Obituaries 02-02-2012

Harry Rubitsky, a resident of Winthrop for 60 years, died on January 30. He was 85 years old.

Born in Boston, he attended Boston Public Schools and Roxbury High School and was a graduate of Mass College of Pharmacy. He worked as a Pharmacist and in Pharmaceutical sales. He also attended Hebrew College for Cantorial Studies until he was selected for Military Service during World War II.

He was the Past President of Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop, Past President of B’nai Brith of Winthrop and a member of the Jewish War Veterans. He was recognized for his superior sales performance and was the manager of a little league team in Winthrop. He was also a member of the Tifereth Israel choir and enjoyed photography.

The beloved husband of Ida (Bodkins) Rubitsky, he was the devoted father of Marlene Moyer and her husband, Bruce, David Rubitsky and his wife, Debra, Gloria Himmelstein, Rachel Alix and her husband, Roland and the late Frederick Rubitsky; dear brother of Dr. Hy Roberts and Esther Sokol; dear nephew of Ruth Stein and loving grandfather of Ilana, Shira, Davita, Jason, Shoshana, Lilly, Edina and Andrew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 720 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 or Temple Tifereth Israel, 93 Veterans Rd, Winthrop, MA 02152.

Miriam Locke

Retired Chelsea Teacher

Miriam Locke, formerly of Marblehead and Chelsea, a retired teacher of the Chelsea School System, died on January 30. She was 94 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Ella Locke; dear sister of the late Anna Weiner, Sarah Sloane, Ruth Sack, Milton, Herbert, Benjamin and Jacob Locke; cherished aunt of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Services were held at Moses Mendelsohn Lodge Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Rosewood Nursing Home, 22 Johnson St., Peabody, MA 01960 or Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online condolences and directions go to Goldman Funeral Chapel-Malden

Ellen Galatis

Chelsea resident

Ellen D. (Godfrey) Galatis of Chelsea died on January 29. She was the beloved wife of the late Socrates K. “Socky” Galatis; devoted mother of James C. Galatis and Charles S. Galatis, both of Chelsea; dear sister of Mary Bullock of Chelsea and the late John Godfrey; cherished great aunt of Shamus Murphy of Wilmington and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, February 2 at 12 o’clock noon. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. To send expressions of sympathy or for directions, please visit Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston MA 02114.

Vincent McLellan

Field Director of BU/Chelsea School Partnership

Vincent B. “Vin” McLellan of Chelsea died on January 27.  He was 65 years old.

He was born in Quincy, the son of the late Vincent and Isabel McLellan, graduated from Archbishop Williams High School and attended Northeastern University in Boston where he was class president.

He was a renowned Information Security and Privacy Consultant with the Privacy Guild, the firm he founded.  He worked with many innovative businesses including RSA and then EMC.  He was a thought leader on the intersection of technology and privacy and an online evangelist on these issues.

As a reporter, essayist, and speech writer, he was also an influential member of the national literary community.  He helped start the Phoenix newspaper as the City Editor and authored the award winning book The Voices of Guns.

“Vin” was a passionate activist and worked tirelessly to educate the public and support causes such as privacy, anti-terrorism, civil rights, protection against ethnic and religious violence, and the importance of public K-12 education excellence for all.

One of his most lasting contributions was to education.  He served as Field Director of the Boston University Chelsea School Partnership where he was instrumental in the positive transformation of the school system, expanding educational opportunities for hundreds of students.  His commitment to making a difference included his unwavering support of the Choice Thru Education organization and countless other local institutions.  He touched many people through his efforts and will be remembered as a true hero for the encouragement and support he selflessly gave every day.

He was the beloved husband of Saldis “Sara” B. (Lugo) McLellan; the devoted father of Bonnie McLellan and her husband, Doug Beyer of Needham, Joshua, Gabriella and Isabella McLellan, all of Chelsea; son of the late Vincent and Isabel (Campbell) McLellan; dear brother of Elaine I. Babineau of Falmouth, Mary Joy Perry of Wisconsin, Mark R. McLellan of Utah, Anne T. McCrory of Maine and Christopher McLellan of Medford.  He is also lovingly survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A remembrance gathering will be conducted at the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday, February 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.  A religious service will be held at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Richard T. Loring officiating.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Choice Thru Education PO BOX 505599 Chelsea, MA 02150,

Antonino Di Maggio

Chelsea Resident

Antonino Di Maggio of Chelsea died on January 27.

He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Rosmarinofski) Di Maggio of Chelsea; devoted father of Ginett Di Maggio of Revere, Salvatore Di Maggio of Wakefield, RI, and Debra O’Brien of Billerica; cherished grandfather of Brianna and Caitlyn Costa, Jordan Brady Di Maggio and Miguel Angel Marin; loving son of the late Salvatore and Crocifissa (Lemba) Di Maggio and dear cousin of Anna and Leno Giovannucci. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral was held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Shirley Rosenberg

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Shirley (Golder) Rosenberg of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 19. She was 86 years old.

An active member of the Jack Satter House Tenants Association and 420 Congregation, she was the beloved wife of the late Murray Rosenberg, the devoted mother of Bonnie Rosenberg Cutler and Arthur Rosenberg; loving daughter of the late Harry and Clara (Tabachnik) Golder; dear sister of the late Molly Norman and the late Betty Rosen and loving Nana of Elana Cutler and Evan Landry. Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Mishna Cemetery, Everett. Memorial Contributions may be made to Congregation 420, and Jack Satter Tenants Association, both at 420 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151 or to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150.

Mary ‘Mae’ Keefe

Lifelong Chelsea Resident

Mary C. “Mae” (Dunn) Keefe, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on January 28 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home after a lingering illness. She was 83 years old.

A devoted homemaker, she attended St. Rose Parochial School and graduated from St. Rose High School in 1946.  She married the late L. “Arthur” Keefe and together they settled in Chelsea raising their five children.

She was the beloved mother of Maureen Dunn and her husband, John of Chelsea, Dorothy Keefe and her husband, John Waid of Ireland, Sheila Ortiz and her husband, Marcos of New York, Christine Pedi and her husband, William of Vermont and Michael P. Keefe of Chelsea; daughter of the late William and Catherine M. (Harvey) Dunn; dear sister of John Dunn of Peabody, William Dunn and his wife, Patricia of Reading, Helen Magee of Fairhaven, Dorothy Wilson of Weymouth, June Antle of New Hampshire and the late Joseph Dunn, Patrick Dunn, Agnes Mareshi, Alice Lombard and Christine Dunn of Weymouth; sister-in-law of Bernice Dunn of Saugus, Jeannie Dunn of Saugus and the late Margie Dunn, James Magee, George Mareshi, Neil Wilson and Ernest Lombard.  She is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa and Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was at Winthrop Cemetery in Winthrop. Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Matthew S. Shwartz Hospice and Palliative Care, 285 Commandants Way, Chelsea, MA 02150.

Selina Strong

Member of Order of Eastern Star and Glendale Methodist Church 

Selina Strong of Malden, formerly of Everett, died on January 23 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was 95 years old.

She was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada and traveled to the United States when she was just 20 years old, settling in Everett where she lived for the rest of her life.  For over 40 years, she worked as a repair technician at the Schick Electric Company in Boston.  She retired in 1979 at 62 years old and had the opportunity to enjoy over 30 years of retirement.

She enjoyed knitting and teaching others how to knit.  She was an excellent baker and would help with many of the dinners held at the Glendale Methodist Church in Everett where she was an active member until her health did not permit her to attend services.  She was a member of the Glendale Women’s Circle and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

The sister of the late Joseph Strong, Hector Strong, Ethel E. Bursey and Druscilla Isaacs, she is lovingly survived by her niece Joyce Roberts of Newfoundland and cousins Nancy A. Wilhelm of Norton and Jack Janes of Everett.  She was the aunt of the late Burt Strong and cousin of the late William Janes.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Marsha Couch

Revere Resident

Marsha M. (McDonough) Couch of Revere died on January 26.

The wife of the late Ransom Couch, she was the loving mother of Melody and her husband, Mark DePari of Billerica, Ransom “Randy” Couch of Revere, Patrick “Rick” and his wife, Koral Couch of Chelmsford, Melissa of North Reading and Patricia Couch and her companion, Dennis of Revere; sister of John McDonough of Randolph, Jay McDonough of Beverly, Joan Embree of Revere and Patricia Sullivan of Chelsea and is also survived by 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Funeral Home, Revere.

Hannelore ‘Laura’ Buckholtz

Advocate for Autistic Children

Hannelore H. M. “Laura” (Trieb) Buckholtz, a 57 year resident of Revere, formerly of Germany, died on January 26 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home following a long illness. She was 83 years old.

Born in Karlsrube, Germany, she met her late husband in 1948 while he was serving with the US Army in Germany. They fell in love, married and she came to the United States as a G.I. war bride in 1956, settling in Revere. (Her late husband, Adolphus M. “Bucky” Buckholtz died in August of 1990.)

She was a member of the Revere Democratic Committee and worked at the polls for many years. Although she and her husband were never blessed with children of their own, they had an extraordinary affection for all children, particularly children afflicted with autism. They were early advocates for the care of autistic children, fostering them in their home and maintaining active membership in fund raising efforts for autistic research. The couple will be remembered for the very special extravagant “treats” at Halloween for the neighborhood children, their generosity and the many holiday parties they hosted at their home and at their pool.

The beloved wife of the late Adolphus M. “Bucky” Buckholtz, she left no immediate family. She is, however, is lovingly survived by Robert E. Ginsburg and his wife, Susan M. Conley and Marijane Natalie, all of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Autism Project, Mass. Advocate for Children, 25 Kingston St., Boston, MA 02111.

Jean Kerrins

Retired Director of the Revere Housing Authority

Jean F. (Innes) Kerrins, a resident of Revere for more than 60 years, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 24 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was 81 years old.

The retired Director of the Revere Housing Authority, Mrs. Kerrins was a graduate of St. Rose High School of Chelsea, Class of 1948. She had a 10 year career as a telephone operator for AT&T from 1964 to 1974 and retired in 1990 after 14 years of service as Director of the Revere Housing Authority.

She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Kerrins, Jr.; cherished mother of Kathleen J. Kerrins of Revere, Thomas J. Kerrins III and his wife, Ellen Torres of Danville, CA, Atty. Michael P. Kerrins and his wife, Paula M. of Lynn and the late Patricia A. Kerrins; devoted grandmother of Jessica Britt and her husband, Jarrett of Quincy, Thomas Kerrins-Torres and Stephen Kerrins-Torres, both of Danville, CA, Sophia M. and Benjamin D. Kerrins, both of Lynn; dear sister of Jack Proverb and his wife, Lois of Chelmsford and the late Joseph Innes Jr., Mary Proverb, Barbara Paone, Gertrude Coviello and Jill Pellegrino. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute & the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924

Marie Albano 

Of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea and Revere 

Marie A. (Cerulli) Albano of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, died on January 25.

The beloved wife of Carmen J. Albano, she was the mother of Deborah M. Lingiewicz of Wakefield, Christine A. Bresnahan of Needham and Valerie Farnesi of Cumberland, RI.; sister of Joseph Cerulli of Acushnet and grandmother of Kathleen, Brian, Andrea, Alec and Kyle.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For obit/ guestbook,

Sidney Levine 

Former Owner of Just-Rite Auto Upholstery, Always a ‘Chelsea Boy’

Sidney Levine of Swampscott, formerly of Lynnfield, but always a Chelsea Boy, died on January 24. He was 82 years old.

Born in Boston and raised in Chelsea. he was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1948 and also attended Bentley University. He was the former owner and operator of Just-Rite Auto Upholstery of Chelsea.

The beloved husband of Janice (Mankin) Levine, he was the devoted father of Arthur Levine and his wife, Martha and Robert Levine;  the loving son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Levine; the dear brother of Irving Levine and Philip Levine and the loving grandfather of Jeremy Levine and his wife, Marina and Daniel Levine.

Services were previously held with arrangements entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Rehabilitation Center, 330 Paradise Rd. Swampscott, MA 01907 or to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

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