Obituaries 02-11-2016

Alfonsina Caraballo

Alfonsina Caraballo passed away on Thursday, February 4 at the South Shore Hospital. She was 86 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Ramon Caraballo.

Her funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday February 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Joseph Laukaitis

Avid video gamer, enjoyed socializing and dancing “James Brown” style

Joseph H. Laukaitis, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away after a long illness on Sunday evening, February 7 in the peaceful and caring surroundings of his daughter’s’ home. He was 64 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of eight children of the late John and Jessie Laukaitis. Joseph attended local schools and enlisted in the US Marine Corps serving during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged and returned to Chelsea. Joseph worked as a hand laborer with various local companies: American Biltrite, “Panco Rubber,” Sweetheart Paper, The Thos. Strahan Co., Gillette and Marsons Corp.

In his lifetime, Joseph most enjoyed socializing with family and friends, dancing in his “James Brown” Style and he was an avid video gamer.

In addition to his parents, Joseph was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary and Maria. To mourn his passing and cherish his memory, he leaves behind his beloved daughter and her husband, Kimberly and Robert McGuirk of Athol. He was the dear brother of John Laukaitis of Orlando FL, Robert Laukaitis of Chelsea, Henry Laukaitis of East Boston, Barbara Doyle and Joanne Robinson, both of Revere; the cherished grandfather of Michael McGuirk and Jacob Lovato and the adored great-grandfather of Sierra Lovato. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday February 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to either the American Cancer Society or the MSPCA. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Dorothea ‘Dot’ Zarni

Retiree of Host-Marriott and Stuarts Discount

Dorothea P. (Sexton) Zarni passed away following a long illness on February 6. She was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she attended Chelsea Schools and was a 1948 graduate of Chelsea High School. “Dot,” as she was affectionately known, worked as a salesperson for the former Stuarts Discount Store of Malden before moving on to Host-Marriott at Terminal D Logan Airport where she worked for over 20 years as a bartender before retiring at age 75 and making many friendships over her long tenure of employment. “Dot” was a long time supporter and member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community.

She is survived by her husband Alfred A. Zarni – aka Zani. She was the devoted mother of Bernadette H. Moore, James A. Zarni and his wife, Paula G., all of Revere, John A. Zarni and his wife, Elizabeth of Chelsea and the late Richard N. and Robert F. Zarni; the cherished grandmother of Eric S. R. Moore of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Jessica A. White and her husband, Brian of Melrose, Katie E. Lombardi and her husband, Carl of North Reading and Amanda E. Zarni of Chelsea. She is also lovingly survived by her five great grandchildren: Erica T. Moore, Eric J. and Devon R. Moore, all of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Jacob C. Lombardi of North Reading and Jaxson T. White of Melrose.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, February 13 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue., Revere) at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street,

Boston, MA 02108. For additional information, please visit www.Vertuccio&

Concetta Lento

Loved music, dancing, singing and family celebrations

Connie Lento passed away Wednesday evening, February 3 at the Boston Medical Center after an unexpected and brief illness. She was 92 years old.

She was the beloved and precious child of the late Joseph and Sara (Magno) Lento. Loved, cherished and cared for throughout her life by her siblings, their spouses and children, Connie loved music and to dance and sing. For the past six years she was a resident of Connors House, a group home where she shared love and companionship with her dear housemates. Five years earlier she had convalesced at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and previously she resided at Phillips Manor in Lynn for 25 years. She enjoyed family gatherings and celebrations.

She was truly the dearest sister and sister-in-law of Catherine Torra and her husband, Alessandro of No. Reading, Mario Lento of Nashua, NH, Audley Freehling of Revere and his late wife,, Anna Freehling, the late Joseph and Rachel Lento and the late baby, Antonia Lento. She was the cherished aunt of 12 nieces and nephews, 17 grandnieces and grandnephews with their spouses, and adored great grandaunt of four.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Connie’s memory may be made to Bay Cove human Services/Connors House, attn. Development, 66 Canal St., Boston, MA 02114 or online at

James Gagliano

U.S. Veteran

U.S. VeteranRetired Drafting and Design instructor for Northeast Regional Vocational Technical High School

James ‘Jim’ “Mr. G.” Gagliano, a longtime Chelsea resident and resident of Henderson, Nevada since 1999, passed away on February 2 at the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas after being diagnosed with an advanced stage of leukemia five weeks ago. He was 85 years old.

Born in Lodi, NJ, he grew up in San Fernando, CA, attended schools in California and graduated from San Fernando High School. He enlisted in the US Navy serving during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Cuba as a weather observer aboard naval icebreakers in the Arctic Ocean.

While in the service, he met and married Chelsea native Helen P. Mickiewicz. He was honorably discharged and came to Chelsea with his young bride and together they raised two sons and shared nearly 50 years together up to the time of Helen’s passing in 1997. He worked as a draftsman for Pratt and Whitney in Boston and Hesse-Eastern in Everett. Jim continued his education attending Northeastern University and Fitchburg State College receiving his BS Degree and Masters in Education. He began teaching Drafting, Mechanical Drawing and Design, first at the Boston Trade School and in 1970 he was one of the first instructors hired to teach at the newly established Northeast Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield. There he was best known simply as “Mr. G.” by students and faculty alike. He retired in 1995. He was a former member and past Chaplain PAV Post 13 of Chelsea,

He settled in Henderson, Nevada 16 years ago and was a Past President and committee chair of the Kiwanis Club of the Las Vegas Strip.

In addition to his parents and wife, Helen, he was also predeceased by his brothers Marcel and Rene Gagliano and a granddaughter Ryhan Gagliano. He is survived by his two sons and their spouses; Dennis Gagliano and his wife, Lisa of Peabody, Richard Gagliano and his wife, Renee of Manassas, VA. He was the cherished grandfather of Richard, Jr., John and Anthony Gagliano, Christine Losciuto and Lorigan Sudak and the adored great grandfather of Gianna, Rylee and Lily. He was also expecting the arrival of his fourth great grandchild at the time of his passing.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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