Obituaries 03-09-2023

Elaine Myrna Smith

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 Elaine Myrna Smith, 78, from Boca Raton, Fla. and Boston, Mass., made a full sacred circle in peace­fully letting go with ele­gance and grace while sur­rounded by her family on her birthday at her Boca Raton home on the beach.

Elaine was born to Jo­seph and Ruth Winiker on February 27, 1945, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She was raised in Millis, Mass. and she completed her higher ed­ucation at Lesley Col­lege with a BA degree in education. After college, Elaine met the love of her life, Larry Smith, whom she married on April 18, 1970, in Brookline. To­gether, they raised three adoring daughters in Flor­ida while she worked as the bookkeeper for their family business.

Throughout her life, Elaine was a caring and thoughtful wife, moth­er, sister, and auntie who would always make time to truly understand their lives and gently nudge them towards happiness and fulfillment. Through­out her life, philanthropy and charity were par­amount to Elaine. She generously supported the Jewish Federation Fami­ly Services and countless other charities for years. Elaine also shared her time to drive elderly com­munity members to their engagements while taking in her passengers’ tales of their storied lives.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Smith of 52 years; three loving daughters, Karen Smith, Rebecca Jean Smith and Stephanie Boggs; her son-in-law Jason Boggs; seven beautiful grandchildren, Morgan, Marina, Kayla, Harley, Skylar, Carter, and Bode; and her sisters, Micki, Rita, Cynthia, and Gigi.

Family and friends shared their memories and love for Elaine at her funeral services that were held Monday at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Brookline. Elaine’s burial service followed at Pros­pect Hill Cemetery, Millis. A celebration of life will also be held in Florida in April with information to follow.

Elaine’s family is so deeply grateful to all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and paramedics at Delray Medical Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Vitas Hospice; and es­pecially her nephew, Dr. Adam Kanter, who guided the family in keeping their beloved Elaine in the best care and comfort as she prepared for her journey. In honor of Elaine, we ask that you forgo flowers and instead make a contri­bution to the Jewish Fed­eration Family services. Elaine held our hands for a short time, and she will be held in our hearts forever.

Guy Lento

Legendary Make-Up Artist

Guy Lento was the renowned director of make-up education for Coco Chanel in New York City and a legendary make-up artist for over 30 years.  He lived courageously with several ongoing illnesses through the years. He passed away on Wednesday March, 1st at the age of 76.

Guy was born and raised in Chelsea, he was the only son and youngest of six children of Gaetano and Sarah (Pietropaolo) Lento.  He attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. 

As a young man, he held various jobs to help support his family. He worked briefly as a lab tech for the Mass. General Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston. 

He began his career in cosmetics working for Lancôme and then later working for Coco Chanel where he became the National Director of Make-up Education and was a much sought after make-up artist.     

Working on the faces of supermodels like Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell is serious business. Training under the world’s top designers, including fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld in Paris, taught Lento that “being good isn’t good enough.”  Guy also volunteered his time and talent, donating his services to women undergoing cancer treatments.  After working with Chanel for more than 30 years Guy retired in 2009. 

He returned to the area to be close to his family and was residing in Salem for the last 14 years.  He enjoyed his leisure time traveling, vacationing in Italy and other destinations.

In addition to his parents, Guy was also predeceased by his life companion, Larry Kesler and his sisters: Connie Speranza, Rose Torelli, Angie Mazarelli and Mary McCarthy. Guy is now survived by his devoted sister, Joann Lento of Salem and by his 12 nieces, nephews and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere today, Thursday, March 9 at 11 a.m. immediately followed by inurnment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  

Should friends desire, contributions in Guy’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1905.  Or Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 1970 www.DonateNortheastAnimalShelter

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Elba Contreras

Active at St. Rose Parish Community

Elba Contreras passed into the arms of her beloved savior on Tuesday, March, 7. She was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Sensuntepeque, El Salvador, she was one of four children of Francisco Abrego and Maria Ernestina Contreras. She received her formal education in El Salvador and worked as an elementary school teacher in El Salvador.

She was married to Jose Roberto Flores and raised a family of three daughters and two sons.

Elba came with her family and together they resided in Chelsea for the past 33 years. In her new home, Elba was very devoted to raising her family, welcoming eighteen grandchildren, caring for each of them through the years. She was a very active member and communicant of the St. Rose Parish Community, teaching religious education on Sundays, leading many prayer groups and other religious devotions for the community.

In addition to her parents, Elba was also predeceased by her beloved husband, Jose Roberto Flores, and her brother, Isaac Contreras. She was the loving mother of Noemy E. Contreras, Marli Flores Contreras, Jose R. Flores Contreras, Alfonso Flores Contreras, and Yesenia Flores Contreras; dear sister of Matilde Contreras, and Elny Contreras; the cherished grandmother of eighteen and the adoring great-grandmother of seven. She is also survived by extended family members and her many friends of St. Rose Parish.

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, March 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Funeral from the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday, March 10 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.

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home.

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