John ‘Jack’ Lindstrom
Award winning flower gardener whose biggest passion was painting
John C. “Jack” Lindstrom, a longtime resident of Chelsea, died on May 23.
John was born in Chelsea in March of 1930, the youngest of seven children.
He was an enthusiastic and award winning flower gardener and worked in his gardens from dawn to dusk in the summer. As a young man, he spent much of his time at the family lake side cottage in Newfield, Maine where he gardened and built many decorative stone walls as part of his landscaping design for the property.
However, Jack’s biggest passion was painting. His father Eric, a portrait painter and professional photographer, taught Jack at a young age how to create art through oil paint, pastels, watercolor and charcoal drawings.
Jack will be remembered most standing in front of an easel wearing a paint stained apron with a brush in his hand. His art works are enjoyed in many homes.
He was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Chelsea where he served as a sexton for many years and worked as a supervisor for 44 years at Smithcraft/Lightolier, a manufacturer of industrial and residential lighting fixtures.
He was the beloved husband for over 66 years to the late Lois (McKennon) who passed away in 2015; devoted father of John C. Lindstrom, Jr. and his wife, Marilyn Lambert and Linda McCusker; loving grandfather of John, Frankie and Stephanie, proud great grandfather and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was the dear brother of the late Barbara Reagan and her husband, Mike, Fred Lindstrom and his wife, Janet, Lorraine Landry and her husband, Francois, Gerry Houghton and her husband, Charlie, Robert Lindstrom and Bernie Wilkins and brother-in-law of the late Alfred and Robert McKennon.
The family wishes to thank the second floor staff of the Royal Meadow View Center in North Reading for the kind, cheerful and loving care of John. Also, grateful thanks to Mary and Kaitlyn from Hospice Compassus for all their competence, thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion which made John’s last year so tranquil and pleasant.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 28 in the First Congregational Church, Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 175 Lake Street, Peabody.
Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Ave., Chelsea.
Retired USN Senior Chief Petty Officer
The beloved husband of the late June M. (Capezzuto) Violet, the devoted father of George Violet, Jr., Kenny Violet and Margaret Seal, all of Virginia, Pamela Howell and her husband, Terry of New Hampshire, Belinda Majerowski and her husband, Peter of New York and Revere Police Lieutenant Glenn Malley and his wife, Christine of Danvers and the dear brother of Thelma Erl of Virginia.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For guestbook, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com
GE retiree and decorated veteran
Daniel Mikolajewski of Chelsea died on May 11.
A lifelong Chelsea resident, he was born in December of 1946, the youngest of four children. Raised on Beacon Street, he attended St. Stanislaus School, Everett Vocational for printing and worked odd jobs during and after high school until he enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1966. He was stationed in Vietnam during the war and it was during that three year time of service that he fought for the peace of others and for the safety of his comrades. Because of his courage, dedication and bravery, Danny was awarded The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, three Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Combat Infantryman Badge.
He was honorably discharged in 1969 and off to start a new chapter in his life. It was at this time he met his beloved friend of 50 years and wife of 48 years, Betty.
Danny worked for Lawson Machinery and Tool for some time until he secured a job as a helicopter engine tester for General Electric in Lynn, where he worked for 37 years until his retirement.
Danny was a former member of the Polish Falcons of Chelsea. He attended Patriot games as a season ticket holder before they started to win and an avid bowler on multiple teams at Townline in Malden. In his remaining years, he spent his time as a member and avid cribbage player at the Polish Political Club of Chelsea.
In 1976 Danny became a father, first came the birth of his daughter, Kristin Beth and six years later, in 1982, his son, Daniel Jr. was born. Both of which he was very proud. He became a father once again with the addition of his son-in-law Joe and daughter-in-law Siobhan to the family. But the most recent of happy times in his life for the past eight years were his three beautiful grandchildren: Maddie, Evie and Fiona-Maggie. Never a time went by where he didn’t crack a smile or belt a laugh because they brought him pure joy in that moment of time.
He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Gubski) Mikolajewski, devoted father of Kristin Beth (Mikolajewski) Breen and her husband, Joseph of Quincy and Daniel Mikolajewski, Jr. and his wife, Siobhan of Norwood; brother of Geraldine Douglas and her husband, Arthur of Lynnfield and the late Edward Miles and his surviving wife, Joyce Miles of Wilmington and Wallace Miles; brother-in law of Sr. Barbara Ann Gubski, SND of Chelsea and cherished grandfather of Madeline Adele Breen, Evelyn Claire Breen and Fiona-Maggie Mikolajewski.
Danny’s lengthy illness with cancer called him home on May 11. He passed with the one true constant in his life of 50 years by his side, his best friend and beloved wife.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 2 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. Following the Memorial Service, a collation to continue the celebration of his life will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Leonard Florence Center for the Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150; the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 or to Exceptional Citizens Week at Camp Fatima atwww.ecweek.org/donate.