Obituaries 05-24-2018

  1. Robert ‘Bob’ Churchill

National Grid retiree


  1. Robert ‘Bob’ Churchill passed away Wednesday morning, May 16 surrounded by his loving family.  He was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Samuel and Ethel Mae (Garland) Churchill, Bob attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1950.  After high school, Bob began working for the former Boston Gas Company as a burner service technician.  The company later became National Grid, where Bob became a service training instructor.  He dedicated 39 years of service before retiring in 1991.

Bob was a veteran of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.  He enlisted on December 3, 1947 and ended his service as a Sgt. E5.  Bob was honorably discharged on December 2, 1957.

Bob and his wife lived in Everett for most of their lives, but later moved to Peabody.  He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church in Chelsea, where as a teenager he met his wife, Winifred D. (King).  They were married 65 years before her passing in December of 2017.

Bob was a late member of the Robert Lash Lodge A.F. & A.M., formerly in Chelsea and the Star of Bethlehem Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in Wakefield.  As an avid golfer, Bob enjoyed his retirement on the fairway.  He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

He was the devoted father of Nancy Ellen DiMinico and her husband, Chris, Janet Elizabeth Herbert and her fiance, John Vitale, all of Chelmsford; dear brother of Lloyd Churchill, Donald Churchill and his wife, Flora of Wilmington, M. Diane Maria of Revere, Elizabeth “Liz” Sheehan and her husband, Dan of Malden, Jean Smith of Revere and the late Richard Churchill and Eleanor McMurrer; brother-in-law of Lorraine Churchill of Revere and the late Joseph McMurrer.  He is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Timothy, Christy and Lauren DiMinico, Katherine Herbert and Rachel Herbert, all of Chelmsford.

Funeral services will be conducted at the First Congregational Church, 26 County Road, Chelsea on Thursday, May 31 at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  Visiting hours will be held at the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Wednesday, May 30  from 4 to 8 p.m.

Baudillia Idalia Lazo Rivas

February 09, 1979 – May 15, 2018

Baudillia Idalia Lazo Rivas, a Chelsea resident for 15 years, passed away on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston succumbing to a cancer illness she lived with for eight years. She was 39 years old.

Born and raised in El Salvador, a beloved daughter of Estilia Lazo de Lopez and Antonio Lopez of Santiago, Nonualco ES, she immigrated to the  United States as a young lady, soon married Jaime Rivas and together they first resided in the North End. Hard working and driven to success, she and her husband purchased a home in Chelsea 15 years ago while raising two sons and working outside of her home.

Baudilia worked at the Caffe Vittoria in Boston for many years where she was loved and respected as a dear friend and helpful co-worker. She loved her family and home and was a self-styled creative cook.  She would take simple recipes and create her own variations of delightful meals for family and friends. Undaunted by her illness, she would always try new things.

She was the beloved wife of Jaime DeJesus Rivas of Chelsea and devoted mother of Kevin and Jouse Rivas Lazo, both at home; loving daughter of Estilia Lazo de Lopez and Antonio Lopez of Santiago, Nonualco ES; dear sister of Carmen Lazo of Indiana, Juan, Glenda, Cornelio, Elmer, Carolina and Ana Lazo, all in El Salvador.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial will be in the Santiago Nonualco Cemetery in La Paz El Salvador

Rachel Lee Almeida

September 23, 1971 – May 12, 2018

Rachel Lee Almeida of Fairhaven, formerly of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly after being stricken in her Fairhaven home. She was 46 years old.

Born in Malden she was raised in Chelsea, a daughter of Clifford Kenney Sr. of Chelsea and the late Doreen Ruth (McClellan) Kenny. She attended St. Stanislaus parochial school and Chelsea High School. She settled in Revere as a young mother and homemaker raising her son and daughter. Rachel was devoted to her family and enjoyed home crafts.

She was the devoted mother of Paul J. Almeida of Revere and Vanessa Almeida of Haverhill, cherished grandmother of Ellie Cinseros, dear sister of Clifford Kenny Jr. and Chris Kenny of Chelsea. She was the former wife of Paulo Almeida of West Bridgewater and is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.
Funeral arrangement were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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