Obituaries 02-23-2023

Irma Louise Eaves

March 26, 1924 – February 12, 2023

Irma Louise Eaves passed away on Saturday,, February 18 in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her loving family at her side.  She was 98 years of age.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was one of four children of the late Daniel H. and Maude A. (Thomas) Cunningham. She was married for 57 years to Thomas F. Eaves, Sr. and raised four children of her own.

Irma worked as an operator for New England Telephone in Chelsea.  She was a proud homemaker and after her own children were grown, she worked as a Lunch Mother at the Williams School in Chelsea.

Irma was a devoted wife and mother and loved her family more than anything.  She was a busy woman who always had Hydrox Cookies and gingerbread at the ready when her children returned from school, and the continuous flow of their many friends.

She was so proud of all of her children and grandchildren and never missed an event.

In true Boston form, she was a big fan of the Red Sox and New England Patriots.  She was such a loyal fan that she had to follow Tom Brady after he left the Patriots, and so added Tampa Bay as a weekly need to watch a game.  If, however, they were playing New England, she would shut the television off and waited for the results on the news.

She was a beacon of love, kindness, and generosity.  Ever the optimist, she kept everyone entertained with her colorful stories and adventures.  She loved to laugh and shared her “Irma-isms” so frequently that her children recite them still.

In addition to her parents, Irma was predeceased by her beloved husband, Thomas F. Eaves, Sr. and was the devoted mother and mother-in law of Donna Eaves-Finnie of Revere and her late husband, Russell, Thomas Eaves and his wife, Susie of Round Rock, TX, Paul Eaves and his wife, Joanne of Saugus and Dr. William Eaves and his wife, Chris of Revere; cherished grandmother of Christopher and Valerie Finnie, Michelle and Keith McKenzie, Samantha Eaves, Paul Eaves II and Nicole Eaves, Ashley Eaves, Christian Eaves and Jillian Eaves. She was also the adoring great-grandmother of ten and the dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Maude and John McKenna, Henry and Helen Cunningham, Edward and Rosalie Cunningham and Robert and Louise Eaves.

Her funeral services were private.

Should friends desire, contributions in Irma’s name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Ste B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 Donate: Care Dimensions Danvers

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James R. Goode, Jr.

May 16, 1944 – February 10, 2023

Jimmy Goode, Jr., at 78 years of age, passed away on Thursday, February 16 after a brief decline in health.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the cherished son of the late James R., Sr.  and Jane M. Goode.  He attended Chelsea schools and loved to be called Jimmy.

A resident of Chelsea for most of his life, he has been living in South Boston for the last few years enjoying the company of new friends.

His passion was his music, he loved to cook and liked watching the food network and he is fondly remembered as gentle man with a very big heart. 

He is survived by his first cousins: Frank J. Schettino of Peabody, Robert J. Simmons and his wife, Maria of South Carolina and AnnMarie DiNapoli and her husband, Robert J. of Tewksbury.  He is also survived by many next generation cousins and friends. 

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday February 24 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The visitation will be immediately followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment and Jimmy will be placed to rest with his parents in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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Nitza Magali Arroyo-Oswald

August 12, 1968 – February 15, 2023

Nitza Magali Arroyo-Oswald lived courageously for several years with several ongoing illnesses and passed away following a brief decline of health in the peaceful surroundings of her home on Wednesday, February 15 with her family at her side.  She was 54 years of age. 

Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, she arrived in Chelsea at nine weeks of age and was a lifelong resident of this city.  A beloved daughter of the late Carmen Nilda Arroyo-Nieves, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1986.

She married Michael I. Oswald and raised her two daughters and one son in Chelsea.    As a young lady, she was an owner and proprietor of Latin Sound on Everett Avenue for 16 years, selling and installing car music equipment.  For many years, Nitza would lead the annual Latin Festival Parade in Chelsea, an event she always enjoyed.  A year ago, Nitza moved to Gardner to live in a home better suited for her life challenges.  Undeterred by living with MS for many years, her lifelong devotion was to home and family welcoming six grandchildren and several fur-babies.  She also enjoyed antique cars.   

She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Michael I. Oswald, Jr.  She was the devoted mother of Yesenia Saldana and her husband, Nelson of Chelsea, Matthew Molina and his wife, Ashley of Gardner and Aliyah Oswald at home in Gardner.  She was the cherished grandmother of Ivan and Melody Saldana, Arianna Molina, Aaliyah Arnold, Matthew Molina, Jr. and Adryanna Molina; dear sister of Gladys Arroyo of Chelsea and she is also survived by her two fur-babies, Patches and Scrappy.  

Relatives and friends attended visiting hours in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday February 21 and her visitation was followed by a service of remembrance and life tributes.  Interment will be private.In lieu of flowers: 

To honor Nitza’s love for animals, contributions in her name may be made to the SPCA, PETA or any animal welfare and protection charity.For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Donna Lee Murray

Mary 15, 1956 – February 6, 2023

Donna Lee Murray passed away at home on Monday, February 6 surrounded by her family and caregivers.  She was 66 years of age. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Raymond and Isabelle C. (Kiejna) Dombrowski.  Donna attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She worked for several years as a nurse’s aide at local nursing homes. 

She raised her two sons, Robert Dombrowski and Joseph Valentin, Sr., and was the beloved wife of Michael Murray.  A longtime resident of Chelsea she has been living in Everett for the past 15 years where she became endeared to Jean and Thomas Troville and their family.   Three years ago, Donna was widowed by the passing of her husband, Michael.

She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, was a devoted mother and dear friend and was most enamored with her grandson, Joseph Valentin, Jr.  She is also survived by her longtime friend, Jaime Santos and was a second mother to Carlos Bardales and the Troville children and grandchildren.

Funeral services were private.

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Joan Frances Bocchino

Of Chelsea

Joan Frances (Borstel) Bocchino, 89, of Chelsea, formerly of Somerville and Revere, passed away peacefully on February 19 at Whidden Hospital after a long illness. 

She was the daughter of the late Angelina (Capuccio) and Charles S. Borstel; devoted mother of Frank Bocchino and daughter-in-law Maria of East Boston, Teresa A. (Bocchino) Linde of Bridgewater and Susan Hanley of Indiana. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Miller of Malden and her late husband, Robert D. Miller and was preceded in death by her loving brother, Charles (Bud) Borstel who was very fond of her.

Joan loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, with lots of trips to parks in the area to many home-based musical events and to arts and crafts. Her loving grandchildren are: Steven Owens, Marissa Owens and her fiancé, Eddie, Christina Gibson and her husband, Eric, Frank Bocchino and his wife, Stephanie. She also leaves her treasured great grandchildren: Jackson Owens, Eric and Anthony Gibson.

She was a resident of Captains Row for over 25 years and leaves dear friends Chris Kenney and Joan Northway, along with many friends at her residence. Joan was very active in her building as the parking representative and participated in many other administrative activities.

Joan loved playing cards and having her nephews, cousins and friends come to play almost every week where she lived in Somerville; with fond memories, Robert D’Amelio and his wife, Kate, Steven Capuccio and his wife, Patti, Maryann D’Amelio and her husband, Andy, Barbara White and her late husband, Doug, Donald Capuccio and his wife, Jill, Robert J. Miller and his wife, Zita, Janie Ruddock and her husband, Tommy, Charles Borstel and his wife, Angela, Sean Borstel and his wif,e Lisa and Rose Richards, Raymond Taurasi and Janet Standish.

Joan loved to send cards to her family and friends and always remembered birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. She was fond of stickers with hearts, butterflies and bees, flowers and sayings that meant so much to us on each envelope she would send.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Whidden Hospital, especially Dr. Kim and her part time nursing staff that came to her home three times a week to care for her, especially Sony.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joan’s name to the Sjogren’s Foundation, 10701 Parkridge Blvd, Suite 170, Reston, VA 20191

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Joan’s Celebration of Life gathering at the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave. Chelsea on Friday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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