Obituaries 08-19-2021

Karen Venditto

Owner and Operator of Karmichael Realty for Almost 30 Years

Karen M. Venditto, loving mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away at the age of 64 on August 11 in the home of her daughter surrounded by her family and friends.

Karen was born on August 27, 1956 in Massachusetts to Jennie and Michael Venditto. She grew up in Chelsea and attended Saint Rose High School.

Karen became a real estate sensation at a young age; rising to the top of the real estate industry, while owning and operating her own business, Karmichael Realty for almost 30 years. The motto of Karmichael Realty was “Setting the Standard in Real Estate Excellence” which she did every day. Her passion was helping people find the perfect home for their family and she excelled at it.

She was a people person, always making friends wherever she went. She was a genuine person who just wanted to help people. Karen never said “no”; always putting others before herself, portraying her selfless nature.

Besides spending time with family and friends, and selling every house on the block; she loved art. Over the years, she learned how to make stained glass pieces, beaded, clay and metal jewelry, quilts and many fun items in between. She took many of these classes with her best friend, Chris. Karen hand-crafted all the salt and pepper shakers made from clay that were presented to guests as favors for her daughter’s wedding in 2015. She also loved watching suspense movies, driving around in her 1981 Fiat convertible, going out to eat at different restaurants, traveling, and listening to 60’s music.

Karen had a love for animals and had many pocket poodles over the years whom she cared for deeply. They would eat as well as her; prime rib, spare ribs, meatballs, etc – you name it.

She spent a lot of time in North Carolina after her daughter relocated there and enjoyed helping to care for her granddaughter, Annabella for the past two and a half years. She was Annabella’s Nonna, and the best one at that. She loved her family and friends deeply and tried her best to hang on to meet her newest grandson, but didn’t quite make it to his due date.    

Karen also had a very special bond with her brother, Michael. They loved each other very much and they were always there for one another.   

Karen was always a hard worker and she instilled this trait in her daughter, who is now a family nurse practitioner. Karen was always afraid she wouldn’t be a good enough mother, but it turns out, she was by far the best mother a girl could ever have. ​

A Letter to My Mother:

Mom, you will always be my best friend. You were there for me through thick and thin, no matter what, throughout my entire life. You loved me unconditionally and I loved you with all my heart. You were always a special woman; many people saw that. You were the strongest, most independent woman I ever met. I have always been so proud of you and everything you have accomplished in your lifetime. I don’t want to live without my mommy; it’s the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do.

You taught me everything I know, except how to live without you.

I love you Mom; I always will. You will forever be in my heart until the end of time. Forever your little girl I’ll be, Tyffany.

Ms. Venditto is survived by her mother, Jennie Venditto; brother, Michael Venditto Jr.; daughter, Tyffany Nyland and her husband, Michael Roten Jr; granddaughter, Annabella Roten; grandson to be, Gunner Roten; nephew, Satya Venditto-Angelani; niece, Ceiba Venditto-Angelani; best friend, Christine (Chris) Miner and her husband, John Miner; aunt, Elena Mazzone; cousins, Donna Gariboldi and her spouse, Jean Carr as well as Chuck Gariboldi and his wife, Laurie Gariboldi and their three children; nephew, Edward (Eddie) Landers and longtime friend, Bill Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Valerie Daiello; step-father, John McCormack; aunt, Annette Gariboldi and her husband, Charles Gariboldi.

At her request, no public service will be held. A private family gathering will be held in her honor at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karen’s name to: Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA–Angell) 350 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. Published by Tyffany Nyland.          

Patricia M. (Fortucci) Wojcik

May 10, 1966 – August 10, 2021

Patricia Marie (Fortucci) Wojcik was born May 10, 1966 and grew up in Revere most of her childhood. Trish passed Tuesday morning August 10th in Lynn. She thrived when she was with her family and loved to be with all of her children. Motorcycles and music were her biggest passions and she took her dog Lucy wherever she went.

 Patricia is survived by her daughter Carla Marie and her sons Robert and Joshua. She is also survived by her mother (Nana) Mary Fortucci of Melrose, MA.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend an hour of visitation in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS on Thursday (8/19/2021) from 10-11 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and condolences

Carol Eaves Gaff

Graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1972

Carol  Eaves Gaff, 67,  passed away peacefully  on  Thursday, August  12         at  Southwood  at Norwell   Nursing   Center   where   she   had   been   receiving   supportive   care.    A  native   of Chelsea. she was born and raised in Chelsea and was the beloved wife of the  late  Laurence “Larry” Gaff  and the beloved  daughter of the  late  CPD Lt. Ralph H. and Laura (Siewko) Eaves. 

Carol attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1972.  After graduating Carol worked as a youth counselor with Care About Now in Chelsea.  Later she worked for ITT Technical Institute in Chelsea as a student enrollment administrator. 

She married Laurence “Larry” Gaff and was widowed in 2007 after 20 years of marriage. 

A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, Carol and Larry resided in Everett and then in Salem before retiring to Wolfeboro NH. 

In her lifetime, Carol absolutely loved her time at the family’s second home, “the Cottage” on Pine River Pond in Wakefield, NH. Carol enjoyed snowmobiling, water skiing, reading, playing cards, and feeding the chipmunks.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Ralph W. Eaves and his wife Karen of Norwell.  She was the loving aunt of  Sarah Eaves and Madeline Eaves, and she is also survived by several cousins, extended family members and friends.

A  private   family   farewell   was   held   on   Tuesday   followed   by   graveside   prayers   and Carol’s interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea.             

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