Obituaries 04-07-2016

Paul Petrosino

Former chef at Chili’s Restaurant in Chelsea

Paul R. Petrosino passed away unexpectedly in his Lynn home early Saturday morning, April 2. He was 54 years old.

Born in Lawton, OK, the beloved son of Alphonse and Margaret (Levy) Petrosino, he was a resident of Lynn for the past eight years. Paul worked as a chef at Chili’s Restaurant in Chelsea for several years until he retired for health reasons.

He grew up in Peabody and attended Our Lady of the Assumption Parochial School in Lynnfield. When his family relocated to Revere, he continued his schooling attending the Lincoln Jr. High School and graduating from Revere High School.

A professionally trained chef, Paul worked for various area restaurants. He settled for a time in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he began working for Chili’s Restaurants, relocating to the Boston area as a chef at the Chelsea Restaurant several years ago

In his life time, Paul enjoyed cooking at home and backyards for friends and family and was remembered as a great communicator sharing long telephone conversations and always taking the time to call and send cards to friends and family personally, acknowledging their birthdays and anniversaries.

Paul is survived by his loving parents, Alphonse “Al” and Margaret “Peggy” (Levy) Petrosino of Revere. He was the dear brother of Kevin Petrosino and his wife, Yen-Yen of Peabody and Patricia Stopa and her husband, Mark of Clearwater, FL.; cherished uncle of Katrina and Michael Petrosino and Camryn and Marinna Stopa. He is also survived by his loving companion, Lisa Herlihy together with his canine friend “Sasha” and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

His Funeral Services will be conducted in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday April 8 at 10:30 a.m. 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 Paul’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Or “How to Help.” For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Francis “Frank” Holland, III

Member of Mass Bar Association, American Bar Association, DAV and Revere Moose

Francis L. “Frank” Holland, III passed away on Wednesday, March 30 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Francis L. Holland, Jr. and Dorothy Ann (Regan) Tully, Frank attended Chelsea High School and graduated with the Class of ’67.

He enlisted in the US Air Force and served during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged as an Airman 3rd Class after one term and returned to Chelsea. He enrolled in ITT Tech, training in electronics and later graduated from Bunker Hill Community College gaining an AA in Psychology in 1975.

Frank worked for the US Postal Service AMFC in East Boston as a maintenance engineer. He semi-retired from the USPS in 1992 and returned to school receiving a BA in paralegal studies in 1999 from Suffolk University and soon began working as a paralegal.

He held membership with the Mass Bar Association, the American Bar Association. the DAV and Revere Loyal Order of Moose. Frank was preceded in death by his first wife Marie (Ciampa) Holland and a brother Edward Arsenault.

He is survived by his current wife Joan (Smolinsky) Holland and was the beloved father of Donna Holland, Lisa Holland and Frank E. Holland, all of East Boston, and Harold Maylone of New Hampshire. He is also survived by his “Grampy’s Angel” Ashley and granddaughter Kali Ann. He was the dear brother of James Holland of Bradford, Theresa Plante of Peabody and Thomas Arsenault of Florida.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, April 9 from 3 to 6:15 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service to be held in the Funeral Home at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Eliezer “Eli” Otero

Of Quincy, formerly of Chelsea

Eliezer “Eli” Otero of Quincy, formerly of Chelsea and Puerto Rico, was pronounced deceased on arrival at the South Shore Hospital Emergency Department on Monday morning, March 21 from injuries and trauma sustained in a car accident in Hingham earlier that day. He was 51 years old.

Eli, who  resided in Quincy for the past few years, was born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico and spent his early years there. He was the beloved son of Adelfilio Otero of Florida and the late Veronica Gonzalez and the loving stepson of the late Ildelfonso Rivera. His family settled in Chelsea in 1975. Eli attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of ’83, where he excelled in varsity basketball. He attended college for one year studying electronics.

Eli participated in parish activities and religious education at St. Rose Church in Chelsea. He worked for a time with Triangle Maintenance and HighRise, a commercial window cleaning company. He was regarded by his friends and family as a “Good Camper,” always available and willing to help others moving, painting and always there for friends to lend a hand and share their burdens. In his lifetime, Eli enjoyed playing Congo Drums, Salsa Music, boxing, artwork and drawing, cooking and studying religion and scripture.

In addition to his birth father, Eli is survived by three brothers and one sister: Pedro Cartagena of Pawtucket RI, Carlos J. Cartagana of Fall River, Maria N. Cartagana of Rochester NY, and Jose Luis Otero of Lancaster PA. He is also survived by his new godson, Nikolas Valila and by many nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Michael Hobbs, Sr.

Happiest in the company of his children and grandchildren

Michael J. Hobbs, Sr., a Chelsea native and beloved husband for 39 years of the late Mary L. (Walsh) Hobbs, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 3 after a long battle with cancer.

Mike was born on June 16, 1939 to the late Everett S. and Sarah E. (O’Callaghan) Hobbs. He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1957.  Shortly after high school, he entered the United States Air Force where he served until March of 1963, attaining the rank of Airman First Class.  During his service he was stationed at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Aviano, Italy, which he remembered often and fondly.

Upon discharge from the Air Force, he returned home to Chelsea and married MaryLou, his childhood sweetheart.  Together they raised five children of whom they were both fiercely proud.  He worked as a welder for forty years, lending his skill and experience to the design and manufacture of components for many of the nuclear submarines in operation today.

In his free time he enjoyed the simple pleasures of life; time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, reading a good book, and enjoying a meal with those he loved – especially if that meal included bacon and sweets.  He was never happier than when he was in the company of his children and the grandchildren he adored.

Mike and his family wish to extend their thanks to the entire team of people who cared for him during his final illness.  In particular, we thank:  Rev. David Heald (who listened to all of Mike’s memories, joys, and regrets with  such grace and understanding),  Susan, Ashley, Rafe and the other members of the staff of Hospice of Southern Maine (who cared for Mike’s physical and emotional needs with  just the right combination of dignity, reality, and humor); Dr. Christopher Wellins (who became as much friend as doctor); Karen (with whom Mike shared the epic adventure that is Moby Dick); and finally, to the entire staff of Gosnell Memorial Hospice House (who filled Mike’s final days with compassion and peace, and gave comfort to his grieving family).

Mike also wanted to recall especially the overwhelming kindness shown to him by Herb Tyler (formerly of Portland Valve, Inc.) during the illness and passing of Mike’s beloved wife.  Mike spoke often of his appreciation of and gratitude to Herb for allowing him the flexibility to do what needed to be done for his wife and family during that difficult time.

Mike is survived by his children: Michael Jr. (MSgt. USAF (Ret.) and Linda Hobb, of Mount Holly, New Jersey; Marybeth H. and Keith Stramaglia, of Salem, NH; David (1SG USA (Ret.)) and Kristen P. Hobbs, of Scarborough, Maine; Kathleen  Hobbs and Jay Glover, of Lyman, Maine; and Gregory (Sgt. USMCR) and Kristin Hobbs of Buxton;  his grandchildren: Stephen, Lizzie, Maggie, and Juliette; his brother Doc, his sister-in-law Kathy, his sister-in-law Anne, his brother-in-law Bob, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine.  Interment will follow at a later date at the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, Mike asked that you consider making a donation in his memory to:Fish er House Foundation – 111 Rockville Pike #420, Rockville, MD 20850 (

or Project G.R.A.C.E., PO Box, 6846, Scarborough, ME 04070-6846 (

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