Obituaries 11-30-2017

Darren Moore

Retired Chelsea Firefighter, coached 2001 Chelsea Pride Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship Team

Darren W. Moore passed away unexpectedly in his Lynn home on Saturday morning, November 25. He was 52 years old.

Born in Boston and raised in Chelsea, Darren was a devoted son of the late Earl H. and Evelyn R. (Lee) Moore. He attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1983. While attending high school, Darren excelled in sports and participated in basketball, football and baseball. He also coached football with the Chelsea Pride Pop Warner program and coached the ‘01 winning Super-Bowl Championship team.

In 1987, Darren was appointed a permanent firefighter with the Chelsea Fire Department. He retired after 20 years of dedicated service.

In addition to his parents he was also predeceased by two sisters; Patricia Eurlene Moore and Tammy Moore. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Shaunte Moore of Peabody and Jenna Moore of Portland, OR. He was the beloved and cherished grandfather of Janiyah and Lyric Reynoso. He is also survived by his dearly loved sister, Robyn K. Moore of Florida, his revered and devoted brothers: Charlie Moore and his wife, Cindy of Lynn, Derek Moore and Brian Moore, both of New Hampshire. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation on Friday, December 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. A life tribute and service of remembrance will be held in the funeral home commencing at 7 p.m

 Walter Janiak

Retired Chelsea Police Officer, member of Chelsea Moose, St. Andrews BBC and Chelsea DAV

Walter S. Janiak of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 21.

Born in Chelsea 87 years ago to the late Joseph and Regina (Puzan) Janiak, Walter passed away after being admitted to the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers where he was to receive supportive respite care as he courageously battled a fast moving cancer that was only diagnosed months ago.

A member of the Chelsea Police Department for over 32 years until his retirement in 1993, he was a member of the Chelsea DAV, Chelsea Moose and St. Andrews BBC. In his free time, he enjoyed bowling, pool, cards and fishing, but his most favorite times and memories were made for over 54 years with his family and friends at the family cottage in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

A United States Army Veteran who served during the Korean Conflict, he was the devoted husband of Stella S. (Kloss), beloved father of Deborah Berardino and her husband, William of Londonderry, NH, Lisa Correnti and her significant other, William Cohan of Lynn, Laurie Cataldo and her husband, Gregg of Lynn and the late Michael Drigotas and Alfred Drigotas; father-in-law of the late Roy F. Correnti and Paul Spada; brother of the late Stanley Janiak, Josephine Lyons and Joseph Janiak; cherished grandfather of Annmarie Dasaro, Alisha Spada, Blase Cataldo, Autumnrose Cataldo, Tanya Fierro and Michael Drigotas and Christopher Drigotas. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Natasha, James, Alexis, Logan, Gino and Gianni, his great great grandchildren, Scott and twins Emily and Fiona as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA -2452 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. To send a message of condolence to Walter’s family, please visit

Gianluca DiStefano

Another victim of the drug epidemic

Gianluca R. DiStefano at 27 years of age, this handsome, bright, and caring young man was taken from us all too soon on Sunday, November 19.  Another victim of this horrible drug epidemic.

Gianluca was born in Boston, the beloved son of Raffaella (Fabrizio) DiStefano and Ronald DiStefano. He was raised and resided for most of his life in Lynnfield. He attended Lynnfield elementary schools and graduated from Lynnfield High School in 2009. This past summer, Gianluca worked as a landscaper’s assistant, he also plied himself in the restaurant/hotel hospitality field on the North Shore and surrounding area. All throughout his life he loved to play basketball and following the Boston Celtics. He enjoyed working out in the gym and caring for his dog Annabelle.

To mourn his loss and cherish his memory, he leaves his loving mother, Raffaella (Fabrizio) DiStefano of Lynnfield and his father, Ronald DiStefano of Chelsea; his loving sisters; Raffaella Sara DiStefano and Oriana DiStefano, both of Lynnfield. He was the beloved grandson of the late Sabino and Giuditta (Sabatino) Fabrizio and the late Damiano and Sarah (Sannella) DiStefano. He was the cherished nephew to several aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles and he is also survived by many loving cousins, extended family members and his canine companion, Annabelle..

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.   Interment wasmin Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. .

Phyllis Drector

Of Chelsea

Phyllis R. (Fraster) Drector, 81 of Chelsea, beloved wife of Charles Drector entered into rest November 24, 2017. Born in Chelsea she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Jennie (Berris) Fraster. Raised and educated in Chelsea a graduate of Chelsea High School class of 1953. She continued her education at the Boston Dispensary. She was employed as a lab technician at Tufts Medical Center and for 40 years prior to retirement worked in the development office at Boston University. 
Phyllis was a member of Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea, a member of the YMHA where she volunteered at bingo, she volunteered for the City of Chelsea working at the polls and she also worked the bingo games at the Leonard Florence center in Chelsea. Besides her husband Phyllis is survived by her daughters Caren Drector of Marblehead, Stacy Drector of Chelsea, sister in laws Ruth Fraster & Marcia Fraster, nieces Beth Fraster & her husband Steve Folsom, Robin Fraster & her husband Alan Deutsch & great aunt to Jacob, Ella & Jordana. She was predeceased by her brother Paul Fraster. Services at the Torf Funeral Chapel 151 Washington Ave. Chelsea, Sunday Nov.26 at 10AM. Interment in Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial gathering will be held at the home of Charles Drector following the burial from 1-6PM. Shiva will be held Monday at Charles Drector’s home from 2-8PM. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc. PO Box 840692 Dallas TX 75284, American Diabetes Assoc. 330 Congress St. Boston, MA 02110 or Temple Emmanuel 60 Tudor St. Chelsea, MA 02150.

Domenic Poli

Retired mechanical draftsman

Domenic S. Poli passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 26 at Hancock Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Quincy where he has been receiving supportive care for the past two years.  He was 90 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, one of 11 children of the late Ottavio and Teresa Poli, he enlisted in the US Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1947.  He returned home, courted and married his beloved wife, Anna C. (DiMichele).  Together they raised two sons and shared 62 years of marriage up to the time of her passing in 2015.

He supported his family working for Raytheon.  He began working in building and property services and was soon encouraged to further his education and pursue a career as a draftsman.  He completed 33 years with Raytheon as a Mechanical Draftsman and continued his full time career taking a position with CODEX.  In his semi-retirement years he also worked for Logan Airport Security Services and would frequently attend Mass at the airport in the Our Lady of the Airways Chapel.

Domenic enjoyed swimming, spending summer vacation in Falmouth, playing board games and following all Boston sports, favoring the Red Sox and Patriots.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, Domenic was also predeceased by nine elder siblings.  He is survived by his two devoted sons and their wives; Mark Poli and his wife, Priscilla of Quincy and Dean Poli and his wife, Judy of Melrose. He was the cherished grandfather of Domenic Poli and his wife, Jennifer of Greenfield and Nicholas Poli of Weymouth and the dear brother and brother-in-law of Teresa Feulo, and Ida DiMichele of East Boston.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend his funeral and visitation from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, November 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In Lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hancock Park Alzheimer’s Memorial Fund, 164 Parking Way, Quincy MA 02169.

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