Obituaries 11-17-2022

Alice Nicewicz

Retired Bank of America Fraud Specialist

Alice Nicewicz-Pantano passed away peacefully on Friday, November 11 at the Beth Israel Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington.

A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she also lived in Stoneham, Reading and recently resided in Peabody. 

Alice was one of three daughters of the late Sigmund J. “Ziggy” and Florence A. (Burke) Nicewicz.   Born and raised in Chelsea, she proclaimed she was perpetually 28 years of age.

She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1965. She continued her education at Newbury College in Brookline where she received her Associates Degree.  

She began her career in private banking starting as a bank teller at the Commonwealth Bank / Patriot Bank in Chelsea.  She continued with the bank as the institution changed names throughout the years and at various branches in Chelsea, Everett, and Malden.  She ultimately retired in 2002 from Bank of America as a fraud specialist.

In her lifetime, she was an avid New England Patriots’ fan and was passionate about baking.  Her specialty was her famous chocolate layer cake.  She also enjoyed decorating for the holidays, crocheting and, of course, enjoying a cup of coffee at Dunkin’s!  Above all else, Alice loved spending time with her family and friends for special occasions as well as everyday life, including being part of her “Sunday Morning Breakfast Club.”  Years earlier, she also socialized with friends and family at the at the Chelsea Yacht Club, and the P.P.C in Chelsea.

She was the devoted mother of Michael Pantano and his wife, Christine, cherished grandmother of Mia and Emma Pantano, all of Reading; dear sister and sister-in-law of Margaret “Peg” McKeever of the Villages in Florida and her late husband, John, Patricia M. Salemi and her husband, Richard of Wakefield; adored aunt of Richard “Rick” Salemi, Jr. and his wife, Alicia of Wakefield, AnnMarie Salemi with Sergio Guaraccino of Peabody and Michelle Salemi of Wakefield.  She was also the former and past wife of Arthur Pantano of Revere.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, November 21 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. immediately followed by a funeral service in the Funeral Home at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with inurnment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in Alice’s name may be made to a charity of their choice.  

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Diane Howard

Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend

Diane Howard of Franklin, Massachusetts, formerly from Branchburg, New Jersey, Billerica, Massachusetts and Chelsea passed away on November 9. Diane was the daughter of Helen (Marcin) Howard of Chelsea and Kenneth Vincent Howard, a former Lieutenant in the Chelsea Police Department. She leaves her beloved husband of 53 years, William Howard, formerly from Everett, a daughter, Kimberly Woodruff of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, a deceased daughter, Charise Heater of Franklin, Massachusetts, four grandchildren: McKenna Heater, Will Heater, Mia Woodruff and Zachary Woodruff and two sons-in-law, Michael Woodruff of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Christopher Heater of Franklin, Massachusetts.

Diane graduated from Chelsea High School in 1964 and Fisher College in 1966 as a Medical Assistant. She supported her children in many ways, including as a Girl Scout Brownie Leader and Classroom Parent. She was active in her church choir and sodality at St. Mary’s Church in Billerica and loved bowling in her younger days.

As an accomplished cake decorator, Diane made wedding cakes for some of her family members and countless birthday and other special occasion cakes for her loved ones. She also was quite skilled at crocheting and candy making, especially chocolate treats for the holidays. She was an accomplished calligrapher as well. She very much enjoyed entertaining large groups of friends and colleagues especially around the holidays. She loved to travel with Bill and her “Billerica” friends.  Diane was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, November 19 with family and friends gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. immediately followed by a service at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Diane’s name can be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Mary’s Church, One Church Square, Franklin, MA 02038 or the Franklin Food Pantry, 43 W. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038 would be much appreciated.

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Lisa Uminski

May 16, 1952 – November 3, 2022

Lisa Uminski, “The Little Queen,” with her family at her side, passed unexpectedly and all too soon to her Lord, and her family in heaven on Thursday, November 3.  She was 60 years of age. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, the loving daughter and cherished angel of Alfred H. Uminski and Elaine H. (Davis) Uminski, as a young girl, Lisa attended Williams School in Chelsea, the Parlin Jr. High School in Everett and participated with the Bay Cove Program.  Lisa lived with her family in Chelsea for most of her life and in Revere for the last 20 years. 

In her lifetime, she brought immense joy to those privileged to know her.  Her very special day came every May 16th, she enjoyed collecting beaded necklaces, doing arts and crafts, reading, and competing in the Special Olympics, receiving various gold and silver medals.  She followed the Red Sox and football and cheering on any team player wearing the number 16.  She was an honorary lifetime member of the St. Stanislaus Choir.  She also enjoyed traveling with family and playing games of chance.

Lisa joins her beloved mother, Elaine Uminski in heaven and leaves her father, Alfred Uminski to mourn her passing, along with her brother Kenneth J. Uminski, Sr. and his wife, Lori, her sister, guardian, and caregiver, Lorianne Uminski, all of Revere.  She was the adored aunt of Brittany, Daniel and his wife, Amy, Kenneth, Jr., and Gianna Uminski. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea and committal was Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Should friends desire, contributions in Lisa’s name may be made to Special Olympics, 450 Maple St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

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