Obituaries 09-19-2019

Margaret Elaine “Midge” Godin

March 13, 1942 – Sept. 14, 2019

Margaret Elaine “Midge” Godin, 77, passed away unexpectedly in the emergency department of the Whidden Memorial Hospital after being stricken in her home. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late George and Margaret (Farrell) Chamberlain. She attended local schools, graduated from St. Rose High School, married Joseph A. Godin, Jr and together they raised their family of six children.  She had worked briefly outside of her home but remained extremely dedicated to home and family.   

For many years Margaret resided with her family in the Bellingham/Shawmut St. neighborhood. Many neighborhood children would affectionately call her “Ma” as she loved and cared for all children.   

During her lifetime, she most enjoyed shopping and providing for her grandchildren and keeping her home exceptionally clean and healthy for her tender loving family. 

She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Joseph A. Godin, Jr. of Everett and she was the devoted mother of Jay Godin, Theresa Mallet and her husband Daniel, all of Everett, Cheryl Hanson and her husband, Arne of South Carolina, Gerry Godin and his wife, Brigid of Billerica, Margaret Godin of Woburn, and Laura Godin of Berwick, ME; dear sister of George Chamberlain of Saugus.  She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Visiting Hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4 to 7:15 p.m. immediately followed by a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Committal will be private. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.

Phyllis M. Halas

Devoted mother and homemaker

Mrs. Phyllis M. (Giles) Halas, of Chelsea, died on Sunday, Sept. 15, at West Revere Health Center. She was 92.

Mrs. Halas was the daughter of the late Margaret and George Giles of Boston. She was the wife of the late Anthony Halas Sr. of Chelsea.

She was the mother of Richard Halas and his wife, Linda Halas of Revere, and the late Anthony Halas Jr. and his wife, Kathy Halas, of New Jersey.

Mrs. Halas was born in Boston and grew up in East Boston. She attended East Boston schools and lived in Chelsea for many years. Mrs. Halas and her husband attended St. Stanislaus Church, Chelsea, for many years.

Mrs. Halas worked at Gorin’s, Chelsea, for 34 years, and at the Soldiers’ Home, Chelsea, before her retirement.

Mrs. Halas enjoyed being with the family and hosting family gatherings on the holidays where she often treated the guests to delicious turkey and ham dinners.

 Mrs. Halas had great memories of watching her son, Hall of Fame candlepin bowler, “Hawk” Halas, appear on the TV bowling shows at Wollaston Bowl in Quincy, Sammy White’s Brighton Bowl, and Fairway Lanes in Natick.

She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother and shared many happy occasions with them.

Mrs. Halas also leaves four sisters, Anne Smith of Peabody, Alice Ricciardelli of Melrose, Brenda Kelly of Quincy, Janet Giles of Peabody, and two brothers, Thomas Giles of Nashua, N.H., and Bill Giles of Stoneham. She was also the sister of the late Marge Muller of Kingman, Arizona, and the late George Giles of Revere. She also leaves several grandchildren, including Colby O’Connor of Melrose, and Courtney Halas of Revere, and two great-grandchildren, Evan Brady O’Connor and Hannah Ruth O’Connor.

Mrs. Halas was a resident at the West Revere Health Center for three years. Richard Halas would like to thank the staff at the center for its outstanding care and support of his mother.

Mrs. Halas will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Visiting hours for Mrs. Halas will be Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Ave., Chelsea. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Helen Mary Martin

Selfless, kind hearted, wonderful caretaker with a heart of gold

Helen Mary Martin, 82, passed away surrounded by family members on Friday, Sept. 13.

Born on Jan. 8, 1937 in South Boston, she lived her early childhood years with her parents and siblings before relocating to East Boston. She raised three kids on her own after the passing of her late husband on Sept. 19, 1970. She was loved very dearly by many people including her grandchildren, great grandchildren and anyone who crossed her path. She was the most selfless, kind hearted woman and a wonderful caretaker with a heart of gold. She spent a lot of her time rocking in her favorite recliner chair, drinking her hot cup of tea and being with family. She loved going out shopping at different stores with her daughter and granddaughter and making the best of her days. She was always referred to as Nana by many family and friends. In her toughest times, even up until she passed away, she would always say “ Positive Pam, Be Strong and Fight Through It.” 

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Martin of Chelsea, mother of Kathleen Martin, Joseph Martin and Sheila Roldan, daughter of the late Peter McCormack and Helen (Milligan) McCormack and sister of the late Francis and Thomas McCormack of South Boston and Anna McCormack Stravinksy of Louisanna. She is also survived by her sister Patricia Burdick of East Boston and by many grandchildren: Charles and Joseph Burdick, Johnny Roldan, Mickey, Reka and JenekaVilarson.  Andrew, Matthew, and Jessica Roldan, Alecia and Joseph, Timothy, Madison and Cameron Martin and predeceased by her granddaughter, Jennifer Roldan. She was also very adored and loved by 19 great grand children and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Sept. 19 at 5 to 6 p.m. for immediate family and close friends. Open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn Massachusetts.

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