Obituaries 09-22-2022

Laura Steriti

August 8, 1930 – September 17, 2022

At 92 years of age, Laura M. (Richard) Steriti passed away Saturday evening, September 17 at the Cohen-Florence-Levine Estates in Chelsea. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved daughter of the late Matthew P. and May G. (Savoy) Richard.  Laura spent most of her life in the Mill Hill section of Chelsea where she married Philip A. Steriti and raised her children.  

She worked at Everlastic and at the Soldiers Home.  When she retired, she became an active member of the Chelsea Senior Center where she formed lifelong friendships.  She loved to dance and was an avid reader.  She loved listening to music and would often sing along.  The holiday season was her favorite time of year when she could share her festive spirit with her family and friends.  She believed in the power of prayer and said her rosaries daily.  She often said her faith got her through the challenges she faced during her lifetime.  Spending time with family was what she cherished the most.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Philip Steriti, parents, May and Matthew Richard, sisters: Lillian Lemoure, Isabelle Caron, Stella Stahl, Jeanette Wasson and Nancy DesJardon, brother, Ronald Richard and her twin brother and best friend, Leonard Richard.  

She is survived by her daughters: Lenore Steriti and her partner, Maria Paulo, Lea Steriti and her wife, Zoe Zarkadas, Maria Steriti and her partner, Joslyn Portier, Felicia Steriti-Smith and her husband, Chris; grandchildren: Leah McKeon and her husband, Sean, Philip Cowels and his wife, Kristina, Lani Steriti, Noah Cowels and partner, Danielle Angers; great grandchildren: Wesley and Milo McKeon, Joseph Cowels, Maddox Cowels and Great Grandchild #5 due to arrive on September 21st. She is also survived by her sister Elsie Fenby of Florida and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Wednesday and her Funeral will be from the funeral home today, Thursday, September 22 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  In keeping with her charitable spirit and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity of choice.

 To send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

Joseph “Sonny” Pescione

Of Revere

Joseph A. “Sonny” Pescione of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Everett, passed away on September 15.

The beloved husband of the late Deborah (Malcom) Pescione, he was the devoted father of Charissa Laszczkowski and her husband, Joseph of Chelsea, Joseph Pescione and Mark Cowell, both of Revere; dear brother of Doris DiRuzza and her late husband, Jack of East Boston, Phyllis Marcella of Revere and her husband, Richard and the late Antonette Dwyer; cherished grandfather of Gino Gillis, Mea Lazsczkowski and Adrianna Pescione. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Joseph’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston on Saturday, September 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Joseph-Saint Lazarus Church, East Boston for a 10 a.m. Mass celebrating Joseph’s life. Services will conclude with Joseph being laid to rest at the Versailles Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Joseph’s name to Campus School at Boston College, Campion Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. To leave an online condolence visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Judith Chapman

October 14, 1943 – September 7, 2022 

Judith “Judie” (Isganderian) Chapman, who grew up in Chelsea, departed peacefully at the Mountain Vista ICU in Mesa, Arizona. She was 78 years old and had been hospitalized for eight months following complications from a knee replacement surgery performed in January, 2022.

Judie shared father Jacob Isganderian (deceased 1957) with her loving half-sister Barbara (Isganderian) Burt. Judie’s mother was Beatrice (Collins) Isganderian who was a resident of Chelsea until her passing in 1983. Barbara departed from this world in 2019 and was survived by her husband Jeffrey Burt.

Judie graduated from Chelsea High School in 1961.  In high school, she loved to sing “doo-wop” with her friends at Revere Beach and in Chelsea Square. Judie remembered her teenage years in Chelsea with fondness and retained close friendships with her Chelsea cohorts: Helen (Bradley) Dobbyn, Linda Alickman and Virginia and Paul Eckman throughout all of her years.

In the late 60’s she married Charles “Charlie” Chapman. They moved to Durham, North Carolina where Judie worked as an assistant at Duke University for a time.  She and Charlie amicably divorced in the early 1970’s and Judie moved to Chicago to live temporarily with her sister, Barbara.  Judie soon found a place of her own and worked in several secretarial positions until she landed a position with General Electric in Oakbrook, Illinois as an office manager. In 1978 she became Finance Administrator for General Electric’s Genigraphics division in Oakbrook, Illinois.  Genigraphics was the first commercial application of presentation computer graphics. She became Regional Finance Manager at Genigraphics’ Atlanta office where she lived for two years.

At Genigraphics, she met her future longtime partner, computer artist Frederick “Fred” Vladova, whom she married in 1991 but not before moving to Palm Springs, California with him in late 1987. Judie understandably kept the Chapman surname although married to Frederick Vladova. She spent most of her California years as an office manager for Valleywide Sheet Metal in Palm Desert, California. Judie was a board member of their HOA for 15 years and ran the Architectural Committee. 

Judie and Fred resided in California for 25 years until graphics work became scarce in Palm Springs and they decided to return to Chicago to rejoin family and seek new opportunities.  Fred secured a developer position with data marketing firm Epsilon, which encouraged employees to work remotely anywhere in the country.  So, Judie and Fred decided to try the Phoenix area for its warm weather and tech opportunities.  In 2015 they purchased a home in Mesa, Arizona where Fred still works for Epsilon.

Judie and Fred were married for 31 years yet had no children.  Judie is survived by her husband, Fred, along with sister Barbara Burt’s husband, Jeffrey Burt of Warrenville, Illinois, as well as nieces and nephews: Tom and Dana Stotz of South Carolina, Scott and Larnise Boain of St. Louis and Jeffrey Schuetts of Florida.

No formal services were held, but friends may contribute to Judie’s favorite charities in remembrance.  Please donate to American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and St. Jude Cancer Research (www.stjude.org).

Jordan Young

Of Chelsea

Jordan Young of Chelsea died on September 8. 

The loving son of the late Norman and the late Sara Young, he was the dear brother of Sheldon Young, Sandra Padulsky and her husband, Morton, Barbara Nair and her husband, the late Howard Nair, Carl Young and his longtime companion, Nancy Dyer, the late Norton Young, the late Elaine Young, the late Carol Bell and her husband, the late John Bell and the late Neal Young. 

Graveside services were held on Sunday, September 11 at 1 p.m. at Agudath Shalom Cemetery, 232 Fuller Street, Everett.  Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA  22203.  For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.

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