Obituaries 08-01-2013

Angela ‘Angie’ Mazzarelli


Angela “Angie” (Lento) Mazzarelli, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly on July 17.

A homemaker, born in Chelsea, she was the beloved wife of the late Alfred M. Mazzarelli with whom she shared 45 years of marriage; loving mother of Carol Downey and her husband, Tom of Plymouth and Alfred J. Mazzarelli and his wife, Lyn of Revere; dear sister of Mary McCarthy, Joann Lento and Guy Lento, all of Salem and the late Connie Sperenza and Rose Torelli; cherished grandmother of five and great grandmother of five.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial, with her husband, Alfred, was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book:

Arnold “Arnie” Goodman

Teacher and coach for 38 years

Arnold “Arnie” Goodman of Peabody and formerly of Chelsea passed away on July 27. Arnie was the beloved husband of Marlene (Rosoff) Goodman for 45 years.

Arnie was born in Chelsea and graduated Chelsea High School, Class of 1950. He continued his education and graduated from Boston University, Class of 1955. Arnie was a teacher and coach in the Chelsea Public Schools for 38 years as well as serving as a referee. He was an avid sports fan who played semi-professional basketball and was inducted into the Chelsea Sports Hall of Fame for his athletic accolades; one of which was holding the scoring record in Chelsea High School Basketball for over 10 years. Arnie was known as “the voice” of Chelsea Football and was the founder of the Chelsea Coaches Association. He also started the Chelsea Men’s Softball League and initiated intramural sports at the Shurtleff Street School. He was a columnist for the Chelsea Record and a member of the Peabody Rent Control Board for 23 years. Arnie was a member of the Walnut Street Shul and Temple Ner Tamid. Arnie received “Man of the Year” awards from numerous organizations.

Arnie was the devoted father of Kimberly Goodman Cooperstein and her husband Marc Cooperstein and Carrie Cohen and her husband Jeffrey Cohen. He was a loving son of the late Harry and Sarah (Selbovitz) Goodman. Arnie was the loving grandfather of Sarah, Sophie, David, Benjamin, and Ethan.

Funeral services were held at Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea, 60 Tudor Street, Chelsea. Interment in Everett.

Donations in Arnie’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150; Walnut Street Shul, 145 Walnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150; Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St, Peabody, MA 01960 or to Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor St, Chelsea, MA 02150.

Philip Dubina

MBTA Retiree and Red Sox Fan

Philip Dubina of Georgetown , formerly of Winthrop, died peacefully on July 29 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House. He was 94 years old.

The beloved husband of the late Lillian (Wiligurski) Dubina with whom he shared 55 years of marriage, he was born in Boston’s West End, the son of the late Harry and Sophia (Suchastowka) Dubina.

Mr. Dubina entered the US Army in February of 1941 and served with the 15th Engineer Battalion Co. C of the 9th Division during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for his efforts at the Battle of Remagen Bridge in Germany. Mr. Dubina was employed by the MBTA until his retirement in 1978. He was also an active member of the Polish American Veterans Post 13, Chelsea, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. Dubina is survived by his four children: Myron P. Dubina and his wife, Diane of Georgetown, Dennis Dubina and his wife, Rosanna of Summerfield, FL,  Phyllis (Dubina) Merritt and her husband, David of Ipswich and Douglas Dubina and his wife, Susan, of Groveland. He was also the loving grandfather of Myron Jr., Brian, Philip, Tiffany, Matthew, Garrett, Branscombe, and Arianne, and great-grandfather of Evan, Ayla, and Gavin.

Dad will be remembered for his endless love of family, his deep commitment in service to his country, and his love of sports, especially of the Red Sox.  Dad was the first to receive a personal home visit by Red Sox ambassadors to view the World Series Trophies from 2004 and 2007. Dad’s gentle and kind ways brought laughter and warmth to all whose lives he touched.

His funeral will be held at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, August 3 at 11 a.m. Visiting Hours will precede the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Philip Dubina to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (all funds go to research), 34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or donate online or in memory of Philip, donations to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Joseph Angelo Russo

Auto Mechanic and Animal Lover

Joseph Angelo Russo of California, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 12. He was 70 years old.

Joseph was born in Boston on March 15, 1943, to John and Concetta Russo. Joe’s life started off with a huge burst of attention due to the fact that he was the second born of triplets, which in 1943 was a rare and amazing blessing! Joe continued to be the center of attention as he and his “wombmates” dabbled in the entertainment industry, as multiples sometimes do, and after that, by just being Joe.

Joe (who referred to himself as “Russo”), grew up in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1961. Shortly thereafter he moved to Los Angeles, California. There, in the City of Angels, Joe found his angel and the love of his life, Cynthia Scott, whom he married in 1969.

In 1977, their first child arrived; beautiful Angela Constance. In 1980, in an attempt to add another little girl for Angela to play and grow up with, Cindy gave birth to precious twin boys; Tony John and Dante Charles.

Joe spent much of his life as an auto mechanic by trade, however, his true passion was to protect, care, and advocate for any and all animals who crossed his path. He took it upon himself to never turn away an animal (or animals!) in need.  No matter the cost, the effort required, the difficulty, or the danger involved, Joe believed that mankind is responsible for the safety, health and quality of life of the animals who share our planet, just as we are guardians of our children.

On July 12, 2013, at age 70, Joe’s struggle with heart problems and diabetes ended as he napped peacefully and passed away in his home in Victorville, California. He was preceded in death by his youngest triplet, Tony Russo, but is survived by his eldest brother, John Russo of Massachusetts and triplet Dante Russo in North Carolina. He is also survived by his wife of 44 years, Cindy; his children Angela Russo of Victorville, California, Tony and Danielle (Bumpass) Russo of Victorville, California, Dante Russo and Shawnette Thomas of San Diego, California, and seven amazing grandchildren: Whitney, Mariah, Aerionna, Reshaun, Gia, Evangeline, and Tessa.

A grave-side service in honor of Joe’s life was held  at Desert View Memorial Park on Amargosa Road, Victorville, on July 19. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the animal rescue service of your choice to honor the memory and continue the work of our beloved Joe Russo.

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