Obituaries 02-09-2012

Mary Tarpinian

Chelsea Resident

Mary Tarpinian of Chelsea died on February 3. She was 82 years old.

The loving daughter of the late Oscar and Mary (Kenosian) Kayajanian, she was the dear sister of Helen Chobanian of Saugus and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services are private at the request of the family. For condolences

Dorothy Niemczyk

Chelsea Resident

Dorothy Niemczyk of Chelsea died on February 3 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 78 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Frank and Lena (Strazinski); dear sister of Margaret Pagliarulo of Chelsea and the late Regina Niemczyk, Anna Rossi and Leo Niemczyk and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio and Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150. Private burial was in New Calvary Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Floyd Richardson

Of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown

Floyd A. Richardson of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown, died on February 5.

He was the beloved father of Delia Martin and her husband, John of Chelsea, Floyd Richardson, Jr. and his wife, Barbara McKenna of Somerville, Mark Richardson of Melrose, Cliff Richardson of Derry, NH, and the late Peter Richardson. He is also survived by several brothers and sisters, 10 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and  his faithful dog companion, “Peanut.”

Funeral services will be private, and there are no calling hours. (Guest book at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home (781) 933-0400

Thaddeus ‘Ted’ Konieczka

Retired Chelsea Park Supervisor

Thaddeus S. “Ted” Konieczka, a retired Chelsea City employee, died on January 31 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton after a brief illness.  He was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Wojciech and Teofila (Grzeszczak) Konieczka.  He attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

He enlisted in the US Army during World War II and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.  Honorably discharged in 1945, he returned to Chelsea, married Jeanette Zybura and together they raised two sons. His wife passed away in 1993.

“Ted” worked as a park supervisor for the City of Chelsea; He was a longtime Chelsea resident and dedicated parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church.

His health was greatly affected several years ago when a chair car he was riding in became involved in a serious accident.  For the past six years he has been receiving supportive care in St Joseph Manor in Brockton.

He was the beloved husband of the late Jeanette (Zybura) Konieczka; devoted father of Thomas Konieczka of Dedham and the late Robert Konieczka; cherished grandfather of Andrew Konieczka and his wife, Heather of No. Attleboro and adored great grandfather of Andrew Jr. and Elise Konieczka; dear brother of Catherine Smigielski and Anna Garniewicz, both of Chelsea, Alfred Konieczka of Peabody, the late Mary Palladino, Lucy Garniewicz and Walter Konieczka.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Ellen Galatis

Retired Bank Teller

Ellen D. (Godfrey) Galatis, a lifelong Chelsea resident and retired bank teller, died on January 29 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home after a courageous battle with overwhelming illness.  She was 82 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late James R. and Mary S. (Butler) Godfrey.  She attended St. Rose Parochial School and graduated from St. Rose High School.  She married Socrates Galatis in 1951 and together raised two sons. She and her husband, “Socky” who died this past March, shared 59 years of love and devotion with one another.

A devoted wife and mother, she worked outside of her home as a bank teller.  She began in 1966 with Chelsea / Metropolitan Credit Union and later went on to First National Bank of Boston which later became Fleet Bank.  She retired in 1995.

A member of the Ruth Chapter 37, Order of the Eastern Star, she served several terms as their Worthy Matron and was several times elected to serve as President of the Lynn Emblem Club.

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 were conducted by the V. Rev. Fr. Cleopas Strongylis, rector of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children 51 Blossom St., Boston MA 02114.

Joanne Palmer

Retired Home Day Care Provider

Joanne D. (Reed) Palmer died at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital on February 2 following a long illness. She was 76 years old.

A retired home day care provider for many years, she was born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Earl and Olga (Schmetta) Reed. She was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School. A longtime East Boston resident, she had been living in Malden for the past 10 years.

She was the beloved wife of the late George W. Costa; devoted mother of Andrew Palmer, Earlene Cambriello and her husband, Richard and Amy Palmer, all of Malden, Edna Palmer of Orlando, Florida and Lorena Rasmussen of Chicago Illinois; cherished grandmother of Leonard and Nicholas; dear sister of Charlene Reed of Jamaica Plain, Marilyn Maloney of Oregon and the late Earlene Morsehead and Mert DeSantis.

A Funeral Vigil Service was held at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to any charity supporting cancer care or research. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral

Annette Gaglione

Worked for B.F. Goodrich and Ruderman’s Furniture Store

Annette (Tammaro) Gaglione, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on February 1. She was 93 years old.

She was a retired inspector having worked at B.F. Goodrich in Watertown for over 30 years and was also a clerical worker for the former Ruderman’s Furniture store in Malden.

The beloved wife of the late Michael Gaglione Sr., she was the devoted mother of Dolores M. Gaglione of Revere, Michael Gaglione Jr. and his wife, Maureen of Wilmington and Robert Gaglione and his wife, Lorraine of Everett; daughter of the late Antonio and Adeline (Andreotti) Tammaro; sister of the late Michael, John, Dominic, Richard Tammaro and Marie Giantassio.  She is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren, Michele O’Donoghue and her husband, Denis, Michael Gaglione III and his wife, Kim, Lisa Crivello and her husband, Michael, Pamela LePore and her husband, Joseph, Marc Gaglione, Roberta Bereznoski and her husband, John and eight great-grandchildren.

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

Leo Page 

Everett Resident 

Leo Page of Everett died on January 30.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of Ann (Marchese) Mercurio Page with whom he shared 40 years of marriage; loving father of Robert Mercurio and his wife, Karen of Dracut and Linda Howe and her husband, Christopher of Westwood; dear brother of Marion Niedbala of Chelsea, Claire Giaccobbe of Tewksbury and Dorothy Kalvin of California; cherished grandfather of Kimberly and Kirsten Mercurio and Meaghan and Karilynn Howe.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beachwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book:

Marguerite Donovan 

Of Melrose, formerly of Chelsea 

Marguerite (Walsh) Donovan of Melrose, formerly of Chelsea and Bass River, died on February 7.

The beloved wife of the late John F. Donovan, Jr., she was the loving mother of Jane D. Harney and her husband, James of Melrose, John F. Donovan, III and his wife, Laura Cella Donovan of Winchester, Catherine C. Donovan of Medford and Maryann D. Lynch and her husband, John of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Annie, Jimmy, Alyssa, Caroline, Abby, Jack and Tim; caring sister of Kathleen (Walsh) Leary and her husband, George of Milton; sister in law of Robert F. Donovan of Chelsea and the late Richard C. Donovan and his wife, Kathleen of Arlington. She is also survived by several nieces and one nephew.

Her Funeral will be held from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, February 10 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Herbert Street, Melrose at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday,  from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Rd., Casco, ME 04015 or For directions, obituary and to sign guest book visit

Mary Theresa Liadis 

Eucharistic Minister and long time Malden Traffic Supervisor 

Mary Theresa (Geary) Liadis of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 7 at the Sawtelle Hospice House after a long illness. She was 80 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a resident of Malden since her marriage, she was Traffic Supervisor for the City of Malden for 31 years and was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Church, Sacred Heart Church and the Immaculate Conception Church.

She was the devoted wife of the late Donald J. Liadis; beloved mother of Nicholas F. Liadis and his wife, Linda of Manchester, NH, Helene Willis of Lynn, Donna Brown and her long-time companion, Gene Duggan, Jr. and Kathleen Lavargna and her husband, Lawrence, of Tewksbury; dear sister of Francis Geary, Jr. of Peabody, Margaret Margossian of Bradford, Roseanne Festa of Revere and the late Ann Calloway, Charles and Anthony Geary; cherished grandmother of Rochelle, Craig, Stacy, Keith, Crystal, Amanda, Shannon, Vincent and the late Richard and Ryan. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Michayla, Gregory, Patrick, Ella and Emily as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) Malden on Friday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem Street, Malden at 11:30 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Carroll Funeral Home are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal Services are private.
Donations in her memory may be made to the VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. To send a message of condolence to her family

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