Obituaries 01-03-2013

Jan McGinn

Daughter of late Chelsea Soldiers Home Commandant

Jan (Quigley) McGinn of Concord, formerly of Chelsea and Charlestown, died on, December 30.

She was the daughter of the late Commandant of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, John L. Quigley and his wife, Jean; wife of Paul O. McGinn; mother of Matthew R. and Benjamin L.; sister of John L. Quigley, Jr. and his wife, Sheila of Barrington, RI and Kristen Quigley Coe and her husband, Mark of River Forest, IL; daughter-in-law of John J. McGinn Jr. of Peabody and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held Friday, January 4 from the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center  at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord Center, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Concord. Visiting hours will be at the Funeral Home, today, Thursday, January 3, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart – Newton Scholar’s Program, 785 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458. For obituary and guest book, visit:

Evelyn Melvin

Hospital Volunteer and Everett Historical Society Member

Evelyn L. (Walkey) Melvin, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on December 30. She was 87 years old.

She was a former eight year volunteer at the Whidden Hospital in Everett and a member of the Everett Historical Society. She enjoyed square dancing, sewing and traveling.

She was the beloved wife of Robert E. Melvin with whom she shared 66 years of marriage; devoted mother of Lorene I. Melvin and her husband, Edward Sokoloski of Arlington, Sandra J. Melvin of Norfolk and her partner, Glenn Gordon; dear sister of Marilyn Perkins of Everett and the late Norma Donoghue and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday, January 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. Funeral services and cemetery are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The MSPCA – Angell Attn: Donations 350 S. Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130.

Agnes Marchese

Of Chelsea

Agnes M. (LaRosa) Marchese  of Chelsea died on December 26. She was 89 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Edward J. Marchese, she was the loving mother of Edward J. Marchese and his wife, Susan of Saugus and John C. Marchese of Tewksbury and his companion, Roseta; dear sister of the late Salvatore, Anthony, and Frank LaRosa, Vivian Leone, Frances Marino, Mafalda Marchese, Angela Montalbano   Josephine Loretti and dear grandmother of Edward Jr., Janine, Paul, John, and Andrew. She is also survived by one loving great grandson, Edward III.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Ida Shuman

Active in Many Organizations

Ida H. (Solomon) Shuman died on December 27. She was 87 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York to the late Philip Solomon and Bessie (Glassman), she was a native of Revere but lived in Everett for 32 years. She was educated in Chelsea Schools, graduated from Chelsea High School and  enlisted in the US Army in 1949. She served our country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1951.

She was very active in many organizations; Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Life Member, Everett Hadassah, B’Nai Brith Women Past Service Commander-Everett #187, Past Sgt of Arms War Chapter #14 Bay State, Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett Sisterhood, Congregation Agudos Shalom Chelsea, Disabled American’s Veterans Assoc.-American Legion #176 Assoc Member 152nd Infantry Assoc. Past Commander, Chelsea Post J.W.V #71, a member of the Korean War Veterans Malden Post #74 and a member of the AARP.

The beloved wife of the late William Shuman, she was the devoted mother of Marc M. Shuman of Melrose; loving  aunt of Michael and Marjorie Solomon of Winthrop; sister of the late Sylvia Solomon; loving cousin of Adele Forosisky and family of Revere and the loving grandmother of William Ahearn.

Funeral services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel,  Chelsea. Burial was in Onikchty Society Cemetery, Melrose. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Korean War Veterans of MA. Inc., State House 5th Flr, Room 546-4, Boston, MA 02133.  For guest book, visit:

Marilyn Portnoy

First Woman Member of Chelsea City Council and First Female Chelsea Alderman

Marilyn Portnoy, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away on December 25. She was 77 years old.

Born in Boston, she attended the Chelsea School System and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1953. She also graduated from the Chandler School for Women.

Throughout her entire life, Marilyn was involved in both education and politics for the City of Chelsea. She was the past president of the Parent Teacher Organization of the Shurtleff School, past president of the Parent Teacher Organization of Chelsea High School and a longtime member of the Chelsea School Committee. Marilyn was an Alderman in the City of Chelsea for Ward #1, an Alderman at Large, and a Chelsea City Councilor for District 5. It is also very important to note that she was the first woman member of the Chelsea City Council and the first female Alderman for the City of Chelsea.

She was also the past president of the Chelsea City Council, past president of the Shurtleff Street Shul Sisterhood and a member of the Temple Emmanuel Sisterhood. Even during her later years, Marilyn’s involvement in politics continued with her role on the Tenant’s Council for the Admirals Tower building.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Portnoy;  the devoted mother of Randi Zeff and her late husband, Robert, Robyn Iorio and her husband, Philip, Cara Portnoy and Eric Portnoy and his wife, Alaine. She was the dear sister of George Pickard; the loving grandmother of Jennifer, Jamie, Cole, Stone and Ava and is also survived by four great grandchildren.

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Donations in her memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

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