Obituaries 01-09-2014

James McMahon, Jr.

Retired Truck Driver;

Teamsters’ Union Member

James A. McMahon, Jr. of Everett, formerly of Worcester, died on December 28 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 81 years old. Born in Boston and a resident of Everett for many years before taking residence at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, he worked as a truck driver for Sanborn Trucking. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a member of the Teamsters’ Union Local 25. He was the beloved son of the late James and Christine (Tanish) McMahon; dear and devoted brother of Janet Martignetti of Everett and the late Thomas and Ronald McMahon, Catherine Clark, Rosanna Jones and Marjorie Leavitt; loving uncle of Alfred Martignetti, Louise Knox and Janet Coleman and many more nieces and nephews. A graveside service with military honors was held at the Forest Dale Cemetery, 150 Forest St., Malden. Contributions in James’ memory to the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home Family Council, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150, would be sincerely appreciated. Arrangements were by Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

Anthony ‘Buddy’ Barbaro

Union Carpenter, Retired Proj. and Manager Geo. B.H. Macomber Construction Vice Pres.

Anthony R. “Buddy” Barbaro, a retired project manager, passed away suddenly on December 27 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after being stricken in his home. He was 75 years old. Born in Somerville, he grew up in Medford, the beloved son of the late Vincent and Philomena Barbaro. He graduated from Medford High School and continued his education receiving an Associates Degree from Wentworth Institute. He enlisted in the US Army in 1960, attended the Command General Staff College and served during the Viet Nam Era. He continued military service in the Army National Guard and retired from military service in 1993 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He married Frances (Sliwinski) in 1961, together they settled in Saugus raising their daughter and son there. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife after sharing 44 years of marriage. “Buddy” was a Union Carpenter working with Vappi Construction and Manganaro Construction and later he was a Project Manager and Vice President with Geo. B.H. Macomber Construction. A Member of Carpenters Local 40, he served on the Apprentice Committee. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances A. (Sliwinski) Barbaro and devoted father of Leslie Blaney and her husband, John of Haverhill and Tony Barbaro and his wife, Debbie of Windham NH; cherished grandfather of Madailein Blaney, Olivia Barbaro, Nelson Blaney, Nicholas and Alyssa Barbaro; dear brother of Maria Proia of Stoneham and very dear friend and companion of Marylin Sliwinski of Revere. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on December 31 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements were by Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute “Jimmy Fund” 450 Brookline Ave., Boston MA 02284.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Maria Rzepka

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Maria (Alexesvia) Rzepka, formerly of Chelsea, passed away in her Florida home on Saturday, January 4 with her loving daughter by her side. She was 93 years old. Born in Russia, she emigrated to the United States in 1951. She was a homemaker, caring for her husband and three children. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Joseph Rzepka in 2000 and was the beloved mother of Sophia Buckley and Barbara Stone, both of Florida and Joseph Rzepka of Melrose. She is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, January 10 at the Woodlawn Cemetery 302 Elm St. Everett. At 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to assemble at the front gate. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals in Chelsea.

Robert ‘Dancing Bob’ Colvario

Of Chelsea, formerly of the North End and East Boston

Robert J. “Dancing Bob” Colvario of Chelsea, formerly of the North End and East Boston, died on December 28. A US Navy veteran of the Vietnam Era, he was the beloved husband of Lola “Cookie” Kerble-Colvario; father of Gina Colvario Krupka and her husband, Mike and the late Diane Colvario VanMeter; brother of Richard “Richie” Colvario and his wife, Kathryn of East Walpole; Papa to Jimmy and Lucas VanMeter and is also survived by five nephews. Bob’s Funeral was held from the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church. Interment with Military Honors was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in Bob’s memory to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. For more information:

Denise Jedry

Active at Our Lady of Grace Church

Denise B. (Meyfroot) Jedrey passed away Monday evening, January 6 at the Court Yard Nursing Home in Medford.  She was 85 years old.

Born in Belgium, the daughter of the late Yoris and Zulia (Opsomer) Meyfroot,  Denise emigrated to the United States as a young adult and resided in Chelsea for 40 years before moving to Everett.  She was a homemaker, caring for her husband and three children.  She was pre-deceased by her late husband Chester P. Jedrey in 1966.

Denise was an active member at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea and was a member of the O.L.G Socialites.  In addition, she was a former Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Polish American Veterans Auxiliary.

She was the beloved mother of Ronald H. Jedrey, Lawrence J. Jedrey and his wife, Rachel and Robert J. Jedrey and his wife, Karen; dear sister of Francine Meyfroot and her husband, Michell and the late Roger, Pierre, and Suzanne Meyfroot.  She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals ,389 Washington Ave. ,Chelsea on Friday January 10 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of Grace Church ,59 Nichols St. ,Chelsea at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends kindly invited.  Visiting hours in the funeral home are today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.

Judith Elaine Hamilt

A Strong and Independent Woman

Judith Elaine “Judie” Hamilt of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 7. She was 80 years old.

Educated and raised in Chelsea, by her parents, Gladys and Albert Hamilt, she and was living among her high school friends again at the Jack Satter House, Revere, where she loved playing Polka on Sundays. Judie, as she liked to be called, was friendly, warm and considerate to all. She loved her family, animals, shopping and spending time with her children and friends. She adored and was most proud of her granddaughter, Tara Ann Yaffi.

She worked at the Logan Hilton and Showcase Cinemas in Revere, for many yrs..

Judie, was a strong, independent, loving woman, always ready to offer a hand and she’ll be sadly missed by her three children; Richard Alan Yaffi of Lynn, Warren Scott Yaffi of Peabody and Lauri Beth DeSilvester – Yaffi of Wayland and by all who knew and loved her.

Keeping with Hebrew tradition, her service was held on January 8 at Sharon Memorial Cemetery, Sharon with Rabbi Reinstein officiating. A small private family Shiva was held afterward.

Arrangements were by Jay Goldman Funeral Chapel in Malden. Memorial donations can be made in Judie’s name to either, American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd. Suite 400 Waltham, MA 02451 or to Jewish Family & Children’s Services 1430 Main St. Waltham, MA 02451.

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