Obituaries 11-02-2011

Marie Anne Nelson

Chelsea resident

Marie Anne (Moreau) Nelson of Chelsea died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on October 24 following a brief illness. She was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Haiti, she attended schools there. She settled in Chelsea in 1988 and has been a resident ever since. She worked for a number of years as a housekeeper for various commercial properties. A loving wife and mother, she enjoyed listening to music, cooking and spending time with her family.

She was the beloved husband of Jean Nelson of Chelsea; devoted mother of Marie Sonia Nelson and her husband, Harold of Everett, Charles Nelson of Haiti, Juliette Castor of Brockton, Simone Issaint and her husband, Willy of Malden, Wiener Nelson of Avon, Wilfrid Nelson Jr. and his wife, Nancy of Georgia and Angelo Nelson and his wife, Margorie of Connecticut; dear sister of Serge, Gerard and Raymonde Moreau; cherished grandmother of Valerie, Lisberth, Beverly, Synthia, Christian, Kimberly Anne, Christie, Emilie Anne, Giovany  and Jacob and adored great grandmother of Andrew Smith, Andrew Long, Mei Ling, Anailah and Caleb.

Her funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

John Redmond, Sr.

Former Everett Public Health Director

John J. Redmond, Sr., a lifelong resident of Everett, died suddenly in the Massachusetts General Hospital on October 27. He was 86 years old.

He was the Director of Public Health for the City of Everett for over 40 years and he has been retired for 20 years. He was past president of the Massachusetts Health Association and was also president emeritus of that organization. He was also an active member of the Knight of Columbus, the Elks, and the American Legion. He served in the US Navy and he was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

He was the beloved husband of Madeline T. (Fitzgerald) and together they shared 58 years of marriage;  the loving father of John and his wife, Pat of Medford, Patrice and her husband, Stephen Chiavelli of Wakefield, Barry of Chelsea, Joyce and her husband, Bruce Crary of Newburyport, Mary of Everett, James of Everett, Paul and his wife, Patricia of Wakefield and Beth and her husband, Timothy McDonough of Westwood;  the brother of Mary Hightower of Wilmington and the late James and Joseph He is also survived by seven grandchildren

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Robert Casciani

Arlington resident

Robert L. Casciani of Arlington died on October 28.

He was the beloved husband of Clare A. Hanagan; loving father of Matthew of Arlington; son of Pietro and Adalgisa (Cipriani) Casciani of Everett; brother of Carlo Casciani and his wife, Patti of Reading.

His Funeral will be held from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Rt. 60 (adjacent to St. Agnes Church) Arlington today, Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Eulalia Church, Winchester at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For obituary, directions or to send a condolence visit

Earl Sherman

Charlestown resident

Earl D. Sherman of Charlestown died suddenly on October 27. He was the beloved son of the late Harry and Beatrice (Boullais) Sherman; brother of James Sherman and his wife, Katie of Everett, Richard Sherman and his wife, Karen of Pittsfield and the late Roger and Beatrice Sherman; uncle of Scott Sherman of Adams.

Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.

Alba Castelli

California Resident

Alba A. Castelli of Laguna Hills, California died peacefully on October 6. She was 89 years young.

Born on August 16, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Nicolas Castelli and Amalia Riccio of Italy; mother of Peter Lydick; sister of Frank and Inez and aunt to Joseph and Richard.

Cards to Peter, 3016 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente CA 92672-4881, 949-661-8082. [email protected]

Mary Marchese

Registered Nurse

Mary E. (Leach) Marchese of South Yarmouth, formerly of Malden, died on October 27.

A longtime registered nurse, she was the beloved wife of John “Jack”; mother of Elizabeth of Saugus, John Jr. and his wife, Kristen of Melrose, and Mike and his wife, Kerry of Saugus; sister of Joan O’Neill of Woburn, Richard “Dickie” Leach of Arizona and George Leach of Alabama and is also survived by three grandchildren, Steven, Gabriella, and Jack as well as many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett, today, Wednesday, November 2 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, Malden, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers donations in Mary’s memory may be made the Northeast Animal Shelter, Att: Donations, 347 Highland Ave., Salem MA 01970. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Bernice Bowker

Retired Northeastern University Secretary

Bernice E. (Kondrup) Bowker of Everett died on October. 25 at the Courtyard Nursing Center on Medford. She was 82 years old..

Born in Wakefield and a longtime resident of Everett, she  was a secretary to the Dean of  Co-op Education at Northeastern University.

She was the beloved wife of Wilfred J. Bowker; dear and devoted mother of Edward W. Bowker and his wife, Elaine of Las Vegas; Stephen J. Bowker and his wife, Janice of Wilmington and James D. Bowker and his wife, Jennifer Borman, of Cranston RI; loving grandmother of Isabella, Benjamin, Stephen, Jr., and Anthony Bowker.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafassso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield.

Edith Geissler

Everett resident

Edith L. (Nicholls) Geissler of Everett, formerly of Malden, died on October 24. She was 90 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alden Geissler; loving mother of Priscilla Holmes of West Boylston, Roy Geissler and his wife, Bonnie of Winthrop, William Geissler and his wife, Ann of Maplewood, NJ, and the late Donald Geissler; cherished grandmother of Jennifer Griffin, Kimberly Carelli, Clifton, Lauren, and Christopher Geissler and cherished great grandmother of Molly and Payton. She was the sister of six late siblings.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online guest book visit

Eleanora Fiandaca

Of Winthrop, formerly of Everett

Eleanora M. “Nora” (Cappuccio) Fiandaca of Winthrop, formerly of Everett and East Boston, died on October 24 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 85 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Fiandaca; devoted mother of Joseph A. Jr. and his wife, Denise of Framingham, Robert J. and his wife, Janet Lee of Kentucky, Kenneth C. and his former wife, Sally of Winthrop, Ellen Fiandaca and her companion, Arthur of Revere, JoAnn Richardson and her husband, George of Los Gatos, California and Nancy Fiandaca of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Carlie Jo Richardson, Danielle Fiandaca, George Richardson III, Kenneth C. Fiandaca Jr. and Ashly Fiandaca. She is also survived by her beloved Fruppy TC. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Matilde (Cirillo) Cappuccio

Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Ress at the New England Baptist Hospital and his associate Mary Lee.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Son-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Donations in her name may be made to: St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325. For guestbook please visit

Robert Selvage

Retired Machinist

Robert D. Selvage, a retired machinist at Standard-Thomson, died suddenly on October 23 at the Whidden Hospital in Everett. He was 74 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Douglas and Helen (Cassidy) Selvage, he attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. After completing high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1957.

A Chelsea resident who also spent time living in Malden, he had been living in Everett for the past few months. He worked for more than 35 years, until his retirement, as a machinist at Standard-Thomson in Waltham. A free spirited man, he enjoyed traveling, camping and bluegrass festivals.

He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Margaret (Sullivan) Selvage of Everett; devoted father of Robert Selvage and his wife, Noreen of Saugus, Lisa Selvage of Everett, Steven Selvage and his wife, Roseanna of Peabody. He was the son of the late Douglas and Helen (Cassidy) Selvage and the stepson of Stella Selvage of Saugus; dear brother of Mary Beth Eckstrom of California, Anne Alfar of Colorado, Katy Sheppard of Oklahoma and Doug Selvage of Saugus and cherished grandfather of Janna, Courtney, Nicholas and Lola Selvage.

Honoring his wishes, funeral services were strictly private and were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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