Obituaries 09-23-2021

Miguel Ramirez

December 11, 1937 – September 18, 2021

Miguel S. Ramirez, 83, passed away in the peaceful surroundings of his Boston home on Saturday, September 18 after living courageously with Parkinson’s Disease for several years. 

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, one of 14 children born to Felipe I. and Maria E. (Sanchez) Ramirez, Miguel graduated from Martins High School in Laredo and continued his education at Junior College in Texas.  He served in the US Army and was honorably discharged. 

He came to the Boston area and settled locally in 1960.  He was employed for several years as a Cold Weather Researcher beginning at Natick Laboratory Army Research and Engineering Center.  He later continued his research work with Arthur D. Little on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.  Thereafter, with his wife Marianne, the couple owned and operated the Seven Hearths Inn in Sunapee, NH. for seven years.  He completed his working career as a Case Worker for Boston Home Health Care, a non-profit agency. 

Miguel had a profound love for the theater and worked evenings as a ticket collector working the doors at several of Boston’s prestigious theaters like the Colonial, Wilbur, Schubert and Wang Center.  He was a member and past president of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 11.

In his lifetime Miguel enjoyed cross-country road trips with his wife, visiting with family in the southwest and touring many of our National Parks.  He took pride in preparing traditional Mexican Sopa de Fideo and passing his own recipe on to his family. 

He was also an avid art collector acquiring many landscape paintings for his home.  Miguel was the much-revered “Tio Mike” and family historian to his many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Miguel was also predeceased by his 13 siblings.  He is lovingly survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Marianne Callahan.  He was the cherished uncle “Tio Mike” to numerous nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in Miguel’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of New England Chapter, c/o 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or visit

Arangements 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,

Anita Arigo

Longtime Employee of Leonard Silver Manufacturing

Anita J. (Milano) Arigo of Wellington FL, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on September 18.

Anita was born and raised in Revere, graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1963 and worked for many years at Leonard Silver Manufacturing. Anita enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

The beloved wife of the late James Arigo, she was the devoted mother of Laurie Bensaddik and her husband, Houssaine and the late James Arigo Jr., loving grandmother of Bianca, Naima and Nadia and dear sister of Vincent Milano and his wife, Carol of Burlington. 

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere today, Thursday, September 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

At the family’s request, masks will be required when entering the funeral home and church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook please visit

Marcia Miller

She Always Put Others Before Herself and Family Meant Everything to Her

Marcia J. (Whalen) Miller peacefully entered eternal rest on September 13 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle at Massachusetts General Hospital. She succumbed to her illness at 82 years old. 

 Marcia embodied the true spirit of a Libra.  She was always putting others before herself and wishing for peace among all, especially her friends and family.  She was a devout member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea, and enjoyed attending Sunday coffee hour there with many of her friends. 

Marcia was born and raised in Melrose and moved to Chelsea during her young adulthood.  She lived out her final days in the Chelsea/Everett area and was an active member of the community.  Marcia had an established career as a homemaker where she deeply cared for her patients and loved getting to know them.  She was a warm and maternal woman and absolutely adored children. 

Marcia volunteered at the George Keverian elementary school for many years and generously took her grandchildren on countless trips into Boston; she especially loved spending time on the swan boats and shopping at Quincy Market. 

Additionally, Marcia was a gifted writer and poet which were attributed to her compassionate nature.  She loved writing for her friends and family and took great care in thoughtfully selecting cards for every occasion.

 Having never had a driver’s license, Marcia walked everywhere she went and got around using public transportation.  This gave her the opportunity to connect with all different types of people which brought her great joy.  Most of all, Marcia cherished spending time with her family, particularly with her husband, Donald Miller by whom she was predeceased.  They spent 35 loyal years together traveling and making memories.

 Family meant everything to Marcia, most importantly her daughter, Sandra LaPointe, whom she is survived by, along with her husband, Edward of Sandown, NH: sisters: Barbara Gould and her husband, Howard of Old Lyme, CT, Linda McGrail and her husband, Phil of Reading; granddaughters: Danielle LaPointe of Cambridge, Andrea Waldron and her husband, Chris of Boscawen, NH, Nicole Dizer and her husband, Shane of Sandown, NH and two great-grandchildren who she cherished, Autumn and Collin Dizer, as well as many nieces and nephews.

To carry on her legacy please consider making a donation in Marcia’s name to the First Congregational Church, 26 County Rd., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Marcia’s visitation and funeral services were conducted at the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea on Monday, September 20.  Interment private.  

Diane Hoffman

Graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1966

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere on Friday, September 24         from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Blessed Mother of the Morning Star Parish – St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 670 Washington Ave., Revere at 12 Noon for Diane H. (Donovan) Hoffman, 73, who died on Friday, September 17 at the Beverly Hospital following a long illness.

Diane was the beloved daughter of the late Edward J. and Jacqueline Anne (Kelley) Donovan, former wife of George “Cookie” Hoffman of Peabody and        the loving and caring mother of Craig Michael Hoffman of Ashland.       

She is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family and friends.

She was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1966 and a former employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Department of Revenue and the Bristol County Sherriff’s Department.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Metro Residential Services, Attn: Maureen Delaney, 465 Waverly Oaks Rd., Suite 120, Waltham, MA 02452.        

To send online condolences or for more information, please visit 

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

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