Obituaries 01-30-2020

Barbara Libby

Jan. 30, 1939 – Jan. 25, 2020

Barbara Libby, 82, passed away unexpectedly in her Chelsea home on Saturday, Jan. 25. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was one of eleven children born to the late Christopher Zullo, Sr. and Angelina (Riccio) Zullo.  She attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. 

She was the beloved wife of the late John W. Libby and was widowed 37 years ago.  A single mother of five, she worked outside of her home to support her family.  She held various jobs at Shrafts’ Candies and K-Mart and was a familiar cashier at Stop and Shop in Chelsea before taking her retirement.  

During her lifetime, Barbara enjoyed spending time with family and friends, she was an adoring cherished grandmother remembered for her dancing and trips to casinos and was an active member and volunteer at the Chelsea Senior Center for many years. 

In addition to her husband and parents, Barbara was also predeceased by her ten siblings: her sister, the late Elizabeth Sofia and brothers: Charlie Zullo, Felix Zullo, Mario Zullo, James Zullo, Michael Zullo, Anthony Zullo, Jerry Zullo, John Zullo and Christopher Zullo, Jr.  She was the beloved mother of Frank L. Tallent of Stoneham and his fiancée, Diann DiBenedetto, John Libby and his wife, Leona of Chelsea, Robert Libby of Carver, James Libby of Chelsea and Linda Bednarek and her husband, Kevin of Tewksbury; cherished grandmother of Jeffrey Tallent, Robert Libby, Jr., Brianna Libby, Daniel Libby, Nicholas Libby, Madison Libby, James Libby, Eric Libby, Brendan Bednarek, Ryan Bednarek and Mackenzie Bednarek.  She is also survived by her dear friend, Jimmy Nardizzi and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. 

Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.   Funeral services will be conducted in the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 12:45 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.

Anne Lawless

August 30, 1929 – January 15, 2020

Anne Lawless

August 30, 1929 – January 15, 2020

Anne C. Lawless, a longtime Chelsea resident, loving wife and cherished aunt, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15 while in residence at the Pace Center in Winthrop.  She was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Somerville, the daughter of the late Leo and Julia Cain, Anne was first married to Earl Pike and together they settled in Lewiston, Maine for several years.  Fifty years ago, shortly after Earl’s passing, Anne returned to the local area and settled in Chelsea. She re-married Richard P. Lawless in the seventies and the couple shared over 30 years together up to the time of Richard’s passing in 2008.

When residing in Lewiston, Anne worked outside of her home as an office clerk and while in Chelsea, she worked for many years at Standard Box Co. 

She is fondly remembered as a nice and caring person who loved animals and possessed a quiet unassuming demeanor, a lady who enjoyed the company of friends and dancing. 

She is survived by her sister, Catherine Pike of Maine and was the cherished aunt of her beloved niece and caregiver, Roberta Washington of Chelsea.

No services are being planned at this time.

Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Gail “Biggie” Theall

April 23, 1947 – Jan. 21, 2020

Gail “Biggie” Theall passed away in her Revere home on Tuesday, Jan. 21 after a brief illness.  

Best known as “Biggie’ to her friends, she was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, one of four children born to the late Thomas and Agelia F. (Ramanauskas) Ellis.  She was the beloved wife of the late Edgar Theall and resided in Revere for most of her life.   

She worked outside of her home for many years as a teller with Citizens Bank in Revere, retiring in 2010. In her lifetime, she delighted in simply being at home, frequenting her favorite local pizza parlor in Revere or just going to Suffolk Downs for an afternoon.  A person of quiet nature, she enjoyed acquiring various artwork and collectables featuring butterflies and clowns.

In addition to her beloved husband, Edgar and her parents, she was also predeceased by her only daughter, Mona Theall-Rangall and a brother, John Ellis.  She was the cherished grandmother of Shana Scott of Malden and Matthew Kratman of New Hampshire, dear sister of Mona White of Auburn, ME and Lawrence Ellis of Revere.  She is also survived by her beloved friend, John Lyman of North Carolina.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. followed by a remembrance prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.

In lieu of flowers: should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc.  20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. 

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