Longtime Soloist and Moderator at First Congregational Church in Chelsea
Marion F. (MacGinnis) McDonough, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, entered into eternal rest on Thursday morning, November 5 at her Chelsea home. She was 97 years old.
Born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Ray L. and Marion (Armstrong) MacGinnis, Marion attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1941. Marion began her working career at M&M Transportation as a clerical dispatcher in Chelsea and Somerville. She dedicated 30 years of service before taking on her new job at Air Freight Forwarding of Revere. She dedicated 20 more years in service before retiring at the age of 70.
Marion was a long time member of the First Congregational Church in Chelsea. She always attended Church and participated in all of the Church’s events throughout the years. She was the Church soloist for 40 years and the moderator of the Church Administrative Board. She will be greatly missed by her family and her Church family on County Road.
The devoted mother of Martin J. McDonough and his wife, Angela of Chelsea and the late Patricia Bozick, she was the dear sister of Helen Holland of Chelsea, sister-in-law of the late Donald Holland and is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren: Ismael Pena, Asela Pena and Patricia Pena and four great grandchildren: Aylin Pena, Jessica Buenrostro, Ashley Castro and Janely Buenrostro, all of Chelsea.
Funeral services were conducted at the First Congregational Church in Chelsea on Monday, November 9. Services concluded with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. We encourage family and friends to visit www.carafafuneralhome.com to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Elaine E. (Cummings) Murphy, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, entered into eternal rest on Saturday evening, November 7 at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital in Everett after a brief illness. She passed away one day after her 84th birthday.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late John “Salty” A. Cummings, Sr. and Hilda (Howell), Elaine attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1954.
Elaine was a retired records clerk for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston who dedicated over 22 years of service before retiring in 2001. Elaine was an avid reader. She loved the beach and sunbathing in the warmth of the sun. Her happiest time was her yearly vacation to Hampton Beach with her whole family. Elaine will be greatly missed by her family and all those who loved her.
Elaine was the devoted mother of James W. Murphy and his wife, Barbara of Dunbarton, NH, Karen L. Murphy of Woburn and William G. Murphy and his wife. Ann of Waltham; sister of the late John “Gus” A. Cummings, Jr. She is also survived by her much loved grandchildren, Daniel, Katherine, Ashley, Alyssa, Sean and her great granddaughter, Kylie.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Elaine’s visiting hours at the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. 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 follow the visitation in the Funeral Home at 12 Noon. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. We encourage family and friends to visit www.carafafuneralhome.com to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.
Robert “Bob” Litwin
Host of the Litwin Polka Variety Show on Radio Station WESX for 52 Years
Robert F. “Bob” Litwin, 84, a lifelong Peabody resident, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7 after a short illness.
Born in Salem, a beloved son of the late Frank and Jennie (Weglasz) Litwin, he served in the Army National Guard for nine years and was honorably discharged at the rank Sergeant.
As a young teenager, Bob began working on cars in the 1940’s as a member of his father’s stock car racing team’s pit crew, He was proud to be part of a team helping his father to numerous wins as a NE Stock Car Racing Champion. For his entire adult life, Bob worked as an auto mechanic at his father’s shop, Litwin Motor Company in Salem. He became the owner/proprietor there and continued to operate the shop into the mid 80’s.
He also succeeded his father becoming the weekly host and disc jockey of the Litwin Polka Variety Show broadcasting from Radio Station WESX for nearly 52 years. The show was started by the elder Mr. Litwin many years earlier and was popular with the polish community in both the Northshore and Southshore regions.
Over the years, Bob befriended many of the polka bands featured on his show. Together with his wife, Judy, they would attend countless polka dances and socials at the PAV in Chelsea and the many various Polish clubs in the area. He was a longtime member of the P.A.V. Post 13 Chelsea.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a daughter, Karen Reevers and his only brother, Felix “Joe” Litwin. He was the beloved husband of 35 years to Judy A. (Covino) Litwin of Peabody, devoted father of Kim Litwin, Kathy Bradley and her partner, Robert Reynolds, Kristine Ksikes, all of Lynn, Kelly LeBlanc and her husband, Corey of Groveland, Kerrie “Missy” Biondi and her husband, Carmine of Lynn and Robert Litwin, Jr. and his wife, Nancy of Swampscott; dear brother-in-law of John and Gail Covino of Londonderry NH, James and Judy Covino of Billerica and Joyce of Winthrop. He is also survived by several grandchildren, greatgrandchildren nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to gather at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, November 14 from 8 to 9:30 a,m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 670 Washington Ave., Revere at 10 a.m. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family and attending Mass. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory should be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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: www.WelshFH.com.
Of Revere, formerly of Italy
Concetta (DeSimone) Zingariello, 77, of Revere passed away on Nov. 4.
Born in Montella Italy on January 29, 1943 to the late Vito DeSimone and Generosa (Cianci), she was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore Zingariello; devoted mother of Carmine Zingariello and his wife, Paula, Cristian Zingariello, and Marco Zingariello and his wife, Crysta; cherished grandmother of Salvatore and Matias and dear sister of Maria DeSimone and Luciana DeSimone, both of Italy and the late Alfonso DeSimone of France, Cristina DeSimone of Italy, and Mario DeSimone of Argentina. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, Revere on Tuesday, November 10. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Concetta’s name to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or at Alz.org. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.
Doreen Ann Burge
June 17, 1960 – November 1, 2020
Doreen Ann Burge, 60, passed away on Sunday, November 1. Doreen has been living courageously with ALS for the past two years at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea.
Born and raised in Chelsea, a beloved daughter of John H. Burge of Alabama and the late Joan L. (Dunn) Burge, Doreen attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of ’78. As a young lady, she was a cheerleader for Chelsea Pop-Warner, studied dance and participated in countless dance recitals and competitions. She worked as a bookkeeper for various local companies; Kayem, Market Basket and DavEl Limousine. She will be fondly remembered as a loving sister, caring aunt and devoted friend.
She is survived by her father, John H. Burge and his wife, Virginia of Alabama, her sister, Denise Molino and her husband, Gary of Norfolk and her brother John M. Burge and his wife, Patricia of Newton, NH. She was the cherished aunt of John T. Burge and his wife, Natasha of West Newbury, Robert Burge and his wife Allison of Sandown, NH and Janine Molino and her companion, Andrew Chapman of East Greenwich, RI; adored great aunt of Brayden, Bryce, Samuel and Bianca. She is also lovingly survived by her special cousins, Brad and Mary Prenney and her lifelong friends, Shelia and Carl Bruno. She is also survived by additional cousins, friends and extended family members.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Inurnment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory should be directed to; The Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea MA 02150.