Obituaries 07-10-2014

Sheila Ciaramella

Chelsea crossing guard,

former MacDonalds employee

Sheila C. (Ryan) Ciaramella of Chelsea, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away at home on July 5 surrounded by her loving family after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was 73 years old.

For over 10 years she was employed at the McDonalds on the Revere Beach Parkway at Washington Avenue and for more than 15 years she worked as a crossing guard – most recently at Broadway and Webster Avenue.

She was the devoted mother of Bruce E. Ciaramella of Revere, Mark A. Ciaramella of Marlborough, NH, Michael J. Ciaramella of Lynn and Joanne Bruno of Everett. The former wife of John Ciaramella of New Hampshire, she was the beloved sister of Helen Asaro of Burlington, Marlene Taraskiewicz of Peabody, Joseph Ryan of New Hampshire and the late Catherine Smith, Kevin Ryan, Martin Ryan, Mary Cushing, Agnes Gordon, Leo F. Ryan, Jr. and Patricia Coyne; cherished grandmother of 16, great grandmother of five and is lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, July 10 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols Street, Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Sheila’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Estelle Fixman

Friend to all and excellent cook

Estelle (Fogel) Fixman of Virginia, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Tuesday, July 1. She was 92 years old.

Estelle was a kind friend to all, an excellent cook and loving partner of her husband, Samuel for 72 years. She lived with her parents, Isadore and Mary and brother, Bobby and sister, Lottie in Lewiston, Maine during 1943 to 1945 when her husband served in the US Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. She lived most of her adult life in Chelsea and senior life in Phoenix, Arizona. For the last 18 years, she called Richmond home.

She was the devoted wife of Samuel Fixman of Richmond, VA; the loving mother of Joanne Kane of New Jersey and her husband, Harvey and Steven Fixman of Richmond and his wife, Cheri; most proud grandmother of Dr. Adam Gafni-Kane of Chicago, Jennifer Stein of New Jersey and C. David Fixman of Richmond and loving great grandmother of Jackson and Elizabeth Stein and Arnon, Zohar and Matan Gafni-Kane.

Funeral services were private. Kindly make memorial donations to any chapter of The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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