Francis ‘Frank’ Costa
Retired Mystic River Bridge toll collector
Francis A. “Frank” Costa passed away unexpectedly in his Revere home. He was 85 years old.
Born in Cambridge, he was one of two sons born to the late Francis A., Sr. and Grace (Spinney) Costa. He grew up in Chelsea, attended Williams elementary and Our Lady of Grace parochial school. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1952 and served during the Korean conflict. During his time in the military, he was stationed at Nellis AFB in Nevada where he participated in early nuclear testing and witnessed several above ground detonations.
He returned to Chelsea and worked for more than 30 years as a toll collector on the Mystic/Tobin Bridge. A resident of Chelsea for most of his early years, he also resided for a time in Melrose and recently in Revere. He was a past member of the Revere Lodge of Elks and the PPC Club in Chelsea.
He was widowed from his wife of 20 years, the late Carol (Cremmens) Costa and was also preceded in death by three daughters; Maryellen Costa, Kathleen Costa-Scibilia and Deborah Costa, his brother George Costa and a granddaughter, Krystal Brown. He is survived by two loving children, Patricia Costa and Francis Costa, Jr. both of Chelsea. He was the cherished grandfather of Melanie Scibilia, Scott Brown, Trista Brown, Patrick Brown and Sandra Costa.
Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 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. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Frances Mary Ippolito
Family was her greatest joy
Frances Mary (Cimino) Ippolito of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, entered into eternal rest Wednesday morning, April 26 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 83 years old.
Frances has been residing in Saugus for the past eight years but she was a former resident of Chelsea where she was born and raised, the daughter of the late Rocco and Frances (Fasulo) Cimino.
She attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1952. Frances took great pride in being a homemaker, caring for her husband, her home and her six children. Her greatest joy was just having her family around her at all times. She was an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. Her unconditional love and the self-esteem she willed into her children will linger on through the generations.
Her “83” year friendship with her sister Nancy was one of her favorite joys in life. They spoke on the phone no less than twice a day, every day.
Frances was known to her children’s friends as “Mrs. Ipp.” Mrs. Ipp enjoyed cooking for all of the neighborhood kids, especially the Voke Park kids. The Ippollito house was the place to be, especially on Sundays and the holidays when meatballs were cooking. She always had a smile on her face and opened her home to all. She “oozed” sweetness and loved all of the kids like they were her own. She had a special bond with “Elvis Presley” since they shared a birthday and she was not shy about letting everyone know. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
The wife of the late James C. Ippolito, she was the beloved mother of Josephine Thomas of Saugus and her former husband, Paul Thomas of Everett, Rocco Ippolito of Saugus, Frances DiMare and her husband, Daniel of Melrose, James Ippolito and his wife, Phaedra Deland Ippolito of Peabody, Robert Ippolito and his wife, Katie of Everett and the late William Ippolito; dear sister of Nancy DiCecca of Methuen and the late Gerard, John, Phillip Cimino, Olympia Fabbri, Michael, Anthony Cimino, Antoinette Neilson, Rocco, Jr., Arnold and Joseph Cimino. She is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren: Karrisa, Danielle, Samantha, Adriana, Joseph, Anthony, James, Robert and Sabrina; one great grandson, Keegan and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.