Obituaries 06-26-2014

Flora Cook

25-Year Secretary at St. Rose Church

Flora Cook, a longtime resident of Chelsea, died on June 21 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. She was 78 years old.

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Flora was a deeply religious woman who was very active in St. Rose Church, working as the secretary for over 25 years.

She was the devoted mother of Marvin Cook and his wife, Christine of Topsfield, he beloved sister of Maria Walker of Revere, Aurora Jimenez of Chelsea, Francisco Alvarado of Costa Rica and the late Teresa Greaux; cherished grandmother of Mason Alexander Cook, Olivia Cook and Christian Cook.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in Flora’s name may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 11 Market Square, Lynn, MA 01905.To send a message of condolence to Flora’s family, please

Sarah ‘Sally’ Josephine Sloan

Of Chelsea

Sarah “Sally” Josephine (Doherty) Sloan of Chelsea died on Thursday, June 12.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred Sloan; devoted mother of Lois Creeden and her husband, Charles of Stoneham and Diane Rosetti and her husband, Robert of Revere; loving daughter of the late John Doherty and Mary (McLaughlin); dear sister of Hugh Doherty and his wife, Anne of Quincy, Betty Pino and the late Dr. James Pino of E. Falmouth, Mary Reagan and her husband, John of New Jersey, the late Thomas Doherty, the late John Doherty, the late Kathleen Walker and her husband, Frank Walker of Ohio, the late Theresa Messier and Joseph Messier of Bedford, MA; loving grandmother of Christopher Rosetti and his wife Tracy, Meredith Creeden and Alison Creeden. Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Interment was in Chelsea Chevra Kadisha Cemetery, Everett. Memorial observance was at the home of Diane Rosetti. Contributions in Sarah’s name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Visit for guest book.

Sherryl Polinsky

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Sherryl A. (Rheaume) Polinsky of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away suddenly in her Revere home on June 16. She was 56 years old.

Born in Brookline, she was the daughter of William and Faith (Barrett) Rheaume. She attended Chelsea Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Sherry worked for many years as an office clerk for various companies. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.

She was the beloved wife of Ed Polinsky of Revere and former companion of the late William “Bill” Hudson; devoted mother of Heather Hudson and her finance, Michael O’Brien of Revere; dear sister of Kristi Rheaume-Rennie of Stoneham, Bill Rheaume of New Hampshire and the late Debra Baker; cherished niece of Constance “Connie” Barrett Thornton of Weymouth and James Barrett of Chelsea. She is also survived by many nieces and a nephew.

A Funeral Service was conducted at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 24. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Michael ‘Mickey’ Diranian

Longtime Owner of My Three Sons Restaurant in Chelsea

Michael “Mickey” Diranian of Saugus passed away on June 22.

The husband of Charlene M. (Tunis) Diranian. He was born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Garabed and Surpoohi (Bedian) Diranian and he has lived in Saugus for many years.

Michael served in the United States Army National Guard and was the owner of My Three Sons Restaurant in Chelsea for many years. An antique collector, he also enjoyed antique cars, loved gardening and reading and was an avid animal lover.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons; Michael Diranian and his wife Robin of Lynnfield, Christopher Diranian and his wife, Vanessa of Peabody and Nicholas Diranian and his wife, Stephanie of Reading; nine grandchildren: Jacob, Ethan, Lauren, Ava, Evan, Anna, Christopher, Trevor and Tia Diranian; a sister, Margaret (Diranian) Gaulden of Brockton as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Hiram, Andrew and Harold Diranian.

His funeral will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Solimine Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129), Lynn. Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Cambridge will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Those who prefer may make donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 4742 N. 24th Street, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016-4862 or Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave. Salem, MA 01970. Directions and guestbook at

Anna Botka

Retired Stitcher

Anna Botka, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on June 21 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. She was 86 years old.

She worked as a stitcher in the garment industry for 30 years until her retirement.

The devoted daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Skida) Botka, she was the beloved sister of Alec Botka of Chelsea, John Botka of Everett and the late Frank Botka, Peter Botka, Srella Badowski, Jennie Walczak, Walter Botka and Julia Ciulla and is lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Anna’s family, please visit

Edward Durand, Sr.

Worked for City of Chelsea

Edward Durand, Sr., a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away at Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on June 14. He was 85 years old.

Born in the Dominican Republic, the son of Arthur and Nydia Durand, upon arrival in the United States, he settled in New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and honorably served during the Korean Conflict at which time he received U.S. Citizenship.

Edward has been residing in Chelsea for the past 46 years, worked for many years in various departments for the City of Chelsea and was very proud of his military service and the country that he served.

He was the beloved husband of Daniella (Rivera) Durand of Chelsea; devoted father of Edward Durand Jr. and Nydia Durand, all of Chelsea; dear brother of Athla Durand Fernandez, Eunis Columba and Rafael Durand; cherished grandfather of Samantha Gullima, Dania Davis, Daisy Davis and Eavan Durand.

Funeral Services and Military Honors were conducted at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home on June 23. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

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