Career US Marine Corps veteran and Chelsea Soldiers Home retiree
Michael R. Picarella of Weymouth, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 21.
A career US Marine Corps. veteran with over 20 years of service, Michael passed away at the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital after a long illness. Born in Chelsea and a resident here until entering the Marines, when he returned from service, he resided in Weymouth until his passing. After his service to his country, he held positions at the Chelsea Soldiers Home until his retirement 10 years later. During his working years and in retirement he enjoyed cards and bowling and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #83 and the Mottola Post in Revere.
He was the devoted husband of the late Phyllis (Bryne); beloved brother of Grace Cerra of Chelsea, John Derdian of Utah and the late Julia Gaspar; loving uncle to George Cerra of Texas, Paul Cerra of Watertown, Allison Ryan of Nevada and Diane Kielsen of Utah; dear step-father of Susan Chambers and Diane Powers, both of Weymouth.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the grounds of the Chelsea Soldiers Home. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Carmelite Sisters of Boston, Boston Carmel, 61 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com