Obituaries 07-07-2011

John Henry Capistran Sr.

Retired Naval Aviator and School Administrator

John Henry Capistran, Sr., formerly of Chelsea, retired naval aviator, school teacher, counselor and administrator for the San Diego Unified School District, died on June 26. He was 88 years old.

An avid baseball fan, he wished to pursue his aspiration of playing professionally, this dream was interrupted by the start of World War II. He felt an obligation to serve his country and join the United States Navy. During the war, he served honorably as a fighter pilot off the decks of U.S. carriers. After the war, he continued his 21 year career in the United States Navy, serving as pilot and a flight instructor, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Mississippi and retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

After retiring from the Navy, he attended the University of San Diego where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education, and began his second career as an educator which he so loved. He joined the San Diego Unified School District, as a teacher, advancing to a counselor’s position and later an administrator.

He treated all people equally with respect and loved his children and family dearly. He revered our nation’s founders, and was a follower of their principles. Few will surpass John Capistran’s care and concern for others. The world was a much better place with his presence, and all who knew him will feel a great loss with his passing. He will be greatly missed.

He was the beloved son of the late William J. and Elizabeth (Lehmann) Capistran; devoted husband of Nancy (Lazarr) and the late Evelyn (Holbert) Capistran; beloved father of John H. Capistran Jr. and his wife, Arema, Michael Capistran, Robert Capistran, Cynthia Capistran and his stepchildren Paul Lazarr and his wife, Maria and Lynne Lazarr; loving brother of Joseph P. Capistran, Sr. of Peabody and cherished grandfather of Cameron, Nichole, Carlos, Bridget, Shon, Megan and Anna.

A Memorial Service was held. at El Camino Memorial Sorrento Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to UCSD Dept. of Neuroscience Alzheimer’s Research.

Florence Elizabeth

‘Fluffy’ King

Worked at Chelsea Clock

Florence Elizabeth (Hudson) “Fluffy” King of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully at home with her family on July 1.

The wife of the late Clarence W. King and the daughter of the late Annie (Lyons) Peach and Spurgeon P. Hudson, she was born in Chelsea and worked at the Chelsea Clock, the job she loved. She attended the Pace Program of Lynn. Her family was the most important thing to her and she was always there for them.

She leaves her son Wayne G. King and his wife, Debbie, with whom she made her home and her daughters, Karen J. Richardson of Peabody and Debra A. Lamberis of North Carolina and also leaves William S. Moore of Boxford; her grandchildren, Scott Richardson of Swampscott, Vincent Luciano of Salem, Logan Lamberis of Salem, Elena Veinot of Peabody, Donna Helton of Florida, Danny Lord of Gloucester, the late Brian King and Johnny Luciano Jr. and many great grandchildren.

Funeral services and visitation will be held today, Thursday, July 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Goodrich Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn. Private burial will be in Puritan Lawn, Peabody.

Giuseppe Fabrizio

Chelsea resident

Giuseppe Fabrizio of Chelsea passed away suddenly on June 26 while visiting his native home in Montefalcione, Italy.

Funeral Services and entombment were in his family mausoleum in Montefalcione, Italy on June 28. A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony Church,  Everett on July 5.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard.

John ‘Rocky’ Adams

Maine resident

John M. “Rocky” Adams died on June 2.

He loved racing cars and was a loving brother, uncle and friend.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Adams of Chelsea; brother of Mac Brown of Boston, Karen, Annie and Mae Brown of Chelsea, Edward L. Adams III of Rumford, Maine and twin of Mary of Lewiston, Maine, Marge of Hyannis and Rosalie of Chelsea.

Margarita Quiles

Longtime Chelsea Resident

Margarita Quiles died early Friday morning, July 1 at Everett Nursing and Rehabilitation Home after a brief illness. She was 70 years old.

Born and raised in Utuado, Puerto Rico, the beloved daughter of the late Martin and Maria (Loucil) Quiles, she settled briefly in New Jersey before coming to live in Chelsea in 1970. She devoted her life to home and family and enjoyed cooking in her home. She was a devoted member of St Rose Parish in Chelsea for many years.

She was the devoted mother of Lisa Thompson and her husband, John of Chelsea, Ramon Quiles and his wife, Linda of Saugus and Edwin Quiles of Haverhill; dear sister of Maria Quiles of Florida and Miguel and Hector Quiles, both of Puerto Rico; cherished grandmother of John Thompson Jr., Cassandra and Cherisse Thompson, Julia, Raylyn and Ava Quiles.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home 157 Washington Ave., Chelsea, Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Service of remembrance and thanksgiving at 7:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Krystyna Lewicka

Devoted supporter of St. Stanislaus Parish

Krystyna M. (Fracziewicz) Lewicka, a longtime Chelsea resident, died on July 1 at the Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after convalescing there for two months.

Born and raised in Poland, she settled in Chelsea and has been a resident here for 48 years. She worked outside of her home to support her family and was a devoted parishioner and supporter of St. Stanislaus Parish.

She was the devoted mother of George, John, Jane and Eva and is also survived one brother in Poland, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will begin from the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 157 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, July 8 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9 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 Anthony Memorial today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Carol Sandelin

Chelsea resident

Carol L. (McCarthy) Sandelin of Chelsea died recently.

She was the loving mother of Theresa and her husband, Angel Quinonez, of Arizona, David and his wife, Erica Sandelin of Boston, Andrew and his wife, Rosilene Sandelin of Dracut, Denise and her husband, Eric Mimouni of Chelsea and Amy and her husband, Matt Reynolds of New York; devoted sister of John McCarthy of Florida, William McCarthy of Maine, Ruth Gerace and Barbara White, both of North Carolina, Betty Muscarella of Lowell, Pat Weismann of Boxborough, and Margie Carbone of New Hampshire; cherished grandmother of 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, dear friends and family.

Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Private Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the Gaffey Funeral Home, 43 High St., Medford Square, Medford. To sign guest book, please visit

Gordon Crowell

Of Chelsea, formerly of Canada

Gordon I. “Gordie” Crowell died July 1 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after a long illness with heart problems.

He was born in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, Canada, son of the late Vernon Sr. and Lillian (Chetwynd) Crowell.  After leaving Canada, he lived in Chelsea for the past 25 years.  He retired 15 years ago due to his health problems.  Some of his trades included lobster fishing, carpentry and welding.

He was the beloved husband of 25 years to Barbara (Smith) Crowell of Chelsea; dear brother of Crystal “Tiny” Nickerson of Nova Scotia and the late Vernon Crowell Jr. and Rosalie Adams; brother-in-law of Richard Smith of Chelsea and Patricia A. Aniello of New Hampshire.

A private family service was held at the William R. Carafa & Son Funeral Home in Chelsea, representing a personalization of his life.  Burial will take place at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Nova Scotia at a later date.

Tsegaye ‘Mike’ Mekonnen

Chelsea Activist and Councilman

Tsegaye “Mike” Mekonnen,  a City of Chelsea Councilman, died on June 30. He was 67 years old.

His schooling included a Certificate in Business from the American Institute in Ethiopia, a Diploma of Management Methodology from Italy, an Associate Degree from the Bunker Hill Community College and Bachelor of Science from Boston State College.

Professionally, from 1963 to 1967, Mr. Mekonnen was a Personnel Officer, Public Manager and Labor Inspector for Saint George Brewery in Ethiopia. From 1968 to 1974, he was a Lineman for American Biltrite in Chelsea. He also owned and managed a Property and Security Agency and managed a Taxi Industry in Chelsea. Most recently, he served as a Councilman for the City of Chelsea.

Extremely active within the Chelsea community, Mr. Mekonnen was a member of the City of Chelsea Democratic Committee in which he was Ward 4 Chairperson and Outreach Officer; President of Chelsea Kiwanis Club and a member of International Kiwanis; served on the City of Chelsea Planning Board, Community Development Board, and MBTA Advisory Board; Member and Treasurer of the Chelsea Council on Aging; served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and was the recipient of the Chamber Appreciation Award; served as a member of the Drug Task Force of Chelsea; founder of the County Road, Basset Street, and Reynolds Avenue Homeowner’s Association; founder of the Chelsea Homeowner’s Association; member of Neighbors Against Blight (NAB); served on the Board of Directors of Chelsea Main Street for the development of downtown; and was a member of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Born in Ethiopia on August 22, 1943 he was the son of Aster (Seafu) Mekonnen and the late Maru Mekonnen; the beloved husband of Ernestine (Hardy) Mekonnen; father of Alexander Mekonnen and is also survived by six sisters, Sehin, York, Meaza, Woudensh, Elizabeth, and Hanah; and his brother, Hailie Mekonnen.

Funeral services were held at the Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, Watertown followed by burial in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. Arrangements were under the direction of Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman-Langone, Boston.

Zelda Gordon

Chelsea resident

Zelda (Klane) Gordon of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died on July 1. She was 97 years old.

The devoted wife of the late Simon Gordon, she was the beloved mother of Myrna Rosen; loving sister of Marcia Peltzman, the late Helen Weiner and Charlotte Weiner; adored grandmother of Barry and Donna Rosen and Harvey Rosen; cherished great grandmother of Rebecca, Paul, Scott, and Stephanie.

Services were held at the Agudas Achim Cemetery,  Melrose. Memorial week was private. Expressions of sympathy may be donated to Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150. For online condolences:

Mary Reid

Chelsea resident

Mary H. ( Buckley) Reid of Chelsea, formerly of Somerville, died on June 30.

The beloved wife of Joseph R. Reid with whom she shared 40 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Shawna Holden and her husband, Severiano, Christine Reid and her companion, Daniel MacDonald, all of Chelsea, Michael Reid of East Boston and the late Kevin Buckley; dear sister of John Buckley and his wife, Patricia of Gloucester; cherished grandmother of Melissa and Erica Buckley, Kevin and Cody DiGaetano, Daniel, Cameron and Christina MacDonald, and great grandmother of Eilyna and Franklin  Juarez  and Ricardo Pagan Jr.; fond aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangemens were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery Peabody. For guest book:

Sophie Klarreich

Holocaust Survivor

Sophie (Strager) Klarreich of Swampscott, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on June 29. She was 91 years old.

A Holocaust survivor, she was the beloved wife of the late Nathan Klarreich; devoted mother of Esther and her husband, Merton Ziskind of Marblehead and cherished grandmother of Benjamin and Ross Ziskind.

Graveside services were held at the American Roumanian Cemetery, Danvers. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem.

Jacqlyn Scarlatelli

Licensed Practical Nurse

Jacqlyn S. Scarlatelli of Leesburg, Florida, formerly of Halifax and Chelsea, died on June 28. She was 58 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she attended Chelsea Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and greatly loved her three dogs.

She was the beloved wife of John Scarlatelli;  the devoted mother of Katie Scarlatelli; the loving daughter of Barbara D. (Plotnick) Kamens and the late Dr. Hyman R. Kamens and the dear sister of Marcia Kamens. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial observance was private. Donations in her memory may be made to the Temple Emmanuel Sisterhood, 60 Tudor St. Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the Angell Memorial Hospital, 350 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website:

Ramiro Rodriguez-Martinez

Lynn resident

Ramiro Rodriguez-Martinez of Lynn died recently.

Arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial will be in Mexico.

For more information, Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home East Boston 617 569 0990

Andrew Hartigan

Retired Ship Fitter

Andrew Hartigan, a retired ship fitter, passed away in his Chelsea home on June 25 after a brief illness. He was 68 years old.

Born in Chelsea he was the son of the late Gerard and Grace (Cook) Hartigan. He grew up in East Boston, attended East Boston public schools and was employed by Bethlehem Steel as a shipfitter. He enjoyed fishing and outdoor sporting.

He is survived by his children; Barbara Ann and Andrea and his beloved twin sister “Sissy” Scott of Chelsea. He was also the dear brother of Grace Craven of Melrose, William Hartigan and the late Gerard Hartigan and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services here private with arrangements given to the care and direction of Frank A. Welsh & Sons,  Chelsea,

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