Obituaries 09-17-2015

Joseph Kulpa

Former owner of Okay Corral Tavern in Peabody and Harmony Lounge in Chelsea

Joseph A. Kulpa, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away Wednesday evening, September 2 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 75 years old.

The son of the late Peter and Olga (Niconchuk) Kulpa, Joseph attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1957. He enlisted in the US Army National Guard on September 11, 1962 and was honorably discharged on February 1, 1965.

The former owner of the Okay Corral Tavern in Peabody for several years, prior to owning his business in Peabody, Joseph owned and operated the Harmony Lounge, which was located on 5th St. in Chelsea. Joseph also owned his own dump truck and was a dump truck operator for area contractors.

He was the former husband of Joan (Tashian) Jones; the brother of Anthony “Tony” Kulpa of New Hampshire, Nina Giorio of Melrose, Diane Boyle of Peabody and the late Alexander and Peter Kulpa. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.

Izydor Jan ‘John’ Siepka

Worked for American Biltrite of Chelsea until its closing and retired from Wakefield School Department

Izydor Jan ‘John’ Siepka of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea and Poland, passed away at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington after a short illness. He was 82 years old.

Born and raised in Poland, he received his early education attending schools in occupied Poland and Germany during World War II. During the late 1940’s,, as a young man, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and grandmother to begin a new life. Originally settling in Natick with a sponsor family, he later relocated to Chelsea.

He was introduced to a young lady still in Poland, they corresponded with each other by mail and eventually John returned to Poland to meet this young lady, Wieslawa Michalak. They courted and were soon married in Poland in a civil ceremony. John returned to the United States making arrangements to bring his new bride home. Their marriage was consecrated in St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea in 1961.Together they raised their three sons in Chelsea before moving to Wakefield in 1980.

John worked for nearly 30 years for American Biltrite Co., in Chelsea until 1978 when the factory closed. He was later hired by the Wakefield School Dept. working at the Galvin Jr. High School for the next 15 years as a Facilities/Building manager and supervisor. He retired in 1999.

In his lifetime John enjoyed time with his family, holiday dinners and old fashion Sunday family dinners, taking his sons on early morning fishing trips, traveling with his wife, enjoying many ocean and sea cruises, in the Caribbean, Alaskan waters and European shores. Spending time in the White Mountains, hiking, berry picking and wilderness activities, he was also a self-fancied wine connoisseur.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Wieslawa “Virginia” Siepka. He was the devoted father of Mark Siepka and his wife, Karen of Rowley, Thomas Siepka and his wife, Eva of Peabody and Stephen Siepka of Chelmsford. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, September 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held today, Thursday, September 17 at the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Charles Piotrowski Sr.

Licensed master plumber, 20 year owner of Crown Auto Sales in Malden, Past Trustee of PAV Post 13

Charles Piotrowski Sr. of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Friday, September 11 at Life Care Center in Stoneham after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.

Born in Worcester, the beloved son of the late John P. and Sophie (Walczak) Piotrowski, he grew up in Chelsea, attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II, served with navy aviators as a tail gunner and was honorably discharged in 1945. After returning to Chelsea, he began working with his father and brother, owning and operating P&H Oil Company on Williams Street in Chelsea.

He married Patricia Harrington in 1951 and together they raised their family of two sons and two daughters. They resided in Chelsea before settling in Stoneham 40 years ago.

He was a member and past Trustee of the PAV Post 13 in Chelsea. Charlie was a licensed master plumber, proficient in oil burner repair and home and commercial heating specialties.

In the 70’s, the family business was acquired by Dick’s Oil and Top Gas and he continued working and assisting the new owners with their transition. After many years of late night oil deliveries and repair calls, Charlie changed careers and established Crown Auto Sales in Malden. There he found his new niche selling and providing cars for the next 20 years to many different individuals and families. He retired in late 1990’s.

Charlie was preceded in death by one of his sons, Kevin M. Piotrowski in 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Patricia A. (Harrington) Piotrowski of Stoneham. He was also the devoted father of Charles G. Piotrowski, Jr. and his wife, Joan of Delray Beach, FL., Cheryl Breault and her husband, Donald of Stoneham, Denise Stec of Wakefield, her late husband Alexander and the late Kevin M. Piotrowski. He was the dear brother of the late John V. Piotrowski and is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Eileen Ginepra

Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere

Eileen Ginepra of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on September 12 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 60 years old.

Born in Winthrop and a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1972, she was the daughter of the late George and Viola (Johnson) Ginepra, the devoted mother of Desiree Ginepra and her boyfriend, John Beninati; beloved partner of the late Thomas Boyington; dear sister of Robert Ginepra of Everett and the late Carolyn Mastrorio and Linda Ginepra and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, September 19 at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. For guest book, please visit www.

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