Obituaries 08-16-2012

Audrey Sutnick

Of Beverly, Formerly of Chelsea

Audrey (Greenblatt) Sutnick of Beverly, formerly of Peabody and Chelsea, died on August 14.

She was the devoted wife of the late Sidney Sutnick. loving mother of Michael Sutnick and Susan Sutnick. loving daughter of the late Saul Greenblatt and Frances (Rubenstein), sister of the late Charlotte Greenblattt Brudnick and Helen Greenblatt Flibotte and loving grandmother of Rachel.

Graveside Services will be held today, Thursday, August 16 at 11a.m. at the Temple Emmanuel Cemetery, Danvers. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Visit

Anthony DiPanfilo

Woburn Resident

Anthony J. “Tony” DiPanfilo of Woburn died on August 10.

He was the son of the late Zopito and Georgina (Carpenta) DiPanfilo; beloved brother of Joseph DiPanfilo and his wife, Anna and James DiPanfilo and his wife, Kay, all of Woburn, and the late Frank and Charlie DiPanfilo, Annette Riley and Eleanor Murphy and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in his memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. (Obituary and guest book at

Margaret Olson

Retired Chelsea High School Custodian

Margaret R. (Geroian) Olson, a  lifelong Chelsea resident, died August 9 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett.  She was 80 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Marianna (Fossetti) Geroian.  She attended Chelsea public schools.  In 1979 she began working as a custodian for Chelsea High School and retired 15 years ago after a dedicated 20 year  career to the City of Chelsea.

She was the wife of the late Franklin L. Olson; beloved mother of Marianne F. Welch and her husband, Lawrence E. Sr. and Virginia G. Bernier and her husband, Donald H., all of Chelsea; the dear sister of Mary M. Clements and Antoinette L. Mini, both of Chelsea, and the late Stephen Geroian, Jr.  She is also lovingly survived by two grandchildren, Michelle M. Roberts and her husband, Craig of Salem and Jessica A. Bernier of Chelsea, one great-grandson, Kevin M. Roberts and her late great-granddaughter, Brianna M. Roberts.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave. Chelsea on Saturday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m.  Visiting hours will precede the service from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Marion Peddle

Member of St. Luke’s Ladies Guild and Choir

Marion J. (Parsons) Peddle of Chelsea died on August 10. She was 92 years old.

A member of the Ladies Guild and choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea, she was the wife of the late James Peddle and is lovingly survived by her late husband’s children: James Peddle, Joan Randall and Mary Baron, all of New Hampshire, Priscilla Macdonald of Revere, Edith Wright of Virginia; dear sister of Myrtis Collins of Newfoundland and the late Dorothy Pearcey.  She is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Carole Helliwell

Active Volunteer, Had Many Careers

Carole A. (Kornechuk) (Ross) Helliwell died on August 9 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 74 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of Grace (Werner) and Paul A. Kornechuk.  Mrs. Helliwell was a graduate of Chelsea High School, class of 1956 and a communicant of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea, teaching Sunday School.

After graduation, she began the first of many careers, as a medical transcriptionist.  In preparation, she took courses in anatomy and physiology while simultaneously being mentored by her family physician, the late Harold Miller, MD.  She continued to train while working as Assistant to the Educational Director at Chelsea Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing.  Her diligence was rewarded when she was hired on the spot after interviewing with Doctors Cave and Rowe, orthopedic surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Always yearning for more education, and realizing that knowledge is power, Carole furthered her career by taking certification courses at Harvard University extension program.  In later years she went to work at Exeter Clinic, Portsmouth Hospital and for Dr. Gerald Shattuck.

She moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and in 1960 married George S. Ross, Sr.  Of that union were born three children George Jr., Catherine and Heather, Carole’s most precious gifts.

She continued to further her education through continuing education courses and, seeking a new challenge she entered the legal field, employed as legal secretary to the late Honorable Wm. F. Harrington of Portsmouth, NH.

After some time, change was in the air again and Carole went to work for Nike, Inc in the position of Personnel Administrator.

In the early 1980’s, she made the decision to fulfill her dream of turning her hobby into a business. The career for which she was most proud, owning and operating her own company, Artistic Cake Designs.  She enjoyed working with both local and out of state clientele assisting each bride to select custom, unique and delicious cakes for her special day.  From marketing, to sales, to bookkeeping, production and delivery, she worked six days a week to ensure the success of her business.  She did this while raising a son and two daughters as the family’s sole support and she ran her business successfully until her retirement in 1995.

In 1995, she married Captain Sidney Helliwell and left New Hampshire for Kittery Point, Maine.  Captain Helliwell had been a very close friend of the family for many years, having met Carole in the 1970’s when together they worked to start Anglican missions in the Northeast.  The two were part of a small group who worked tirelessly for years to bring the Anglican Church to this area.  Her faith has always been a big part of her life.  She served on the Vestry and was both Jr. and Sr. Warden for her local church.  She also served on the Standing Committee for the Diocese and the Executive Council, at the national level, for the Traditional Anglican Church in America.

She believed that helping people was of the utmost importance.  In addition to her extensive involvement with the church, Carole chaired the Building Fund for the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum’s Andrews-Mitchell Garrison Project.  With her leadership, the fundraising goal was exceeded.  She also served with Rotary of Kittery and following the death of Captain Helliwell, she became a hospice volunteer with Hospice of York.  Carole believed very strongly in the people and the mission of York Hospital.  In recent years she donated funds for a physician’s dictation room, a rooftop perennial garden and a room in honor of Sid.

Carole’s family would like to recognize the wonderful care provided to their mother by the compassionate and caring nurses and staff in the days leading up to her passing – specifically, Drs. Newsome and Crispo, as well as Zalana, Lisa, Joanne and Ellie.

Carole loved her family and enjoyed every moment spent with them.  She was a very loving and caring woman who also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, swimming, kayaking and watching Fox News, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and the Patriots.

She is survived by her three children: George S. Ross Jr. proprietor of Mirage Irrigation and Landscaping, and his wife, Beverlee of Derry, NH, Catherine G. Ross of Kittery, ME, and Heather E. Ross of Rye, NH; two grandchildren, George S. Ross III of Raymond, NH and Bradd C. Ross of Derry, NH; her sister Grace Pizzano and husband, Richard of Rye, NH and Woburn, Ma, and her brothers Paul A. Kornechuk and his wife, Tandy of Dodge City, Kansas, Peter Kornechuk of Rye, NH, Mark Kornechuk of Virginia and David Kornechuk of Rye NH, and.her cat “Princess.”

Funeral arrangements were by the Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel, Portsmouth, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Carole’s honor, to York Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Hospice of York. Please visit: to sign to online guest book, send a private condolence, gift or sympathy card.

Beverly Iris Ward

Attorney for Mass. Commission Against Discrimination

Beverly Iris Ward  of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died on August 7 after a long battle with cancer. She was 54 years old.

Born in Boston and a graduate of Revere High School, Ms Ward received her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. She also graduated from Suffolk Law, received her master’s degree from the University of San Diego and was an attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

She was the loving daughter of the late Leo and the late Sylvia (Luster) Ward; the dear sister of Gary Ward, Barry Ward and his wife, Nancy and the late Martin Ward;  dear sister-in-law of Marie Ward and the late Kathleen Ward and the loving aunt of Lisa, Jason, Joseph, Michelle, Jeremy, Ashley, Victoria and Zachary. She is also survived by her two loving cats, Mitch and Bailey.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Greenview Cemetery, Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or to Friends of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animal Shelter, 44 Village St. Marblehead, MA 01945. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Irene Gill

Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea

Irene J. (Thomas) Gill died August 10 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 77 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel (Bradbury) Thomas.  She was a former Chelsea resident, but has been living in Everett for the last 23 years.  In 1995, following 20 years of dedicated work as an assembly worker, she retired from the Melanco Picture Frame Co. in Chelsea.  During her retirement she enjoyed spending quality time with her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the wife of the late William J. Gill who died in 2003; the beloved mother of Joan I. Mahon and her husband, Kevin and Patricia A. Gill, all of Everett, William H. Gill and his wife, Lorraine of Danvers and Wayne R. Gill and his wife, Maryanne of Everett; the dear sister of the late William H. Thomas and is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren: Kristen, Kari, Kayla, Kevin Jr., Kaitlyn, Meghan, Brittany, Daniel and five great-grandchildren: Jaime, Triniti, Catherine, Kevin III and Jade.

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

Sheila Benton

Nurse’s Aide

Sheila(Davis) Benton of Florida, formerly of Chelsea, died on Friday August 3 at Eastpointe under hospice care following a massive stroke. She was 55 years old.

She finished school in Florida and worked as a nurse’s aide. She enjoyed going out at night to the French Club and was a good friend and listener with a great memory. She was a fan of Jim Carey and sheloved animals especially cats. She liked to donate to the Red Cross and to the MSPCA.

Born and raised in Malden, she was the loving daughter of the late Morris (Moe) Davis who people described as a saint.

She is survived by her mother, Lorraine Davis, her son Adam and his father, David Lundy of Jacksonville Florida,her two brothers, Mark of Tennessee and Roger of Reading as well as five nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her aunt, Annette Snyderman of Melrose who she lived with in Chelsea when she was in her early twenties. She also leaves behind her second husband, James Benton Jr. and their son, Sean Paul of Malden. She raised Sean to whom she was a dedicated mother and the love of her life.

Her funeral service was held in Grey, Tennessee.

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