Obituaries 08-22-2013

Mildred Carafa

Of Revere

Mildred R. Carafa of Revere passed away unexpectedly on August 18 at the Brigham & Woman’s Hospital in Boston.  She was 70 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Buckley) Harrington,  Mildred graduated from St. Rose High School in Chelsea in 1961.  Just after high school, Mildred soon married her beloved husband, Edmund J. Carafa, Jr., with whom she shared 51 years of marriage.  She is a late social member of the Irish American Club.

Mildred is the devoted mother of Edmund J. Carafa III of Methuen, Janice M. Leonforte and her husband ,Anthony of Peabody and Brian K. Carafa of Medford and his girlfriend, Amanda; dear sister of Paul W. Harrington and his wife, Maureen of Wakefield, Janice M. Harrington of Florida and the late John Harrington; sister-in-law of Maureen Harrington of Revere; dear friend and devoted Auntie of Betsy Ollis of Florida and is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren: Elizabeth Carafa of Reading, Matthew Leonforte and Katie Rose Leonforte, both of Peabody.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, August 23 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be private.

John Altavilla

Was A Chelsea School Crossing Guard

John C. Altavilla, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away on August 17 in the emergency room of the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 64 years old.

For a number of years, Mr. Altavilla worked for the City of Chelsea as a crossing guard, mainly at the Chelsea High School and at Chestnut Street and Everett Avenue.

He was the devoted son of the late Carmine and Anne (Novak) Altavilla; beloved brother of Ralph Altavilla and his wife, Maureen of Chelsea, Barbara Wine and her husband, Lawrence of Saugus and the late Carol Ann Sorise; loving uncle of Michae and Gregg Altavila, Lawrence Altavilla, III, Heather Wilson, Desiree Reiff and Michael Sorise. Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services were private.

Carolyn Mastrorio

Enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping, cooking and gardening

Carolyn (Shanahan) Mastrorio of Revere died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on August 15. She was 67 years old.

Carol enjoyed spending time with her family as well as shopping, cooking and gardening.

The daughter of the late John F. Shanahan and Viola Johnson, she was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “RFD”; devoted mother of Robert Mastrorio of Revere and the late William Mastrorio; dear sister of Eileen Ginepra of Chelsea, Robert Ginepra of Everett and the late Linda Ginepra and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the German Shepherd Rescue of New England PO Box 299 Wayland MA 01778. For guest book please visit

Harold Patrick ‘Ham’ Hamilton

Member of Merritt Club of Chelsea, Worked at Charlestown Navy Yard and Longtime

USS Cassin Young Volunteer

Harold Patrick “Ham” Hamilton, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on August 14 following an overwhelming illness. He was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of Charles A. and Beatrice Hamilton, after attending local schools, he immediately enlisted in the US Navy. He served on numerous ships in the Navy and after 21 years of faithful service, he was honorably discharged.

After returning home, he married Dorothy (Soper) and together they raised their family in Chelsea. “Ham,” as he was known to many, continued working in the Charlestown Navy Yard and worked on and completed, at that time, the largest anchor chain. He also spent many years volunteering on the U.S.S. Cassin Young in Charlestown. He was also a lifelong member of the Merritt Club and enjoyed reading, traveling, trivia and his canine companions.

He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Dorothy (Soper) Hamilton of Chelsea; devoted father of Linda Lee Hamilton of Dracut, Timothy Hamilton of Gloucester, Nancy Hamilton Gill of Derry, NH, Cheryl Hamilton Odenweller and her husband, Michael of Stoughton and the late John Hamilton and dear brother of the late Charles J. Hamilton. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

Funeral Services were conducted in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home in Chelsea and concluded with Military Honors followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02441 or a charity of one’s choice. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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