Obituaries 10-03-2019

Margaret Gurli

Active parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church

Margaret (Marino) Gurli passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Sept. 25 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.  She was 99 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Stephen and Maria (Marchese) Marino, she attended Chelsea Public Schools and worked as a machine embroiderer for the former Modern Embroidery in Boston throughout all of her working career until retiring in 1956.  

She was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea where she was a member of the Socialites and sang in the church choir.  

During her retirement, Margaret kept very busy.  She loved to cook and bake.  She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, playing bocce, painting and crocheting.  Most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her numerous nieces and nephews.  She will be greatly missed by all of her family. 

The wife of the late Joseph A. Gurli, she was the beloved sister of Anthony Marino and his wife, Loretta of New Hampshire and the late Louis and Charles Marino, Rose Spinelli, Anna DeGenova and Phyllis Cefalo.  She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Funeral arrangements were by the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. 

Robert Dwyer, Jr.

July 22, 1953 – September 27, 2019

Robert M. Dwyer, Jr. passed away unexpectedly in his Chelsea home early Friday morning, Sept. 27. He was 66 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a beloved son of Catherine (Cotte) Dwyer and the late Robert M. Dwyer, Sr., Bob attended Chelsea Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1973.  He worked as a HVAC mechanic and for nearly 30 years operated his own service company, known as RD Services.  He enjoyed spending quiet time at home and will forever be remembered for his quiet and gentle nature.

In addition to his father, Bob was also predeceased by his sister, Mary K. Neal.  He is survived by his lifelong life companion, Susan M. Fuller of Chelsea. He was the devoted father of Katie Ann Dwyer and Kristie Marie Dwyer, both of Chelsea, loving son of Catherine Dwyer of Chelsea, dear brother of Jim Dwyer of Chelsea and Jackie Potenzone and her husband, Ralph of Hopkinton, cherished and revered uncle of Katie Potenzone and her fiancé, Jameson, Andrew and Ryan Potenzone, Stephanie Sturgis and Tom Sturgis of Exeter NH and adored great-uncle of Emily, Jackson, Logan and Dylan Sturgis.  He is also survived by many other extended family members and friends. 

Arrangements were by Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice. 

Philip Oreto

Retired Production VP of GE/Glyptal of Chelsea

Philip J. Oreto, 77, passed away after a sudden illness at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on Monday evening, Sept. 23.           

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a son of the late Alfred J. and Estelle (Slowinski) Oreto.  He attended local schools, graduated from Chelsea High School, joined the Massachusetts National Guard and served during the Vietnam Era. 

Philip was married to Frances M. (Racki) and was widowed in 2010 after sharing 45 years together.  

The couple settled in Revere to raise their family and moved to Malden 25 years ago.          

He worked for 20 years as the vice president in charge of production for GE / Glyptal paint factory in Chelsea, retiring in 1992.

Philip was an avid Boston sports fan. He enjoyed following and discussing current political and financial affairs and feeding interacting with backyard urban wildlife.

He   was   predeceased   by   his   two   younger   siblings: Alfred   J.   Oreto   and   Louise Grabowski.  He was the devoted father of Joanne Murphy and her husband, Kevin of Malden and Philip Oreto and his wife, Amy of Danvers and the cherished grandfather of Brendan Murphy, Philip Oreto and Julia Oreto.  

Funeral arrangements were by Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Barbara Ann Saunders

She was Generous, Compassionate and Thoughtful

Barbara Ann (McPhee) Saunders of Quincy died Oct. 1. 

Barbara adored her family. She always put others first and never said no to anyone. She was generous, compassionate and thoughtful, never forgetting a birthday or special occasion. She loved Boston sports, especially the Red Sox. She enjoyed horse racing, going to the dog track, keeping her house clean and was an excellent cook and baker. Barbara was an angel on earth and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph H. Saunders, loving mother of Bill Saunders and his former spouse, Gayle Ericson Saunders of Haverhill, Frank Saunders and his spouse, Carolyn of Saugus and Gary Saunders and his spouse, Charlene of Quincy. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Qincy followed by a funeral home service at 3 p.m. Cremation will follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barbara may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place , Memphis, TN 38105.  See or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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