Obituaries 07-02-2020

Rita Padova

Of Revere

Rita (Santoli) Padova of Revere died on June 26 at the age of 98.

 Born in Boston on July 23, 1921 to the late Nicola Santoli and Theresa (Selvitella) Santoli, she was the devoted mother of the late Lorraine Padova and James Padova and his surviving wife, Bernice of Florida; cherished grandmother of Jenna Harrity and her husband, Tim of Revere, Jimmy Padova of Florida and Anthony Padova of Revere; adored great grandmother of Charlotte and Declan Harrity; dear sister of the late Frank and Benjamin Santoli and late step sister of Dorothy Schena. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, Thursday, July 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St, Newton, MA 02458.  For guest book please visit

Arnold ‘Arnie’ Richard

Auto mechanic and True Chelsea Icon

Arnold  P. “Arnie” Richard, 64, passed away on Saturday, June 27 in the peaceful surroundings of his Chelsea home.  He had been living courageously with cancer for the past several months. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, a beloved son of the late Benjamin Richard, Sr. and Jeanette (Labbe) Richard, he attended Chelsea Public Schools and was a self-taught auto-mechanic.  He began his professional career working at McCarthy’s Merritt Park Service Station on Eastern Avenue in Chelsea. He later worked for many years at the Tudor Garage on Washington Avenue with his late brother, Ernie for several more years.  After the garage closed, he worked at various auto repair shops and preformed private repairs from home as a self-employed auto mechanic. 

A true Chelsea icon, his work was his life’s ambition.  He would never refuse to help a friend or neighbor, making repairs, landscaping or shoveling snow for anyone in need.

He enjoyed traveling and vacations with his beloved companion of 15 years, Susan M. (Gulizia) Kelley and his adopted extended family.   He was proud to celebrate and accomplish 16 years of sobriety.  Even his recent illness did not stop him in his endeavors, incessantly adding life to his years.  

Arnie is survived by his devoted companion and life partner,  Susan M. Kelley, his loving step-daughters: Meghan Kelley, Kerriann Kelley, Melissa Kelley and Erin Kelley.  He was the adoring “Grandpa Arnie” to Sariyah and beloved brother of Joann Scribner and her husband, Larry of Indiana, Linda Riley and her husband, Thomas of Chelsea, Annette Purcell of Laconia, NH, Elaine Patti   and   her   husband, William of Chelsea,  Edward   Richard   and   his   companion, Rosemarie of Billerica, Barbara Richard of Chelsea and the late Benjamin Richard, Jr., Joseph Richard, Robert Richard, Janet Sturges, Frank Richard, Caroline Richard, Leonard Richard, Sussette LeBlanc, Ernest J. Richard and Wayne Richard. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and extended family members. 

A private memorial service for his immediate family only will be held 

on Tuesday.  Family and friends are invited to visit and extend their condolences at the Welsh Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 7 from 5 to 8 p.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.  Should friends desire, contributions in Arnie’s memory should be directed to Care Dimensions Hospice, Ste.   B-102,  75   Sylvan   St.,   Danvers   MA   01923.

Arrangements were given to the  care and  direction  of the  Welsh Funeral  Home, Chelsea.  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.

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Joyce Sartorelli

Established Chelsea Dance Studio; Awarded “Chelsea Woman of the Year” by the Chelsea Council on Aging

Joyce A. (DeAngelis) Sartorelli passed away on June 23 and reunited with her beloved husband, Paul, who passed on June 7 after sharing 60 years of love and devotion. She was 80 years of age.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Victoria (Campedelli) DeAngelis. Joyce attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She established the Broadway Dance Studio in Chelsea and for many years instructed dancing, organized recitals and pageants while mentoring countless children of Chelsea and the surrounding area. She volunteered extensively at St. Rose Church in Chelsea and was well known in the community. She was very active with the Chelsea Youth Commission and the Chelsea Zonta Club. Joyce was awarded “Chelsea Woman of the Year” by the Friends of the Chelsea Council on Aging.

She and her husband, Paul, moved to Georgetown 17 years ago and came actively engaged in the community. She belonged to St. Mary’s Parish in Georgetown where she joined St. Mary’s Women’s Club, volunteered at St. Mary’s Youth Vacation Bible School and the Georgetown Council on Aging. She once again taught dance and exercise with all of these groups in Georgetown.

She was the mother of Paul R. Sartorelli, Jr and his wife, Christine of Lynnfield; grandmother of Paul R. Sartorelli, III, Joseph Sartorelli and Andrew Sartorelli; dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Dominic DeAngelis and his wife, Margaret of Tewksbury, Vincent J. Sartorelli and his wife, Sandra of Amesbury, Mary E. Mahoney and her late husband, Dennis and the late Claire and Thomas Harney, the late Carol A. and Robert Cataldo. She is also lovingly survived by her uncle and friend, Al Campedelli of Winthrop and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and extended family members.

A family farewell and Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Georgetown. Services concluded with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, together forever with her beloved husband. A Memorial Mass and celebration of Paul and Joyce’s lives will be held on Thursday, August 13 at St. Mary’s Church, 94 Andover St., Georgetown.

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 Joyce’s memory should be directed to a favorite charity of one’s choice.

Angel Armando Mendoza

August 28, 1970 – June 22, 2020

Angel Armando Mendoza passed away on Monday, June 22 at the Massa.

chusetts General Hospital after a short illness. 

Born and raised in San Miguel, El Salvador. he was one of three children of Lorenzo and Cipriana Mendoza.  His family settled in Chelsea in1986.  Angel attended Chelsea Public Schools.  He worked as a Line and Sous Chef for the Winchester Country Club from 1992 to 2015.  He later worked as a Patient Transporter at the Mass General in Boston. 

He was the beloved husband of 20 years to Nerida S. Diaz of Chelsea and the devoted father of Angel J. Mendoza-Diaz, Ashely Camila Mendoza-Diaz, Luis Mendoza-Diaz and Fredy Mendoza-Diaz, all of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Adrian Rodriguez-Soza and Alex Rodriguez-Soza and the loving canine-daddy to Blue Mendoza, feline-daddy to Alonzo and Sakura Mendoza and pet-daddy to his little rabbit, “Cuddles”. 

Funeral  arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. Graveside services and interment were at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

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:

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