Obituaries 04-20-2011

Rose Anne Palermo

Retired Stitcher

Rose Anne Palermo, a retired stitcher in the garment industry and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died in Boston at the Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday evening, April 12 following a brief illness. She was 86 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Jennie (Ciano) Lanzo. She attended local schools and worked as a stitcher for Emerson Textile in Chelsea. She married Christopher J. Palermo in 1956 and together they raised their three daughters in Chelsea.

Mrs. Palermo had many family members and friends in Everett. She belonged to Community Family in Everett and was also an avid Bingo player, playing Friday Night Bingo at the P.A.V in Chelsea and St. Anthony’s Parish in Revere.

She was the beloved wife of 43 years to the late Christopher J. Palermo who died in 1999; devoted mother of Carol Palermo of Everett, Donna Palermo of East Boston and Christine Bennett of Barrington, NH; dear sister of the late Lucy Larcome, Alfonzo Lanzo, Margaret Dennis and Ann Guanci; cherished grandmother of Tara Ortiz, Eugene Bennett Jr., William Bennett, Hayley Cunningham, and Ronald J. Gagglione III and is also survived by her great grandchildren Briana, Owen and Lucas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. For online guestbook, please visit

Ruth Hart

50-year US Government employee

Ruth (Bailey) Hart died at the Mass General Hospital on April 6. She was 89 years old.

Born in Everett, she graduated from Everett High School and worked in the Printing Office of the US. Government for 50 years in Washington DC.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Luther and Mary Rose Bailey (Smith) and the wife of the late Joseph Hart; sister of the late Luther, George, and  Blanche Selden and is survived by a host of relatives and friends, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Pastor Reverend Michelle Wheeler from the Imani Temple Ministries of Malden officiated at her service.

Lewis Dresser

Malden resident

Lewis F. Dresser of Malden died on April 14.

He was the beloved son of the late Lewis F. and Ellen J. (Shea) Dresser; brother of the late Marie, Fred, Joe, Ned and Buddy Dresser; uncle of Marjorie Sears and her husband, George, of North Andover, William Dresser of Georgia and Lewis Dresser and his wife, Regina, of Everett; dear friend of Gloria Hurley of Wakefield. He is also survived by several grand nieces and grandnephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Breslin Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150-2199. For more information, please visit

Nicole Rose Fletcher-Bowden

Pope John XXIII High School graduate

Nicole Rose Fletcher Bowden died unexpectedly at her Everett home on April 11. She was 29 years old.

Born in Melrose, she was a lifelong Everett resident and a graduate of Pope John XXIII High School in Everett. She was currently a student  at a beauty school pursuing her hairdressing license.

She was the wife of Chad Bowden; beloved mother of Cassandra Rose Bowden of Everett; loving and devoted daughter of Laureen R. Chapman and her husband, Lance, of N. Reading and John R. Fletcher and his wife, Lisa, of Danvers; cherished granddaughter of  Mary M. Fletcher of Revere and Rita M. Hurley of Everett; dear sister of Samantha Lee Fletcher of Danvers, Casey Ann Chapman of N. Reading and Alexandria Noel Fletcher of Danvers.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to Laureen R. Chapman, FBO Cassandra Rose Bowden, c/o Everett Co-Operative Bank, 419 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149, would be sincerely appreciated.

Darcy Lynn Mansfield

Everett resident

Darcy Lynn Mansfield of Everett died unexpectedly on March 24. She was 30 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Robert A. Mansfield, Jr.  and is survived by her two little boys, Jeremy Jacob Luongo, age 8 and Jesse Robert Luongo, age 6; her long time partner Jerry Luongo of Everett, her brother Robert Mansfield, her mother Sandra (Hare) Luongo of Everett, her step father Anthony Luongo of Everett, her father and mother-in-law Kevin and Paula Whiteley, both of Revere, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul and Jeanette Serino and Peter and Nicole Luongo, all of Peabody, brother-in-law Sean Whiteley of Revere and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Luongo Children Memorial Fund has been established in her honor to help Jeremy Luongo with the care of their two young boys, Jeremy Jacob and Jesse Robert.  Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at any TD Bank location throughout the United States.  Funeral services have been held.

Robert Boland

Brighton resident

Robert H. Boland of Brighton died on April 11.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Priscilla Cornett-Boland; step father of Sharon Lee and stepgrandfather of Peter Donnelly, Jr., both of Everett; brother of John and his wife, Patricia Boland, of Bedford and uncle of John and William Boland.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Sullivan Funeral Home, Brighton. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Dorothy Latronica

Former Proprietor of Garden State Florist

Dorothy M. (Bann) Latronica of Chelsea and West New York, NJ, died on April 12 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 97 years old.

Born in Guttenberg, NJ, she was the former proprietor of Garden State Florist, West New York, NJ, the beloved wife of the late Frank C. Latronica; dear and devoted mother of Kathleen D. Hansen and her husband, Ronald, of Chelsea; loving grandmother of Mark Hansen and his fiancé, Stephanie Keeler, and Philip Hansen and his fiancé, Alyson Sullivan.  She was the sister of 10 late siblings.

Kathy, Ron and family would like to especially thank the aids, staff and personnel of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for all the kindnesses and compassionate care their mother received while in residence there.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home,  Everett.  Burial will be in Fort Lee, NJ.  Memorial contributions to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home,  17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150,  would be sincerely appreciated.

Edith Pagliuso

Member of Whidden Hospital Guild and Catholic Womens Association

Edith (Cosentino) Pagliuso of Everett died on April 10.

She was a member of the Whidden Hospital Guild and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Womens Association.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank; mother of Josephine “Joey” DeStefano and her husband, Richard, of Malden, Barbara of Reading and Frank and his wife, Tricia, of Lynnfield; sister of the late Joseph Cosentino, Clementine Durante, Emma Hicks, Rose Pirello, Nora Faraco and Mary DeGregorio. She is also survived by five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472; The American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., 5th flr, Boston, MA 02210; or the Boston Childrens Hospital, Attn. Mary Conway, 1 Autumn St. #731, Boston, MA 02215.


Thomas Barker

Of Chelmsford, formerly of Everett

Thomas J. Barker of Chelmsford, formerly of Everett and Dorchester, died on April 10.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a retired GE Machinist and retired United States Postal Service employee

He was the father of Robert Barker of Natick, Paul Barker of Wayland, Mary Freelove of Milford, NH, Kathleen Newhall of Nashua, Janice Brady of Quincy, Eileen Pflantz of Westwood, Donna Barker of Oklahoma and the late Thomas J. Baker. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, Billerica. Burial was in Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 or to the Billerica Food Pantry, c/o Town Hall 365 Boston Rd., Billerica, MA 01821.

Alfonso ‘Al’ Anzuoni, Jr.

Of Medford, formerly of Everett

Alfonso “Al” Anzuoni, Jr. of Medford, formerly of Everett, died on April 10.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (LaMonica); devoted father of Diane Caddick of Andover; loving grandfather of Stephanie Sirbak of Townsend; loving great grandfather of Meagan and Shannon Sirbak; brother of Robert Anzuoni of East Boston and Anna Constantino of Burlington.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the National Kidney Foundation , 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. For obituary and guestbook:


Thomas Healey Sr.

Retired Mail Handler

Thomas Healey, Sr. died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on April 16 having been in failing health. He was 82 years old.

Born in Melrose and a long-time Everett resident, he worked as a mail handler at the post office in South Boston. He was a life member of the PGA, a long time member of the American Legion Post 69 in Malden and a World War II veteran of both the US Army and US Navy.

He was the beloved husband of the late Gene (Schena) and loving father of Mary Jean Healey of Everett , Thomas M. Healey of Everett, Geraldine Healey-Dame of Cambridge, and Kathleen Finnegan of Everett; grandfather of Jonathan Dame, Nathan Finnegan, and Matthew Healey.

Funeral Services were private with arrangements by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150-2010

Helios Sunsin, Sr.

Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea

Helios Sunsin, Sr. of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died at home on April 17 after a heroic battle with cancer. He was 79 years old.

Born in Honduras and a resident of Chelsea since 1978, Helios, for over 17 years he worked for the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home in the maintenance department.

He was the devoted husband of Trinidad (Cruz); beloved father of Gustavo Sunsin of Honduras, Helios Sunsin, Jr. of Revere, Magaly Sunsin of Everett and the late Mario Sunsin and is also lovingly survived by many brothers, one sister as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the cherished grandfather of Carlos Joel, Ronald, Helios, Mario, Kelvin, Sinead, Gustavo, Jr., Andrea and Carlos and great grandfather of Anahya, Izaiah and Mia.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. followed by a Liturgical Blessing in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be held on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Helios’ family, please visit

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