Obituaries 10-17-2012

Carmela LoGrasso

Of Everett, formerly of South Boston and the North End

Carmela (Saporito) LoGrasso of Everett, formerly of South Boston and the North End, died on October 14.

She was the beloved wife of Gaetano Lo Grasso ith whom she shared 41 years of marriage; loving mother of Rocco LoGrasso and his wife, Marllina of Revere and Francesca Santostefano and her husband, Joseph of Middleton; dear sister of the late Salvatore Saporito and his wife, Antonietta of Somerville and their children; cherished grandmother of Sofia LoGrasso and Michael and Gaetano Santostefano.

Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guestbook:

Albert ‘Merchie’ Merchant

Everett Resident

Albert J. “Merchie” Merchant of Everett died on October 12.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Belloise); loving father of Margaret Skane and her husband, John, Victor and his wife, Kathy, Albert Jr., Theresa Simes and her husband, Richard, Maureen O’Donnell and her husband, Richard, Robert and his wife, Pam, George and his wife, Anne, William and his wife, Lucia, Marion Valerie and her husband, Richard, Kevin and his wife Joanie and Michelle Stagg and her husband, Paul; loving brother of the late Marion Grace and Alice D’Andrea. He

is survived by 18 loving grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

His Funeral Services will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett, today, Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. Services will begin in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett.

Gerald Porter

Retired Machinist

Gerald J. Porter of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died on October 12 at the Epoch of Melrose Nursing Center. He was 77 years old.

A US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a retired machinist from the R and D Machine Shop, he was the beloved husband of Joan A. (Sperlinga); dear and devoted father of Amberlynn Porter; brother of Roy Porter of Lowell,  Carol Parent of Florida and the late Patricia Doherty.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.  Entombment was in Holy Cross  Chapel Mausoleum, Malden. Contributions in his memory to MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or to any Disabled American Veterans’ organization would be sincerely appreciated.

James ‘Papa’McDonald

Waltham Resident

James H. “Papa” McDonald of Waltham died suddenly on October 10. For complete obituary, guest book and additional information please refer to; Waltham 781-893-6260

Ersilia ‘Sadie’ Lynch

Everett resident died at age 105

Ersilia “Sadie” (Lombardi) Lynch of Everett died on October 7 at age 105.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ephraim; loving mother of the late Charles Giovino who is survived by his companion, Gladys Bachelder and her family and Irene Internoscia; brother of the late Pauline Venutti and the late Al, Antoinette and Charles Lombardi. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two late grandchildren

A Memorial Mass was held at the St. Anthony Church, Everett. Burial was private with arrangements entrusted to Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes 1-877-71-ROCCO

Charles Semple

Retired Mechanical Engineer

Charles Semple of Everett died on October 6. He was 83 years old.

A US Army veteran and a retired mechanical engineer at Watertown Arsenal, he was the beloved husband of Rose and is also survived by a nephew John Guard and his wife, Jessica of Danvers, as well as a great niece, Toni Guard of Danvers.

Services were private with arrangements by Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Service

Ann Hensey

Chelsea Resident

Ann M. (Flaherty) Hensey of Chelsea died on August 9. She was 71 years old.

Raised in Arlington and a long time resident of Chelsea, she was the mother of Joseph Hensey of Haverhill, Annette Castro of Providence, R.I., Michelle Hensey of Revere and the late Jeanine, Michael and Patrick Hensey and is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren who she loved dearly. She leaves her family and many friends who mourn her loss.

A Memorial Service was held in St. Lukes Church, Chelsea.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.

Adaline Higgins

Longtime Member of Everett/Revere Chapter Women of the Moose

Adaline E. (Rockwood) Higgins of Lexington, formerly of Everett, died on October 8.

A longtime member of The Women of the Moose, Everett/Revere Chapter, she was the beloved wife of the late Edward Higgins and Peter Doukakis; mother of Katherine Facenda and her husband, Stephen of Billerica and the late Peter Doukakis Jr.; grandmother of Lynette and Debra Facenda; stepmother of Edward, Paul, Mary, Rita, Deborah and the late Kenneth and longtime companion of the late Walter Russ.

Funeral services were private. To send a condolence visit,

Jean Zackular

Retired State Social Worker

Jean (Fitzgerald) Zackular of Hull, formerly of Everett, died peacefully at a local nursing home surrounded by her family on October  9.

Jean was born on December 29, 1930 in Everett, one of five children of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Fitzgerald. She was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School Class of 1947.  She was a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and retired in 1995.

In addition to working as a social worker,  she raised seven children and was a very devoted mother. She also loved to travel, she loved the beach and she loved playing cards. But the most important part of her life was her children and grandchildren.

She was the former wife of the late Arthur Zackular and dear friend and companion of Howard MacRae; the devoted mother of Donna Sordillo and her husband, Arthur,  Joseph, Jeanne Christiano and her husband, John all of Everett, Jill Gioioso and her husband, Daniel of Saugus, Jay and his wife, Joy of North Reading and the late Jack and Artie Zackular;  the sister of Edward of Brockton, and the late Alice Barry, Arthur and Leona Fritzgerald. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.

Brien Welsh

Truck Driver

Brien J. Welsh, of Everett and a former longtime Chelsea resident, passed away unexpectedly on October 8 following a short illness. He was 42 years old.

Born in Everett, the son of Edward and Julia (Gordon) Welsh, he was raised in Chelsea, attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and was a graduate of Northeast Regional Vocational High School. He worked as a professional truck driver for Mainfreight in Chelsea.

A resident of Chelsea for almost all of his life, he was currently residing in Everett.  A caring father and stepfather, he loved spending time with his family and enjoyed hockey and muscle cars.

He was the beloved longtime companion of Kelley Baldasaro of Everett; devoted father and stepfather of Briana and Caitlin and grandfather of Vinny; loving son of Edward Welsh of Everett and the late Julia A. (Gordon); dear brother of Coleen Kingsley and her husband, Doug of Pelham, NH; cherished grandson of Mary Orluk of Chelsea and the late Frank Orluk and adored uncle of David and his wife, Ashlee, Dustin and Shea.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund by visiting To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Mary Wilson

Everett Resident

Mary L. Wilson of Everett died on October 15.

She was the daughter of the late Harry and Genevieve (Annino) Wilson and loving sister of Elizabeth Biggi of Everett and the late Madeline Finlay; loving aunt of Joseph Biggi, Eileen Cappello, Janet Hudson, James Biggi, Alan, David and John Finlay and Elaine De Cola. Her Funeral will be held from The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, 519 Broadway, Everett on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in The Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m.  Visiting hours are today, Wednesday,  from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

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