Obituaries 07-01-2021

Myron Mann

Of Medford, formerly of Chelsea

Myron S. Mann of Medford, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on June 27.

A US Army veteran during the Vietnam Era, he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Ida (Feinberg) Mann, the devoted father of Eric Mann of Denver, Colorado and Emily Prive and her husband, Eric Prive of Attleboro; loving brother of Barry Mann of Everett and the late Robert Mann and sister-in-law Susan Mann of Hudson; cherished grandfather of Mason and Colin Prive. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services were Wednesday, June 30 at the Zviller Cemetery-776 Baker Street, West Roxbury and Memorial Observance was held at his late residence immediately following the interment. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Morris H. Seigal Scholarship c/o Chelsea High School-299 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guestbook and directions.

Betty Marie Brousseau

October 5, 1939 – June 24, 2021

Betty Marie Brousseau passed away after a brief decline in health on Thursday, June 24 in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her family at her side. She was 81 years of age.

A longtime and familiar Chelsea resident, she was born and raised in Malden, a beloved daughter of the late Francis Bulman and Elsie A. Trippett-Bulman.  Betty received her formal education in Malden Public Schools.  She married Leo J. Brousseau, raised her family of one son and two daughters and settled in Chelsea over 45 years ago.  

She worked for several years as a sales associate in the Salvation Army Store in Chelsea and was a familiar presence to many along Broadway.  She also worked at Eastpointe Nursing home as a laundress and housekeeper and was hired as a private personal patient caregiver.  She attended adult day care at Happy Day’s in Chelsea and Community Family Care Inc. in Everett.  She also visited the Chelsea Senior Center on many occasions.  Her greatest pleasure was time with family and friends or simply being out and about with her niece, Barbara Ortiz.  (The two were often thought of as sisters.) 

Betty was widowed in 1982 with the passing of her beloved husband, Leo J. Brousseau.  She was also predeceased by her son, Joseph P. Brousseau and siblings: Ruth Frost, Theresa Juliano, Frances Burns, Joseph Bulman, Francis Bulman, Jr, and Pauline Tucker. 

She is lovingly survived by her daughters, Patricia Brousseau of Woodbridge, VA and Diane Brousseau of Chelsea.  She was the cherished grandmother of Amanda Rosario and Brian Konjo, both of Chelsea, Beth Ortiz and her husband, Juan Bonilla and James Ortiz, all of Virginia. She was the adored great-grandmother of Angeli and Brianna Bonilla, both of Virginia; the dear twin sister of Robert Bulman of Saugus and beloved aunt and best friend of Barbara Ortiz of Chelsea.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.  

Funeral arrangements were by the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Betty was placed to rest with her beloved husband in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Family and friends may offer condolences by means of the online guest book by visiting: www.welshfh.com.

Joseph Mahoney

Chelsea Little League’s 1982 “Man of the Year”

Joseph C. “Joe” Mahoney of Methuen passed away on June 27 at Cedar Healthcare Center in Portsmouth, NH. 

A long-time resident of Chelsea, Joe was born in Boston, raised in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School.  He began his career at Jordan Marsh where he met his beautiful bride, Cathy.  After 32 years at Jordan Marsh, Joe later worked in Everett as a warehouse dispatcher for Preferred Freezer, formerly Coldwater Seafoods, retiring to Methuen in 2011 to be closer to his grandchildren.

Joe was an avid sports fan, rarely missing a Red Sox, Bruins or Patriots game, even in the Grogan years, and NEVER missing one of his children’s games. From mite hockey to beer- league softball, Joe was in the stands, proudly watching his children compete (or warm the bench as the case may be). He was delighted to later bring that same enthusiasm and support as he watched his grandchildren excel on the field. Proud as he was of his children, Joe was on top of the world when he talked about his grandchildren.

Joe was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption church in Chelsea, where he sent his children to school. Joe emphasized academic success and worked tirelessly to ensure his children had the education they needed to achieve their dreams.  Active in both the church and school, Joe could often be found calling Bingo on a Saturday night.  Immersing himself in all aspects of his children’s upbringing, he was Chelsea Little League’s “Man of the Year” in 1982, the plaque still displayed proudly in his home.

An avid bowler, Joe made his television debut on Candlepins for Cash, missing out on the Jackpot by one wobbly pin.  His children were delighted with the popcorn popper consolation prize.

Feeding five children is no easy feat, and there wasn’t much room for extravagances.  Still his children have memories of a rich childhood of summer days at Revere Beach and summer nights watching softball at Carter Park; Saturday Night Fever in the living room; and Tuesday night bowling in Kenmore Square, eating licorice and pleading for an extra quarter to play pinball.  Most special of all were those rare summer vacations when he and Cathy would rent a 15-passenger van, load it with children and snacks, and drive to West Virginia to visit family, stopping at the same places along the way, always ending at Hershey Park.

As much as he enjoyed these road trips, he was much happier later in life making the significantly shorter drive to Foxwoods.  And when Foxwoods became too far, he looked forward to card games at the dining room table every holiday with family and friends.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Catherine R. (Cormier) Mahoney of Methuen and his children: Joseph, Jr. and Lois Mahoney of Leesburg, Virginia, Catherine and Peter Wonson of Ipswich, Christine Mahoney and Fred Durant of Chelsea, Elizabeth Mahoney of New York, NY and James Mahoney of Methuen.  He was the cherished grandfather of Rosemary, Josephine and James Mahoney, Jr. and lovingly remembered by his sisters: Arlene Mahoney of Quincy, Virginia Sovie and her husband, William of Arlington and Karen Mahoney of Quincy.  Joe was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Katherine Mahoney of Quincy and is fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and most dearly missed by his cat, Henry.

His Funeral will be held from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St. Arlington, Friday, July 2 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Agnes Church, Medford St., Arlington at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. For obituary, directions or to send an online condolence please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com.

George Tkachuk

Family Historian Adored and Loved by His Many Nieces and Nephews and Their Families

George Tkachuk of Revere, 90, passed away peacefully on June 27 at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after a short illness.

He was the loving brother of Philip Tkachuk and his wife, Karin of West Peabody, Judie Giannetto of North Reading, his sister-in-law ,Jean Tkachuk of Dennis and the late Ray LaRosa, Lillian Grady, and Leon, Edward, Walter and Paul Tkachuk.  Uncle George was adored and loved by his many nieces and nephews and their families.  

George was the family historian, recalling with vivid detail the difficult life of his immigrant parents, growing up during the depression, and his many adventures traveling the world.  Until COVID, George could be found ballroom dancing with his dear friend, Norma Meuse whenever the opportunity arose. 

Funeral Services will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm St., Everett, today,n Thursday, July 1 at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to Caring for a Cure.  Dr. Gaby Hobbs MD was George’s Hematologist/Oncologist at MGH.  She will be running the Boston Marathon in honoring the Leukemia and BMT nurses.  https://because.massgeneral.org/fundraiser/3301157

Arrangements by: Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St., North Reading. For information, directions and to leave an online condolence, visit: www.cotafuneralhomes.com.

Nellie Jean Small

March 14, 1939 – June 14, 2021

Nellie Jean Small, 81, was promoted to glory on Monday, June 14 at the Dexter House Health Care Center in Malden.  She was a resident of Chelsea for many years residing at the Margolis Building.  As a result of failing health, Nellie entered “On Broadway Nursing Home” in Chelsea and later moved to the Dexter House in Malden.    

Born and raised in Noank, CT, she was a beloved daughter of the late Earl C. Foster, Sr. and Mary (Banks) Foster. In May of 1964, she met Harold Wilmont Small and they were married in October of that year in the Noank Baptist Church.  They moved to Boston area in 1967.

Nellie and her husband became active with the Salvation Army’s Boston Central Corps where they were both enrolled as soldiers in 1977 by Lt. Leo Lloyd.  Moving to Chelsea in the 1980’s, they served faithfully at the Chelsea Salvation Army Citadel.  At the same time, they became foster parents caring for Rhonda Lucido and April, Jason and Bonnie Barry.  Nellie cared for these children as if they were her own and cherished the love they shared with her. 

Nellie was widowed in 2008 with the passing of her beloved husband, Harold after sharing 45 years together. 

 In her later years, Nellie was a faithful member of the Maplewood Baptist Church in Malden. 

In addition to her foster children and grandchildren, Nellie is survived by her brother, Earl C. Foster, Jr of Canterbury, CT. and several nieces and nephews. 

Her Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 28 in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Rev. Gary McClenthen of the Maplewood Baptist Church officiated. Interment followed at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Family and friends may offer condolences by means of the online guest book by visiting: www.welshfh.com

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