Obituaries 06-11-2015

Douglas Tarbox

Boston Gas Company retiree

Douglas F. Tarbox of North Reading, formerly of Everett and Chelsea, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, June 2 at Winchester Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old.

Doug served as a member of the 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He was employed for over 40 years by the Boston Gas Company and was an active volunteer with the Town of North Reading Senior Center and the Mission of Deeds in Reading. He was also a loyal member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Reading.

Doug will be remembered by his family and friends for his unique sense of humor and kind heart. He was beloved and respected by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

He was born on November 18, 1931 to Ralph and Stella (Howell) Tarbox and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan L (Gill) Tarbox (formerly of Chelsea and Everett). He is also survived by his son, Thomas and his wife, Kathleen (Bolt) Tarbox, his grandchildren Katie and Andrew and his daughter, Diana Tarbox and her husband, Bart Puopolo, all of North Reading. He was the much loved brother of Ralph Tarbox Jr. of Roanoke Rapids N.C. and his wife, Shirley as well as the late John “Jack” Starr and his wife, Rosita of Chester, N.H.

A memorial service and celebration of his life was held on June 6 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, North Reading. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea. Donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church 235 Park St, North Reading, MA 01864 or the Mission of Deeds 6 Chapin Ave. Reading, MA 01867.


Anna Frank

Of Chelsea

Anna B. Frank of Chelsea passed away on Tuesday, June 9.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Israel Frank and Ethel (Garb) Frank and dear sister of the late Evelyn Shear, Aaron Frank and Lillian Witten; loving aunt of Susan Norton, Michael Roberts, Ellen Cohen and Steve Witten .

Graveside Services will be held in Onikchty Cemetery, 740 Broadway, Rte. 99, Melrose on Friday, June 12 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Contributions in Anna’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Visit for guest book and directions.


Claire McKenna

Crossing guard for 20 years at Webster and Broadway in Chelsea

Claire M. (Sullivan) McKenna passed away on June 5 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Center in Medford where she has been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was 74 years old.

Born and raised in the family home at 32 Page St. Revere, she was one of 16 children of the late Martin and Amanda (Morin) Sullivan. Claire attended Revere schools and six days before her 24th birthday, she was wed to her beloved husband Richard McKenna who she referred to as her “best birthday present.”

They made their home on Webster Avenue in Chelsea for most of their 50 years together. Claire worked outside of her home at various jobs but the one she best loved was the 20 or so years she spent as a school crossing guard at the corner of Webster and Broadway in Chelsea, crossing and befriending two generations of Chelsea students.

Claire loved all people, possessed an outgoing spirit and was generous to a fault. She enjoyed socializing at “Sully’s Variety Store” enjoying her coffee and time spent with friends and strangers alike.

In addition to her parents, Claire was preceded in death by siblings: the late Margaret Nickerson, William, Leo, James, Martin, Leonard, John, Raymond and Edward Sullivan. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Richard McKenna of Saugus; her loving sons, Kenneth McKenna and his companion, Marzi Galazka of Swampscott and Christopher McKenna and his wife, Moira of Lexington. She was the cherished grandmother of Kayla, Christopher II, Shannon, Michael and John McKenna; dear sister of Florence Twomey, Elizabeth Pentoney, Carol Mendez, Edna McCauley, Ellen Thornton and Larry Sullivan and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit


Frederick Goodrich

Of Chelsea

Frederick H. Goodrich of Chelsea passed away on June 1. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Charles E. and Elizabeth (Levy) Goodrich, he was the father of Frederick “Buddy” Goodrich, Jr., Michael Goodrich, Anna Gricci-Goodrich, and Wayne Goodrich; brother of Joseph, Richard “Ditchie”, Rita, Albert, and the late Charles, Henry, William, Amelia “Sissy”, and Helen. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At the family’s request, funeral services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett.  For online guestbook visit


Cheryl Ann McDonough

Devoted wife, mother and friend

Cheryl Ann (Comeau) McDonough of Chelsea died at home just before noon on June 3 after a short illness surrounded by her loving and dedicated family. She was 60 years old.

Born in Boston and a lifelong Chelsea resident, she was a bus driver for Malden Transportation for over 16 years and a devoted wife, mother and friend who adored her grandchildren.

Born in Boston, she was the devoted wife for 25 years to the late John McDonough who passed away in January of this year; beloved mother of Jaime Lubanski of Everett and Michael Lewis of Chelsea; loving sister of Lillian Baker of Malden and the late Pauline Comier, Joseph Comeau, Phillip Comeau, Elaine Comeau and David Comeau; cherished grandmother of Timothy, Samantha and Rachel Lubanski, all of Everett, Michael Lewis, Jr. of Chelsea and Nicole Lewis of Everett.

A Celebration of her Life is being planned for the near future. Expressions of sympathy in Cheryl’s name may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 188 Needham Street, Suite 240,  Newton, MA 02464. To send a message of condolence to Cheryl’s family, please visit

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