Obituaries 08-08-2013

Joseph Ianno

Retired Carpenter, Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea and Saugus

Joseph M. Ianno, a resident of Tilton, New Hampshire since 2001, died at his home with his loving family at his side on Monday, August 5 following a period of failing health.  He was 75 years old.

Joe was born in Chelsea on September 14, 1937, the son of the late Joseph and Maria (Arrotta) Ianno.  He grew up in Chelsea and lived here for many years.   After living in Saugus for 25 years, he retired as a member of Carpenter’s Union Local 26 of Massachusetts and moved to Tilton.

Joe was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed the outdoors and time spent in the mountains of New Hampshire.

Joe’s family includes: his wife of 55 years, Iris (Pearlman) Ianno             of           Tilton;

His daughters:  Debra Hamor and her husband, Alan of  Parker, CO and their children, Sharon, Kaitlin and Benjamin;

Patricia Vairo and her husband, Leonard of  Holden, MA and their children: Joseph, Adrienne and Lucia and Suzanne McDonald and her husband, Jack  of   Everett; his  brother, Nicholas Ianno       of     Landaff, NH and his sisters,

Antoinette LeClair     of    Bridgewater and Rosemarie Spano       of   Brockton as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Joe was predeceased by a brother, Gaetano Ianno.

A gathering will be held  at the Black Swan Inn, 354 West Main St., in Tilton, NH on Sunday, August 11 from  12 noon to 2 p.m.  to express   thoughts and memories to  Joe’s  family.  A celebration of Joe’s life will be held later in the fall for his family and friends in Massachusetts. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Joe’s memory to the Franklin Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 75 Chestnut Street, Franklin, NH 03235.

The William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton is assisting with arrangements.

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Hilda ‘Snookie’ O’Donnell

Co-Proprietor of Avon Café of Chelsea

Hilda F. (Jacobsen) “Snookie” O’Donnell of Revere passed away peacefully at Epoch Nursing Care in Melrose surrounded by her loving family on Saturday evening, August 3.  She was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Dorchester, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Hilda (Webb) Jacobsen.  She grew up in St. Margaret’s Parish in Dorchester and attended schools in that Boston neighborhood.

She married William H. O’Donnell in 1948 and they settled in Revere to raise a family of two daughters and three sons.  A resident of Revere for 65 years she was a devoted wife, mother and adoring grandmother.  She was a longtime parishioner of the Immaculate Conception parish in Revere and a past member of the Immaculata Guild at that church.  “Snookie” also worked outside of the home for a short time at Dennison Stationary Supply in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

“Snookie” and her husband, Bill were lifetime proprietors of the Avon Café in Chelsea; she assisted her husband as a bookkeeper, office manager and helping along with the many day to day duties around the café.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband in 2007.  Throughout her life she remained a caring and loving matriarch to her much beloved family.

She was the beloved wife of the late William H. O’Donnell, Sr.; devoted mother of Dorothy Morgan and her husband, Michael of Saugus, James O’Donnell of Jackson, NH and Revere, William H. O’Donnell Jr., and his wife, Tricia of Peabody, Joseph F. O’Donnell and his wife, Kelley of Newburyport and Mary Welch and her husband, George of Saugus; dear sister of Margaret Reardon of Falmouth and the late Anna Doherty; cherished grandmother of Michael R. Morgan, Jr., Michael A. Morgan, Whitney and Keri Morgan, Joey O’Donnell Jr., Brittany, Michael and Brooke O’Donnell, Trevor MacKinney, George III and Meghan Welch.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Thursday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Shriners Burns Center 51 Blossom St. Boston MA 02114. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial /  Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes

Sylvia Glassman

Everyone’s Grammy; Member of Many Jewish Organizations

Sylvia (Weisman) Glassman of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on August 5. She was 96 years old.

Sylvia was born in New Jersey, attended the Cambridge School System and was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School, Class of 1934.

A former 50-year resident of Chelsea, she and her husband, Ben were the former owners of the National D Store/Glassman’s Grocery Store on Highland Street in Chelsea. She was the past president of the Shurtleff Street Shule Sisterhood, a life member of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, a member of Peabody Jewish Community Cemetery, a member of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and a member of the Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary.

Sylvia was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin Glassman; the devoted mother of Arlene Rubin and her husband, Jerome and Cheryl Goldstein and her husband, Kenneth; the loving daughter of the late Benjamin and Sophie Weisman; the dear sister of the late Dr. Bernard Weisman and the late Herbert Weisman. She was the loving grandmother of Barry Rubin and his fiancé, Blanca Marquez, Eric Rubin and his wife, Nicole, Dale Goldstein and her husband, David Shapiro, and Todd Goldstein and his wife, Gina. She is also survived by her great grand children: Zachary Rubin, Mia Rubin, Madison Goldstein, Isabella Goldstein and Rachel Shapiro. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, brought together in recent years by Lisa, Joe and Bennie Crowder.  Sylvia will also be sorely missed by her extended family and many friends.  She was everyone’s “Grammy.”

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea on Wednesday, August 7 followed by interment at the Liberty Progressive Cemetery, Everett. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Cheryl and Ken Goldstein all day today, Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the Rosewood Nursing Home, Employee Fund, 22 Johnson St. Peabody, MA 01960 for the outstanding care and compassion shown to Sylvia. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:


Mary Steriti

Retired Hair Dresser and John Hancock Life Insurance Claims Agent

Mary (Dall’Orso) Steriti of Billerica, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died on July 30 at the Life Care Center of the Merrimack Valley in Billerica. She was 98 years old.

Born in Genoa, Italy, she came to the United States at the age of four, first settling in Medford. Upon her marriage, Mary and her husband. Angelo, moved to Chelsea. After spending many years here. they moved to Friendly Gardens Apartments which is located across from St. Anthony’s Church in Revere. In her later years, she received supportive care first at Merrimack River Valley House and lastly at Life Care Center. During her working years, she was a hairdresser at Russo’s Hair Salon in Medford as well as a claims agent for John Hancock Life Insurance.

She was the devoted wife of the late Angelo Steriti; beloved mother of Loretta Walsh and her husband, Kenneth of Billerica and Christine D’Angelo and her husband, Patrick of Saugus; dear sister of the late Emma Dall’Orso, Margaret Salvia and Mildred and Joseph Dall’Orsa and is also lovingly survived by her grandchildren: Shawn, Stephanie, Michael and Michelle and her great grandson, Brian as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in Mary’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.

Doris Creighton

Devoted Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma

Doris E. (Linnell) Creighton, a 50 year resident of Revere, died on July 31 at the Beverly Hospital following a brief illness. She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Vermont, she came to live in Chelsea as a young girl with her family and lived here for more than 40 years until moving to Revere 50 years ago.

Mrs. Creighton was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and faithful and caring daughter to her late mother, Annice (Vallette) Linnell who made her home with her. (Mrs. Linnell died at age 96.) Doris’ father, the late Rev. Ralph W. Linnell, was Pastor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Chelsea for about 10 years, in the late forties and 1950’s.

Mrs. Creighton was the widow of the late George W. Creighton who died in December of 1982; the devoted mother of Robert H. Creighton and his wife, Catherine of Lynnfield, Ralph J. Creighton of Las Vegas, Nevada, Eleanor Kelley of Saugus, formerly of Revere and the late George C. Creighton, Jr. She was the dear sister of Ralph W. Linnell, Jr. of Tampa, Florida and is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith

Alma Bloom

US Army veteran of World War II

Alma G. Bloom, a Woman’s Army Corps Veteran of World War II, passed away Friday, August 2 at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home. She was 93 years old.

Born in York, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Raymond R. and Alma T. (Gray) Bloom, she enlisted in the U.S. Army  on November 29, 1943 and was honorably discharged on February 2, 1946.  Alma  received an American Service Medal, a World War II Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal for her dedication and service to this Country.  A member of the American Legion Post #19 in Somerville, she has been a resident of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for last several years.

She is the sister of the late Raymond R. Bloom; dear sister-in-law of Freda Bloom of Pennsylvania, loving aunt of Nancy Pennell and her husband, Edred of Pennsylvania and John Bloom and his wife, Jan of Texas.  Alma is also lovingly survived by many grandnieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion, adjacent to the St. Michael Arch Angel Chapel at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Avenue, today, Thursday, August 8 at 1 p.m.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 Noon to 1 p.m.  Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Friday, August 9 at 10:15 a.m..   Funeral arrangements arentrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea.

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