Obituaries 09-16-2021

Lillian Borgosano

Of East Boston

Lillian C. Borgosano of East Boston passed away on September 8 at the age of 80. 

Born in Boston on April 8, 1941 to the late Gaetano and Mary (O’Leary) Borgosano, she was the cherished mother of John Borgosano Sr. of Woburn, dear sister of Mary M. Borgosano of Revere and the late Anthony Borgosano and his late wife, Diana, cherished grandmother of John Borgosano Jr., Danielle Borgosano and Frankie Borgosano and adored great grandmother of Lianna Borgosano.  She is also survived by her loving nieces Brenda and Diana Borgosano. 

A visitation at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere on  September 13, was followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church and interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.  For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Ann Marie Raffaele

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Ann Marie (Toscano) Raffaele of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on September 11 at the age of 60.  

Born in Boston on July 22, 1961 to Maryann (Barone) and the late Vincent Toscano, she was the wife of the late Carmen Raffaele, cherished mother of Christopher Raffaele and his wife, Rachel of Lynn and the late John Paul Raffaele; loving wife of 25 years to Alphonse Marano of Revere, adored grandmother of Christopher and Vincent Raffaele, dear sister of Karen Toscano of Pepperell and the late Vincent Toscano and beloved aunt to Kristina Pereira, James Toomey and the late Anthony Toomey.  She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and countless friends. 

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Wednesday, September 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a 12 Noon Mass at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere.  Interment will be held privately for the immediate family.  For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Lorna Hoover

Painter, May 9, 1934 – July 9, 2021

Lorna Hoover died at half-past midnight on July 9 at her home in Chelsea.

Born in Newton, Lorna was the youngest daughter of Walter Boyd and Lorna Lelly Hoover. She attended Brimmer and May School until the age of 16 when she ran away to New York City. After winning a chess game with the headmaster, she was granted admission to the Art Students League where she studied with George Grosz and Max Ernst, and lived with the late Betty Dodson.  

Lorna returned to Boston, earned her GED and then her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She was awarded the Boit Prize for her painting which was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, 1955. Occasionally Lorna was commissioned to paint portraits, including of the Late Henry Hornblower, founder of Plimouth Plantation. She also designed and constructed the set for a Bertolt Brecht play performed at the Wilbur Theater. While painting was her passion, with her work in numerous exhibitions from Boston to LaGalleria in Torremolinos, Spain, Lorna started a ceramics and tile business in the 1960s, working from home, listening to classical music and raising two daughters. She made and sold hand-sculpted mirrors, pie plates and tiles at galleries and markets, including from her cart at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. She also designed, constructed and installed kitchen and fireplace surrounds across New England, often featuring morning glories, butterflies, birds and fish. Her gold-plated representation of Noah’s Arc was exhibited and sold at the Hyatt Regency in Boston.

In addition to art, Lorna also made beautiful homes, rehabbing houses in Allston, Brookline, Wellesley and finally Chelsea where she moved in 1984. In the early 90’s Lorna sold her tile business, rented her home, and moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she painted for two years. In 1994 Lorna was joined by her daughters and dear family friend, Juan Gallego. Together they spent three months driving a jeep from Oaxaca through Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Although she was exuberant about life and a fierce advocate for the people and causes she cared about, Lorna was extremely humble when it came to her own work and accomplishments.  

Lorna was married from 1956-1981 to the late Henry Scammell. She was adamant that she would never marry again, until she met and fell in love with Warren Perry whom she married after a long courtship in 2005. Lorna and Warren lived in New Bedford for several years and were active with Gallery X before returning to Chelsea in 2008.

Lorna was an extraordinarily hard worker with an infectious laugh and a witty sense of humor. She loved life, was endlessly fascinated by people’s faces and stories, and was a voracious reader of non-fiction. She and Warren traveled to many places including Cameroon where they spent several months with extended family.

Lorna was predeceased by her brothers, Bob and Jack Hoover of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Duxbury, MA respectively and her sister, Patricia Petot of Pikesville, KY. She is survived by her beloved husband, Warren Perry of Chelsea; her daughters, Helen Grimm of N. Truro, MA, and Madeleine Scammell, also of Chelsea; two grandchildren, Anders and Ella Grimm of N. Truro and nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Donations in Lorna’s memory can be made to GreenRoots for the Community Land Trust for the purpose of obtaining and permanently securing land so that low-income people, regardless of immigration status, can achieve long-term housing stability and be stewards of the land. GreenRoots, 227 Marginal St., Suite 1, Chelsea, MA 02150.

A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 4 p.m. in Chelsea. Please RSVP for details and location to [email protected]

Michael Francis Nugent

November 8, 1945 – September 9, 2021

Michael Francis Nugent passed away on Thursday, September 9 after a series of illnesses.  He was 72 years of age. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a beloved son of the late Francis Wm. “Fran” and Jane R. (Jones) Nugent. 

Mike   attended   local   schools   and   graduated   from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1966.  A year later he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Vietnam Era aboard the USS Halfbeak Submarine.  Together with his crewmates, he was awarded as one of a few submariners to cross the Arctic Circle.

He was discharged in 1971 and returned to Chelsea. That same year he married his beloved Joanne and has the couple shared the past 50 years with love and devotion raising their family in Chelsea.

He received his Associate’s Degree in business management from Fisher Jr. College and worked as a maintenance engineer throughout his career with various companies: Winn Companies, Charlestown, Chelsea Housing and Lombardo’s, East Boston.  And, for the past five years, Mike was a bridge operator at the Chelsea St. Bridge. 

In his lifetime, he enjoyed time with family especially his grandchildren.  He was an all-around Boston sports fan, enjoyed traveling with his wife to Hawaii, the American Southwest, Nova Scotia, New Zealand and, his most loved, Ireland.  He attended many of the USS Halfbeak reunions held across the country and would often regale his family about his experiences. 

Mike was a longtime member of the Cary Square Assoc. 

In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother, Francis Wm. “Barney” Nugent, Jr.

He is lovingly survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Joanne M. Evans.  He was the devoted father of Jody Nugent and her husband, Frank Medbery of Chelsea, David Nugent of East Boston and Michael Nugent and his wife, Lyn of Christ Church New Zealand; cherished grandfather “Pop” of Mason Medbery, Max Medbery and Harper Nugent; dear brother and brother-in-law of Jane Roblee-Smith and her husband, Rod of Wakefield and Denise Nugent of Peabody.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to visit with Mike’s family today, Thursday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea.   A life celebration and remembrance service will immediately follow the visitation at 1 p.m.  Services will conclude at the Funeral Home.

Should friends desire, contributions in Michael’s name may be made to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.          

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

Loraine B. Hanegan

September 21, 1942 – September 13, 2021

Loraine B. Hanegan, 78, passed away on Monday, September 13 at the Eastpointe Nursing Care Center in Chelsea.  She had been receiving supportive care at Eastpointe during a time of declining health.

Born, raised and a lifelong Chelsea resident, she was the beloved daughter of the late Charles J. and Olga (Novak) Strychalski.  Loraine attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.

She raised a son and supported her home working for the Chelsea School Department, beginning in the cafeteria and later as a school custodian, retiring after 30 years with the department.  As a young lady, she enjoyed candle pin bowling in the Chelsea Lanes and was a lifelong book lover.  Loraine was a member and past president of AFSCME Council 93.

In addition to her parents, Loraine was also predeceased by her beloved companion of many years, John Plona. She was the forever devoted mother of Chuck Hanegan and his wife, Darleen of North Easton; cherished grandmother of Katelyn, Sarah and, Christopher Hanegan and dear sister of Donald Strychalski and his wife, Shirley of Saugus. She is also survived by three nieces, one nephew, many cousins, extended family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend Loraine’s visitation at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, September 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Services will follow the visitation in the Funeral Home at 12 noon and will conclude with interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett.

Should friends desire, contributions in Loraine’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38501 or visit www.StJude.org/donate

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

Lucy McGrath

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Lucy J. (Curcio) McGrath of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away peacefully on September 12 at the age of 87.

 The beloved wife of the late John McGrath, she was the dear sister of Henrietta Iebba of Chelsea and the late Angelina Antczak, Edward Curcio, Enrico Curcio, Anthony Curcio, Mary Testa and Robert Curcio and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews as well as her two cherished canines, Muggsy and Mikey.

Family and friends will honor Lucy’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston today,  Thursday, September 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Mary’s Church, 670 Washington Ave., Revere for a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. honoring Lucy’s life. Services will conclude with Mrs. McGrath being laid to rest with her beloved husband at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

In accordance with the City of Boston Five-Point Plan for the Delta Variant of COVID-19, face masks are required at all times when indoors.

To leave an online condolence please visit  www.ruggieromh.com.

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