Chelsea, a former 44 year resident of Newton, died on March 13. He was 82 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a life long member of the American Legion, George D. Carson Post 141, Newton Centre. He graduated from New England Institute of Anatomy in 1950 and worked with several area funeral directors for many years. He was the owner/operator of the Newton Livery Service in Newton Centre and co-owner of Eastern Express car wash, Chelsea. Those who knew him will remember his sense of humor, love of music and singing his Irish Ballads.

The son of the late James A. and Eugenia H. Doherty, he was the loving father to Elizabeth A. Doherty of North Brookfield, Kathleen M. Steenbruggen and her husband, Charles, of North Brookfield, Suzanne M. Doherty of Thornton, CO, Edward A. Doherty and his wife, Paula, of Westwood, Kevin J. Doherty of Provincetown and Stephen LaRose and his wife, Denise, of Cape Elizabeth, ME; brother of Marcella D. Smith of Kenmore, NY, James A. Doherty Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, Eugene W. Doherty of Arlington, VA and the late Joanne M. Doherty and good friend and companion of Josephine Morrissey. He also leaves several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St. (Rt.16) Wellesley, Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Paul’s Church, Wellesley, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Franciscan Hospital for Children, 3 Warren St. Boston, MA 02135. Online guestbook and directions at

Migdalia Rivera

Worked for Marriott Services at Logan Airport

Migdalia Rivera passed away unexpectedly in her Chelsea Home on Wednesday March 9. For the past two years she had been successfully battling lung cancer.  She was 49 years old.

Born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, she was the loving daughter of Nicholas Rivera and the late Maria N. Rodriguez.  She moved to Chelsea with her family at the age of 10 and continued attending local schools.  A resident of Chelsea for most of her life she supported her family working at Logan Airport for Marriot Services as a Concession Supervisor and manager in Terminal C.

She was the devoted mother of Blanca Claudio, Anthony Claudio Jr. and Edgar Ruiz, all of Chelsea; dear sister of Gladys and Maritza Rivera of East Boston, Iris Rivera, Arnaldo, William, Jose-Antonio, and Wilfredo Rivera, and the late Jose-Angel Rivera; cherished grandmother of Zaymaris Pagan, Marianna Claudio, Anthony Claudio III and Dustin Rivera.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Rose Church on Saturday, March 12. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Harold Levy

Bank of Boston retiree, Revere Babe Ruth Baseball Coach, member of JWV and American Legion

Harold Levy of Revere died on March 12. He was 78 years old.

The beloved husband of the late Sylvia (Silverman), he was born in Worcester and attended the Revere and Chelsea schools.  He continued his education at Suffolk University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He was a Loan Operations Manager for the Bank of Boston, retiring on December 7, 1990.

A Korean War Veteran, he was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, American Legion Post 61, and Temple Israel of Revere.  He was a sports enthusiast and served as a baseball coach for 30 years in the Revere Babe Ruth Baseball League.

He was the devoted father of Roberta Levy and Mark Levy and his wife, Marla; the dear brother of Jason Levy and the loving grandfather of Dylan and Rachel Kidd.

Graveside services were held at the Poali Zedeck Cemetery, Everett.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter, 29 Crafts Street, Suite 450, Newton, MA  02458.  For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Rev. Edward Sherry

Priest for 42 years, raised in Chelsea

Rev. Edward F. Sherry, beloved priest of the Holy Redeemer Parish of Merrimac and West Newbury, Church of the Nativity and St.. Ann’s Church, died March 8 at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport after a brief illness.

Born in Medford, July 21, 1942, and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Finnegan) Sherry. Father Sherry attended Our Lady of Grace Grammar School and was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, Class of 1960. He was ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 28, 1968 and celebrated his first Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea. His 42 year-dedicated service to the people of the Archdiocese spanned the communities of Melrose, Malden, Medford, Winchester, Belmont, Wilmington, Newburyport, Merrimac and West Newbury. He also served as the Juvenile Court Chaplain for the East Middlesex First District Court.

He was the brother of the late Thomas A. Sherry who died in 2002. He leaves behind his sister-in-law, Nancy A. Sherry Slater and her husband, Jerard; two nieces, Maureen N. Sherry and Alison M. Sherry and her fiancé. Mauricio Isaza, all of Chelsea, along with numerous parishioners throughout the communities he served and whose lives he enriched in many ways.

Father Sherry lay-in-state at the Church of the Nativity, Merrimac. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, March 14 at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols Street, Chelsea, followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, it is the family’s wish to have donations in his memory be made to benefit 5 year-old Avalanna Routh of Merrimac, who is battling cancer, at Arrangements were by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, Merrimac. Online condolences may be made at

Lillian Borgosano

East Boston resident

Lillian Borgosano of East Boston died on March 11. She was in her 99th year.

She was the loving aunt of Lillian C. and Mary M. Borgosano, both of Chelsea, Anthony Borgosano of Revere, cherished great aunt of John A Borgosano, Sr. and Brenda and Diana Borgosano; adored great great aunt of John A. Jr., Danielle M and Frankie W Borgosano and dear sister of the late  Gaetano and Nina Borgosano.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, March 17 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian burial in Celebration of her life at Sacred Heart Church. Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with burial with her parents in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence

John Francis Derome

Former Vice President and Trustee of New England Structures

John Francis Derome died February 7 in Las Vegas, NV after a long illness. He was 88 years old.

He  is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Marie “Terri” (Benvie) Derome of Holbrook.

He was born in East Boston to Arthur and Anne (Curry) Derome on August 28, 1922, one of 10 children. He joined the Navy Seabees in 1943 during World War II and volunteered to be part of the amphibious task force deployed to the Marshall Islands and fought with the Marines at Kwajalein and Eniwetok where he was wounded. After his service, he attended Boston University. He was a member of Roofers Union Local 33, Stoughton. MA. During his career, he became Vice President/Trustee at New England Structures, a division of Burgess & Blacher.

He and his wife,Terri, were married August 12, 1978 and moved to Las Vegas, NV where they shared a wonderful life together. He believed the secret to his longevity was love, laughter, and music.

Mr. Derome was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Derome, and son, Russell. He is survived by their children, Ann Berardi-O’Brien and John W. Derome, both of Brockton, MA, and Michelle Petta of Storres, CT, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, William Derome of Bradenton, FL, and sister, Mary Arlene Sobanek of Chelsea and his nieces and nephews. Services were private.

Peter Perez

Retired State Police Sergeant

Peter J. Perez of Everett died on March 11.

A US Navy veteran of Vietnam, he was a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and a retired Sergeant with the Massachusetts State Police.

He was the beloved husband of Tamrae (Beck); father of Nancy Aquino of Everett, Peter J. IV of Franklin, Janna of Chelsea and Danielle of Everett; son of Pedro of Puerto Rico and Aida of New York City; brother of Eva of Miami, Dalia of New Jersey, Angel Martinez of Salem, Frank Ortega of Atlanta and several other siblings. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Angela and Lana and many nieces, nephews and friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett, today, Thursday, March 17 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Everett, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Phyllis Walters

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Phyllis E. (Escovitz) Walters of Bartow, Florida died on March 12 after a valiant effort to combat heart disease. She was 88 years old.

The wife of the late retired Lt. Col. William E. Walters, she was born in Chelsea on September 6, 1922. She married Col. Walters on August 30,1941 and is survived by her two children, Bill and Gae and two grandchildren, Anna and Andrew Walters.

Mrs. Walters was a dedicated community volunteer and proponent of the arts throughout her life. During World War II, she was a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Defense Corps. She volunteered for various theatrical and school activities while her husband was on active duty in Virginia, Tokyo, Japan and Orleans, France.

Mrs. Walters was a founding member and President of the Bartow Band Boosters and served as a Girl Scout leader. She founded the Bartow Performing Arts Council and served as its president from 1997 to 1978 and from 1982 to 1983. In 1984, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the Council. Mrs. Walters served as an evaluator and judge as a member of the Florida Theater Conference. She received the Distinguished Career Award from the Conference in 1987.

Mrs. Walters volunteered as a Docent for the Folk Country Museum and served as a substitute teacher in the Polk County Schools for more than 15 years.

The family will receive friends today, Thursday, March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main Street, Bartow, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m Friday, March 18 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, B’nai B’rith or a charity of your choice. Condolences to the family at:

Leonard George ‘Lennie’ Strong

Of Califonia, formerly of Chelsea

Leonard George “Lennie” Strong died of cancer at his home in Pomona, CA on February 22. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea on December 9, 1931, he served in the US Army and is a Korean War veteran. He moved to Pomona, California in 1989 with his wife, Laura.

A retired construction worker who was referred to as “Popeye” by his co-workers, he worked on area freeways, flood control channels, Frank G. Bonelli Park and what is now known as Raging Waters in San Dimas, CA.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Laura (Moore); daughter, Valerie and four sons, Leonard, Matthew, Randy and Walter; grandchildren, Anthony, Irmalinda, Jennifer, Richard, Aaron, Kari and Kayla; great grandchildren, Anthony, Jr., Isis, Kra and Elijah; sister, Helen and brothers, Bobby and Billy. He was the son of the late Leonard Sr. and Eva and brother of the late Walter and George.

Services were held on February 28 at Forest Lawn in Covina, CA.

Robert Loucks

Chelsea resident

Robert C. Loucks of Chelsea died on March 10. He was 50 years old.

He was the son of the late Byron and Charlotte (Sheppard) Louks; brother of Carol S. Loucks of Revere and brother in law of John R. Lewis, Sr.; nephew of Elaine and Walter Sheppard of Malden, Susan and John Porcaro, Charles and Debbie, all of Billerica; uncle of Melissa S. Lewis and John R. Lewis, Jr., both of Revere.

Private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family with arrangements entrusted to the William R. Carafa and Son Funeral Home of Chelsea.

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