Obituaries 03-05-2020

Leonel  Barahona

July 2, 1979 – Feb 25, 2020

Leonel A. Barahona passed away suddenly in his Chelsea home on Tuesday, Feb. 25. 

Born in Guatemala City, a beloved son of Leonel Barahona and Ana Monterroso Barahona of Chelsea, his family migrated to the United States and settled in Chelsea when Leonel was seven years old.   He attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1997. 

 A skilled auto mechanic, he worked side by side with his father for all of his life.  He enjoyed playing basketball and was a hardcore Boston sports fan following both the Celtics and Patriots.  He loved music and was a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan.  He was a talented artist in the medium of colored pencils and markers.  He drew many beautiful portraits, landscape scenes and various still-life drawings. 

He is survived by his beloved parents Leonel Barahona and Ana Monterroso Barahona of Chelsea.  He was the dear brother of Ana Smith and her husband, Leon of Everett and Eucli Barahona and his wife, Nathalie Cuhat-Barahona of Revere. He is also survived by his adoring nieces and nephews: Marcell Barahona, Leeana Smith, Leon Smith, Max Smith and Maya Barahona.

A memorial gathering will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, March 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  A memorial service will be held during the gathering.  Ample parking opposite funeral home.

Dennis Murray

Nov. 14, 1953 – Feb. 29, 2020

Dennis G. Murray passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 66 years of age.

The son of the late Charles and Margaret (McGrath) Murray, Dennis was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He is a graduate of Chelsea High School and Boston University.  An exemplary athlete, Dennis played both baseball and football but experienced his greatest successes on the football field. He was awarded the 1970 Thom McAn Most Valuable Player Trophy for his performance during that year’s Chelsea-Everett Game. His high school career was further recognized by Chelsea High School when he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Dennis continued his education at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and attended Boston University on a full Football Scholarship. He graduated from BU with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching and physical therapy. 

He married the former Anne T. Sweeney and together raised a daughter and son from their family home in Chelsea. Dennis worked for the Chelsea Public School System as grade eight science teacher, retiring in 2006 after 25 years teaching. 

Dennis’s love of sports and science extended past his own career and into his interest, he was a Boston sports fan and science fiction and fantasy enthusiast. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Anne T. (Sweeney) Murray.  He was the devoted father of Kathleen Murray and her husband, William Crafts of Saugus, William Murray and his wife, Elissa Murray of Peabody and the cherished grandfather of Connor Crafts, Amy and Brayden Murray. He was the dear brother of Charles “Chucky” Murray of Chelsea and the late Marie St. John of Florida.  

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice. 

Max Martins

A Chelsea Iconic figure

Max R. Martins, 98, passed away on Tuesday, March 3 in the peaceful surroundings of his home with his loving and caring family at his side.

Born and raised in Brava, Cabo Verde, he was one of five children of the late Manuel and Domingus (Rosa) Martins.   He received his formal education in Carbo Verde and from the age of twelve began instruction in clothing and tailoring.  He continued his tailor training in Brazil.

During World War II, Max was an allied combat veteran serving with the Portuguese National Army.  He came to the United States as a young man in the 1960’s, settled in Chelsea and worked at American Biltrite.

Remaining in contact with family in Portuga,l he was introduced to Sara Burgo and began a long-distance romance.  He returned to Portugal in1968 and married Sara. Together they returned to Chelsea to raise a family here.

Years earlier, Max happened to purchase a suit from Wolper’s, a local clothier on Broadway.  He made his own alterations to the amazement of the store staff and was immediately hired as the in-house tailor.  He would soon establish himself as “Max the Tailor” in 1964 altering the suits, uniforms and garments of countless Chelsea residents and city officials.  His shop closed in 1984.

Max also studied photography and was an amateur photographer in his spare time.   He continued his tailoring skills at local dry cleaners before enjoying full retirement.

Max was an iconic Chelsea figure; he could be seen frequently walking about town always impeccably dressed greeting friends and old clients.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Sara Martins and he was the devoted father of Maria Santos Belmiro of Swansea, Hilderbrande Santos of Kissimmee, FL, Manuel Cecilio of New Bedford, George Vicente of Saugus, Max Anthony “Tony” Martins of Chelsea and the late Martin Martins; dear brother of Maria Luisa Martins of Swansea, Dalva Braga-Silvia of Rio De Janeiro, The late Francisco Martins and Mariana Martins.  He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday March 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  His Funeral will be from the Welsh Funeral Home on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Ample parking opposite funeral home.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

David Stickney

Incredible actor, artist, singer, consummate performer and educator

David Stickney of Saugus died on Feb. 27 at the age of 56.

David was an incredible Actor, Artist, and Singer.  He received a degree from Massachusetts Art and Design. 

David and his late brother, Paul were best friends who performed the Pope and Cardinal Show at Faires across the country for decades.  A consummate performer and educator, David spent years teaching aspiring actors of all ages at King Richard’s Faire, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, after school programs and through his own interactive theater company, Pastimes Entertainment. David considered himself as a culinary adventurer. He truly will be missed by all who knew him. 

Born in Lynn on Aug. 24, 1963 to the late Allan and Theresa (Frammartino), he was the devoted father of Arthur Stickney of New Hampshire, and Oliver Stickney of Cape Cod, dear brother of the late Paul and Allan Stickney and is also lovingly survived by many cousins, chosen family and beloved friends. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. A Funeral Service celebrating David’s life was held on Monday at the Highrock Church at The First Baptist Church, Salem. Interment was private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center by visiting For guest book please visit


Carol Ann Cataldo

Retired bank teller and devoted wife and mother

Carol Ann (Sartorelli) Cataldo passed away Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25 at the Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea.   She was 77 years old.

Born in West Roxbury, the daughter of the late Vincent J. and Mary (Sullivan) Sartorelli, Carol was a lifelong resident of Chelsea.   She attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1960.   

Carol was a devoted wife and mother.   She enjoyed cooking and caring for her home and for her four children.   She was the wife of the late Robert E. “Bob” Cataldo, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage before his passing in 2019.   

Carol was a retired bank teller, having first worked at the Metro Credit Union in Chelsea and later at the Chelsea Employees Federal Credit Union.   She was a late parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea and a late member of the OLG Church choir.   Carol will be missed by her children and grandchildren, whom she adored. 

The wife of the late Robert “Bob” E. Cataldo, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage, she was the devoted mother of Jane M. Cataldo of Chelsea, Ellen M. Sullivan and her husband, Edward of Saugus, Robert V. Cataldo and his wife, Sheila of Medford and Gregory M. Cataldo and his wife, Michelle “Missy” of New Hampshire; dear sister of Vincent Sartorelli and his wife, Sandra of Amesbury, Paul R. Sartorelli and his wife, Joyce of Georgetown, Mary Mahoney of Chelsea and the late Claire M. Harney; sister-in-law of the late Dennis Mahoney and Thomas Harney.   She is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: Nicholas and MaryElyse Sullivan, Christina and Joseph Cataldo, Nathan Day and Alexander Cataldo.   

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea. Donations in Carol’s memory may be made to Oblates of Mary Immaculate c/o St. Michael’s Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.  

William Haumann

Owned Chelsea Marble and Antiques on Essex Street from 1969 to 2002

William H. “Bill” Haumann passed away peacefully after a short illness on Sunday, March 1 at the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center in Peabody where he had been receiving supportive care for the past several weeks.  He was 82 years old.

Born in Boston, he grew up in Chelsea, a beloved son of the late Howard and Margaret (Peters) Haumann. He attended local schools and enlisted in the Mass. Army National Guard. He served during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged.  He married Leona Siewko and together they raised a son and daughter in Chelsea.

Mr. Haumann was a self-employed antiques dealer.  From 1969 to 2002 he was the owner and proprietor of Chelsea Marble and Antiques, located on Essex St. in Chelsea. 

He was a resident of Chelsea for most of his life before settling in Peabody for the past 16 years.  He enjoyed displaying and trading antiques and wares at local flea markets.  A familiar flea marketer where his booths carried the name “Olden Golden,”  he enjoyed weekends at the markets and dealing with shoppers with his own wit and humor.

He was a life member and past Commodore of the Chelsea Yacht Club and late member of the Polish Political Club.  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed home gardening.

The beloved husband of 59 years to Leona T. (Siewko) Haumann at home in Peabody, he was the devoted father of Robert W. Haumann of East Boston and Elizabeth Scott and her husband, Sean of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Julia Haumann, Adam, Brody and Kasia Monkiewicz and the late Alexander William Haumann; dear brother of Howard and Ann Haumann, Edward and Paula Haumann, Joseph and Nancy Haumann, Carolina Paladino and her late husband, Anthony, Catherine and William Burge, Mary Szalkowski and Madeline and Gary  Paridi and dear brother-in-law of Ronald and Julie Siewko, John and Diane Siewko, Joseph and Anna Siewko and Thaddeus and Marie Siewko.

Funeral services were private and interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice.  Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit;

Richard A. Lynds

Lifelong East Boston Resident

Richard A. Lynds of Hudson, N.H., formerly a lifelong East Boston resident died on Tuesday, March 3, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with Lymphoma.

He was 76 years old.

Richard was born on Feb. 19, 1944, in Boston and moved to East Boston at a young age. He was the eighth child of the late Franklin and Marion (Carbone) Lynds and grew up in the Maverick Housing Development on New Street. There, he met his future wife Ann (Hennessey) Lynds of Grady Court.

Richard, like many of his neighborhood friends growing up, was a member of the Assumption  CYO Drum and Bugle Corp in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Drum and Bugle Corp performed at many competitions and had the honor of greeting then U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy when he arrived at Boston Logan Airport to march in the East Boston Columbus Day Parade in 1958.

Richard attended East Boston elementary schools and East Boston High School before going to work as a Deli Supervisor for First National Supermarkets. 

He worked for First National from 10th grade until the local First National stores went out of business in the late 1970s.

Always a worker and provider for his wife and three children, Richard worked several jobs between the late 1970s and early 1980s, including at Airways Rent-A-Car.

In the 1980s he began a career at the Boston Water and Sewer where he elevated to Manager of Facilities and Fleet. Richard was an important figure in establishing the Boston Water and Sewer’s first union.

After leaving Boston Water and Sewer, he opened his own flower shop on Meridian Street. Richard spent several years as the proprietor of Albano’s Florist before selling the business to take a more steady job at Delta Airlines.

At Delta Airlines, Richard worked as a cargo logistics specialist from the 1990s until he retired last year.

Throughout his life Richard was involved in many community activities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (KofC) Fitton Council. Through the KofC, he and other members were able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for local organizations.

Richard was also a East Boston Little League coach, as well as a Cub Scouts of America Den Leader in East Boston in the 1980s.

During the late 1960s, he, along with many of his East Boston neighbors, fought against Logan Airport expansion and the taking of Wood Island Park. He participated in several community-wide protests, like the organized traffic slowdowns at Logan, as well as the tunnel marches.

Later in life and before retiring to Hudson, NH Richard was still an active member of the East Boston community. He was a member of the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council and served for several years on the neighborhood’s Climate Adaptation Planning Delegation.

He was the husband of Ann (Hennessey) Lynds; father of Joann Lynds of Winthrop, Richard C. Lynds and his wife, Jeanine, of Lynnfield and John Lynds and his wife, Rebecca, of East Boston. He was the Papa of Sofia, Brody and Chase Lynds. He was the brother of the late Ruth Langhoff, Franklin Lynds, William Lynds,  Doris Watson, Wilson Lynds, and Mary Reidy. He is survived by his sister Ella Shallow and her husband, Edward, of Dorchester. He was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and godchildren. 

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, 65 London St., East Boston. Immediately following the Mass committal will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery Chapel, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Richard A. Lynds to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via Gifts may also be sent to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 381

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