Obituaries 06-12-2014

Roman “Ray” Stanislaus Bogus

Musician, Educator and Member of the Musician’s Union

Roman “Ray” Stanislaus Bogus, a US Army veteran of World War II, passed away Sunday afternoon, June 8 at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home surrounded by his loving family. He was 95 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Nicholas and Helen (Pszybylska) Boguszewski, Ray enlisted in the US Army on April 22, 1940. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon. Ray was honorably discharged on August 24, 1945. Upon returning home from the service, Ray earned his living as a self-employed musician. He also taught interior and exterior painting at the Shurtleff School in Chelsea for nine years.

Ray was a previous resident of Everett but has been residing at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for the last several years. He was a member of the Musician’s Union Local 9-535 in Boston.

Ray was the husband of the late Nancy (Magazzu) Bogus and the former husband of the late Marguerite J. “Maggi” Veader-McHale; beloved father of Lisa Santarpio of Chelsea, Bryan Bogus of New Hampshire, Deborah Brems and her husband, Frederick of Saugus and the late Eric Bogus – McHale; brother of the late Alfred Boguszewski, Sabina Syngajewski, Julia Benirowski, Edwina “Evelyn” Balkus and is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Alycia Santarpio of Chelsea, Melissa Hull and Clayton Bogus, both of New Hampshire, Johnny Volatile and Jacob McHale, both of California and by five great-grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday, June 12 at 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Arch Angel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home c/o John Davis, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Albert Doucette

Retired Tow Motor/Fork Lift Operator

Albert J. Doucette, a long time Chelsea resident, passed away on June 2 at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River where he has been receiving supportive care for the past several years. He was 92 years old.

A retired fork lift operator, he was born in Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, the beloved son of the James E. and Mabel A. (Cotreau) Doucette. A longtime Chelsea resident, his family made their home on Spruce Steet for many years. Albert worked in local shipyards and for Borden Confections as a Tow Motor/Fork Lift Operator.

In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his dear siblings, the late Sr. M. Lea Doucette, SUSC, and the late James W. Doucette.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Chapel at Catholic Memorial Home, 2446 Highland Ave., Fall River on Friday, June 6. Services concluded with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Final arrangements were handled by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Holy Union Sisters, Box 410, Milton, MA 02186. For Guest Book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Augusta Bernice ‘Bernie’ Rosenthal

Member of Hadassah, Life Member of Na’amat and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home

Augusta Bernice “Bernie” (Demb) Rosenthal died on June 6 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 101 years old.

Born in Chelsea on June 28, 1912, the daughter of the late Hyman and Minnie (Schlafman) Demb, she graduated from Chelsea High School, attended Burdett Business School and then worked at the Suffolk Hardware Store owned by her father. After her marriage in 1939, she moved to Woburn. She returned to Chelsea in the early 1970s where she lived independently until 2007 when she moved to the Cohen-Florence-Levine Estates & Florence and Chafetz Home for Specialized Care.

She was a member of Hadassah while living in Woburn and a life member and volunteer dues secretary of Na’amat for over 20 years where she received recognition for her service. She was also a life member of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.

She is survived by her daughters: Sandra Rosenthal of San Diego, CA and Marlene Rosenthal of New York City, son-in-law Eugene Reilly of New York City, nieces Marcia Steinberg of Sacramento, CA and Eleanor Koplow of Miramar, FL, nephews Barry Kirshon of Saugus, and Joel Steinberg of Burlingame, CA, 11 great nieces and nephews and by many cherished cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Abraham, in 1966, her sister, Ruth Kirshon in 2008 and her nephew, Howard (Mike) Kirshon in 2011.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Interment was in the Woburn Jewish Center Cemetery in Woburn. After the burial, the family gathered at Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea for a memorial observance. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation or the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for the dedicated care they provided to Bernie during her stay there. For guest book, please visit:

Mary I. (Francis) Orluk

Worked for American Optical

Mary I. (Francis) Orluk passed away Monday evening, June 9 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. She was 94 years old.

Born in Wareham, the beloved daughter of the late Louis and Orlinda Francis, Mary grew up in East Boston and attended East Boston High Schools. She was married to Frank “Jackie” Orluk and together they settled in Chelsea. Mary worked outside of her home for American Optical in Chelsea as a machine operator.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, “Jackie,” her daughters, Julia Welsh and Marie Gordon and her grandson, Brien Welsh. In life, she was delighted by and proud of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She is survived by her son in law Edward Welsh of Everett. She was the cherished grandmother of Colleen Kingslely and her husband, Douglas of Pelham, NH and Kelly Baldasaro of Chelsea; adored great grandmother of David Welsh and his wife, Ashlee of Haverhill, Dustin and Shea Kingsley of Pelham, NH and Caitlin Julia Welsh and Briana Williams, both of Chelsea. She was the great-great grandmother of Vinny and Adriana Hernandez.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 13 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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