Obituaries 05-24-2012

Palma Belanger

Nurses Aide and Crossing Guard

Palma M. (Tentindo) Belanger, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died in her Chelsea home on May 18 surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. She was 72 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (McSweeney) Tentindo. She attended Williams Elementary and Chelsea High Schools. She married Robert C. Belanger, Sr. and together they raised their family in Chelsea. They were sharing their 52nd year of marriage together.

A loving wife and mother, Mrs. Belanger devoted her life to her home and family. She also worked various jobs outside of the home including being a Nurse’s Aide at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and working as a crossing guard near various schools in Chelsea. Palma enjoyed arts and crafts and cooking in her spare time. But, most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.

She was the beloved wife of Robert C. Belanger, Sr. of Chelsea; devoted mother of Debra Antonelli and her husband, Francis “Chip” of Everett, Chelsea Police Officer Robert C. Belanger, Jr. of Chelsea and James Belanger and his companion, Barbara Richard of Chelsea; dear sister of George P. and Anthony Tentindo, both of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Anthony Antonelli of Everett, Robert Belanger, III of Hampstead, NH and Sara Belanger of Chelsea. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and relatives.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest. Ave, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Ralph Moody, Sr.

Retired US Navy Hall Technician

Ralph A. Moody, Sr., a retired Hall Technician of the US Navy, died on May 17 in his Chelsea home surrounded by his loving family. He was 58 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Donald Sr. and Dorothy (Gower) Moody. He was raised and educated in Rockland, Maine. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in Connecticut for a number of years.

He married Mary G. Zucchari and they later settled in Chelsea and have been residing here for the last 26 years. He retired from the Navy in 1986 after serving for 18 years. A family man and animal lover, he enjoyed the company of family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Mary G. (Zucchari) Moody of Chelsea; devoted father of Ralph Moody Jr. and his wife, Michelle of Nashua, NH, Mary Burke and her husband, Bobby and Rose Porcaro, all of Chelsea; dear brother of Donald Jr., Tommy, Lillian, Beatrice, Esther, Dottie and Rosemary; cherished grandfather of Philip Burke, Jacob Burke and Desiree Moody and is also survived by numerous extended family members and friends.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church on Wednesday, May 23rd. Services concluded with Military Honors being rendered by the US Navy. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Nubar Garcia

Of Chelsea, formerly of Guatamala

Nubar E. Garcia of Chelsea, formerly of Guatamala, died on May 19.

He was the beloved husband of Azucena Marquez de Garcia; devoted father of Oscar Garcia Marquez and Emi Garcia Marquez and loving grandfather of Gabriela Ramirez.

In accordance with the family’s wishes, private funeral services were under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information, please visit:

Rosamond ‘Ruth’ Gregory

Member of First Congregational Church and Winnissimett Club

Rosamond “Ruth” (Tower) Gregory, a resident of Revere for more than 25 years, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 17 following a long illness. She was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea and a 1941 graduate of Chelsea High School, she was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea and the Chelsea Winnissimett Club. She retired from the S. Whitmor Co of Revere in 1987 after 25 years of service as an executive accountant.

She was the cherished mother of John T. Gregory and his wife, Linda J. (Kelley) Gregory and beloved grandmother of Liann J. Gregory, all of Tewksbury and is also lovingly survived by her devoted caregiver, David Lawson of Revere, her sister-in-law Lorraine Tower of East Boston and by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Joseph and James Tower, Doris Campbell and Grace Whitehead and the daughter of the late Joseph and Mabel (Williams) Tower.

Private services and burial were held with arrangements by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472-9982. For information, visit: www.vertuccioand

Max Ross

Former Chelsea Public School Teacher

Max Ross, a native of Boston and a longtime resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, Waltham, Marblehead, and Chelsea died on May 18.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a former Chelsea Public School teacher and a former Sports Editor for the Melrose Evening News.

He was the beloved husband of the late Henrietta (Newman) Ross; dear son of the late Harry and Etta (Zeramby) Ross; devoted father of Barbara Ross and Harriet Ross; loving brother of Irene Finkle and the late Bernard M. Ross, who was killed in action during World War II; cherished grandfather of Benjamin, Sarah and Emmett Luke and longtime dear friend of Jacqueline Giles. He was the uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Burial was at the Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery, Temple Israel Section, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701 or to a charity of one’s choice. Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel 781-581-2300

Rodolfo Callejas

Of Chelsea, formerly of Colombia

Rodolfo Callejas of Chelsea, formerly of Bogota, Colombia, died unexpectedly on May 17. He was 52 years old.

He was the devoted father of Christina Kelley and her husband, Sean Bridgewater and Ana and Diana Callejas, both of Chelsea; former husband of Nora (Gobin) Callejas of Chelsea; dear brother of Ilma Callejas of Colombia, Graciela Callejas of Chelsea, Manuel and Ramon Callejas of Colombia, Fernando Callejas of Boston, Gloria and Marta Callejas of Somerville, Pilar Callejas of Medford and the late Jose Callejas and the cherished grandfather of Sophia Grace Kelley. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. For more information:

Rose Sobolewski

Mother of Retired Chelsea Police Chief

Rose M. (Marotta) Sobolewski, a resident of Chelsea almost her entire life, died on May 16 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living where she was receiving supportive care for the past two months. She was in her 89th year.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Rafaele and Maria Domenica (DeMattia) Marotta. She attended St. Rose Elementary School and graduated from St. Rose High School. She married Frank J. Sobolewski and they raised their family in Chelsea.

Her beloved husband died in 1962 following an accident. She worked in several of the local factories in Chelsea and later worked for Perkins Tobacco in Bradlee’s Department Store. She also worked for Cool-Ray until its closing. She was deeply devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time at Revere Beach with her sisters and many beach friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank (Johnny) Sobolewski, Sr. and a very dear friend of the late George Apt. She was also the loving mother of retired Chelsea Police Chief Frank J. Sobolewski, Jr. and his wife, Linda of Cape Cod, Florida and Charles Sobolewski of Florida; cherished grandmother of Brenda Finn of Tewksbury, John Sobolewski of New Hampshire and Charles D. Sobolewski Jr. of Texas. She was the great grandmother of seven and is also survived by her sister, Violet Arsenault of Revere. She was the sister of the late Phyllis DeDonato, Ann Palumbo, Eva Ferris and Joseph and Anthony Marotta and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were conducted at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 414 Plaza Dr. Suite 209, Westmont, IL 60559. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Irene ‘Daisy’ Piasecki

Retired Fruit Processor

Irene P. “Daisy” (Johnson) Piasecki, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on May 16. She was 75 years old.

A retired fruit processor who worked at the Lowell Bros. Produce Co. in Chelsea for over 20 years, she was the beloved wife of Joseph E. Piasecki; devoted mother of Phyllis I. Iapicca of Lynn and Joseph F. Piasecki of Chelsea; daughter of the late Harry and Florence (McDonald) Johnson; dear sister of Edna “Bub” O’Neil of Sharon and the late Harry Johnson, Hazel Escott, Florence Johnson, Helen Robinson, Gracie Moore and Ruth O’Neil.  She is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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

Joan Elizabeth Mahoney 

Wife of late President of Eastern Minerals Inc. of Chelsea 

Joan E. Mahoney of Lowell, a loving mother, grandmother and sister, died at home on May 3

after a brief illness. She was 79 years old.
She was the beloved wife of 47 years to the late Leo D. Mahoney, President of Eastern Minerals Inc. of Chelsea and Mahoney Oil of Lowell who died on June 2, 2010.

The daughter of the late Patrick and Elizabeth Nagle, she was a graduate of Keith Hall with the class of 1949. In her earlier years, she worked for Courier Citizen of Lowell and was a communicant of Saint Patrick Church of Lowell.
“Grandma Joan” was happiest spending time with her three children, family, friends, and grandchildren at her home in Lowell.

She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Shelagh Mahoney and Joe McNamee of Lowell and Meghan Mahoney and Christopher Finneral of Westford and by a son and his wife, Patrick and Joanna Mahoney of Nashua, NH; seven cherished  grandchildren: Molly Mahoney McNamee, Sean Leo McNamee, Michael Mahoney McNamee, Leo Joseph McNamee, Kate Mahoney McNamee, James Christopher Finneral, and Grace Elizabeth Finneral; two sisters, Patricia Griffin of Merrimack, NH and Virginia Thompson of N. Chelmsford and many nieces, nephews and several close family friends. She was the sister of the late Barbara Mulligan of Lowell.

Her family would like to thank all the nurses and doctors for the loving care she received.

At her request there were no calling hours.   A funeral Mass was held at Saint Patrick’s Church in Lowell with burial in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell. Memorials may be made in her name to the Academy of Notre Dame, 180 Middlesex Rd., Tyngsboro, MA 01879. Arrangements were by the Dolan Funeral Home 978-251-4041. For guestbook:

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