Obituaries 02-23-2017

Margaret Bilton

Retired Certified Nurse’s Assistant — September 28, 1957 – February 17, 2017

Margaret “Peggy” (Penney) Bilton of Natick, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on February 17 at the Metro West Medical Center/Framingham Union Hospital in the Emergency Department following a respiratory and cardiac event.  She was 59 years old. Peggy had battled advancing Emphysema and C.O.P.D. for several years.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late George D. and Barbara (Cole) Penney, she graduated from Chelsea High School and worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant “CNA” for local area nursing facilities in Malden and with the Epson Manor in New Hampshire.  For health reasons and her advancing disabilities, she was medically retired a few years ago.

A native of Chelsea, she also resided for several years in Dracut and Epson, NH, returned to Chelsea and settled in Natick four years ago to reside with her son and his family.  In her lifetime, her labor was love and caring for her sons and later welcoming each of her three grandchildren showering them with great love and caring compassion.  For herself, she enjoyed simple pleasures and traveling with family, sharing in boat cruises to the Caribbean Islands.

She was the devoted mother of Derek M. Bilton and his wife, AnnMarie of Framingham and Jason P. Bilton and his girlfriend, Aimee Norden of Natick; cherished grandmother of Derek T. and Kyla Lynn Bilton and Jason P. Bilton, Jr.; loving sister of Cheryl Tecci and her husband, Albert of Las Vegas, NV, the late Ronald Penney and G. Douglas Penney, Jr.; dear aunt of Richard Moore and Salvatore Tecci. She is also survived by several cousins, relatives and friends.

All are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation to be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, February 24 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Funeral Services to follow will be at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Richard T. Loring officiating. Services will conclude with Inurnment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Christine Ellis

Of Chelsea

Christine Ellis of Chelsea died peacefully in her sleep on February 14.

She was the loving daughter of the late Lynwood and Carol Ellis; beloved mother of Joseph Healy Jr.  and Sarah Griffin, both of Chelsea; dear sister of Joann Todisco of Chelsea and Lynn Ellis, both of Chelsea. She is also survived by her cherished aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Christine’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston on Saturday, February 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. to share stories and memories of Christine’s life. For more information, visit:

James Joseph Cassidy, III

Retired union truck driver

James Joseph Cassidy, III of Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea passed away unexpectedly at home on February 14.  He was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late James J. II, and Alice M. Cassidy, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  He married Ruth A.  (Phillips), raised his family of three sons and three daughters in Chelsea and worked as a professional union truck driver, driving large semis for Berman’s Motor Express in Medford.

A resident of Chelsea for most of his life, he and his wife settled in Wakefield in the early 70’s.  He was widowed in 1998 and remained in Wakefield for a number of years.  Having retired from trucking industry, Jim worked for several years with the Wakefield School Dept. as a school custodian and bus driver.  Recently, he moved to Danvers for a short time before returning to Chelsea seven plus years ago taking residence at Admirals Hill to the time of his passing. Jim enjoyed woodworking and home improvement projects and was a proud member of Teamsters Local 25 and the Chelsea Post, American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth A. Cassidy in 1998, his cherished daughter, Tammy E. Cassidy in 2008 and also by his sister, the late June Marchesi. He is survived by his remaining loving children; Robert P. Kelley of Danvers, Linda A. Rogowicz and her husband, Robert of Chelsea, James J. Cassidy IV of Nashua, NH, Timothy M. Cassidy of Derry, NH and Cindy J. Cassidy of Danvers. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at;


Dennis Asten Baker Sr.

His favorite pastime was people watching in Bellingham Square

Dennis Asten Baker Sr., a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away February 7 at Massachusetts General Hospital from a short illness. Dennis was a United States Marine veteran who fought in Vietnam. He loved to play cards and most of all people he liked to watch in Bellingham Square, Chelsea. He turned 69 on February 4.

Dennis is survived by his daughter, Laurie Jean Baker, his son, Dennis Asten Baker Jr., his sister, Yvonne Dembro and his brother, George Baker.

 If anyone would like to pay respects to Dennis, his daughter is holding a Mass for him at: Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols Street, Chelsea MA. 02150 on Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. (If you would like to send flowers, please send them to the church.

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