Obituaries 04-08-2021

Cristian de Jesus Ruiz

July 12, 1991 – March 24, 2021

Cristian de Jesus Ruiz, 29, died suddenly and tragically on March 24. Born and raised in Apastepéque, El Salvador, he was one of six children of the late Marta Ruiz. 

He settled in Chelsea five years ago and worked as a line cook at several restaurants most recently with Basho Japanese Brasserie in Boston. 

He is lovingly survived by sisters, Silvia and Evelin Ruiz, both of Everett, Sulma Ruiz of El Salvador and brothers Nelson and Eriberto Ruiz, both of El Salvador. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles, both locally and in el Salvador and many cousins, friends and extended family members.   

Visiting hours were from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Thursday, April 1 and Funeral Services were held in the funeral home on “Good Friday” April 2 followed by interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, 145 Boston St., Lynn. 

All services were held in accordance to the Commonwealth of MA Covid-19 Phase-IV regulations. 

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 please  visit:

A los 29 añoscristianmuriórepentina y trágicamente el 24 de marzo. Nacido y criadoenApastepéque, El Salvador fue uno de los 6 hijos de la fallecida Marta Ruiz.   Se establecióen Chelsea hace 5 años y trabajócomo cocinero de líneaenvariosrestaurantesmásrecientemente con Basho Japanese Brasserie en Boston.

Le sobreviven con cariño las hermanas Silvia y Evelin Ruiz, ambas de Everett, Sulma Ruiz de El Salvador y los hermanos Nelson y Eriberto Ruiz. También le sobrevivenvariastías y tíos tanto locales comoen El Salvador y muchosprimos amigos y familiaresextendidos.

El horario de visita se llevará a cabodesde la FunerariaGalesa, 718 Broadway, Chelsea el jueves 1 de abril, de 4:00 a 7:00 P.M. Familiares y amigos estánmásamablementeinvitadosaasistir. Los serviciosfunerarios se llevarán a caboen la funeraria el “Viernes Santo” el 2 de abril a las 10:00 A.M.  Los serviciosconcluirán con el entierroen pine grove cemetery 145 Boston St., Lynn.

Todos los servicios se llevarán a cabo de conformidad con la normativa ma covid-19 Fase-IV de la Mancomunidad de Ma Covid-19.  Seguimos animando a la familia y amigos que lo deseen, aofrecercondolenciasenestemomento a través del libro de visitasenlínea o a enviar una tarjeta de condolenciapersonalizada por favor utilice uno de los enlaces a continuación.

Marie Etienne

Former clinical nursing assistant at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Center, now known as the Katzman Family Center for Living. 

Marie Etienne of Revere passed away on Wednesday, March 31 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surrounded by her loving family.  She was 75 years old. 

Marie was a former Chelsea resident before settling in Revere.  She and her family have lived in the two communities for the past 35 years.  She was a former clinical nursing assistant at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Center, now known as the Katzman Family Center for Living and an active member of the Haitian Community Church.  She will be greatly missed by her large family, her Church family and many close friends from her community. 

Born in Bassin Bleu, Haiti, she was the daughter of the late Vernella Xavier Norvil and Valliere Norvil and the beloved wife of the late Faublas Etienne.  She is survived by her siblings: Jean Joseph Norvil, Marie Carme Xavier Blémur and Ernst Charlemagne.  Marie is the beloved mother of 16 children: Kenny Etienne, Kennel Etienne and his wife, Joane Etienne, Jeff Etienne, Nicolas Carvil and his wife, Josie Carvil, Nicolette Carvil Fontaine and her husband, Pierre Gardy Fontaine, NassonCarvil, MirlineCarvil, Anne Nicole Carvil, Marjorie Carvil, Jean Michel Thomas, his wife Imelda Thomas, Denise Dauphin, Walker Dauphin and his wife, Marie-Claire Helene Dauphin, Evans Joseph, OphnyCarvil, his wife, Martine Carvil, Edith Carvil, Marie Nicole CarvilEdma and her husband. Adler Edma.  She is also lovingly survived by 45 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.   

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Marie’s visiting hour at the Haitian Missionary Church of Somerville, 100 Temple St., Somerville on Saturday, April 10 from 9 to 10 a.m.  Her Funeral Services will follow the visitation but are by invitation and reservation only.  Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  All attendees are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when greeting the family.  

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.  We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

Elena “Helen” DeFeo

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston

Elena “Helen” (Todesco) DeFeo, 92, of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away on March 30.

The cherished daughter of the late Domenic and Constance (Luongo) Todesco, she was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “Tony” DeFeo, loving mother of Constance Bertolino and her husband, Anthony of Revere, Patrick DeFeo of Chelsea and the late Anthony DeFeo Jr.; adored grandmother of Toni-annMerlina and her husband, Mark and their son, Anthony “AJ“ and daughter, Julianna; dear sister of the late: Mae Silva, Margaret Martucci, Louise Frongillo, Jay “Jenny” Chisari and Charles Todesco and caring sister in law of Pasquale DeFeo and Theresa Loubier. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends honored Elena’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Tuesday, morning, April 6 before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass celebrated in her honor followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. All services were held in accordance with the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 reopening regulations.

The DeFeo Family would like to thank the entire staff at Hallmark VNA, Right at Home & Mystic Vally Elder Service for their attentive care and compassion during this difficult time. For memory wall please go to

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