Stop & Shop Retiree
Malcolm L. Wilson of Dunedin, Florida, formerly of Chelsea and Swampscott, died on August 2. He was 87 years old.
Born in Lynn and a resident of Swampscott and Chelsea prior to moving to Florida, he was a meat cutter for the Stop & Shop Companies for over 35 years, working mainly at their stores in Swampscott and Chelsea. A US Army veteran, he was a member of the Swampscott Knights of Columbus. In his spare time, he was an avid bowler and walker who enjoyed traveling.
He was the devoted husband of Ruth Wohfeiler and the late Lena (Picariello); beloved father of Nancy Slater and her husband, Jerard of Chelsea and step-father of Terry Danielson of Minnesota; brother of Ernest Wilson of Lynn and the late Paul Wilson; cherished grandfather of Maureen Sherry of Chelsea and Alison Sherry-Isaza, both of Chelsea.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Swampscott Cemetery. To send a message of condolence to Malcolm’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Member of Former Women of the Chelsea Moose
Clara (MacDonald) Rogerson passed away on August 10 after a brief illness at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home in Chelsea where she has been receiving supportive care for the last two years. She was 82 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the loving daughter of the late Joseph D. and Alice R. (Kral) MacDonald. She attended Chelsea Schools, married Ralph H. Rogerson in 1952 and resided in Chelsea for most of her life with her husband together raising their daughter, Sheila.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999 after sharing 47 years of marriage. She settled briefly in Pembroke and the southshore area before her admission to the nursing home.
Years earlier Clara worked at the MITC Building in Chelsea as a Security Receptionist. She was a member of the former Women of the Chelsea Moose.
She is survived by her beloved daughter, Sheila Ann Sekenski and her friend, Daniel Staples of Pembroke; her cherished grandchildren, Heather Sousa, Brandon Sousa, Anita DeVito and Eric Sekenski and great grandchildren, Cole and Shane Yeaton, Dakota, Darren and Hayden Sousa, Jeffrey and Cody Taylor. She was the dear sister of William MacDonald of Lynnfield and the late Joseph, Harry, Donald and Frederick MacDonald, Ellen Donnelly, Edna Riley, Rita Goodwin, Alice MacDonald and Anna Benedetti. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, August 18 followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea (times to be determined). Services will conclude with Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Stanley ‘Stan’ Zaremba
GE Retiree; Past Commander of Post 13 PAV of Chelsea
Stanley J. “Stan” Zaremba, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at the age of 85 on August 9at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late Walter and Mary (Lukasiak) Zaremba. He attended St. Stanislaus Parochial Elementary School in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He continued his education at Burdett College and Northeastern University. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps. and was a proud veteran of World War II.
He married to Marian (Malisko) and together they shared 62 years with love and devotion. They began raising their family in Chelsea before settling in Lynnfield nearly 45 years ago. Stan and his wife moved to Brooksby Village two years ago.
Stan worked as a Cost and Price Analysis Manager for General Electric Jet Engine Division in Lynn. He retired in 1990 after 38 years of service. He was a long time active member of Polish American Veterans, Post, 13, Chelsea and served as past Post Commander.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marian (Malisko) Zaremba of Peabody; his loving children and their spouses: Donna Zaremba and her husband, James Baratz of Boston, Joanne Zaremba of Pleasanton, CA, Patricia Zaremba-Simons and her husband, Geoffrey of N. Reading and S.J. Zaremba and his fianceé, Sarah Mackie of New York City; his cherished grandchildren: Adam and Erik Laine, Victoria Jeffcoat, Joshua Baratz and his wife, Maureen McMahon, Benjamin Baratz, Nathan Simons, Marina Simons, and Hazel Zaremba. He was also the proud great grandfather of Addie Jeffcoat and Eden Laine; dear brother of ChesterZaremba of Chelsea, Thaddeus Zarembaof Wakefieldand the late Vera Barys, Lucille Owocki, Agnes Pretti and Edward Zaremba. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Maria Goretti Churchin Lynnfield on Wednesday, August 13. Servicesconcludedwith Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home Recreation Fund, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150 or Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest St. Marlborough, MA 01752. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Of Chelsea, formerly of Medford
Paul S. Nicewicz of Chelsea, formerly of Medford, passed away on August 5 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 60 years old.
Paul was born in Stoneham, the beloved son of the late Stanley Nicewicz and the late Sophia (Kurpieski) Pietkiewicz. He was raised in Medford by his mother and stepfather Victor Pietkiewicz. Paul attended schools in Medford and graduated from Pope John XXIII High School in Everett.
A resident of Medford for most of his life, he settled in Chelsea 12 years ago.
He is survived by his children Tanya Quinn of Athol and Paul Nicewicz of Randolph, grandchildren Cecelia and Evelyn Quinn, his stepfather Victor Pietkiewicz of Dorchester, sister Daria Poe of Medford, brothers Mark Pietkiewicz and Joseph Pietkiewicz, both of Medford and David Pietkiewicz of Chelsea. He is also lovingly survived by his aunt and godmother Stasia Archis, aunt Helen Pietkiewicz, a nephew and several cousins.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Raphael Church, 512 High St., West Medford today, Thursday, August 14 at 9 a.m. Funeral arrangements are by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Retired Revere Fire Captain
Retired Revere Fire Captain Joseph J. Bowman died on August 8 at Brightview of Danvers surrounded by the love and presence of his family. He was 87 years old.
Captain Bowman was born in Chelsea and was a 1945 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Revere. Upon graduation, he entered the US Navy and served until July of 1946 with the rank of Radarman-3rd Class. He spent over 34 years with the Revere Fire Department retiring with the rank of Captain. He was a member of the Retired Revere Firefighters Association and a devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish Family.
He and his wife lived in Revere for most of their married life until moving to Stoneham in 2000. “Joe” was a perfect example of a devoted husband and proud father and grandfather. As a member of the Fire Department, he had rotating shifts, enabling him to serve as a greeter for the former Pike & Vertuccio Funeral Home on Beach Street, Revere, typical of so many of his generation, who were and are the essence of a “family provider.”
Joe lost the “love of his life,” Lorraine M. (Fallon) on May 21, 2012 after 61 years of marriage. He was the cherished father of: Joraine M. Spelman and her husband, Philip of Stoneham, Joseph J. Bowman, Jr. and his wife, Karen of Brecksville, Ohio, Lisa M. Carlson and her husband, James of Saugus and Christine M. Emond and her husband, Douglas of Marblehead. Joe is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren and three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bowman of Melrose, Patricia Colburne and Concetta “Connie” fallon, both of Wakefield. He was the dear brother of the late David Bowman, Jr.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Care Dimensions (Hospice of the North Shore), 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Of Chelsea, formerly of Worcester
Doris E. Murdock, formerly of Worcester, died in hospice on February 15. She was 79 years old.
Doris overcame many tragedies and obstacles in her life. She was an A student and oftentimes was asked to take over the class if the teacher had to step out. She completed school up to Grade 10.
Her first job at age 14 was on the American Sumatra Tobacco Farm in the fields of Connecticut. She passed out from heat stroke in those fields on several occasions. During that same time, she worked in the Jewish Magazine Bakery in Springfield, MA for two years.
Her daughter shared her story:
“At age 16, she worked for the Allied Bakery in Springfield until she married two years later at age 18 to her husband, Elbert, my father at The First Congregational Church on Stage Street in Springfield MA on December 24, 1952.
According to her daughter, as a wedding cake was unaffordable to the newlyweds, Elbert’s brother “Dick” let them use his birthday cake for the cake cutting.
“Doctors advised my parents not to have children as my mother was RH – Negative and my father RH+ positive. They went on to have 10 children of which five of us lived (he called us five little ‘miracles’),” she said.
Shortly thereafter Elbert was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Korea, Iwo Jima, and various other locations for his term of duty until he was honorably discharged.
“Always, even after she married my father, a dutiful daughter, she’d sign her paycheck and gave it to her mother to support the family,” she continued adding that Doris next worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester with the nuns in the kitchen cooking and doing everything from pots and pans to roasts and salads.
“Doris has a reputation for being a fabulous cook! She worked several shifts and worked in many other departments as well. She told me she even worked pregnant (which was not common in her day),” Kathleen continued.
“My father and mother moved to Rutland where they had bought a farm. We had geese, ducks, chickens, goats and a horse and a few other creatures. Mom killed, plucked, gutted, chickens, tended the animals, and supported her family,” she said.
Meanwhile Elbert worked three and four jobs to keep the family afloat. Elbert and Doris ended up bankrupt and lost the farm. Later Elbert learned that it was against the law for the bank to take the family’s dwelling place but it was too late.
“This was just one of many cracks our family fell through to experience the unfairness that life could offer up. Being of strong faith, my father did not give up. Homeless and working three jobs we were able to save enough to rent an apartment in Worcester, where my father did repairs, and maintenance to keep the rent affordable,” she said.
Doris and Elbert later bought a home on Chrome Street in Worcester in 1969 where the family lived. Doris and Elbert opened their home to Doris’ mother, Mae, her brother, Kenneth and her sister, Geraldine and husband and their five children and her sister, Margret and her two sons.
“I’ll never forget the gifts and talents my parents had and all the things I learned from them. What a legacy!,” she said, adding that Doris, her husband, and the children were very active in fundraising for many local organizations in the City of Worcester.
They kept us busy with affordable extracurricular activities. We didn’t belong to the chess club, or the . . club, we belonged to the club of life, and a learning experience it was. Our family was an active member of the Worcester Salvation Army: Quinsigamond and Citadel Corps.”
Doris Murdock suffered had an aneurism rupture on New Year’s 1970
“They put a clamp on the aneurism in her neck but her body rejected it so surgery was performed to remove it. But she had a blood clot go to her brain and the damage was done. She became paralyzed on her entire left side and became legally blind and had tunnel vision. She never really felt whole again, but her determination kept her positive and after much grueling and painful physical therapy she was able to walk dragging her left side obediently along. She would walk behind her wheelchair pushing her youngest around in it so she wouldn’t cry,” she continued. “Nothing was ever easy for our family and we met with tragedy after tragedy, refusing the easy road of giving up.” Mrs. Murdock’s daughter continued, adding that her mother always described herself as feeling the happiest when she was pregnant with her children.
“If the doctors had not performed a hysterectomy after the stroke she would have continued to have more children, even though she was told it could kill her,” she said. “After my father died in 1990, Doris moved from Worcester in 2000 to a senior apartment in Chelsea where she was closer to two of her daughters and could receive more care as she aged.” Doris later sold the property in Worcester as she could not afford the upkeep. As she acclaimated to her new environment in a large apartment building, she met new people and it began to be ‘home’ to her. In September 2013 she fell in her apartment fracturing her hip and her pelvis. While in the local hospital her condition deteriorated after having a pulmonary embolus, as her heart, kidneys, liver and breathing began to slowly fail, she was moved to Chelsea Jewish Hospice where she fought to get better until succumbing on February 15.
Doris, who was the third of nine children: sisters Patricia, Margret, Connie, Violet and Geraldine and brothers Kenneth and Arthur, was predeceased by her husband, Elbert L. Murdock, a veteran of the Korean War, her daughter, Ruth, son, Elbert Jr., three other sons, her brother, Arthur, and her sister, Patricia. She is survived by five daughters: Linda Madden, her husband, David and their sons Brendan and Jonathan; Kathleen Murdock, Deborah Dunn, her husband, Clinton and their son James and his wife, Amanda, Faith Briddell and her three children: D’Anna Wingard and her husband, Omar and their three children Jada, King Amare and Zoé, Douglas Briddell and his son, Elijah, (Esther Briddell and daughter Lynnese, Lisa Murdock and her daughter, Emily and Fiancé Peter Iodice.
A private graveside committal service will be held at Adams Cemetery in Wilbraham, MA on August 18 for invited and immediate family members only. Please send any cards to intended family members directly. There will be a Memorial Service held at the Salvation Army, Malden Corps. 213-219 Main Street, Malden MA 1-781-324-1970 on Saturday, September 20 at 2 p.m.