Obituaries 06-25-2020

Harry Gerace, Sr.

Member of the 1st Marine Division Association and DAV.

Harry L. Gerace, Sr. of Bedford, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on June 14 at the Veterans Hospital in Bedford where he has been a resident receiving supportive care for the last 16 years.

Harry was born in Medford 87 years ago. He received his education in the Medford School System then matriculated to Middlesex Community College where he received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, He served three tours with the United States Marine Corps spanning the early1950’s to 1962. A member of the 1st Marine Division Association, he was also a member of the DAV. Prior to Bedford, he resided at the Chelsea Soldiers Home for over 15 years.

During his working years, he spent a total of 20 years working for the City of Medford, first with the Department of Public Works and then as a custodian for the Medford schools. After his employment in Medford, he worked for the New England Aquarium until his health forced him to leave.

He was the devoted husband of Ruth M. (McCarthy), beloved father of Francis X. Gerace and his wife, Martina of Winchendon, Harry L. Gerace, Jr. and his wife, Mercy of Revere, Brian K. Gerace and his wife, Donna of Attleboro, Helen A. Gerace of Amesbury, Joseph A. Gerace and his wife, Ute of Jacksonville, NC, Marion R. Jones and her husband, Anthony of Wakefield and the late John J. Gerace, brother of Jane H. Benduzek of Weymouth and is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea on Monday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m.  As a reminder, masks are required and social distancing maintained.  Services will conclude with interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Patient Activity Fund, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

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Mary DiNallo

Llifelong Parishioner of St Stanislaus Church and Late Member of Chelsea Zonta Club

Mary M. (Galewski) DiNallo passed away suddenly on Monday, June 22 after a brief period of declining health.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, she was one of nine children of the late Ignacy and Veronika (Kipa) Galewski.  Mary attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  She began working as a teller with the Morris Plan Bank in Chelsea and she also performed clerical work at various offices.  She married Antonio P. “Tony” DiNallo in 1968 and was widowed in 1996 after sharing 38 years of marriage.

She has been residing at the Cohen-Florence-Levine Estates Assisted Living in Chelsea for the past three years.  Mary was a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church and a late member of Chelsea Zonta Club.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary was also predeceased by seven siblings; Chester Galewski, Lottie Rowen, Jennie Carbone, Wanda Winn, Helen Sikora, Alfons Galewski and Francis Galewski.  Mary is survived by her beloved sister, Alice B. Galewski of Lynn and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, great grandnephews and extended family members.

Friends and family visitation will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, June 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.  All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.  A private Funeral Mass for the immediate family only will follow at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10 a.m.  A full celebration of her life will be held and announced at a later date when family and friends can gather together.  We continue to encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card visit;   Should friends desire, contributions in Mary’s memory should be directed to  charity of their choice.

Arlene Fothergill, Esq.

Attorney, CPA and College Professor

Arlene J. Fothergill, Esq. passed away on Saturday, June 20 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a sudden cancer illness. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Herbert C. Sr. and Leona W. (Holland) Fothergill, Arlene attended St. Rose Parochial School K through 12 and graduated from St. Rose High School in 1966.  She attended Bentley College, receiving her Bachelor of Science in 1976 and her Juris Doctor degree from Mass School of Law in 1994.

A resident of Woburn for the past 20 years and a former resident of Reading and Chelsea, she was a lawyer and a CPA. Arlene worked as a forensic accountant and practiced law from her Stoneham office for 20 years.  She was also an accounting professor at Northeastern University in Boston and a board member and Past-President of the Stoneham Rotary Club.  

Arlene is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Hubert M. “Bert” Garrity of Woburn, the forever devoted mother of John F. Ahern, Jr. and his wife, Kathryn of Malden, Shawn C. Garrity of Ossining, NY and Kelly A. Cahill and her husband, Thomas of Salem; cherished grandmother of Declan and Teagan Ahern, Bradford Garrity and Theodore, Virginia and Reginald Cahill; dear sister of Herbert C. “Chuck” Fothergill Jr. and his wife, Tricia of Tewksbury, Robert Fothergill of Everett and his late wife, Patty.  She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and extended family members. 

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated today, Thursday, June 25 in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St. Chelsea at 10 a.m. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church. 

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.  We encourage family and friends who wish to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card visit;   In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in Arlene’s memory should be directed to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Thomas Michael Burke

Of Revere

Thomas Michael Burke of Revere died on June 20 at the age of 69. 

Thomas was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. 

Born in Boston on January 27, 1951 to the late James Burke and Virginia Mary (Barry) Mantica, he was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn (O’Neil), dear brother of Loretta Adreani and her husband, Raymond of Winthrop and the late Steven J. Burke and the adored uncle of Melissa and Raychel Adreani. 

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, Thursday, June 25 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A private interment will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St #2601, Boston, MA 02108. For guest book please visit

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