Obituaries 07-24-2014

Ralph Fabiano, Jr.


Ralph F. Fabiano, Jr. of Revere died on July 22. He was 67 years old.

A roofer, born in Revere, he was the beloved husband of Grace (Montecalvo) of Revere; devoted father of Steven Fabiano and his fiancé, Jennifer Potvin of Revere, Sandra Carlisle and her husband, Tom of Chelsea, Nancy Fabiano and her fiancé, Rick Mastropretro of Burlington and Linda Fabiano of Revere; dear brother of Louie Fabiano and his wife, Betty, George Fabiano and his wife, Grace, Sue Fabiano, Eileen Palmacci and her husband, Louie and Carol Barrett and her husband, John; cherished grandfather of Andrea, Steven, Joey, Alexa, Michael, Samantha, Melissa, Amanda, Andy, Jimmy, Paul and Danielle and also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, July 25 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting Hours will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s name may be made to the: Ralph Fabiano Fund, 8 Thorndike Street, Revere, MA 02151. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

Maureen Christerson

Maureen B. (O’Callaghan) Christerson of Chelsea passed away on July 20. She was 88 years old.

Born in County Kerry, Ireland, she was the beloved daughter of the late James and the late Mary Ann (Teahan) O’Callaghan; loving mother of Albert of Florida, Robert of Wilmington, Paul of Sagamore Beach, and the late James Christerson; loving sister of the late Pearl Layton, Robert, James, and Peter O’Callaghan. She is also survived by seven cherished grandchildren and eight cherished great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a service in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Services will conclude with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and online guestbook please visit www.smithmemorial.comOf Chelsea

Lorraine Dunn

Worked as Salvation Army Bookkeeper

Lorraine (Carson) Dunn of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, devoted wife of George H. Dunn for the past 60 years, entered peacefully into eternal rest on July 19 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Berlin, NH, Lorraine lived most of her life in Chelsea where she raised her five children and then worked at the Salvation Army as a bookkeeper.

She was predeceased by her parents Edward Jerome and Eleanor (Bilodeau) Carson. Lorraine leaves five children: George E.and his wife, Debra, Clinton and his wife, Debraann, Raymond and his wife, Maria, Wendy and her husband, Paul and Mary Ellen. She is also survived by seven adoring grandchildren and four of her nine siblings: Henry Carson, Judy Mucci, Linda Richardson and Gail Giammanco as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Friday, July 25 at 10:45 a.m. at Puritan Lawn in Peabody. Donations in Lorraine’s memory may be sent to the American Liver Foundation at

Mary Annie Whalen

Retired City of Chelsea Treasurer’s Office Clerk, Proud of Irish Heritage

Mary Annie (McFarland) Whalen passed away July 21 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Stephen and Katherine (Keaveney) McFarland, Mary graduated from St. Rose High School, Class of 1939. She and her late husband settled in Chelsea and raised their family here. She lived in Chelsea for over 80 years but has resided in Melrose for the last 10 years.

She is a retired Treasurer’s Office Clerk for the City of Chelsea. Mary dedicated 25 years of service to Chelsea City Hall. She had a love of life and brought laughter to her family and friends. She was very proud of Irish heritage and will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Mary was pre-deceased by her husband, MDC Police Officer, Walter F. Whalen. She was the beloved mother of Steven M. Whalen and his wife, Gail of Wakefield, Nancy M. McBride and her husband, John C. McBride; sister of the late Hugh, James, Andrew, Francis and George McFarland. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: John C. McBride, Jr., Devin McBride, Katelyn M. McBride, Ashley M. Loughlin and Laurie R. Whalen; one great grandson, Camden Loughlin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, July 25 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nicholas St., Everett/Chelsea line at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Anthony S. Cesareo

The Constant Gentleman

Anthony (“Tony”/”Joe”) Salvatore Cesareo, of Peabody, MA, formerly of Chelsea, MA and Naples, FL, died peacefully July 21. He was 93 years old.

The husband of the late Helen (Domenichello) R. Cesareo, Anthony was born on August 4, 1920, the son of the late Stellario and Vincenza (Triffiletti) Cesareo. He was raised in Revere, graduating from Revere High School in 1940.

In 1942, Anthony proudly entered the US Army. He bravely served in World War II in India & Okinawa, Japan as a high-speed manual radio operator with the 413th Signal Company. Upon honorable discharge in 1946, he received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Mr. Cesareo was a long time employee of Globe Nickel Plating Co., the City of Chelsea Park Department and Massport. Anthony was a member of the Local 157 Teamsters Union, the American Legion Naples, FL, the VFW Saugus, the Knights of Columbus Chelsea and a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chelsea.

Anthony loved music, singing, playing bocce, cooking, baking and being with his children and grandchildren. He also loved candy, cookies and Manhattans!

Joe was best known for being the constant gentleman who always tipped his hat. He was a kind soul who continually helped others. He always showed unselfish dedication in his vocations, as well as to his friends and family. And, everyone always enjoyed his entertaining sense of humor and witty one-liners.

Anthony was the devoted husband of the late Helen Cesareo for 64 years, until her passing in 2011. He was the adored father of Carol J. Siuda and her husband Leonard, of Melrose, and Arlene M. Iannetti and her husband Mario, of Peabody. Joe was a loving grandfather (Nono) to Lauren J. D’Addario and her husband, Glenn, of Danvers, and grandsons Andrew M. Iannetti and Matthew A. Iannetti, both of Peabody. He was also the doting great grandfather of Sophie J. and Stella M. D’Addario, also of Danvers. He was the dear brother of the late Joan, Josephine, Leo, Stellario “Larry”, Richard Cesareo, Katherine Stokes, Eleanor Pupolo and Lena Caissie; he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.

Anthony A. Halas

Advocate for veterans

Anthony A. Halas III, an advocate for war veterans, died unexpectedly on July 9, 2014. He was 66.

Mr. Halas was born in Boston and grew up in Chelsea. He attended St. Stanislaus School and was a 1967 graduate of Chelsea High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was the son of Phyllis Halas of Chelsea and the late Anthony Halas Jr. He was the brother of Richard Halas and his wife, Linda Halas, of Revere. He also leaves his wife, Kathy, two sons, Danny and Richard, and four nieces, Colby Halas, Courtney Halas, Genevieve Kopek, and Sabrina Kopek.

Mr. Halas served as president of the South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Association, vice president of the POW/MIA Awareness Organization of New Jersey, and as a veterans services officer for the county’s veterans affairs office.

He was the former commander of the Gloucester County (N.J.) Veterans Advisory Council and former commander of the VFW District 13. He was also on the committee that established the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery where he was laid to rest.

“Anthony was a great brother and a great family man,” said Richard Halas. “I admire his service to the country and all that he did for war veterans.”

A memorial service was held July 18 in Glassboro, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be sent in his name to the Glassboro VFW or the South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Association.

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