Obituaries 05-20-2021

Evelyn Anne Cummings

Accomplished Artist

Evelyn Anne (King) Cummings succumbed to her fight with Parkinson’s on May 4, 2021.

Born in Chelsea on June 25, 1939, to Ambrose and Rachel King, originally of Newfoundland, Evelyn grew up in Chelsea and was an active member of the Mount Bellingham Church and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1957.

She worked for several years in Boston before marrying John A. Cummings, Jr. in 1964 and had two children, Timothy Scott and John Edward, who she raised in North Andover where she was an active member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church.

She was an accomplished artist and worked in several mediums including watercolors and oil.

Although later divorced, she remained lifelong friends with her former husband and worked in the North Andover Public School system until she retired to Cape Cod in 2005 where she enjoyed spending time with her grandson.

She is survived by her sister, Blanche (King) Burke of Revere, a brother, George King of Maryland, a sister In law, Shirley (Dean) King of New Hampshire; her sons, Timothy S. (William B. Grisel) and John E. (Alicia Caprio Cummings) and her grandson John Ralph (J.R.) as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to gather in her memory at a Celebration of Life Service to be held on Cape Cod at a later date (time to be announced.)  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Evelyn’s name can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org.

Elder Benton

February 26, 1925 – May 14, 2021

Elder (May) Benton, 96, a lifelong Chelsea resident,  passed away on Friday, May 14 after a short illness. 

A beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Albina (Sanviti) May, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  She was married to Robert Benton and raised two daughters. Elder was widowed in 1998 after sharing 50 years of love and devotion with her beloved husband. 

As a young girl. she grew her own vegetables, herbs and tomatoes and raised chickens and rabbits.  Her life’s devotion was to home and family, she enjoyed taking daily walks and shopping.  She made lifelong friends wherever she journeyed and is most remembered for her delightful personality and good nature, always remembering the positive things in life and never dwelling on anything negative. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also predeceased by her five siblings: the late John May, Doris Albano, Thelma Dascoli, Rose Mickiewicz and Joseph F. May.

She was the devoted mother of Maureen Benton and her husband, David Christian of West Newbury and Gail Whalen and her husband, Steven of Wakefield; cherished grandmother of Ashley Loughlin and her husband, Kevin, and Laurie Loughlin and her husband, Daniel; adored great-grandmother of Camden, Claire, Nolan and Dylan and dear sister-in-law of Irene May of Chelsea. 

Funeral from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, May 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church. 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  All services will be held in accordance with 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 by visiting: www.welshfh.com. 

Should friends desire, contributions in Elder’s name should be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or visit www.Stjude.org/donate.

Edward Diamond

August 29, 1932 – May 14, 2021

Edward Diamond, 88, passed away on Friday, May 14 surrounded by his family. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the loving son of the late Frank and Mary (Thorne) Diamond. He attended local schools and later enlisted into the US Army.  He served honorably overseas during the Korean Conflict, was discharged in 1954 at the rank of Sergeant and returned home to Chelsea where he married his childhood sweetheart and begin raising a family.

 The love that Ed and Marie had for one another endured for 72 years. Ed was devoted to home and family, caring and providing for his beloved wife, his son and three daughters. He worked for 38 years as a Machinist Repairman for the MBTA in Charlestown, retiring 23 years ago. 

Ed was a longtime member of Boston Local 264 IAMAW.  In addition, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Chelsea Council 83. One of Ed’s proudest accomplishments was attaining the rank of 4th Degree Knight and he continued to serve the Chelsea Council on the Board of Trustees.  Ed also held membership in the Chelsea Sons of Italy, The Chelsea Senior Center and St. Rose Parish in Chelsea. 

Ed was a champion ten-pin bowler, he had a passion for golf in his younger days and loved vacationing in the mountains of North Conway. He was content being outdoors in the sun at a beach and enjoyed many trips to Foxwoods.  Some of Ed’s happiest days and most treasured memories was being in the presence of his extended family as he had many nieces and nephews and they all loved their “Uncle Eddie”.

He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Marie (Barbieri) Diamond; devoted father of Edward J. Diamond and his wife, Debra of Londonderry, NH, Lisa M. Zullo and her husband, Philip of Tewksbury, Donna M. Lake and her husband, Jack of Saugus, Gina M. Reece and her husband, Marc of Lynn; cherished grandfather of Michael and Julie Diamond, Nicholas Zullo, Matthew and Olivia Lake, Antonio, Sal and Gianni Vigliotta; adored great grandfather of Jamie and Tristan Diamond, Roman Enos, Charlie and Henry Lake and dear brother of Dorothy Desposito of Northborough, the late Mildred Morris, Debra Shaponik and George Diamond. 

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday. from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. His Funeral will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, May 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  All services will be 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 visit www.welshfh.com.

 Should friends desire, contributions in Edward’s name should be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or visit www.Stjude.org/donate.

Frederic Telesesky

July 26, 1936 – May 6, 2021

Frederic Telesesky, 84, passed to eternal life on Thursday May 6 while in residence at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a beloved son of Keril and Nellie Telesetsky.  A lifelong Chelsea resident, he lived for most of his life at his childhood then to another home on Walnut Street before settling in at The Chelsea Soldiers Home seven years ago.  This past year, Frederic was glad to be a covid-19 survivor. 

He attended local schools and went on to attend college majoring in Data Processing.  He was inducted into the army in 1959 and served during the Vietnam Era.  He was honorably discharged in 1961 and was awarded good conduct and marksman medals. 

He worked for several years for Compo Industries in Waltham and completed his work career for the IRS and then as an Immigration Officer for the US Govt. in Boston.   

Frederic was a lifelong devoted member of the former St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church of Chelsea, a  Lifetime Member of the P.L.A.V. in Lynn and P.A.V. in Chelsea.  In his lifetime, he was a devoted father and grandfather.  He also enjoyed polka dancing with family and friends.  Ice cream and fish plates at Kelly’s Roast Beef and Kentucky Fried Chicken were some of his favorite foods.

He was the former husband of the late Barbara A. (Dunbeck) Telesetsky, devoted father of Marsha Fielder and her husband, Mark of N. Andover, Brenda Kowalczuk and her husband, Dean of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Michael, Kyle and Sabrina Fielder and Dean and Jake Kowalczuk; dear brother of Walter Telesetsky of Rockville, MD and his late wife, Sharron-Dawn and uncle to his brother’s children Anastasia and the late Stephanie. He loved his Aunties, the late Annie Hoepfner and her late husband, Oscar and the late Olga Richards and late Aunt Pauline Kozaczuk. 

Services and committal are strictly private at a graveside ceremony. 

We continue to encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences by means of the online guest book by visiting www.welshfh.com.

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