Obituaries 10-24-2013

Peter Dobbins

30-Year Employee of Air Canada

Peter K. Dobbins of Chelsea passed away on Monday morning, October 21 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 71 years old.

Born in Everett and a longtime Chelsea resident, he was a US Army veteran and retired after 30 years as a cargo agent with Air Canada.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Malek); devoted father of Christopher Dobbins of Chelsea and Caroline Ascolillo and her husband, Edward of Pelham, NH; beloved brother of the late Ann Pilcher and David Dobbins and cherished grandfather of Hunter and Christian.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, October 25 at 11 o’clock. Visitation with the family will begin at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Peter’s name may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118. To send a message of condolence to Peter’s family, please visit

Sylvia Heredia

Of New York, Formerly of Chelsea

Sylvia (Krasnow) Heredia, loving daughter of the late Samuel and Bessie Krasnow and loving niece of the late Sam and Mary Pressman, passed away on September 20 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Her strength and determination to fight this disease served as an inspiration to her friends and family.

Sylvia was born in Chelsea, grew up on Walnut Street and graduated from both the Williams School and Chelsea High School. After graduation, she moved to Brooklyn, New York where she celebrated her 72nd birthday just one month before her death. And though Sylvia had relocated from Chelsea, her mind and heart were always with the wonderful people of Chelsea.

She loved and was loved by her devoted family who were by her side at her death. She is survived by her daughter, Shari Mendez and her partner, Tonya Ford; by her son and daughter-in-law, Miguel and Mitza Heredia and by her daughter and son-in-law, Dolores and Anthony Valente. She was the doting grandmother of David, Rebekka, Steban, Amanda and Adam. She is also survived by her cousin, Florence Pressman of Lynn. She was predeceased by her son, Mitchell.

Funeral services have been held.

Maria Padilla

Devoted Homemaker and longtime Chelsea Resident

Maria A. (Cordero-Quiles) Padilla, devoted homemaker and longtime Chelsea resident, passed away at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston after a year long battle with overwhelming illnesses. She was 69 years old.

Born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, she was one of nine children born to the late Antonio Cordero and Ramonita Quiles. She received her early education in Puerto Rico and came to Chelsea with her family as a young lady more than 40 years ago. A Chelsea resident for most of her life, she worked for a brief time with Suffolk Farms in Chelsea and 32 years ago married Roberto Padilla, and together they raised their family here. She devoted her time to home and family and enjoyed the company of friends sharing coffee and friendship.

She is survived by her beloved husband , Roberto Padilla of Chelsea. She was the devoted mother of Lena Vo and her husband, Daniel of Quincy, Hope Padilla of Chelsea, Jakeline Padilla and Jose Roberto Padilla, both of New Orleans and Jorge Alexander of Houston; dear sister and confidant of Aurea Drinkwater of Chelsea and loving sister of Lidubina Cordero of Puerto Rico, Henry Cordero of Chelsea, Jose Cordero of Everett, Stevan Cordero of Puerto Rico, Concepcion Cordero of Chelsea, Flor Vega of Chelsea and Arelys Vega of Puerto Rico. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and family in Honduras and New York.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Rose Church. Services concluded with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.

Anthony Palladino

Verizon Corp. Method and Procedure Writer, Past Grand Knight of Chelsea K of C

Anthony E.”Tony” Palladino, a Tewksbury resident for 13 years, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at home with his family by his side on October 13. He was 77 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Caroline A.(Haumann) Palladino with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 12, 2013.

Born in Chelsea on July 20, 1936, the son of the late Atillio Palladino and Grace (Richards) Palladino, he was raised in Chelsea, attended St. Rose Elementary School and graduated from Malden Catholic High School. Following high school, Tony attended Boston College. In 1959, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 61st Artillery, Battery A, 3rd Missile Battalion.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 35 years by the Verizon Corporation in Boston, where he worked as a Method and Procedure Writer.

Tony was a past member of the Granite Statesmen Barbara Shop Chorus and several barbershop quartets, past Grand Knight of the Chelsea Knights of Columbus, and a former member of St. Adelaide’s Church in West Peabody and the Holy Trinity Church in South Boston, where he sang in the choir.

Tony enjoyed singing, music and following all the New England sports teams but his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his son, Matthew J. Palladino and his wife, Linda of Leominster; two daughters, Susan C. Stephenson and her husband, Arthur of Townsend, and Madeline E. Palladino and her companion, Joseph Fruciano of Saugus; his foster son, Paul Lackey of Kentucky; his son-in-law, Robert Margossian of Billerica, seven grandchildren: Samantha and John Madigan, Dana Margossian, Katelyn and Andrew Palladino, Gabrielle and Garrett Stephenson; three brothers, William Palladino and his wife, Virginia of North Reading, Albert Palladino of Chelsea and Robert Palladino and his wife, Barbara of Indianapolis, IN and by many nieces and nephews. Tony was the father of the late Maryellen Margossian and brother of the late Richard Palladino.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Interment was at Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Geraldine Fillios

Loving Mother and Grandmother

Geraldine M. (Sadowski) Fillios of Saugus passed away October 17 surrounded by her loving family. She was 74 years old.

A loving mother and grandmother, she was born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late William and Emily (Selevitch) Sadowski. Geraldine attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1957.

The wife of the late Peter Fillios, Geraldine was a loving wife and nurturing mother of six. She and her family resided in Lynn and Everett for a number of years before relocating to Saugus.

She was the loving mother of Kevin Thomas and his wife, Deborah of Malden, Denise Thomas-Gross of Everett, Paul E. Thomas of Peabody, Lisa Henry of Chelsea, James J. Thomas of Ayer and Brian Thomas of S. Carolina; mother-in-law of Josephine Ippolito-Thomas of Chelsea; dear sister of Karen Sadowski of Tennessee and the late William Sadowski. She is also lovingly survived by 15 grandchildren: Karrisa Thomas, Nicole Thomas, Kara Thomas, April Jean Thomas, Peter James Thomas, Jared Thomas, Danielle Thomas, Ryan Henry, Dakota Thomas, Isaiah Thomas, Emmalee Thomas, Samantha Thomas, Leah Thomas, Deidra Thomas, Ashley Thomas and one great-grandson, Keegan P. England.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Interment at the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery was private.

Dorothy McCarthy

Retired Secretary to Revere Superintendent of Schools

Dorothy R. (Cater) McCarthy of North Andover, formerly of Revere, died on October 14 following a long illness. She was 96 years old.

She was a 1934 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Revere and for more than 30 years she worked within the Revere School Department and served as Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools.

She was the widow of Michael F. McCarthy, Sr., who passed in July of 1963; devoted mother of Michael F. McCarthy, Jr., and his wife, Joanne R. of Reading and Maureen J. McCarthy of North Andover; cherished grandmother of Michael J. and his wife, Eileen McCarthy of Irvine, California and Kevin R. and his wife, Laura McCarthy of North Reading. She was also the loving great grandmother of Michael P. and Thomas F. and the late Ronan J. McCarthy. She was the sister of the late Alfred Cater and Elga Shea-Brabanec. Many nieces and nephews also survive her.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may please be made to: CHOC Foundation, In Memory of Dorothy McCarthy and sent to: Children’s Hospital of Orange County, 455 South Main Street, Orange, California 92868.

Sheila Keene

Loving and Caring Mother and Grandmother

Sheila A. (Barrett) Keene, loving and caring mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was 83 years old.

Born in Leominster and raised in Lynn and Saugus, the daughter of the late William J. and Miranda Barrett, Sr., she was a graduate of Saugus High School, Class of 1948. Sheila always put the well-being and concern for her children and grandchildren well ahead of her own. While raising her five children as a single parent, Sheila worked as a multilith print operator for G.E., the Loyal Protective Life Insurance Co., Kent Graphics in Everett and the Willis Insurance Co. Sheila has been living in Everett, but formerly lived in the Chelsea community for 43 years. She enjoyed being part of a large family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the former wife of the late Lawrence L. Keene, Sr.; beloved mother of Dale M. and her husband, Thomas J. Jr. “The Best” Kasiecki, Lawrence L. Keene, Jr. and his wife, Karen, Robert J. Keene, Susan A. Filipiak, David M. Keene and his wife Valerie; mother-in-law of the late Richard Filipiak; dear sister of Robert Dacey, David Barrett and his wife, Gail, Judith Fisher and her husband, Gerry and the late William Barrett, Jr., Lawrence Barrett, Mary Jane Stanley; sister-in-law of Alma Barrett, Helen Cox, Mary Lang and her husband, James, Margaret Griffin, Joseph Keene and his wife Jean, Claire Seigel and her husband, Barry, Donna Keene, and the late Delores Dacey, Edward Stanley, Robert Griffin, Francis Keene and Michael Keene. She is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren: Philip Kasiecki and his fiancé, Gloria Kirega, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Timothy Kasiecki, Corey Keene and his wife, Lisa, Kerri Keene and her husband, Christopher Mahoney, Michael Keene, Nicholas Keene and his wife, Allison, Jessica Garrity and her husband, Shaun, David Filipiak, four great-grandchildren, Jane, Emma, Liam, Liliana, a grand-dog Maxwell and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea will be held today, Thursday, October 24 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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