Obituaries 02-28-2013

Frank Fulco

Retired Carpenter; Active at Chelsea Senior Center and Salvation Army

Frank Fulco passed away in his Chelsea home on February 24 after a long illness.

Born in East Boston, the beloved son of the late Charles and Carmella (Lazzaro) Fulco, he grew up in East Boston and gained his early education there.  As a young man he settled in Chelsea and raised his family here.  He worked most of his life as a carpenter in the building and construction fields, he also worked at Quincy Shipyard and for the commuter rail line.  He retired at an early age and was an active member at the Chelsea Senior Center and Chelsea Salvation Army.  He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and would often begin every morning with coffee and friends at the local McDonalds in Prattville.

He was the former husband of Carol Powell; devoted father of Jeanann Fulco of Chelsea and Frank S. Fulco and his wife Paula of Tewksbury; dear brother of Michael Fulco, Josephine Vitale, Jennie Fulco and Grace Navarro, all of Chelsea and the late Charles and Salvatore Fulco, Domenica Medige and Lena Stecl brother in law to Rosalie Fulco, Peggy Fulco, Helen Fulco, the late Virginia Fulco, Tony Stec, Robert Vitale, and Pat “Nicky” Navarro; cherished grandfather of Ashley Clements, Lester Clements, Jessica Clements, Frank J. Fulco, Jose Osorio and Angelina J. Fulco.  He is also survived by his companion Jeanette Durgin.

Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, March 1 (tomorrow) at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home Friday preceding services from 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Funeral arrangements are by the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.  Broadway location is fully handicap accessible with ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Florence Cole

Deeply Devoted to Home and Family

Florence E. (Rennie-Voke) Cole, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away on February 21 after a long illness.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Alice (Landry) Rennie.  She attended St. Rose School and was a graduate of St. Rose High School.  She raised her two sons in Chelsea and worked outside of her home to help support her family.  Florence worked for American Optical in Chelsea, and later as a legal secretary.   She retired from the Social Security Administration in Boston where she worked as an Administrative Secretary. Florence had a deep and lifelong devotion to home and family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Cole and the late Alfred J. Voke Jr.; devoted mother of Alfred J. Voke III of Chelsea and Michael P. Cole and his fiancée, Felicia Saraf of Revere; loving daughter of the late Walter and Alice (Landry) Rennie; dear sister of Alice Theresa Parow of Chelsea, Ann Marie “Tiffie” Rennie of Malden and the late Virginia “Tootsie” Kinnon. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was held Wednesday and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere.  Private inurnment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of their choice.  Arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Homes. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

David Richard Laliberte

Of Florida, formerly of Everett

David Richard Laliberte of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Everett, died on February 22. He was 64 years old.

He was the beloved father of David Laliberté, Heather Guthrie and her husband, Donald, Jeramy Laliberté and his wife, Nardia and Melissa Laliberté-Lundberg and her husband, Justin; son of the late Alfred W. and Marie A. (Simmons) Laliberté; dear brother of Patricia Leone and her husband, Stephen, Alfred Laliberté and his wife, Marcella, Kenneth Laliberté and his wife, Sheila, Mary Celia Lenihan and her husband, Patrick and is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Everett/Chelsea line on Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Visiting hours will be held at the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, March 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Private interment will follow at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.

Bertram “Bert” Gibbs

Owned Biltmore Green Luggage; Member of Masons, Shriners and Lions

Bertram “Bert” Gibbs of Marblehead passed away on February 24 after a long illness.

Bert was born in Chelsea to Lithuanian immigrants Arthur and Shirley (Kaplan) Gibbs and raised in Chelsea and Revere.  He served in the US Marine Corps during World War II and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1944.  He owned and operated the Biltmore Green Luggage Store on Boylston Street and before that the Sherry Biltmore Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston for nearly 60 years until 2008.

He was a longstanding member/mason/fraternal brother of the Moses Michael Hayes Lodge and Aleppo Shriners Temple in Boston, lifetime member of the Grand Lodge of Boston and Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston, and longstanding member of the Lion’s Club.

Growing up, Bert was devoted to his mother and brother, Dr. Richard F. Gibbs, late of Wellesley. He later married the late Norma (Adelson) Gibbs with whom he celebrated 40 years of marriage and shared a passion for dancing.  He was the dear brother-in-law of Sydney Adelson and his wife, Gladys of Swampscott, George Kurs of New York and Irving Gahm of Florida; devoted father to Terry Cominsky and her husband, Martin of Houston, TX, and Dawn Colsia of Newton; cherished grandfather to their children, Dr. Michael David Brown and his wife, Amanda of Carrboro, NC, Rayna and Aaron Golub, and Sarah and Rachel Cominsky, and adored great-grandfather to Silas Brown.  Bert was also a loving uncle to his nieces Robin Gibbs of Boston and Michele-Gibbs Luna of Seattle, WA, as well as other nieces and nephews on the Adelson side of the family, and a loving cousin to many Gibbs and Kaplan family members, all originally of the Boston, Metro-West and North Shore areas.

Bert was known for his warmth, charm and wonderful sense of humor.  May peace be with him.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Interment was at Sudlikov Cemetery, Fuller Street, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472.

Todd Conway

Of Chelsea

Todd P. Conway of Chelsea died unexpectedly on February 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 36 years old.

Born in Boston, he was involved in the heating and air conditioning field.

He was the devoted son of Catherine Conway of Chelsea; beloved father of Mackenzie Conway of Arizona; brother of Ryan Conway of Boston and is also survived by his former wife, Melissa Smith of Arizona as well as by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services will be private. To send a message of condolence to Todd’s family, please visit

Lorraine Beaulieu

Hairdresser, Chelsea School Custodian,

Proud of her Chelsea Heritage

Lorraine M. (Lanzillo) Beaulieu, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on February 20 with her loving family by her side at Tuft’s Medical Center where she received outstanding compassionate medical care headed by Dr. John Erban and Marybeth Singer, Nurse Practitioner.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Catherine (Smith) Lanzillo. She attended Chelsea High School, worked for many years as a hair dresser and later as a school custodian for Chelsea Public Schools until her retirement in the late 1980s.

She married Robert G. Beaulieu and together they raised their family in Chelsea. She was predeceased by her husband in 1967.  She has been residing in Wakefield with her daughter, Kathleen and son in law, Paul for the past 26 years, however, she was extremely proud of her Chelsea heritage being a Chelsea girl for most of her life.

A caring and loving mother, grandmother and recently a new great grandmother, she loved spending time with her family, knitting and crocheting for her grandchildren. Lorraine was a Boston Celtics fan for over 50 years.  She enjoyed keeping her mind sharp by completing daily word puzzles and was always up to date with current events and following politics.

The beloved wife of the late Robert G. Beaulieu, she was the devoted mother of Kathleen Beaulieu and her husband, Paul Browne of Wakefield and Karen Beaulieu Waters and her husband, Bill of North Carolina; dear sister of Charles Lanzillo, Grace Giannantonio and the late Angelina Cimino, Louis, Anthony and Richard Lanzillo; cherished grandmother of Crystal Waters and her husband, Joseph Hamilton and Cathleen Mabe and her husband, Aaron, all of North Carolina. She is also survived by two new great grandchildren, William Drake Hamilton and Maddison Jean Mabe.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Rose Church on Tuesday.Services concluded with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Arlene Black

Recipient of the Chelsea Teacher

of the Year Award

Arlene Black of Chelsea passed away on February 23. She was 64 years old.

A 64 year resident of Chelsea, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1966, a graduate of Boston State College, Class of 1970 and a graduate of Suffolk University. She was a long time first grade teacher in the Chelsea Public School System and was awarded the City of Chelsea’s Teacher of the Year Award. She was a member and a volunteer for Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett and also a tutor in the Malden Public Schools.

The loving daughter of the late Melvin Black and the late Nettie Black,  she was the dear sister of Joyce Black and is also survived by many loving aunts, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.  Interment was in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the de Rham Hospice House, 65 Chilton St. Cambridge, MA 02138 or to Congregation Tifereth Israel, 34 Malden St. Everett, MA 02149. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Joseph Hamhoomis

Stop & Shop Employee, Member of Revere American Legion

Joseph J. Hamhoomis, a Revere resident for the past seven years, died unexpectedly at home on February 22. He was 45 years old.

Born in Everett, he lived in Melrose for most of his life and was a 1985 graduate of Melrose High School. Soon after graduation, in June of 1985, he entered the US Army and served until November of 1985. He was a member of the US Army Reserve and served until December of 1992.

For more than 25 years, he worked as a clerk and foreman for Stop & Shop, always working the “Nite Shift.” He was a long time member of the American Legion Post 61 of Revere, and an avid lifelong Red Sox and Boston Patriots Fan.

He was the beloved husband of Andrea M. (Fay) Hamhoomis of Revere; cherished father of Nicole Hamhoomis of Revere and Zacharty Hamhoomis of Peabody; devoted son of Harriet J. (Sabbagh) Hamhoomis of Melrose and the late Nicholas A. Hamhoomis; faithful brother of Michael S. Hamhoomis of Melrose and the dear nephew to: Teddy Hamhoomis of Tampa, Florida, Jerry Altario of Wakefield and Mary Zbeeb of Marblehead. He also leaves a loving extended family of cousins from all areas of Greater Boston and the North Shore.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information, visit:

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