Obituaries 08-30-2012

Robert Caggiano

Boston College Retiree

Robert T. Caggiano of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on August 17.

A US Army veteran, he was employed for 44 years as Stationary Engineer at Boston College.

He was the beloved husband of Annelies (Anke) Caggiano, the loving father of Brenda Caggiano and Susan Marie Caggiano, both of Saugus, Robert M. Caggiano of Nahant and Thomas Caggiano of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Abigail, Nicholas, Rebecca and Erika; dear brother of Eleanor LeBrun of Melrose, James Caggiano of East Boston, Rosemary Watson of Saugus and the late Frantcis “Buddy” Caggiano.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Prospect St, Saugus, MA 01906. For condolences:

Christopher Panufnik

Of New York, formerly of Chelsea

Christopher Panufnik of Clifton Park, NY, formerly of Lynnfield and Chelsea, died suddenly on August 20.

He was the beloved husband of 47 years to Sophie (Mikolajczyk) Panufnik; devoted father of Andrew Panufnik and his wife, Eva of Budd Lake, NJ and Elizabeth Nyman and her husband, Michael of Clifton Park, NY; cherished grandfather of Camilla and Liliana Panufnik, Christopher, Amanda, and Patrick Nyman. He also leaves countless friends and family members.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Marie ‘Auntie Re-Re’ Cormier

Worked for Schrafts’ Candy, Member of Chelsea Ladies of Moose

Marie D. (Arsenault) Cormier, a former retail clerk for Schraft’s Candy, affectionately known to many as “Auntie Re-Re” died on August 22 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center where she had been receiving supportive care with much kindness and respect for the past several years.  She was 85 years old.

She was one of three children born to Arthur J. and Alma (Chaisson) Arsenault.  As a child, her mother sadly passed away and from the age of three she was lovingly raised by her father and Bernadette (Gaudet) Arsenault.  She graduated from St. Rose High School.

A devoted homemaker for most of her life, she also worked part-time outside of her home as a store clerk at Schraft’s Candy in Charlestown.  She was a lifelong resident of Chelsea and was a member of the Ladies of the Moose in Chelsea for many years.

She was the devoted mother of Michelle Benson and her husband, Stephen of Phoenix AZ and William Cormier and his wife, Laura of Little Rock AK; cherished grandmother of Alicia, Matthew, Kane, Cody, Amber and Ashley; adored great grandmother of Joey, Angela. Gabriel, Emilia and Cale; dear sister of Gloria Armorerllo of Chelsea, Howard Arsenault of Saugus, Mark Arsenault of York, ME,  Armand Arsenault of West Peabody, Margie Jaslowich of East Falmouth, Joan Sarcia of Belmont and Carol Phillips of Chelsea and is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Rev. Raymond Arsenault SM and close friend and companion, Clifford Gallant.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church on Monday, August 27. Services concluded with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Joseph Edward Faitel

Florida Resident

Joseph Edward Faitel, a resident of North Palm Beach, FL for 17 years, died suddenly at home on August 18. He was 64 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the devoted father of Stephanie (Faitel) Goodwin and her husband, Michael of Burlington; loving son of the late Benjamin and Evelyn Faitel; dear brother of Thomas Faitel of Stoughton; loving grandfather of Zachary, Jacob and Madison of Burlington; uncle of Jonathan Faitel and Jennifer (Faitel) Sheridan.

A Memorial Service will be Friday, August 31 at 11 a.m. in the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Square, Chelsea. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. For guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website: Torf Funeral Service 1-800-428-7161

Bertha ‘Bea’ Rosenstein

Of Boston, Formerly of Chelsea

Bertha “Bea” (Rudner) Rosenstein of Boston, formerly of Chelsea and Brookline, died on August 22. She was 93 years old.

She was born in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1936. During World War II, she held a civilian position as a welder in the Charlestown Navy Yard. She was also a long time sales associate at Bell Shoppe on Winter Street in Boston. She was a member for the Brook House Garden and Grounds Committee and a Resident Activities Committee Member at Providence House in Brighton.

“Bea” enjoyed socializing with both new and old friends and will be remembered for her beautiful extensive hat collection and both her fun loving nature and her feistiness. During her time as a resident of Brook House, Bea spearheaded an initiative to collect toys, stuffed animals and cards during Valentine’s Day for the patients of the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Shea was the beloved wife of the late George Rosenstein,  the loving daughter of the late Phillip Rudner and the late Yetta Rudner, the dear sister of the late Golda (Rudner) Karlin, Frances Sutker and Edward Rudner,  the loving aunt of Denise Karlin and her husband, Bill Jarosz. She is also survived by many nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline.  Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St. Roslindale, MA 02131 or to Providence House, 180 Corey Rd. Brighton, MA 02135. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Eugene Sweeney

Charlestown Resident

Eugene F. Sweeney, fought a courageous battle against cancer and died on August 21.

He was the beloved son of the late Mary (O’Connor) of Chelsea and Eugene Sweeney of Randolph; cherished husband of Charlene M. (Carvell) Sweeney of Charlestown; loving father of Mary “Pinky” Sweeney and Sheila Sweeney, both of Charlestown; step-father of Jere Getchell of Charlestown, Eric Getchell of Merrimack, NH, and Kurt and his wife, Jennifer Getchell of Newton; brother of Mary “Penny” Sweeney of Watertown, John “Jackie” Sweeney and his wife, Karen of No. Reading, Margaret “Peggy” Bishop and her husband, Raymond of Revere, and Gayle Sweeney of Boston, and the late William “Billy” Sweeney of Charlestown; adoring grandfather of Michael, Terry, Shana, Kelsey, Frankie, Sara, Robert, Dylan, Max, Carter, Geno, Anthony, Mia, Alexis, and Ava.; dear brother-in-law of Frances Roberts, James and his wife, Eleena Carvel, and Donald Carvell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and was the devoted friend of the Sheila Cali and Steve Guertan families.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Hospice of the No. Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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