Obituaries 08-29-2019

Ruth Zybura

Oct. 12, 1920 – Aug. 22, 2019

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend the funeral of Ruth (Hubacz) Zybura today, Thursday, Aug. 29  at 8 a.m. from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Ruth Zybura, 98, of Gorham, Maine passed away on Aug. 22 at Gorham House after a short illness.  

Born in Halifax, MA, on October 12, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Anne and John Hubacz. She grew up in Revere and spent most of her life residing there for 80 plus years until moving to Maine to be close to family.

She devoted her life to home and family.  Ruth married Henry Zybura and together they raised their family of two sons and one daughter.  She was keeper and preparer of the traditional Polish and family recipes, which many family members requested and enjoyed. The holidays always included her gifts of Christmas cookies. 

During her lifetime, she enjoyed travelling with her husband and family members, making many cross-country trips.  She was a devotee of fresh garden vegetables to which she  credited her longevity.  And she was a lifelong Red Sox Fan. 

In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Henry Zybura, her son, Richard Zybura, her sister, Jane Hubacz and brothers: Joseph, Frank and Rev. Leon Hubacz.  She is survived by a son, Stephen Zybura and his wife, Judith of Plano, TX, a daughter, Marilyn Collins of Scarborough, ME and a daughter-in-law, Marlene Saunders of Hinesburg, VT and a cousin, Nancy Johnsen of Hyde Park. She is also survived by nephew, Jeffrey Zybura and his wife, Lana of Tillamook, OR, niece, Theresa Corey and her husband, Robert of Augusta, ME and niece Jeannette Luca of Arlington.​

Should friends desire, contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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

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Michael Joseph Fulco, Sr.

Oct. 1, 1935 — Aug. 23, 2019

Michael Joseph “Mike” Fulco, Sr. a lifelong Chelsea resident, died in the peaceful surroundings of his home on Aug. 23 after a long illness. He was 83 years old. 

Mike was the son of the late Calogero and Carmella (Lazzaro) Fulco. He was born on Oct. 1, 1935 and raised in East Boston. His family moved to Chelsea more than 72 years ago.

He married Margaret C. “Peggy” Lee in 1968 and together they raised their family in Chelsea.  Mike cherished family and friends and devoted his life to his family.

He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Peggy (Lee) Fulco of Chelsea; devoted father of Paul A. Rustigian of Saugus, Michael J. Fulco Jr. of Winthrop, Daniel T. Rustigian of Chelsea, Tina L. Chadwick of Winter Haven, FL, Richard Rustigian of Everett and Lisa A. Barton of Newton, NH as well as Charles Michael Joseph Rustigian, who he raised as his beloved son since his birth in 1999, and who is now attending Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland and serves as a volunteer firefighter.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and by many cherished nieces and nephews who shared laughs and memories over many decades.

He was  the beloved brother of Josephine Vitale and Grace Navarro of Chelsea and the late Charles, Salvatore, Frank and Jennie Fulco, Domenica Medige and Lena Stec and the devoted brother-in-law of Carol Powell and the late Virginia Fulco, Anthony “Tony” Stec, Robert Vitale, Pat “Nicky” Navarro, Helen Fulco and Rosalie Fulco. 

Mike spent his career in the lumber industry and as a truck driver.  He was an avid Red Sox fan and especially cherished the 2018 drive to the World Series.

He enjoyed doing odd tasks in his basement (like stripping wire), playing cards, watching movies – especially comedies, fishing with his youngest son, attending school events and spending time with family and friends.      

Along with his wife, Peggy, they always had company in their home and hosted card games and gatherings where family and friends would spend long hours laughing and making memories while eating lots of food. There was always laughter and food at Mike’s home where the door was always open.  

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Friday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by services at 6  p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Michael Fulco to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

Joan Carolan

Loving Daughter, Sister and Aunt

Joan Carolan passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 86 on Friday evening, Aug. 2 at the Bridgewell House in Beverly where she has been receiving supportive care for the past seven years.  

Born in Chelsea on May 3, 1933, she was the first child and beloved daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (Venezia) Carolan.

She was raised in Chelsea, attended St. Rose Elementary and was an active member of the church here. She continued her passion for religion until late in life. A fervent attendee of Saturday Mass, Joan would walk to church every week until she could no longer do so.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially those Sundays at her brother’s house in Middleton and she loved seeing her nieces and nephews.

A lifelong lover of the Red Sox, she loved to listen to the games on her portable radio that she would keep close to her ear. Her apartment was a testament to this with bobbleheads, coins, cards, posters, team schedules, blankets, player signatures, etc.

Other hobbies included coin collecting, specifically the state quarter campaign for which she filled out multiple collector books for family members.

Joan was a caring and loving soul who nurtured those around her with life and love, especially the younger members of the family with whom she played countless hours of checkers, go-fish, Trouble and Monopoly (for which she was always the thimble!).

She babysat for almost the whole neighborhood in her younger years and knew all their birthdays.

She is survived by her brothers: Raymond Carolan and his wife, Linda of Dracut and Arthur Carolan and his wife, Mary of Middleton. She leaves many cousins. Her nieces and nephews including Terri Wood of Derry, NH, Donna Martin of Dracut, John Carolan of Stow and Patrick, Emily and Beverly Carolan of Middleton. She is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews: Bryan, Drew Julianna, Jack, Matthew, Patrick and Katherine.

A special thanks to the staff at Bridgewell for the years of taking care of Joan. Additionally to friends too numerous to list. She touched the lives of many.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Life Mass on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Francis Parish, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut with a lunch to follow.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Bridgewell ,Inc. 10 Dearborn Road, Peabody, MA 01960, Memo on check 17 Wedgemere in memory of Joan Carolan. For directions or condolences, please visit

Helen Howard

December 20, 1925 – August 9, 2019

Helen S. (Marcin) Howard passed into eternal life on Monday, Aug. 19 after a short decline in health.  She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, Helen was a daughter of the late Antoni and Mary (Janiak) Marcin.  She attended local schools and helped support her family working for several years with Griffith Shoe in Chelsea. 

During World War II, Helen married US Navy Seaman, Kenneth V. Howard.  She was widowed in 2012 after sharing 67 years of marriage with Ken. She was proud to be a local policeman’s wife for those years.  She was also a devoted homemaker and mother, working outside of her home for several years as an inspector for American Optical “Cool-Ray” in Chelsea.

In their retirement, Helen enjoyed traveling with her husband visiting Hawaii, Switzerland, Mackinaw Island and many other destinations. 

Helen lived in Chelsea for most of her Life and relocated to Franklin a few years ago in order to be close to her daughter, Diane and family. 

Helen was a member at the Chelsea Senior Citizen’s Center.  There she enjoyed volunteering in activities, socializing at events and traveling with the center. Helen was a gifted quilter and enjoyed crocheting.   She applied these talents as a member of the “Empty Spoolers” at the center, fashioning quilts and gifts for children and others in need. 

In addition to her parents, her husband and retired Chelsea Police Lt. Ken Howard, Helen was also predeceased by several siblings: Sophie Marcin,

Edward Marcin, Frances Overholt, Anna Marcin and Anthony Marcin.   She was the devoted mother of Diane Howard and her husband, William of Franklin; cherished grandmother of Kimberly Woodruff and her husband, Michael of Lawrenceville, NJ and Charise Heater of Franklin; adored great-grandmother of McKenna and Ivy Heater and Mia and Zachary Woodruff and the dear sister of John Marcin of Amesbury.

Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Funeral Services will be conducted in the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.  The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis TN, 38105.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723.

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