Obituaries 10-22-2020

Dorothy Hamilton

Devoted to Home and Family

Dorothy Hamilton, 92, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Good

Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.

Dorothy was born and raised in Chelsea, one of nine children given to the late George T. and Hazel Soper. She married Harold “Ham” Hamilton in 1946 and spent the next 67 years in love and devotion with “Ham” raising her own family of two sons and three daughters. She was widowed in 2013 and remained a lifelong resident of Chelsea.

In her lifetime, Dorothy was devoted to home and family. She enjoyed traveling, going to Florida or for short trips to Castle Island to enjoy an ice cream while gazing out on Boston Harbor.   She much enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren, apple picking, or a simple car ride, shopping excursions with her daughter to various stores and going to Market Basket, where she would be greeted by name from nearly every stockperson and cashier.

In addition to her parents and her husband “Ham,” she was also predeceased by a son, the late John Hamilton and by three  brothers; Ralph, Carlton and Donald Soper.  She was the forever devoted and loving mother of Linda Lee Hamilton of Holiday, FL, Timothy   Hamilton   of   New   Port   Richie, FL.   Nancy   Gill   and   her   husband, Jack   of Kissimmee, FL and Cheryl Odenweller and her husband, Michael of Stoughton; dear sister of Eugene Soper of Gloucester, Evelyn Glidden of North Carolina, Carolyn Monroe of Gloucester, Douglas Soper of Groveland and Dennis Soper of Beverly.  She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  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.   

Funeral services will be conducted in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment 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;

John A. Tkaczuk

May 28, 1925 – Oct. 14, 2020

John A. Tkaczuk, 95, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 14       at the Falmouth Hospital with his loving daughters at his side. 

Born and raised in Boston’s West End, the beloved son of the late Alexander and Karolina Tkaczuk, John graduated from Boston English High School. He enlisted in the US Navy on Nov. 18, 1942 and served as an Aviation Ordinance Man, 1st Class Petty Officer, on board the USS Wasp and USS Altamaha.  He was honorably discharged in 1946. 

After returning home, he was soon wed to Irene F. (Flower) and settled in Chelsea to raise a family of one son and two daughters.  John worked for 38 years as a Quality Assurance Inspector at GE in Everett.  He also spent 17 years as a US Naval Reserve Officer at NAS So. Weymouth.  There he was assigned U.S. Navy Blimp Unit ZP-911. While returning from a training mission at “Gitmo” Cuba, the airship was struck by lightning off Cape Hatteras and went down into the ocean.  John, using a pocket knife, cut an escape route out of the sinking airship allowing the crew to safely exit into the waters.  The crew was recovered by a fishing trawler 18 hours later.  Notably this was the first naval airship disaster where all the crew survived.  From that day on he was always known to carry that pocket knife on his person. 

John was a longtime devoted parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church where he ushered at weekend Masses, volunteered at annual Parish Bazaars and called bingo for over 35 years.  He was also a member at St. Andrews BBC and the Polish American Veterans, Post 13, Chelsea. 

John resided in Chelsea for nearly 53 years.  After retiring, John and Irene moved to Peabody and spent the winters in Port St. Lucie, Florida for 33 years where he belonged to Polish social clubs in Port St Lucie and Vero Beach, enjoying evenings polka dancing with his wife. 

John was widowed on October 15, 2018 at the passing of his beloved wife, Irene after sharing 71 years of wedded bliss.  He was also predeceased by his parents and his only sister, Mary Kane

of No. Miami, FL.  He was the forever devoted father of Frances C. “Cookie” Tkaczuk of Mashpee, Paula J. Kordis and her husband, Ted of Peabody and the late Frederick “Fred” Tkaczuk; dear brother of the late Mary Kane and loving brother-in-law of Wanda Carroccino of Lynn and her late husband, Joseph A. Carroccino; cherished grandfather of Matthew Kordis of Beverly, John Andrew Kordis and his wife, Lindsey of Saugus and Christopher Kordis of Peabody.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.       

A private family farewell and Funeral Mass will be held followed by graveside prayers and interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Should friends desire, contributions in John’s memory should be directed to the MGH Gastrointestinal Cancers Genetics Program. C/O MGH Development Office,125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114.  Please make checks payable to “Massachusetts General Hospital” and note “in memory of John A. Tkaczuk” in the memo line. Or visit;

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 visit:

Robert Dunn

Bronze Star Recipient; Devoted to Home and Family

Robert S. Dunn, 74, passed away on Friday, October 16 after living valiantly with cancer for over 18 months.  A funeral service and family farewell was held on Wednesday from the Welsh Funeral Home, services concluded with Military Honors and interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. 

Robert was born in Everett and raised in Chelsea.  He was one of three children of the late Arthur W. and Anne (Lava) Dunn.  He attended local schools, graduated from Chelsea High School, enlisted in the US Army and served during the Vietnam Era as a Green Beret.  A Bronze Star recipient he was discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 1968.

Robert returned to Chelsea and in 1970 he married Alberta (Pulisciano) raising three children. He lived in Chelsea and Everett before settling in Chelsea remaining here for most of his life.

He worked for many years as a union ironworker on many large construction projects until a work injury caused his early retirement in 1985.   In his lifetime he remained devoted to home and family, he would also socialize with his many friends at local social clubs.  

In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his siblings, the late James Dunn and his late wife, Barbara, and his sister, Christine Dube.  He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Alberta (Pulisciano) Dunn of Chelsea and devoted father of Stephen Dunn of Chelsea, Shannon Donovan and her husband, Phil of Reading and Michael Dunn and his wife, Gena of Revere; cherished grandfather of Emilio Dunn of Revere and his fiancé, Elizabeth, Philip J. Donovan and Brenna Donovan, both of Reading. 

Should friends desire, contributions in Robert’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka KS, 66675-8516 or visit        

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 visit:

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