Obituaries 04-14-2016

Diane Finn

Formerly worked at Chelsea City Hall and Logan Airport

Diane M. (Fay) Finn of Chelsea passed away Sunday at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after the cancer she battled for the last five years had suddenly relapsed. She was 64 years old.

Born in Toms River, NJ, she grew up in Tewksbury where she attended schools and graduated from Tewksbury High School. She married Gerald P. Finn and together they resided in Chelsea for the past 43 years. She received her college Associates Degree in Secretarial Sciences from BHCC. She worked at Chelsea City Hall for several years with various departments  and was also employed as a security screener with TSA at Logan International Airport for 10 years before resigning for health reasons five years ago.

Diane enjoyed her time around the family swimming pool and entertaining family and friends cooking and socializing, She enjoyed craft projects and traveling to visit family in Chicago or to Florida or the Cape wherever there was water or a pool to swim.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Gerald P. Finn, Jr. She was the beloved and devoted mother of Christopher Finn and his wife, Erica of Saugus and Timothy Finn and his wife, Megan of Chicago, IL; dear sister of Mark Fay of New Hampshire, Marion Kyner of Virginia, James Fay of Dracut, Frank Fay of Bedford, Robert Fay of Salem, NH, Roberta Carroll of Plainville, Scott Fay of Lancaster, Billy Fay of New Hampshire, Raymond Fay of S.Lawrence, Tracy Fay of New Hampshire and the late Jimmy, Anne and Brian Fay. She was the cherished niece of Nancy Glennon of Amherst, Donna Girard of Buzzards Bay, Marie O’Reagan of Everett and Albert Fay of Peabody and loved cousin of Steven and Fran Dysdale of Haverhill and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, April 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 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 her memory may be made to Cancer Research MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Ralph Penta

AKA “Ralph the Barber” of Chelsea Square

Ralph Penta of Malden passed away on April 6 surrounded by his loving family.

Ralph was born in 1937 in the town of Sant’Angelo all’Esca, Italy, the son of Maria and Ciriaco of Everett. He immigrated to the United States in 1955, settling in Massachusetts with his beloved wife of 56 years, Lina (Rosato) Penta. Known by many as “Ralph the Barber,” he had an unparalleled work ethic and built a thriving business in Chelsea Square where he groomed so many for over 50 years.

He was an avid follower of horse and dog racing, a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox and when not in the barber shop or at the track, could typically be found taking meticulous care of his home and lawn. His motivation for all he did was his family, who he supported, nurtured and loved deeply every day of his life. Some of his happiest moments were when sitting at the head of the table, with his wife next to him and surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lina, and his three children, son Charles and his wife, Susan (Loconto) of Belmont, son Joseph and his wife, Marjorie (Hart) of Tewksbury and daughter Mary Ann (Penta) Cutler and her husband, Scott Cutler of Medford. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Alexandra and Victoria Penta, Joseph, Estelle and Maggie Penta and Mikayla Cutler as well as  two brothers, Michael Penta and his wife, Antoinette of Chelsea and Peter Penta and his wife, Connie of Everett and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Buonfiglio Funeral Home in Revere.  Interment wase in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Ralph to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 5354 E. 2nd St., Suite 201, Long Beach, CA 90803 or  For online guestbook, please visit

John ‘Jack’ DeNisco

Freelance Chef

John S. “Jack” DeNisco passed away unexpectedly early April 6 in the Backus Hospital Emergency Room in Norwich CT after being stricken while vacationing at the Peacock Towers in Connecticut. He was 57 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of three children born to the late William P. Sr. and Sabitina V. “Salle” (Montefusco) DeNisco. Jack attended local schools, participated with Chelsea Little League and was a member of Chelsea High School Class of ’77. Jack was a freelance chef working as an independent cook at many local restaurants. In his lifetime Jack enjoyed motorcycling, fishing and camping in New Hampshire. A man with a best described sweet and sour personality; he still possessed a compassionate heart and was a devoted family caregiver.

In addition to his parents, Jack was also preceded in death by his wife Debra (Lewis) DeNisco and daughter Alicia Marie DeNisco. He is survived by a son, John S. DeNisco, Jr. of Haverhill and he is also survived by his dear brother William P. DeNisco, Jr. and his wife, Deena of Everett and Linda Tigges and her husband, Thomas of Chelsea. He was the cherished grandfather of Emilio, Macey and Lola.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation on Sunday, April 17 at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea from 4 to 6 p.m. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 5:30 p.m. Graveside services will follow on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett; those attending are invited to assemble at the cemetery gate at 9:15 a.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.

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