Obituaries 04-18-2013

Sharon Greeley Harney

Of Middleton, formerly of Chelsea

Sharon J. (Cain) Greeley Harney died April 14 in her home following an extended illness. She was 58 years old.

The beloved wife of Stephen G. Harney, she was born in San Bernadino, California on March 1, 1955, the daughter of the late Harry L. and Anna (Dorfman) Cain. She was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1972, and resided in Naples, Florida before moving to Middleton in 2009.

Sharon treasured the time she spent with her daughters, Rachael and Sarah. Much of that shared time was at the beach or along the shoreline where Sharon loved to be. She also enjoyed exploring small towns throughout New England with her husband, Steve and her loyal dog “Ginger.” During her time in Florida, Sharon was the activity director for the “Addison Reserve” home section of Glen Eagle Country Club, where she organized community events and dinners. She was also employed at Wall Systems of Naples, Florida as a project coordinator and most recently worked for Vetsource in North Reading as an administrative assistant. Over the years, she was a very successful in-home party rep for Princess House and Every Home products.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two loving daughters, Rachael Greeley Gullion and Sarah Greeley; two brothers, Matthew Cain and his wife, Lois and Samuel Cain and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held today, Thursday, in the Grondin Funeral Home, 376 Cabot St., Beverly from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Funeral services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the All Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit

Edward Kaplan

Founder and Owner of GEM Auto Parts Co.

of Chelsea

Edward E Kaplan, of Malden, Saugus and Nevada for many years died peacefully on April 13 with his family by his side. He was 88 years old.

Educated in Malden Schools and a graduate of the Class of 1942, he later went on to further his studies at Northeastern University. Edward was the owner and founder of GEM Auto Parts Co. in Chelsea, a member of Moses Michael Hay’s Lodge A.F. & A.M., Newton Centre, Jewish War Veterans Malden Post 74 and served in the US Army during World War II.

He was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Schreter) Kaplan; devoted father of Joel Kaplan and his wife, Debra, Michael Kaplan and his wife, Teresa, and Jana Kaplan and wife, Janet; loving son of the late  Jesse Kaplan and Emma (Zarren) Kapan; dear brother of the late William Kaplan and the late Morton Kaplan. Loving grandfather of Emily, Jonathan, Jesse, Sarah and Sean and cherished great-grandfather of Grace, Benjamin and Eliza.

A Memorial Service was held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to the Hospice of the North Shore 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Visit for guest book.

Shirley Hansbury

Lifelong Chelsea Resident

Shirley L. (Epstein) Hansbury, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on April 9. She was 78 years old.

The wife of the late John P. Hansbury, she was the devoted mother of Corinne E. Sanchez and her husband and Phillip of Redondo Beach, CA and Paula L. Sullivan and her husband, Brian of Swampscott; daughter of the late Morris and Alberta (Tavares) Epstein; dear sister of Harold Epstein of Marblehead, Arline Porter of Everett and the late Bernice Radzikowski and is also lovingly survived by her three very special and  cherished grandchildren: Christopher Sullivan and Lauren Sullivan, both of Swampscott and Kevin Sanchez of California.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.   For those who wish donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea.

Gilbert McInnis

Retired Chelsea Firefighter

Gilbert J. McInnis, of 156 Beech Ridge Rd., York, Maine died at his home on April 13.

He was born June 18, 1938 in Chelsea, a son of the late Alvin F. and Helen (Coughlin) McInnis.  He graduated from Chelsea High School and served in the U. S. Army as a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. He worked as a Firefighter for the City of Chelsea for 32 yrs. He was a member of St. Christopher Church, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He leaves his wife of  21 years, Janet R. (Morse) (Sullivan) McInnis; two sons, Michael McInnis and his companion, Lauren of Brighton, MA and Mark McInnis and his companion, Cindy of Salem, NH; two daughters, Michelle Layton and her husband, Robert of Naples, Florida and Maryanne Donovan and her husband, Tom of Quincy; four step-children: Rose Sullivan of York, ME, David Sullivan and his wife, Rita of Revere,  Steven Sullivan and his wife, Jeannine of Wilmington and Amanda Sullivan of Quincy; two brothers, Al McInnis and his wife, Rose of Lebanon, ME and Leo McInnis and his wife, Jerrie of the Villages, FL; a sister, Pat Reeves and her husband, Billy of Lake Alfred, FL; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; 10 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  A step-son, Leonard Sullivan predeceased him.

Calling will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today Thursday, April 18 in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19 in St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York, Maine. Burial will be in the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Springvale on Monday, April 22 at Noon. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Beacon Hospice, 4 Brickyard Ct. York, Maine 03909. Visit

Bernard George Schwartz 

Chelsea High School Teacher, Hayden Society Founder and Past President

Bernard George Schwartz  passed away March 18. He was 91 years old.

Bernard was born on September 4, 1921 in the Chelsea home of his parents, Maurice L and Celia (Handler) Schwartz. He was a veteran of World War II, a Corporal with the US Army Air Corps who participated in both the American Campaign and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign.

An avid lover of music, Bernard received a Master of Musicology degree from Boston University. He was founder and past president of the Haydn Society.

Bernard had an uncanny ability to name a symphonic movement, as well as identify the orchestra and conductor, when listening to a recording on the radio. Bernard and Isabel enjoyed season tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra when they lived in the Back Bay. He continued to enjoy live BSO performances until late in life.Bernard was pleased to be an educator and spent his entire career teaching at the Chelsea Senior High School.

His wonderful beaming wit and creative sensitivity will be fondly remembered and missed by all who were fortunate enough to have had him touch their lives.

Bernard loved and adored his wife Isabel (Gilmore) Schwartz. He was predeceased by Isabel and three of his siblings, Phillip Schwartz, Irving Schwartz and Pearle Eich and is survived by his brother, James Schwartz (who is almost 97); his nephews, Arnie Schwartz, Edward Eich, George Schwartz, Lester Schwartz , Peter Schwartz,  many great nieces and nephews and by his wonderful friend, Eleanor Christie.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 21 at the Danversport Yacht Club. 161 Elliott Street. Danvers, MA  01923.  Funeral arrangements were by Boston Harborside Home of JS Waterman, Boston.

Marie Jeffrey

Former City Councilor

Marie (Troisi) Jeffrey, a lifelong Chelsea resident and former Chelsea City Councilor, passed away after a brief and rapid illness on Monday afternoon surrounded by her loving family.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of Helen Troisi of Chelsea and the late Constantino “Babe” Troisi, she attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Chelsea High School,  class of 1963.

Marie was involved in many community activities.  She was honored to be elected to the City Council and was a founding member and organizer of the SOS Neighborhood Crime watch.  A professional hairdresser, she most recently worked as a transportation agent for Massport / Logan Airport  She was also member of Teamsters local 25.

She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Jon Jeffrey in 1980 and six years ago by her husband, Dominick J. Pulisciano.  In addition to her mother, she is survived by her devoted son, Brian Jeffrey of Derry, NH. She was the dear sister of Diane Troisi, Stanley Troisi and his wife, Donna all of Chelsea, Andrew Troisi and his wife, Mary Pat of Everett; cherished grandmother of Grant Tame, Cahlee and Cory Jeffrey and the adored great grandmother of six. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 157 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held at the Anthony Memorial today, Thursday,  from 4 to 8 p.m.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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