Obituaries 08-10-2017

Doris Dion

MGH retiree; of New Hampshire,

formerly of Chelsea

Doris (DeSchuytner) Dion of Center Barnstead, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died at home on July 8 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 87 years old.

Born on May 8, 1930 in Chelsea, the daughter of Victor DeSchuytner and Catherine (Fitzpatrick) DeSchuytner, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School and was a tireless, dedicated worker at MGH in Boston in the pediatrics department for 40 years before retiring to New Hampshire.

She was the mother of the late Donald Dion and is survived by her husband, Norman Dion, and her five loving children: Daniel Dion of Chelmsford, Michael Dion of Groton, NH, Cecile Falta of Center Barnstead, NH, Andrea Toolan of Wakefield and Paul Dion of Newton and four beloved grandchidren: Melissa

Derderian of Chicopee, Sara Dion of Somerville  and Jake and Alexis Toolan of  Wakefield. She is also survived by her sister, Jean Gutowski of Washington and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Phaneuf Funeral, Boscawen, NH. Interment was at New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, NH

Lee Forgione

Passionate advocate for the elderly

Lee O. (Casiello) Forgione of Medford, an East Boston native and a 40-year resident of Chelsea, died on August 3 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center of Medford following a brief illness. She was 97 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, Lee was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1937. She lived in East Boston until 1957 when she and her family moved to Chelsea for more than 40 years. Her beloved and faithful husband, Robert A. Forgione passed on November 24, 1994. In 1997, Lee moved to the Riverside Apartments for Seniors of Medford where she remained until a year ago when she became a resident of Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center.

At the Kraft Apartments for Elderly Seniors in Chelsea, she began her career as an advocate for the elderly and for the justice due them. She was the president of the Residents Advocacy Organization in Chelsea and later at Riverside Apartments of Medford. Over the years, “Lee” helped secure excellent living and recreational advantages for seniors in Chelsea and Medford.  She was the recipient of several awards from the governments of Chelsea and Medford for her contributions to and work for seniors. Her family agrees that the zeal with which she crusaded was the true reason for her longevity. She would have celebrated her 98th birthday this coming November 23.

While still a resident of Chelsea, and on a visit with “Lee,” she was asked exactly what she did in her organizations for the seniors, she replied, “….I work hard, very hard for these folks – after all, some of them have no one and nothing. So you could say I am passionate in my work for the elderly seniors and for the justice due them.”

Lee was a woman of faith and grace, so referring to the Bible (particularly, the Book of Proverbs, the passage, a Valiant Woman) “…Praise her for the many fine things she does. Give her a share in what her hands have worked for and let her works tell her praises at the City Gates.”

The cherished mother of Robert A. Forgione, Jr. and his wife, Joane L of New Orleans, LA, she was the proud grandmother of Robert A. Forgione, III and his wife, Rosylene of Swampscott and Leanne M. Forgione of Marblehead; the dear sister of the late Agnes L Marandola, Vera LaCorrazza, Jennie Barbaro, Louise King, Elena Dittmer, John, Albert, Angelo, Joseph and Samuel Casiello. She is also lovingly survived by many caring and devoted nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For additional information, please visit:

Ethel Band

B’nai B’rith member whose favorite hobby was shopping

Ethel (Borr) Band of Chelsea died unexpectedly on August 8 at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 93 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Simon and Ann Borr, she was raised and educated in Chelsea where she attended Chelsea schools.

Ethel was a homemaker who enjoyed attending to her family’s needs. Her favorite hobby was shopping and she was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her close friends. She was active at the assisted living center where she was a resident and a member of the B’nai B’rith. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Richard L. Band and his wife, Loretta of Peabody and her grandchildren: Stephanie L. Band and her fiancé, Brian Kaplan, Josh M. Band and his girlfriend, Catherine Threlkeld and Jonathan A. Band. She was predeceased by her son Kenneth J. Band and her sisters: Evelyn Miller, Freda Reynolds, Seidel Borr and Lillian Beader.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, August 10 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Agudath Shalom Cemetery, Everett. Memorial observance to be held following the burial at the home of Richard and Loretta home until 8:30 p.m.; Friday at 201 Captains Row, 4th Fl. Chelsea, from 1 to 4 p.m. and back at Richard’s home on Saturday at sundown and on Sunday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960, or Cohen Florence Levine Estates 201 Captains Row Chelsea, MA 02150. For guest book and directions, visit:

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