Obituaries 02-07-2019

Edith Rose Colella

Dedicated homemakers

Edith Rose (Allen) Colella, a Chelsea resident for almost 50 years, passed away at the Dexter House Healthcare in Malden.  She was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Walden, Vermont, the daughter of the late Roscoe V. and Inez M. (Story) Allen, Edith attended local schools in Vermont.  She dedicated her life as a homemaker, caring for her home and for her family.  As a mother of four, she took great pride in her home, cooking and baking for her family.  She also enjoyed sewing. 

The beloved wife of Edward A. Colella of Chelsea, she was the devoted mother of Anthony W. Griffin and his wife, Gwen of Atkinson, N.H., Joseph J. Griffin of Derry, N.H., Sherry Ann Chipman and her husband, Bruce “Hank” of Everett and the late Mildred M. Griffin; sister of the late Olin Allen, Hazel Brown, Mildred Savard and Helen Pizzano, she is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Edith’s visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, Feb. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m.  Interment is private.

James Malachowski

Aug. 19, 1955 — Feb. 1, 2019

James J. Malachowski passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea home on Friday, Feb. 1. He was 63 years old.

Raised in Chelsea, a beloved son of Irene F. (Manko) Malachowski of Chelsea and the late Joseph Malachowski, Jim attended local schools and was among one of the first graduating classes from N.E. Regional Vocational High School.

He enlisted in the USMC and served honorably during the Vietnam Era. After his discharge, he furthered his education attending the Peterson School for two more years gaining his proficiency and certificates in HVAC He worked for many years as a HVAC Mechanic providing full time system maintenance at the Custom House in Boston.

A proud Marine veteran, he was a longtime member and past Commander of the D.A.V. Post 62 quartered at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, volunteering and assisting with the residents there. He was also a member of the P.A.V. Post 13 Chelsea where he was presently serving as the Vice Commander and Commander elect of the post.

He is survived by his beloved mother, Irene F. Malachowski at home in Chelsea; the dear brother of Paul Malachowski and his companion, Heidi Wilson of Chelsea, Joseph Malachowski of Chelsea and his companion, Patricia Toner of Burlington. He was the revered and loved nephew of Frank Manko of Texas and Barbara Malachowski of Malden and is also survived by many cousins, friends and extended family members.  

His Funeral Services will be conducted from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend and visit prior to services from 9 a.m. Private interment to follow will be at the Massachusetts Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. 

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to US War Dogs Assoc. c/o Ron Aiello, 1313 Mt. Holly Road, Burlington, NJ 08016 or visitwww.USWarDogs.ORG. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Johanna Mary Olson

Strong, touch as steel, caring and loving wife and mother

Johanna Mary Olson, 83, of Deer Trail Lane in Berwick, Maine died at home on Jan. 29 surrounded by loved ones.

Born on Jan. 5, 1936 in Chelsea, she was a daughter of Joseph and Angela ( Bellafato) Politano. She attended local schools including Chelsea High School.

Johanna was a strong, tough as steel woman who was a caring and loving wife and mother, raising eight children before she and her loving husband of 50 years moved to their home in Berwick, Maine.

She epitomized the saying “It’s better to give than receive” giving to her family, friends and needy strangers. She volunteered early in life at Boston hospitals and most recently she was a foundation volunteer at House of Hope in Berwick where she greeted each client with a loving hug and earnest caring.

She cherished her church family at Eliot Baptist Church where she had been a member for 20 years.

Johanna was most happy when her home was filled with her loving family so she could make a wonderful meal or bake some of her signature treats.

Her first love was unquestionably her family, she is survived by her loving husband John Olson of Berwick, their children, daughters, Sharon Orchard and her husband, Robbie of Gardner, N.C., Marie Helka and her husband, Ed of Dearborn, Mich., and Susan Aversa and her husband, Sal of Everett; sons: John Olson, Jr. and his wife, Susan of Reading, Michael Olson of Sanford, Maine, Paul Olson and his wife, Guine of Sparks, NV, and Robert Olson and his wife, Christy of Kittery, ME, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grand children.

She was predeceased by her oldest son, Gerard Olson and her grandson, John Olson. A memorial service was celebrated on Feb. 2 in the Eliot Baptist Church with a time of sharing and refreshment following at The House of Hope in Berwick. Online condolences may be made by visiting . Donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or to the House of Hope. Care for the Olson family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey and Son Funeral Home.

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