Obituaries 02-21-2013

Edward Gallagher McFayden

Commercial Artist

Edward Gallagher McFayden, a commercial artist and longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on February 17 in his Lynnfield home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with overwhelming illness. He was 89 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late James and Anna (Dudek) McFayden. He attended local schools, graduated from Chelsea High School, enlisted in the US Navy, served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.

After returning home, he continued his education attending Boston School of Art and the Scott Carvey School of Art. Throughout the years, he took many famous artist courses.

He married Mary T. Nelson and together they raised their family in Chelsea. He had been residing in Lynnfield for the past 10 years.

He worked for many years as a commercial artist and a freelance graphics artist and was the superintendent of the Donovan and Sullivan Engraving Co. in Boston.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and also creating many handmade walking sticks for family and friends. He was an avid Red Sox and Ted Williams fan.

He was the beloved husband of 66 years of Mary T. (Nelson) McFayden of Lynnfield and Chelsea; devoted father of Janet McFayden Ruggiero and her husband, Louis of Woburn, Mariellen McFayden Mulligan of Lynnfield and Edward McFayden, Jr. and his wife, Bozena of Ipswich; dear brother of James McFayden and his wife, Lillian of Revere; cherished grandfather of Janeen Bono and her husband, Gene, Stefanie, Melyssa and Shannon McFayden and Allison Mulligan and the adored great grandfather of Gabrielle and Tyler. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 01923. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Michelle Healey

Died Recently

Michelle (Reardon) Healey died following a long illness. She was 41 years old.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; son, Derek, age 11 and daughter, Jenna, age eight. She is also survived by her brothers: George and John Reardon and her sister Catherine Eastwood . She was the sister of the late Robert and also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish, Amesbury at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23.

Mildred Thompson

Worked at Former Chelsea Memorial Hospital

Mildred D. (Levy) Thompson of Chelsea died on February 15. She was 96 years old.

A former employee of the Chelsea Memorial Hospital, she was the wife of the late Stephen F. Thompson, the beloved mother of Jean D. Guthrie of Chelsea, mother-in-law of the late Robert Guthrie, dear sister of Frederick Lewis and Theresa Zardas, both of Saugus and the late Edward Lewis, Thomas Levy, George Levy, Robert Levy, Elizabeth Goodrich, Viola Moffett and Mary Cunio.  She was the daughter of the late James and Sadie (Lambert) Levy and is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Dani Guthrie of Chelsea and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea.  Interment was at the family lot in Riverside Cemetery in Saugus.  Donations in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, 26 County Rd., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Peter Brandano

Former Revere City Councilor and School Committee member, Brandano’s Bakery Proprietor and US Postal Service Retiree

Peter D. Brandano of Revere died on February 14. He was 88 years old.

Born in Malden, he was the Proprietor of Brandano’s Bakery. He retired from the US Postal Service, was a US Army veteran of World War II, a former Revere City Councilor and member of the School Committee, member of the Moose Club, American Legion and Sons of Italy. He was a former Revere City Councilor and served on the School Committee.

He was the beloved husband of Antoinette (Nesci) Brandano of Revere and the late Vivian (Draper) Brandano; beloved son of the late Celestino and Emma (DelFuoco) Brandano; devoted father of James Brandano and his wife, Phyllis of Florida, Peter Brandano and his wife, Susan of New Hampshire, Vincent Brandano and his wife, Susan of Revere, Robert Brandano and his wife, Denise of Lynnfield, Paul Brandano and his partner, Greg Zak of Florida, Richard Brandano and his wife, Rosann of Peabody and Carmine Lepore of Chelsea; father in law of the late Joyce (Foley) Brandano; dear brother of the late James, Albert and Daniel Brandano; cherished grandfather of nine, great-grandfather of nine and great-great grandfather of one.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guestbook please visit:

Celia Head

Medical Assistant

Celia P. Head of Chelsea passed away unexpectedly on February 6 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. She was 26 years old.

Born in Boston, she grew up in Chelsea, graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 2004 and continued her education at Bunker Hill Community College and Everest Career Training Institute. She worked as a medical assistant for a medical facility. She enjoyed camping, movies and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her three year old son, Noah Gabriel Fabregas who she loved and cherished; her beloved mother, Sharon D. Magnusson and her husband, Richard Magnusson of Chelsea and her loving maternal grandmother, Lorraine Farrell of Raymond, NH. She was the dear sister of Sean Head, Kaitlyn and Janell Salas and Mitchell Mayorga, all of Chelsea; the adored niece of Pauline Camillo, Paul and Peter Head, Thomas Barbato, Mark Farrell, Barry Southworth and the late Christopher Francis Barbato.

Funeral Services were held at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home on February 15. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.

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