Obituaries 05-02-2019

Catalina Rivera

May 2, 1938 – April 27, 2019

Catalina “Kathy” Rivera passed away on Saturday, April 27 at the Eastpointe

Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea where she was in residence for several years receiving supportive care. She was 80 years old.

Born and raised in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Maria Flores Rivera and Amparo Rivera, Sr. 

Her family settled in Chelsea in 1963 and she has remained here for the past 55 years.  She worked for many

years at Suffolk Farms and later with Sweetheart Paper before retiring. 

During her lifetime, Kathy enjoyed a simple home life, family gatherings, celebrations and dancing. 

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers: Anastacio and Jose

Rivera  and Amparo Rivera, Jr.  She is survived by her beloved daughter, Carmen Lopez of Springfield, her cherished grandchildren, Christopher and Victor Lopez and she was also blessed with six great grandchildren. She was the dearest sister of Pascula Ferrer, Maria Rivera and Ignacio Rivera, all of Chelsea, Carmen Perez of New York, Emma Rivera of East Boston and Maximo Rivera of Revere. 

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, May 2, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.   For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Arrangements given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea.  

Hector Ramos

Owner/Operator of HR Tile and Construction

Hector A. Ramos passed away suddenly on Friday, April 26 in the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 39 years old.

The son of Celia Ventura Ramos and Guillermo Ramos of Lynn, he was born and raised in Yayantique, El Salvador.  He came to the United States as a young man, graduated from Somerville High School and lived in Somerville, Lynn and Chelsea. He has been residing in Malden for the past seven years.

Hector worked as a general contractor and was the owner operator of HR Tile and Construction.  He enjoyed soccer and time at home with family. 

He was the beloved companion of Natalia M. Ventura of Malden and the loving father of Hector Alejandro Ramos, Christy Ramos Quijada and Nathanial Ramos Quijada,, all of Chelsea and Juan Estevan Ventura and Jonathan Ventura, both of Malden.   He is also survived by his brother,   Lawrence   Ramos   of   Lynn   and  by many   aunts,   uncles   and   extended   family members. 

Relatives and friends are invited to visitation and services today, Thursday, May 2 in the Iglesia Adventista Hispana de Chelsea, 111 Hawthorne St., Chelsea from 4 to 8 p.m. Hector’s burial will be on Friday, May 3 at 2 p.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Arrangements given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home.   

Kreg Scott

September 18, 1970 – April 29, 2019

Kreg Steven Scott passed away suddenly on Monday, April 29 in his Chelsea home.  He was 47 years of age. 

Born and raised in Revere, he was a son of Anthony L., III and Florence A. (Hartigan) Scott of Chelsea.  Kreg attended schools in Revere and resided in Revere for most of his life.  For the past several years, he hasresided in Chelsea caring for his parents.  His life devotion was to his family.  He is survived by his parents and his beloved son, Kreg Scott II of Revere. He was the dear brother of Antonette Jarvis and her husband, Robert of Haverhill, Robert Scott and his wife, Beate of Norway and the late Anthony L. Scott, IV and Shane Scott. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and extended family members and friends.

A Life Tribute and Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Theresa Agri

Homemaker who loved to dance and adored her large family

Theresa R. (Bellino) Agri entered into eternal rest Friday morning, April 26 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.  She was 94 years old.

Born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Agrippino and Giovannina (Raia) Bellino, she attended school in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1942.  Theresa settled in Chelsea with her beloved husband, Santo Anthony Agri, with whom she shared 68 years of marriage.  She worked in her own home as a homemaker, taking care of her husband and four children.  Theresa and her husband had a passion for dancing.  They would travel all over to dance.  A few of their favorite spots included the Chelsea Polish Club, Polcari’s, and the Cathay Pacific Restaurant in Quincy.  

Theresa adored her large family and loved spending time with all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She loved to cook and provide her delicious home cooked meals to all who entered her home.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Theresa is the beloved wife of Santo Anthony Agri with whom she shared 68 years of marriage, the devoted mother of Joseph M. Agri of Florida, Janice J. Christoforo and her husband, John of Holbrook, Joan Ramage and her husband, Joseph of Avon and Joyce Agri and her husband, Stephen Thomas of Malden; dear sister of Anna Bellino of East Boston and the late Giovanni Bellino and Santa Bernardo.  She is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: John and Matthew Christoforo, Dominic and Andrea Taverna and Eddie and Theresa Klosiewicz and four great grandchildren: Julia, Nicholas, Jimmy and Thomas Christoforo.  

Funeral arrangements were by the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  For those who wish, donations in Theresa’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Edward Mendalka

Hard working dedicated man who loved his family

Edward S.  “Ed” Mendalka passed away Saturday evening at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.  He was 90 years old.

He was born in Lynn, the son of the late Stanley Mendalka and Helen S. (Shostek-Mendalka) Slotkowski and step-son of the late Joseph Slotkowski. Although he was born in Lynn, Eddie spent most of his life as a resident of Chelsea. Having lost his father at a very young age, Eddie went to work instead of high school to support his mother and sisters. He remained industrious for his entire life, always working to provide for his family.

For many years, he worked at American Finish and Chemical Company in Chelsea, holding several different positions there. Working on evenings and weekends, he also did plumbing and heating work.

Eddie was incredibly self-sufficient. He could fix anything. And he would never pay anyone to do something that he could do himself. While he could be stubborn, he was also kind and loving.  He loved his family, especially his beloved wife of 66 years, Caroline, who passed in 2017. He was devoted to his son, William (Billy) who was developmentally disabled and also predeceased him. He and his son, John shared a special bond when John followed in his footsteps and became a plumber. He was proud to send his daughter, Karen to college and law school, the first in the family to earn a college degree.

He loved spending time with his four grandchildren, watching them grow from babies to young adults. He had a special place in his heart for Cathy, his daughter-in-law, whom he called “my angel” in his later years, when she selflessly provided so much care to him.  

Eddie was hardworking, dedicated and he loved his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.  Edward was also predeceased by his sister, Helen Troisi, step-brother, Edward Carpovich and step-sister, Eleanor Slotkowski. He was the cherished grandfather of Ingrid, Caroline and Philip Hoerrner and Kaitlin Mendalka and dear brother of Blanche Miller of Chelsea.

His funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St. Chelsea, at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home Chelsea, 617-889-2723

Robert Cataldo

Retired member and former business agent of Carpenters Union Local 218

Robert “Bob” E. Cataldo, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 20 at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital in Everett.  He was 82 years old.  

The son of the late Joseph H. and Beatrice (Matys) Cataldo,  Bob attended Chelsea public schools but went to high school at the Everett Vocational High School, graduating in 1954. 

He worked in the printing industry for four years before enlisting in the US Army on March 17, 1958.  Serving during the Vietnam Era, he was assigned overseas duty in Korea.  Having faithfully served his enlistment, he was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4th Class, E-4, on March 2, 1961.  

Upon returning home from the service, Bob took up the trade of carpentry and worked in the industry for almost 40 years.  He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #218.  Over the last few years of his career, Bob worked in the capacity of a business agent for the Union.  He retired in 1999.  

Bob enjoyed his retirement by fishing, boating and watching the Patriots and Red Sox.  He was a late member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club in Winthrop.  Most of all, Bob enjoyed his time with his grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.  

The beloved husband of Carol A. (Sartorelli) Cataldo of Chelsea with whom he shared 57 years of marriage, he was the devoted father of Jane M. Cataldo of Chelsea, Ellen M. Sullivan and her husband, Edward of Saugus, Robert V. Cataldo and his wife, Sheila of Medford, Gregory M. Cataldo and his wife, Michelle “Missy” of New Hampshire; dear brother of Ralph H. Cataldo of Florida and the late Joseph Cataldo and Dorothy Dushinski.  He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: Nicholas and MaryElyse Sullivan, Christina and Joseph Cataldo, Nathan Day and Alexander Cataldo. 

Funeral arrangements were private and entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150.

Pena Simon Ruiz

Of Chelsea, formerly of Puerto Rico

Pena Simon Ruiz of Chelsea, formerly of Puerto Rico, passed away at the Seasons Hospice in Milton where he was receiving palliative care for esophageal cancer.  He was 73 years old.

Simon was born and raised in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.  He lived on his family farm where he worked the land for his entire life.  Four years ago, he came to Chelsea to live with his daughter. 

Simon was repatriated to Puerto Rico for funeral services and burial in the family plot in Yabucoa Cemetery.  Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea.   For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit;

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