Obituaries 08-18-2011

Leonel Moreira

Of Somerville, formerly of Chelsea

Leonel Moreira of Somerville, formerly of Chelsea, died  at home on August 15 after a long battle with an overwhelming illness. He was 74 years old.

Born in Portugal, he attended schools there before enlisting in the Army. He came to the United States, settled in Chelsea and had been a Chelsea resident for over 30 years before relocating to Somerville. He worked for a number of years in the maintenance department of Boston University. An honest and hardworking man, he was devoted to his wife, son and grandchildren.

He was the beloved husband of Teresa (Timas) Moreira of Somerville; devoted father of John Moreira and his girlfriend, Paula Tocco of Somerville and cherished grandfather of Nikko and Alycia Moreira.

His Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, August 20 at 10 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 on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Arthur Kloack

Past Commander of Revere American Legion Post 61

Arthur R. Kloak of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died at home on August 15 surrounded by his family.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the Past Commander of American Legion Post 61 of Revere and an employee of St. Sebastian School, Needham for more than 25 years.

He was the beloved husband of Rita (Lanzo) Kloack with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; loving father of Arthur M. Kloack and his wife, Patricia of W. Peabody, Judith L. Courtois and her husband, Charles of Wilmington, Janet A. Surian of Lowell and the late Arthur R. Kloack Jr.; dear brother of Robert of Florida, his twin brother Andrew of New Hampshire, Virginia Kinder of Revere, Alice Surago and the late Thomas Kinder and his sister in law, Marie Flammia of N. Reading; cherished grandfather of Devon Surian, Justin and Lauren Kloack, Tennille Hahn and her husband, James, Michael and Kristell Kloack, Branden, Derek, Charles and Shannell Courtois and also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere, today, Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private. For on line guest book, please visit:

Therese Walata

Of Brookline, formerly of Switzerland

Therese I. (Kobylinski) Of Brookline, formerly of Bern, Switzerland, died on August 10.

She was the beloved wife of Edward F. Walata MD of Brookline and Everett; loving sister of the late Janusz Kobylinski of Grantham, England and sister in-law of Walter S. Walata Jr. and his wife, Lydia and Regina Peters. She is also survived by her beloved nieces, nephews and relatives in Switzerland and Venezuela.

A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery on Friday, August 19 at 11 am. The procession will commence at the cemetery main gate on Rte 99, Malden at 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes 1-877-71ROCCO

Joyce Fong

Escaped Communist China

Joyce (Chin) Fong, a longtime Chelsea resident, died on August 13 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was 79 years old.

Mrs. Fong was born October 24, 1931 at Toy Sun, China, the daughter of the late Bing Chung Chin and the late Yee Chung Chin. She received her early education in China and settled in Hong Kong as a young lady escaping Communism in1950.

She married Dick Fong 1953 in Hong Kong, followed her husband to Chelsea in 1960, worked with her husband operating their Family Laundry in Prattville from 1961 to 1974 and worked briefly at Sweetheart Paper as a packager. She continued working at Cool Ray/American Optical as a glazier from 1975 until the factory closed in 1980.

She was member of the Chinese Women’s Association and Q-Sing in Chinatown. She dedicated the rest of her time to home and family, enjoyed cooking for family and community gatherings and was excellent in playing Mahjong.

She was the beloved wife of Dick Fong, devoted mother of John Fong of Chelsea, May Fox and her husband, Norman of Arlington, David Fong and his wife, Nicole of Easton, Susie McDonald and her husband, James of Concord, Patty Calabrese and her husband, James of Lynn; dear sister of Edward Chin of Chelsea, Julie Yip and her husband, Shek of San Diego and is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, August 19 at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150

Minnie Pearlstein

Of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea

Minnie Pearlstein of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea, died on August 13. She was 83 years old.

She was the beloved wife of Harold Pearlstein; devoted mother of Mark Pearlstein and his wife, Elyce and Susan Pearlstein; dear sister of the late Samuel Siegal; loving grandmother of Sara and Amanda.

Services were held at the Greenview Cemetery, Everett, with arrangements by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Memorial donations may be made to the Nation Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451-1115. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website

Arthur Bowen

Chelsea Activist and former member of Chelsea School Committee

Arthur C. Bowen of Chelsea died on August 9 at the Masconomet Healthcare in Topsfield after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Born in Revere and a graduate of Revere High School, for over 20 years, until his retirement in the late 1980’s, he worked as a respiratory therapist at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

He came to Chelsea over 55 years ago through his volunteer work with the Salvation Army and studied Theology at Gordon College in Wenham.

Some of his greatest memories include playing the organ for the famed evangelist Billy Graham and being invited to Athens, Greece by the Prince of the country who said to him “I love you like a son.”

He served the United States as an active member of the US Army during the Korean conflict where he graduated from Chaplain School in New Rochelle, NY and then became a teacher to many of the children of other service men and women.

Mr. Bowen served the community of Chelsea through his various volunteer roles with the Soldiers Home, Salvation Army, the Chelsea Senior Center, Chelsea Community Connections Coalition, the Soup Kitchen, National Night Out, the Chelsea Collaborative, Green Space and many other local groups. He was a delegate to the All-America City Competition in 1998 and served six years as a Chelsea School Committee member.

He was the devoted son of the late Arthur and Eva (Fredericks); beloved brother of the late Nancy Belmonte, Grace Belmonte, Irma Davis, Gladys Burns and Josephine Bowen and is lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

His Funeral Service was held from The First Congregational Church, Chelsea. Arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Smith Funeral Home 617-889-1177

Rosalina Dardon

Chelsea resident

Rosalina Dardon of Chelsea died on August 4 at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

She is survived by her daughters, family and friends.

Her Funeral Service was held in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home on Sunday, August 7. She will be returned to Guatemala for burial. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Stanley Stec

4th Degree member of

Knights of Columbus

 Stanley J. Stec, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died in  Boston at the Massachusetts General Hospital on August 15. He was 91 Years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Alexander and Sophie (Jaroszewska) Stec. He attended St. Stanislaus School and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Mr. Stec enlisted in the US Army and served his country during World War II. He worked for many years at Texaco as an engineer and also as a seaman and cook aboard freight ships. He was a 4th Degree Knight and a member of the Knight of Columbus Council 83.

He was the beloved husband of 69 years to Katherine “Kay” (Barbieri) Stec; devoted father of Catherine Stec of Chelsea, Patricia Grabowski and her husband, Dennis of Hanover, Susan Bellofatto and her husband, Anthony of Malden; cherished grandfather of Jonathan G. Grabowski, Matthew J. Grabowski, Anthony C. Bellofatto, and Nicholas J. Bellofatto; dear brother of Genevieve Rossi of Quincy, the late Anthony Stec, John L Stec Sr., Frank Stec, Stephen Stec, Helen Coelyn, Mary Leone and Pearl Krisak.

His Funeral will begin from the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 157 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Saturday August 20 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 on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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