Obituaries 08-25-2011

Edna Mary Gallo

Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea

Edna Mary (Perry) Gallo of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on August 22. She was 92 years old.

Born in Prince Edward Island in 1919 to the late John and Louise Perry, Mrs. Gallo was a loving mother to her six children. She lived to the fullest and loved her life. She enjoyed being around her family and her friends, whether it was playing cribbage, yahtzee, scrabble or the piano, it was always more fun with Edna. She also spent a lot of time on the beach, walking or digging for treasures with her coin detector.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carmelo Gallo who died in 1985; devoted mother of Robert and his wife, Leona of North Reading, Bette of Cape Neddick ME, Ronald of Tryon, North Carolina, Linda Fenelli and her husband, Patrick of Revere, Richard of Everett and Carmelo of Chelsea; dear sister of the late Fidel Perry, Henry Perry and Bea Skeffington. She is also survived by her dear sister in law, Fran Perry and is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Her Funeral will begin at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday August 26 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 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 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

George Fisher

Melrose resident

George W. Fisher of Melrose died on August 20. He was 84 years old.

A U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he was a member of the National Association of Oil Heat Service Managers.

He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Mildred M. “Millie” (McCoy) Fisher; devoted father of William G. Fisher and Kathryn A. Cottrell and her husband, James all of Haverhill, Sandra J. Gerraughty and her husband, Timothy of Georgetown and father-in-law of Elinor (Pike) Fisher of Peabody; loving Grampy to Stephanie Fisher, Sharon Fisher, Suzanne Thelen and her husband, Brian, Matthew Cottrell, Sarah Cottrell and his great-grandaughter, Samantha Thelen; beloved uncle of Ruthann Vanella and her husband, John and family of Burlington and many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Carr Funeral Home, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in his name to Most Blessed Sacrament Church Building Fund, 11 Grove St., Wakefield, MA. 01880, Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA. 02148 or Melrose Public Library, 69 W. Emerson St., Melrose, MA. 02176. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Irving ‘Buddy’ Mekler

US Postal Service retiree

Irving “Buddy” Mekler, formerly of Chelsea, Quincy and Everett, died on August 19. He was 87 years old.

He was a retired employee of South Postal Annex, a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1942, and a longtime Member of Post 74 Jewish War Veterans and Post 10 Disabled American Veterans.

The beloved father of Dr. Alan Mekler and Joel Mekler, he was the dear brother of Ruth Krasker and cherished grandfather of Jeffrey Mekler.

Services will be held at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue (off Rte. 28S) Bourne today, Thursday, August 25 at 12:30 p.m. Memorial Week will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Post 74 Jewish War Veterans, 245 Bryant St., Malden, MA, 02148. For online condolences go to:

Rose Pressman

Chelsea resident

Rose (Bazman) Pressman of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died on August 22.

She was the devoted wife of the late Jack Pressman; beloved mother of Arnold and his wife, Carole Pressman, JoAnn and her husband, Allen Seidman and Verna and her husband, Ken Baxter; dear sister of Irene and her husband, Seymour Sidman; cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Everett. Condolence calls may be made at the Seidman residence, 97 Hawthorne St., Malden, today, Thursday, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to C.J.N.H. Foundation 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA. 02150. For online condolences go to:

Menceslaus ‘Mike’ Chodkowski

GE Retiree and “A Chelsea Guy”

Menceslaus F. “Mike” Chodkowski, of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died suddenly at the Leonard Florence Center for Living on August 19. He was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Policarp and Alexandra (Zaremba) Chodkowski. He attended St. Stanislaus School, Chelsea High School and Boston Trade School. He enlisted in the US Army, served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1955. He married Gladys T. (Zalewski) and together they shared 53 years of marriage before her passing in 2009.

A resident of Everett for more than 50 years, he always considered himself a “Chelsea guy” conducting business and maintaining friendships within the city. He worked as a planner and a draftsman for General Electric in Lynn for 35 years until his retirement in 1989.

He was a devoted parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister and usher for 30 years. A longtime member of the P.A.V Post 13, he also tended bar there for countless dances and social gathering. A caring man, he was devoted to his family and enjoyed gardening and Friday Night Bingo.

He was the beloved husband of the late Gladys T. (Zalewski) Chodkowski; devoted father of Tricia Tribou and her husband, John, Chrissy Comeau and her husband, Raymond, all of Malden; dear brother of Helen Lasko of Sun City, AZ and the late Eddie, Louis, Stanley and Joseph Chodkowski, Mary Moores and Jeannie Syngajewski.  He was the cherished grandfather of Brian Cormier, Zachary Tribou and the late Joshua Tribou.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church on Wednesday. Services with Military Honors were followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St. Chelsea, MA 02150 or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl #201 Boston, MA 02114. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.

Marie Russo

Devoted Homemaker and Retired Office Clerk

Marie M. (Pannarello) Russo died August 19 at the Masconomet Health Care Center in Topsfield where she was beginning to receive supportive care.  She was 82 years old.

A devoted homemaker and a retired office clerk, she was born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Gaetano and Margaret (Pietracatella) Pannarello.   She began working outside of her home in the 1960’s as a clerk for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston. She was later an office worker for Raimond/Leonard Silver Co. in Chelsea and East Boston before retiring.

A Chelsea native, she also lived in Revere for many years before relocating to Peabody 16 years ago.  She enjoyed bowling and was a league bowler for several years at the Townline Lanes in Malden. She also enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, and playing various card games with friends.

She was the beloved mother of Donna Libman and her husband. Stephen of Lynnfield, Dianne Green and her husband, Jeff of Hillsboro NH, Marie Branconnier and her husband, Robert of Peabody and Marjorie O’Connell and her husband, James of Middleton; cherished grandmother of the late Todd Libman and is also survived by; Stacey Libman, Jim Morrison, Nicole Green, Slade Green, Brian and Evan Ardolino, Eric and Austin O’Connell.  Dear sister of Millie Brown of Middleton and Marge DiSciullo of Danvers.  She was the devoted niece of Rose Barbera of Long Island, NY and the late Gloria Saggese.

A Funeral Service was conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home on Monday, August 22. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers MA 01923, or the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Ste 2-D, Watertown, MA 02472. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Alvin ‘Pinky’ Davis

Retired Truck Driver

Alvin A. “Pinky” Davis of Pembroke, NH, formerly of Chelsea and Winthrop, died on August 19 at his home on Pembroke Street. He was 81 years old.

Born in Chelsea on August 7, 1930, the son of Abraham and Bella (Cohen) Davis, he studied dentistry at Northeastern and worked as a dental technician for the US Navy during the Korean War. Later he spent 28 years as a truck driver for the Boston Herald. Mr. Davis was a member of the Teamster’s Local 259. He was also a member of the Winthrop Golf Club and a pitcher for the AMVETS softball team.

He is survived by two daughters, Judy Doyle and her husband, Tim of Pembroke and Pamela Matoba of Penacook; six grandchildren, Timmy, Danny, Christy, Sean, Derek and Kimberly; one great grandson, Jonathan; and a sister, Selma Shahon of Florida. He was the brother of the late Sidney Davis.

Funeral arrangements were by the Petit Funeral Home,  Pembroke, NH. Burial was in the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. An on-line guestbook is available at

Sherwin Moyster

Chelsea resident

Sherwin Moyster of Chelsea died recently. He was 56 years old.

Funeral arrangements were by The Casper Funeral Home, South Boston. For online register book:

Samuel Roller

Of California, formerly of Chelsea

Samuel M. Roller of Temecula, California died on August 18 after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

He was born in Chelsea to Ben and Goldie (Glimcher) Roller on April 6, 1931. He was a graduate of Chelsea schools and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After serving in the US Army, he practiced Civil Engineering in California and overseas. He has lived in California for more than 40 years.

He is survived by three devoted sisters: Barbara Rubin of Palm Desert, CA, Cynthia Duncan of Newtonville and Sandra Fleisig and her husband, Allen of New Jersey and all of their children.

Graveside services were held at the Onikchty Cemetery, Rt. 99, Melrose.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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