Obituaries 02-05-2015

Marie Cronin

Broadway National Bank retiree

Marie M. (Wendeborn) Cronin of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 29.

A retired 30 year employee of the Broadway National Bank, she was the devoted wife of the late James E. Cronin, Sr.; beloved mother of James E. Cronin, Jr. and his wife, Linda of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Jaime Goldfarb and her husband, Jason of Danvers and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, February 7 at 10 a.m. (Those attending should proceed directly to church). Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Marie’s family, please visit

Rosemarie Pawlak

Longtime Metro Credit Union employee; selfless woman dedicated to family and friends

Rosemarie (Covina) Pawlak died on Friday, January 30 at Mass. General Hospital. She was 70 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, Rosemarie attended Chelsea Public Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1961.  Immediately after graduating, Rosemarie went to work for Metropolitan Credit Union, working her way to become a mortgage consultant. She retired after 33 years of service.

Rosemarie was well known for her love and dedication to the Boston Sports Teams.  She loved watching the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins. Her other passion was enjoying her visits to Foxwoods.  She was also an avid “Bingo” player at many of the local area Bingo Parlors. Above all, Rosemarie was a selfless woman who was dedicated to her family and friends.  She would help anyone in need and offer whatever she had to them and never ask for anything in return.

She was the devoted wife of the late John A. Pawlak,Sr. with whom she shared 37 years of marriage;  the loving mother of John A. Pawlak, Jr. and his companion, Debbie Duggan of Everett, Deborah A. Grillo and her husband, Juliano Grillo of East Boston and Lisa M. Pawlak of Revere;  the cherished grandmother of Victoria Pawlak, Richard Trimarchi, Nicholas Pawlak, Matthew J. Grillo, Anthony Grillo and Juliana Grillo; the beloved sister of Eleanor Covino of New Hampshire, John Covino of Chelsea, Anthony Covino and his wife, Donna of Winthrop and the late Bernard Covino.  She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Thursday, February 5 at 8 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church (Washington Ave.) Revere. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, DEPT. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information, visit

Harold Brown Jr.

Of North Carolina, formerly of Chelsea

Harold R. Brown, Jr. of Fayetteville, North Carolina, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly on January 26.

He lived his life in Fayetteville, North Carolina with his family enjoying the Carolina weather. He loved to fish and loved the ocean. He worked as a mechanic for 15 years and then worked security for a private company and on base at Fort Bragg, NC. Harold and his wife, Anne, were vendors at the Bragg Boulevard Flea Market, and have numerous friends there as well. Anyone who knew Harold, knew that he was a straight forward person and always said what was on his mind. He always provided for his family, and was a loving brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was very loved and will never be forgotten.

He was the devoted husband of Anne D. (Doyle); beloved father of Shelly Ashby-Spexarth of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Harold E. Brown III of Chelsea and Melanie Lee Brown and Melissa Joy Brown, both of Fayetteville, North Carolina; loving brother of Nancy Cardone and Kathleen Torres, both of Chelsea, John Brown of Lynn and the late Gloria Mondou, Patricia Pizzaro and Michael Brown; cherished grandfather of Julianna, Shyanne and Mia.

A Memorial Service was held in the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Committal Services are private.

Laurence Carroll, Sr.

30-year supervisor at Polaroid, dedicated family man with many interests

Laurence R. Carroll Sr., a lifelong resident of Revere,

died on Thursday, January 29 at Mass General Hospital, Boston following a long illness. He was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, Larry attended Revere Schools and then went to the Everett Trade School to become a machinist. In 1952, he enlisted in the in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, rising to the Rank of Seargent. In 1955, after honorable service  provided to his country, he returned home and married his sweetheart, Marilyn E. Kehoe. The couple made their home in Revere and raised their four children.

He began working at Custom Auto Body and due to his vast knowledge of repairing various things he became an Insurance adjuster. He later went to work for Polaroid, a career that spanned over 30 years. He retired as a supervisor.

He was a past member of Chelsea Yacht Club, Cary Square Club, VFW Post #940 and #6712.

Larry was a man with many interests. He loved the ocean and being on his boat.  He was an avid fisherman.  He also enjoyed growing vegetables in his garden.  Above all of his interests and hobbies, he loved his family.  He was a dedicated father and became a very proud and loving grandfather. He made it known to many how he loved his grandchildren.

He was the devoted husband of Marilyn E. (Kehoe) Carroll of Revere, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage;  the loving father of Patricia A. Edris and her husband, Christopher H. of Bedford, Laurence R. Carroll, Jr and his wife, Marjorie J. of Lynnfield, Christine M. Masiello and her husband, Revere Police Officer Anthony Masiello of Revere and the late Marilyn J. Carroll;  the adored grandfather of Larry Carroll, Ryan Carroll, Joshua Carroll, Michaela Carroll and Madison Masiello; the beloved brother of Alice Cerdone of Revere and the late Richard Carroll.  He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and by many brothers and sisters in law.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, February 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, February 6 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Breach St. & Winthrop Ave.) Revere. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101 – 9908. For more information,  visit

Elaine Stiller

Former Chelsea resident; talented and creative, held leadership roles in Winthrop organizations

Elaine L. (Brodie) Stiller, formerly of Chelsea, Winthrop and Framingham, entered into rest on January 29. She was 92 years old.

Elaine played a prominent role for many years in the family business, H. Brodie Company. She rose to leadership roles in the Winthrop Chapter of Hadassah, the Winthrop Chapter of the American Jewish War Veterans, and the Young Couples Club affiliated with their Winthrop synagogue. Musical and creative, she played piano, enjoyed singing, and wrote, directed, and acted in musicals for the organizations with which she was affiliated.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Stiller;  devoted mother of Mel Stiller and his wife, Jan Latorre-Stiller of Waltham, Lauren Rikleen and her husband, Sander Rikleen of Wayland, and Claire Newman and her husband, Joel Newman of Reading; loving sister to the late Sylvia Waterman and the late Private Melvin Brodie; cherished grandmother to Michael Stiller, Beth Parsons, Alex Rikleen and Ilyse Rikleen. and great-grandmother to Emma and Carly Stiller, and Will and Luke Parsons.

Arrangements were by Levine Chapels, Brookline.

Services were held at Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland and interment followed at Ahavath Achim Anshe Sfard Cemetery, Lynn.  Expressions of sympathy in Elaine’s memory may be sent to the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation, 75 S. Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105.

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