Obituaries 01-25-2024

Melissa Ann Shaffer

Passionately Devoted to Home and Family

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Gathering for Melissa A. Shaffer on Wednesday, January 31st from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea.

Melissa passed away unexpectedly in her home on Thursday, January 18th after a long illness.  She was 58 years of age. 

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the beloved daughter of the late Eleanor I. (Hartigan) Tucker and Robert L. Shaffer, Sr.

Melissa attended school in Maryland and she was also raised by her beloved late grandparents, Zelda and Lee Shaffer.

She settled in Chelsea with her family as a young lady and resided here for several years before moving to Medford and was a resident of Lynn for the past 21 years.

She was the beloved companion and wife of Steven DeVeau for 23 years.  Melissa enjoyed life at home with family, spending her leisure time sketch drawing painting, doing crossword puzzles and watching TV crime shows.

In addition to her parents and grandparents, Melissa was also predeceased by her step-father, Richard Tucker and her only brother, Robert L. Shaffer, Jr. She was the beloved wife of Steven DeVeau of Lynn, devoted mother of Courtney Godin, Kelsey Godin, Kyle DeVeau and Emily Deveau, cherished grandmother of Abagail Farese, all of Lynn and dear sister of Cindy Marchant of Everett.

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Steven Christie

Worked in Family Business, D&R Aluminum

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a graveside inurnment for Steven M. Christie on Saturday, January 27th at 12:30 P.M.  at Pine Haven Cemetery, 84 Bedford St., Burlington. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery at 12:15 p.m.

Steven passed away on Monday, January 8th at the Mass. General Hospital after living courageously with cancer for several years.  He was 59 years of age.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late Ronald H., Sr. “Big Ron” and Gertrude “Trudy” (Tentindo) Christie. Formerly of Chelsea, Steven resided for the past five years between Revere, Melrose, and Methuen.

He attended school in Chelsea and worked together with his father and brother for many years in the family siding business, D & R Aluminum, installing vinyl and aluminum siding. 

In his lifetime, Steven enjoyed attending Chelsea vs. Everett football games, spending time with family and friends reminiscing and sharing lifetime stories and weekend camping.

In addition to his parents, Steven was predeceased by his sister Cheryl Ann Ames.  He is survived by his brothers Ronald H. Christie of Methuen, John Christie of New Hampshire and brother-in-law, Robert J. Ames, Jr. of Chelsea,  nieces and nephews; Robert J. Ames, III, Jason, Avery, Angelo Christie, and Ashley Miller. 

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Joel Mazer

Attorney Who Was a Vital Part of the Chelsea Community, a Family Man, a Man of Faith and a Man of Service

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Attorney Joel O. Mazer of Salem, beloved husband of Janet (Hershman) Mazer.  He passed away peacefully at the age of 88 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House. 

Joel also leaves behind his much loved children, Geoffrey Mazer and Marilyn Schaefer and her husband, Kurt Schaefer, his cherished grandchildren, Dylan and Jake Schaefer, his brother Ronald Mazer and spouse Anne Mazer and many beloved family and friends. 

Joel was born in Boston on November 12, 1935, the son of the late Beatrice and Max Mazer. He was raised in Lynn and graduated from Lynn Classical High School.  Joel went on to earn three degrees from Boston University, including a Bachelor’s degree, a Law degree and a Master’s of Law degree in Taxation. 

After passing the bar exam, Joel practiced law in Boston and Lynn for several years before joining the law firm of Leader and Newman.  He later became a partner at Leader, Mazer and Blotner where he was a well respected attorney for over 60 years. 

Joel was a vital part of the Chelsea community.  He was proud to be a longtime member of the Chelsea Rotary and served on the Board of Directors at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.

In his spare time, Joel was an amazing multiple sport athlete and he loved attending and watching all of the Boston sports teams.  He also loved visiting Vermont to cheer on his grandsons’ lacrosse and hockey games.  Besides sports, Joel loved music, especially Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra.  He loved singing along at every concert he attended.

Joel was a family man, a man of faith and a man of service.  He will be missed by all that knew him.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Joel’s funeral service which will be held at Stanesky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem today, Thursday, January 25th at 10 a.m.  Burial immediately following the service at at The Pride of Lynn Cemetery in Lynn.  A luncheon will follow at 1 p.m. at The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, 18 Washington Square West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care Dimensions in Danvers, MA and The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center For Living.

Ann Mahoney

She Is Remembered for Hosting Great Parties, Her Humor and Love for Music

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering for Ann D. Mahoney on Saturday, January 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. The gathering will be immediately followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.  

At 75 years of age, Ann passed away on Monday, January 15th at the Faulkner Hospital after a long illness.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Helen B. (McGrane) Goldman and Samuel Weener.

Ann was a resident of Chelsea for most of her life where she attended local schools. She has been residing in Revere for the past 22 years.

She was married to Robert P. Mahoney and raised her family of one son and daughter.

Ann worked in the hospitality field for many years. She is remembered for hosting great parties, her humor, and love for music, friend to many and could always be relied on to help family, friends, or anyone in need.

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