Obituaries 08-24-2011

Lillian Andrews

State Retiree

 Lillian Andrews of Everett died surrounded by her family at the Life Care Center of the North Shore in Lynn on August 19. She was 88 years old.

Born in Everett, she has been retired for 20 years from the Division of Employment Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She worked for the state for over 20 years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Raphael P. Andrews and loving mother of Rev. Dr. Michele D. Wheeler of Malden, and the late Charles P. Barton. She was the sister of Gertrude Hinton of Everett, and the late Juanita Davis, James Hodges and William Hodges; the grandmother of Dwayne Wheeler of Malden and Carla Booker of Boston and is also survived by four great grandchildren.

Her A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday Evening at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Church of God and Christ, 18 Whitter Street, Roxbury. Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery on Friday at 11 a.m. For directions to the church: or go to the Imani Temple Facebook page. Funeral arrangements are by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, 519 Broadway, Everett.

Irving ‘Buddy’ Mekler

US Postal Service retiree

 Irving “Buddy” Mekler, formerly of Chelsea, Quincy and Everett died on August 19. He was 87 years old.

He was a retired employee of South Postal Annex, a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1942 and a longtime Member of Post 74 Jewish War Veterans and Post 10 Disabled American Veterans.

The beloved father of Dr. Alan Mekler and Joel Mekler, he was the dear brother of Ruth Krasker and cherished grandfather of Jeffrey Mekler.

Services will be held at Massachusetts National Cemetery Connery Avenue (off Rte. 28S) Bourne on Thursday August 25 at 12:30 p.m. Memorial Week will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Post 74 Jewish War Veterans, 245 Bryant St. Malden, MA., 02148. For online condolences go to: 1-800-982-3717 Goldman Funeral Chapel-Malden

Menceslaus ‘Mike’ Chodkowski

GE Retiree, Everett resident

Menceslaus F. “Mike” Chodkowski, of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died suddenly at the Leonard Florence Center for Living on August 19. He was 81 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Policarp and Alexandra (Zaremba) Chodkowski. He attended St. Stanislaus School, Chelsea High School and Boston Trade School. He enlisted in the US Army, served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1955.

He married Gladys T. (Zalewski) and together they shared 53 years of marriage before her passing in 2009.

A resident of Everett for more than 50 years, he always considered himself a “Chelsea guy” conducting business and maintaining friendships within that city. He worked as a planner and a draftsman for General Electric in Lynn for 35 years until his retirement in 1989.

He was a devoted parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and usher for 30 years. A longtime member of the P.A.V Post 13, he also tended bar there for countless dances and social gathering. A caring man, he was devoted to his family and enjoyed gardening and Friday Night Bingo.

He was the beloved husband of the late Gladys T. (Zalewski) Chodkowski; devoted father of Tricia Tribou and her husband, John, Chrissy Comeau and her husband, Raymond, all of Malden; dear brother of Helen Lasko of Sun City, AZ and the late Eddie, Louis, Stanley, Joseph Chodkowski, Mary Moores and Jeannie Syngajewski.  He was the cherished grandfather of Brian Cormier, Zachary Tribou and the late Joshua Tribou.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church on Wednesday, August 24. Services with Military Honors will be followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St. Chelsea, MA 02150 or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl #201 Boston, MA 02114. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes of Chelsea.

Alice Antonucci

Revere resident

Alice M. (Fabiano) Antonucci of Revere died on August 22.

The beloved wife of the late Santo “Sarno,” she was the devoted mother of Vincent and his wife, Marie of Wakefield, Louis and his wife, Carolyn of Everett and the late Johanna Carifio; dear sister of Richard Fabiano of Florida and the late Joseph, Frank, Alfred and Ralph Fabiano and Rose Vaccaro. She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Her Funeral will be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook please visit

Richard Marchant

Longtime Everett School Custodian

Richard L. Marchant of Everett died on August 15.

A long time custodian for the Everett School Department, he was the loving father of Paula Pietrella, Linda Settineri and her husband, John, and Richard L. Marchant and his wife, Dana. He is survived by his former wife, Maryann Costa; his brothers, William and James Marchant and is also survived by seven loving grandchildren, Justin, Jared, Jamie, Zach, Sophia, Noah, and Shane.

Arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

Salvatore Tummino

Raytheon Retiree

Salvatore Tummino of Marlborough, formerly of Revere, died after being stricken ill earlier in the week. He was 82 years old.

He was the husband of Carmela (Bottari) Tummino to whom he was married for 50 years.

He was born in Barrafranca, Sicily, the son of the late Salvatore and Angela (Russo) Tummino and lived in Italy and Revere before moving to Marlborough 14 years ago.

He was a veteran of the Italian Armed Forces and was employed as an engineering technician for the Raytheon Company for 25 years. He was a member of St. Matthias Parish and a member of the former St. Ann’s Parish, both of Marlborough. While living in Revere, he was a member of St. Anthony’s Parish and was a former president and active member of the Holy Name Society of the parish.

He is survived by four sons, Anthony of Hudson, Peter of Lower Gwynedd, PA, John of Rowley and Michael of Maynard; one brother, Angelo of Everett, one sister, Josephina Canale of Italy, 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Joanne Green who died in 1997 and the brother of the late Charles.

Funeral arrangements were by: William R. Short and Son Funeral Home, Marlborough. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

George Ramsden Jr.

Life long musician

George A. Ramsden, Jr. of Rockport, formerly of Everett, died on August 19. He was 96 years old.

A member of the Everett High School Alumni Association (Class of 1934) and the E Club of Everett, he was a life time musician and a member of the Rockport Legion Band for more than 50 years.

He was the husband of the late Elizabeth C. (O’Neil) Ramsden and is survived by his son, George A. Ramsden III and his wife, Janice of Rockport; grandsons, Karl A. Ramsden and his wife, Kelly of Rockport, Hans C. Ramsden and his wife, Karen of Warwick, RI; his great-grandchildren, Cory and Adam Ramsden, Lydia and Keira Ramsden; and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Neil G. Ramsden.

Funeral arrangements were by the Greely Funeral Home, Gloucester. Burial was in Locust Grove Cemetery, Rockport.

William DiGregorio

Former Everett Firefighter

William J. DiGregorio of Wakefield, formerly of Everett, died on August 19.

A former Everett Firefighter at Central Station, he was the beloved husband of the late Carmella (Napolitano), the loving father of Mary McCarthy and her husband, Paul and Patrick DiGregorio. He is also survived by his four cherished grandchildren: Christine and Paul McCarthy and Stefan and Cameron DiGregorio, as well as his sister, Josephine Hall and Anna Spignese and many late siblings.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Douglas ‘Red’ Hayden

Survived Kamakaze plane attack during World War II

Douglas L. ‘Red’ Hayden of Danvers, formerly of Everett, died on August 18.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he barely escaped death when a Kamakaze plane tore his destroyer, the U.S.S. Rodman. A proud member of the VFW, Everett Lodge of Elks, and the Tin Can Sailors, he was a very wise man who had a smile on his face and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the beloved husband for 66 years of Yolanda (DeMaria) and loving father of Debbie Tiernan and her husband, Michael. He leaves behind his cherished granddaughter, Alysa Hayden, and additionally, he leaves a daughter, Ann Berardino and her husband, Francis and their children. He was the brother of the late George, John and Frank Hayden, Alice Bradley and Catherine Frackleton.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Theresa Walata

Of Brookline, formerly of Switzerland

Therese I. (Kobylinski) Walata of Brookline, formerly of Bern, Switzerland died on August 10.

She was the beloved wife of Edward F. Walata MD of Brookline and Everett; loving sister of the late Janusz Kobylinski of Grantham, England and sister

in-law of Walter S. Walata Jr. and his wife, Lydia and Regina Peters. She is also survived by her beloved nieces, nephews and relatives in Switzerland and


A graveside service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Rose ‘Aunt Rose’ DiFilippo

Eighty year member of the Third Order of St. Francis

Rose “Aunt Rose” DiFilippo of Everett died on August 17.

A Sister with the Third Order of St. Francis for 80 years, she was the sister of the late Nicholas. Anna, Louise, Mary and Theresa and devoted aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Frederick Hill

Everett resident

Frederick G. Hill of Everett died on August 16.

He was the loving brother of the late Marion Gilbert, Katherine, Helen and Edward Hill and the loving uncle of many loving nieces and nephews, as well as a good friend of the late Arthur Kuhn.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett.

Eleanor Driscoll

Falmouth resident

Eleanor A. Driscoll of Falmouth died on August 15. She was 90 years old.

She is survived by many nephews and nieces as well as great nephews and nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Falmouth. Burial was in the V.A. National Cemetery, Bourne. For online guestbook and obituary, please visit

Marian Ortolan

Died unexpectedly on her birthday

Private graveside services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett for Marian A. (Todino) Ortolan who died unexpectedly on August 7, her 57th birthday, at her Malden residence.

She was born, raised and schooled in Everett and came to live in Revere in 1988 where she lived until moving to Malden in 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Angelo J. and Mary E. (Hosty) Todino of Everett; wife of the late Bernard A. Ortolan, Sr.; beloved and devoted mother of Angelo J. “A.J.” Ortolan of Malden and the late Bernard A. Ortolan III; cherished grandmother of Gianna of Malden; dear sister of Rita Pornick and William Todino of Malden. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimers’ Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.

Michael Slattery

MBTA retiree

Michael B. Slattery of Dunnellon, Florida, formerly of Malden and Everett, died on August 11 at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida after a brief illness. He was 65 years old.

Born in Malden, he was a resident of Malden and Everett until moving to Florida nine years ago, A US Army veteran, for more than 30 years, until his retirement, he worked as a mechanic for the MBTA.

He was the devoted husband of Patricia (Mayhew); beloved father of Michael Slattery and his wife, Jessica of New Haven, CT, Keith Slattery and his wife, Kelly of Melrose and Jason Slattery and his wife, Stephanie of Malden; brother of John Slattery of Malden, Terrance Slattery of East Boston, Mary Slattery of Malden and the late Francis Slattery and Noreen Martorana; cherished grandfather of Finn, Ingrid, William, Megan and Brianne. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carroll Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Massachusetts Humane Society, P.O. Box 890127, E. Weymouth, MA 02189 or at To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes

Ronald Luippold, Sr.

Died recently

Ronald A. Luippold, Sr. died on August 15 at Beaumont of Northbridge. He was 72 years old.

He leaves behind his wife of seven years, Anne Luippold; six sons, Ronald A. Luippold II of Carver, MA, Robert A. Luippold and his wife, AnaLisa of Sacramento, CA, Adam J. Luippold of Clinton, Jason A. Redfield of Dorchester, Finley J.T. Luippold of Webster and Matthew T. Goodbrand of London, England; three daughters, Elizabeth A. Nixson and her husband, Andrew of Yorkshire, England, Georgianna D. Luippold of Sacramento, CA and Therese A. Blake and her husband, Patrick of Douglas; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur J. Luippold of Milford and Joseph M. Luippold of Fremont, CA and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of two late sisters.

Funeral arrangements were by the Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Douglas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Trust Fund for Finley J. Luippold, c/o Central One Federal Credit Union, 714 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. For online condolences, please visit:

Lois Armstrong

Dorchester resident

Lois V. (Boyd) Armstrong of Dorchester died on August 15.

She was the beloved mother of Leslie D. Armstrong of Saugus, Lorrie M. Armstrong and Lee Armstrong of Dorchester; dear sister of Paul R. Boyd of Roxbury and the late John E. Boyd; loving grandmother of Kenneth Armstrong and his wife, Tracey, James M. Walker and his fiance’, Suzanne Coito and Melanie D. Walker and great-grandmother of Ashleigh Jean-Charles and Bryana Walker. She was the longtime companion of the late Royster Johnson.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Contributions in her memory to the Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 would be sincerely appreciated.

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