Obituaries 04-22-2022

James Andrew Thayer, Jr.

Retired Computer Operator 

James Andrew Thayer, Jr., 78, passed away on Easter Sunday morning, April 17 at his home in Malden. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late James A. Thayer, Sr. and Mary G. (Baggs), James attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1961. 

James was a retired computer operator, having worked in a financial banking institution during his working career.  He retired approximately 12 years ago when he took up residency in Malden. He enjoyed listening to music and watching baseball and football on TV.  James will be greatly missed by all who loved him. 

He was the beloved brother of Lois M. Thayer of Malden and the late Diane E. Thayer and dear cousin of Ruth Burrows and her husband, Robert and Judy Shanks, all of Everett.  

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.  We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

Daniel Alfred Chapman

Retired Chelsea Soldier’s’ Home Chef and Chelsea Crossing Guard

Danny Alfred Chapman passed away Wednesday morning, April 13 at his home in Everett.  He was 67 years of age. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Elmer A. and Beatrice (Nugent) Chapman, Danny grew up in Chelsea, attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1973.  

Danny was a longtime Everett resident, residing in that city for 38 years.  He devoted his working career as a chef at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, dedicating 32 years before retiring.  After retiring from the Soldier’s Home, Danny became a crossing guard for the City of Chelsea.  He began working for the city five years ago and was working as a crossing guard up until his passing.  Danny will be greatly missed by his family and all who loved him.

Danny was the devoted life partner of Cheryl Cunningham of Everett and her children, Harold E. Brown III of East Boston and Clifford J. Cunningham of Chelsea.  He was the beloved brother of Marie Abrams of Winthrop, Barbara Ostler of Chelsea, Beth Baker of Everett and Ellen Chapman of Everett.  Danny is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, April 19 at Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea. Interment was private.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea. Family and friends are encouraged to visit to offer condolences by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

Donna Katramedos

October 30, 1954 – April 7, 2022

Donna (Orlando) Katramados passed unexpectedly in her home on Saturday, April 9.  She was 67 years of age. 

Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late John W. Orlando and Helen B. (Szkolt) Orlando,  Donna grew up in Ware and Winthrop.  She attended Winthrop Schools and was a graduate of Winthrop High School. 

As a young woman, Donna settled in East Boston and resided there for most of her life.  Her life’s devotion was to home and family, raising her two sons and a daughter. 

In her lifetime, Donna enjoyed time with family and friends, socializing, dancing, and playing Bingo. 

In addition to her parents, Donna was also predeceased by a brother, Tommy Orlando, the father of her sons, Kevin Keefe and her daughter’s father and late husband, William Katramados. 

She is survived by her children: Christopher Orlando and Michelle of Concord, NC, Mark Orlando of North Kingstown, RI, and Shannon Katramados and her life-partner, Tyron Minardi of Chelsea.  She was the cherished grandmother of Christopher Orlando, II., Tyron Minardi, II., Cailey Orlando, Tyrique Minardi, Jaime Ferrara, and Shaelyn Clark; the dear sister of John Orlando of Washington and she is also survived by several extended family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Felipa Rodriguez deNova

May 13, 1933 – April 13, 2022

Felipa Rodriguez deNova passed away Wednesday evening, April 13 at the Katzman Family Center for Living where she had been receiving supportive care.  She was 88 years of age. 

Born and raised in Apastepéque, San Vicente, El Salvador, she was one of 10 children of the late Jesus Rodriguez and Vicenta Hernandez de Rodriguez.  She married Juan Novoa and was widowed 42 years ago with seven children at home.  A devoted homemaker and mother, Felipa possessed a strong Christian faith while raising her family as a single mother in El Salvador. 

She brought her family to the United States 40 years ago escaping the violence which was occurring in El Salvador and claimed the lives of two of her sons.  She settled briefly in Los Angeles before coming to Chelsea 35 years ago. 

Felipa was a highly respected member of the Hispanic community and was a devoted and pious member of the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Church in Chelsea.  She was an admired leader of her church and would frequently be asked to preach during weekly services.  Felipa would return to visit her family and ancestral home in El Salvador bringing along some basic necessities and treats to her loved ones there.  It also brought great joy to her life to welcome and care for her 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. 

 In addition to her parents and husband, Felipa was also predeceased by three sons: the late Juan Francisco Novoa, Mauricio Arsenio Novoa and Juan Novoa and four of her siblings: the late Marina Hortencia Rodriguez, Cruz Rodriguez, Teodoro Rodriguez, and Laurena Rodriguez.

She is lovingly survived by her children and their spouses: Jose Novoa of Chelsea, Sofia Sosa and her husband, Pastor Santos Sosa of Brockton, Margarita Ruiz and her husband, Aramis of Chelsea and Marcial Novoa and his wife, Magda of Lynn. She was the dear sister of: Maria Erlinda Rodriguez, Virginia Rodriguez, Sr. Rosa Emma Rodriguez, and Ediberto Rodrigues, all in El Salvador and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend  Funeral services to be held in the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Church, 27 Crescent Ave, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Edwin Paul Hubbard

Massport Retiree

Edwin Paul Hubbard passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, April 5 at the Baker-Katz Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Haverhill.  He was 88 years of age. 

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Edwin and Anna (Sweeney) Hubbard, Edwin grew up in Chelsea and attended Chelsea Public Schools.  He was an excellent baseball player while playing for Chelsea High School.  Edwin was offered an opportunity to try out for the Detroit Tigers but he had already enlisted in the US Army on November 3, 1953 and honorably served during the Korean War.  He was honorably discharged on November 2, 1955. 

Edwin held two careers during his working years.  He worked as an electric truck operator at Forbes Lithograph and he also worked for a number of years at Logan Airport in Boston.  Edwin retired from the maintenance department at Massport. 

Edwin’s declining health moved him into the Baker-Katz Nursing Home in Haverhill but he spent most of his life residing on Addison Street in Chelsea. 

Edwin’s family would like to thank the staff and care givers of the Baker-Katz Nursing Home that provided Edwin with excellent care over the last three years. 

Edwin was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Teresa Smith, Imelda Malik, Alice Cole, Peter Francis and John Francis.   Edwin is lovingly survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

Funeral services were conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea on Saturday, April 9.  Interment was private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Edwin’s memory may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd  St., NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or on-line at or to the Baker-Katz Activity Fund, 194 Boardman St., Haverhill, MA 01830.

Julia Griffin

Social Security Administration Retiree

Julia A. Griffin, 79, of Chelsea, passed away on Monday, April 11.

Born in Everett, she was the daughter of the late William F. Griffin, Jr and Julia B (Johnson) Griffin. She was raised in Chelsea’s Prattville neighborhood, graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1960 and was a service representative with the Social Security Administration for many years prior to her retirement.

She is survived by her nephew, Michael J. Marini of Peabody and her cousin, Gerry Pothier. She was predeceased by her sister, Joyce F. Marini.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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