Obituaries 09-10-2010

Anthony Faletra

Polaroid retiree, John Hancock consultant

Anthony "Tony" L. Faletra of Peabody died peacefully at home while in the comforting presence of his family. He was 75 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Alfonso and Antoinette (Marino) Faletra. He lived in Chelsea in his youth and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He moved to Everett, attended Wentworth Institute in Boston and has lived in Peabody for the last 42 years.

Mr. Faletra worked as a much-loved manager with Polaroid Corporation at their headquarters office in Cambridge for a satisfying 30 year career. He later was a consultant with John Hancock Company in Boston in their printing department.

He enjoyed a simple life with family and traveled with his wife and family to Italy 11 times and also to Florida and California. He was a handyman extraordinaire who built many items with his carpentry skills. He volunteered with the National Guard from 1953 to 1963, was a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the North Reading Gun Club, and enjoyed gardening-especially his newly developed fig tree.

He is survived by his wife, Irene "Rene" (Valente) Faletra of Peabody, with whom he recently celebrated his 46th wedding anniversary; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher A. and Carleen Faletra of Murrieta, CA; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Joseph Mogavero of Topsfield; four grandchildren, Mia, Emmi, and Dominic Mogavero of Topsfield and Braydon Faletra of California; two brothers, a twin brother, Joseph "Joe" Faletra of Peabody and Benedict "Buddy" Faletra of Chelsea; a sister, Josephine Sinatra of Everett, and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service today, Wednesday, September 8 at 11 a.m. in the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St. location, Peabody. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Please visit for online obit and to sign condolences.


Helen Lord

Melrose resident

Helen C. (Mayne) Lord of Melrose died on September 2.

Raised in Everett and a graduate of Everett High School, Mrs. Lord worked as a secretary at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for more than 20 years in the fund development office and then for the president of the hospital. After her retirement, she continued to do volunteer work at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for another 20 years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles W. Lord; loving mother of Robert K. Lord and his wife, Diane, of Melrose and Lorraine Lord-Moon and her husband, Edwin, of Wakefield; devoted grandmother of Michele Saelens and her husband, David, of Maryland, Nicole Bluette and her husband, Michael and Kristen Lord all of Saugus, and Ryan Moon and his girlfriend, Helen Santos, of Beverly; great-grandmother of Justin, Deven, Kyle, Christopher, Megan, Braidon, Lindsey, Katelyn, and Tyler.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose, MA 02176. For obituary or to sign her guest book, please visit:


Louise Keenan

Distinguished Educator

Louise Keenan of Arlington, a distinguished educator in Massachusetts, died on August 12 in Arlington of complications following a stroke. She was 96 years old.

The only daughter of the late Joseph J. and Margaret (Coleman) Keenan, she was a graduate of Boston University (Ed.D. 1963), Harvard College (M.Ed 1943), and Emmanuel College (B. A. 1938). Dr. Keenan was a member of the Massachusetts, New England, and American Psychological Associations.

Dr. Keenan was employed by the Everett Public School for 27 years, first as Director of Adult Civic Education in 1941, and later as School Psychologist. She was appointed College Psychologist and lecturer at Cardinal Cushing College in 1965. From 1968 until her retirement in 1976, Dr. Keenan was Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Students at Fitchburg State College. Dr. Keenan is predeceased by beloved friend, artist and educator Eleanor Young, and survived by cousins Carol Ryan Nelson and Marilyn Ryan Carhart of New Brunswick, Canada.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Newman Centers of Boston University and Fitchburg State College. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 10 at 9 a.m. at St. Camillus Church, 1175 Concord Turnpike in Arlington. A private burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster, Massachusetts, at a later date. DeVito Funeral Homes, 781-643-5610, [email protected].


Doris Lewis

Everett resident

Doris (Bertini) Lewis of Everett died on September 1.

She was the mother of Robyn MacArthur and her husband, Thomas, of Everett, and the late Steven D.; daughter of the late George and Doris Bertini; sister of Evelyn Penney and George Bertini Jr. , both of Maine, and is also survived by two grandchildren, Duran and Megan MacArthur, and one great grandson, Nico.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Leo Thompson

30-year Supermarket Employee

Leo P. Thompson of Revere, formerly of Somerville, died on August 28.

A 30-year employee of Broadway Supermarket, Cambridge, he enjoyed time spent at the Revere Senior Center and playing cards with friends.

He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (Dellarusso); devoted father of Leo J. of Revere; brother of Robert of Manchester, NH, Harold of Everett, Jean of Florida and Dottie of Somerville; grandfather of Lauri Pattern; great grandfather of Ashley Pattern and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Spencer Funeral Service, South Boston. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice.


Elaine Kelleher

Melrose resident

Elaine A. (O’Brien) Kelleher of Melrose died on August 31.

She was the beloved wife of 65 years to the late Cornelius Kelleher; loving mother of Maureen E. Kelleher and her husband, Bert Spector, Nancy M. Kelleher and her husband, Robert Calnan, and Sharon E. Kelleher-Pippy and her husband, Douglas Pippy, all of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Kayte Kelleher Spector-Bagdady and her husband, Justin Bagdady, Tess Kelleher Spector, Patrick and Brian Kelleher-Calnan, and Corey and Haley Kelleher-Pippy; aunt of Eileen Taft of New Hampshire.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Donations in her memory may be made to the Melrose Public Library Children’s Room, 69 W. Emerson St., Melrose, MA 02176. For obituary or to sign the guest book, visit


Jessie Fordi

Gold Star Mother, Everett School Department retiree

Jessie (Formosi) Fordi of Everett died on September 1. She was 95 years old.

An Everett School Department retiree, she was the beloved wife of the late Rocco J. Fordi, the loving mother of the late Michael J. Fordi, her only son, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War; loving sister of Virginia Roberts of Danvers, William Formosi of Lynnfield, the late Eva Covino, and the late Frances Kerns. She was the cherished aunt of John Covino of Everett and Lucille O’Donnell of Wakefield. She is also survived by several other loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.


Mary O’Donnell

Burlington resident, formerly of Everett

Mary A. (Zuben) O’Donnell, a 10 year resident of Burlington, formerly of Everett and Chelsea, died on September 1. She was 93 years old.

She was born in Boston and grew up in Lowell, attended the Lowell Public School system and lived in Chelsea and Everett for many years. A Burlington resident for the last 10 years, she worked as a dietary aide for 20 years at the former Brighton Marine Hospital.

She was the wife of the late John P. O’Donnell, the beloved mother of James F. O’Donnell and his wife, Shirley, of Revere, Elaine Vinci of Halifax, Mary Ellen Carabineris and her husband, James A., of Everett, Patricia Hansford of Chelmsford and John E. O’Donnell of Chelsea; dear sister of Jennie Lukis of Billerica, Nina Trout and her husband, William, of Tennessee and the late Peter Zuben, John Zuben, Anna Puddister; mother-in-law of the late Vincent Vinci; sister-in-law of Helen Wiley and the late Charles Lukis and is also lovingly survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Nancy Andreotti

Retired stitcher

Nancy L. (Pelosi) Andreotti, a lifelong resident of Everett, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on August 31. She was in her 105th year.

Affectionately known as Ani, she was born in Boston and was a retired stitcher.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas A. Andreotti; devoted aunt of Ralph and Anna Pelosi of Dracut; sister of the late Anthony, Ralph, Ernest, Francis, Victor and Alfred Pelosi; sister in law of Margaret Pelosi of Everett and Marilyn Pelosi of Saugus. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and extended family.

Her family would like to thank Nurse Michael of All Care VNA for the respectful, kind and compassionate care given to her these last few years.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Contributions in her memory to All Care VNA, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901 or to the Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., Malden, MA 02148 would be sincerely appreciated.


Arthur Driscoll

Boston Housing Authority employee

Arthur F. Driscoll of Everett, formerly of Belmont and Winthrop, died on August 27.

A member of the Painters Local Union 402 of East Boston, he was employed by the Boston Housing Authority and was a US Marine Corps Vietnam veteran.

The beloved husband of Cuc Nguyen, he was the father of Julie A. Driscoll of Everett and Ben and Leah Driscoll of Hawaii; grandfather of Dax; son of the late Arthur C. and Julia J. (Thompson) Driscoll; brother of Maureen Pizzi of Waltham and William M. Driscoll of Cambridge.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanton Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 would be appreciated.


Charles Wickens

Longtime co-owner of Everett Citgo Service Station

Charles E. Wickens of Everett died on August 30. He was 94 years old.

Mr. Wickens was a US Army veteran of World War II and former longtime co-owner, with his late brother Murray, of Citgo Service Station in Everett.

The beloved husband of Betty R. (Natalie) Wickens, he was the loving father of Deborah A. Slyman of Everett and Charles D. Wickens of Elm Grove, WI.; loving brother of Dorothy McKinnon of Nova Scotia, Harris Wickens of Chelmsford, and George Wickens of Nova Scotia; cherished grandfather of Leslie Wickens, Anthony and Charlie Slyman.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Elm St. Baptist Church, 202 Elm St., Everett, MA 02149.


Katherine Dalton

Of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston

Katherine E. (Taurase) Dalton of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston, died at Salem Hospital surrounded by her family after a long illness on August 30. She was 69 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Katherine (Porcelo) Tuarase. She was a graduate of East Boston High School and lived in East Boston until moving to Lynn for six years and then to Swampscott where she has lived for the past 30 years.

She was a member of the Swampscott Senior Center, a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Swampscott and of the Ladies Auxiliary Knights of Columbus Valladolid Council 70 of Lynn. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by five sons, Thomas Dalton and his wife, Caroline, of Nottingham, NH, Frederick Dalton and his wife, Karen, of Everett, Peter Dalton and his wife, Lianne, of Peabody, Robert Dalton and Heidi Pyle of Merrimac and Mark Dalton and his wife, Audrey, of Exeter, NH; a sister, Patricia Pedro of Swampscott; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Madeline MacNamara, Rita McMahon and Nicholas Taurase.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For guest book, visit:


Manuel Costa Sr.

Everett resident

Manuel F. Costa Sr. of Everett died on August 29.

He was the devoted husband of the late Mariana C. (Andrade) Costa; loving father of Manuel F. Costa Jr. and his wife, Susana and Jose A. Costa and his wife, Emilia; cherished grandfather of Lucy Chesna, Pamela Hippensteele, Joe, Eric, Shawn and Ashley Costa; beloved brother of Maria Angelina Coelho, Maria da Gloria Sousa, Helena da Conceicao Chaves, Eusebio, Joao, and the late Jose, Francisco, Antonio, Joaquim and Alexandre Costa. He is also survived by four great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rogers Funeral Home, Cambridge.

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