Obituaries 05-13-2015

Maria Cipriani

Retired Malden Knitting Mills supervisor

Maria (Pellegrini) Cipriani of Chelsea entered into rest on Mother’s Day, May 10 in the Don Orione Nursing Facility in East Boston. She was 86 years old.

Born in Opi, Fagnano Alto, Italy, Maria lived in Chelsea for many years. She was a seamstress by profession having worked as supervisor at the Malden Knitting Mills in Malden.

She was the beloved wife of the late Italo Cipriani; dear and devoted mother of Anthony Cipriani and Cynthia Patten of Chelsea and Richard C. Cipriani and his wife, Maureen of Everett; sister of the late Aldo Pellegrini and his surviving wife, Luisa Pellegrini of Everett and sister-in-law of Anna Cipriani of Chelsea; loving grandmother of Kristin Cipriani Stadfeld and her husband, Paul and Lauren Cipriani.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Maria’s funeral from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett today, Wednesday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden


Joseph Pisapia

Of Revere, formerly of Malden and Everett

Joseph Pisapia of Revere, formerly of Malden and Everett, entered into rest unexpectedly, at home on April 30. He was 72 years old.

Born in Cava, Italy, Joe lived in Everett and Malden for many years before settling in Revere. He was a business owner by profession having owned many varieties of real estate.

He was the beloved son of Anna (Navarro) and the late Vincenzo Pisapia; dear and devoted father of Anna Peppe and her husband, Joseph of N. Reading and the late Joseph Pisapia, Jr.; brother of Tony Pisapia and his wife, Joanne and Rose Marenghi of Malden, Ferdinand “Fred” Pisapia and his wife, Gail of Everett and Anna Pisapia of Revere and loving grandfather of Guiliana and Andrew Peppe. He was the former husband of Elizabeth Ann (Crinavic) Pisapia of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joseph’s memory to the Joseph “Joey” Pisapia, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Malden High School, 77 Salem St., Malden, MA 02148, would be sincerely appreciated.


Marguerite Elizabeth Sullivan

Retired Whidden Hospital Dietician

Marguerite Elizabeth (Murphy) Sullivan passed away on Wednesday evening, May 6 at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 95 years old.

Born in Fairfield, Maine, the daughter of the late Leo and Margaret (McDonald) Murphy, at the age of 14, Marguerite settled in Everett with her parents and her siblings and has resided in this city for almost 80 years.

On May 17, 1944, Marguerite enlisted in the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II. During her service she received the American Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. She was honorably discharged on December 30, 1945. Upon returning home from the service, Marguerite became a homemaker for most of her life, caring for her family and home. She also worked as a dietician at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett for 12 years before her retirement in 1976. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea and a Girl Scout Troop Leader at the church for eight years.

For the last year, Marguerite was being cared for at the Courtyard Nursing Center in Medford but recently moved to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home to join her beloved husband, Francis T. Sullivan. Together they shared almost 70 years of marriage. Marguerite resided at the Soldier’s Home for a month before she peacefully passed away. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She was the beloved mother of Margaret Sullivan Brackney and her husband, Donald, Christine M. Prudente and her husband, Michael, all of Everett, Francis T. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife, Janet; dear sister of Richard Murphy and his wife, Irene of Billerica, William Murphy of AK and the late Irene Shea, Claire Fleming, Christine Jacques, Raymond, Leo, Edward, Andrew Murphy. She is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren, Sharon, Sandra, Michelle, Laura, Michael, Tim, Joelle, Joshua, Katelyn, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arramgements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Donations in Marguerite’s name may be made to Boston Children’s Trust, 401 Park Dr. ,Suite 602 Boston, MA 02215 Check Memo: Beggs Lab/Margaret Sullivan and/or Family Council Soldier’s Home 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150


Theresa Kelley-Spinelli

Long time Soldiers Home Nurse Practioner

Theresa A. (Morley) Kelley-Spinelli of Everett passed away on May 6. She was 76 years old.

As a mother of five children, Theresa graduated from the Whidden Hospital School of Nursing and had a wonderful career as the Nurse Practitioner at the Chelsea Soldiers Home for over 30 years. She was an active member of MNA/MARN and the recipient of the 1989 Eleanor Cooney Award in Nursing.

The beloved wife of the late John T. Spinelli, she was the loving mother of Michael Kelley of Mendon, Eileen Kelley of Melrose, Patricia (Kelley) Mullen and her husband, Robert of Beverly, John Kelley of Hudson and Mary Kelley of Revere; loving sister of Mary Armato, the late John, Thomas, and Joseph Morley; loving sister in law of Camile “Lindy” and Basil Bova; cherished grandmother of Keara Kelley, Sean Mullen, Aisling Eanes, Patrick Kelley, Michael Kelley and Miranda Navarro and cherished great grandmother of Ava and Tyler Navarro, Emma and Hailey Mullen, and Fiona Eanes.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In Theresa’s memory, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, visit


Robie MacLaughlin

Longtime IRS auditor and avid sailor

Robie A. MacLaughlin, a lifelong Everett resident, passed away on May 7. He was 69 years old.

Robie was a US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, a longtime auditor for the IRS and an avid sailor.

He was the beloved son of the late Dr. Charles H. MacLaughlin and the late Helen F. (Connors) MacLaughlin; loving bother of Charles H. MacLaughlin, Jr. and his wife, Elaine of Swampscott, Dr. David T. MacLaughlin and his wife, Ann of Gloucester, and the late Mary L. O’Neil and her surviving husband, Gerry O’Neil of Naples, Fl.; loving uncle of Charles MacLaughlin III, Philip MacLaughlin, Laura Daly, Diane Fuller, and Ellen Babine; loving cousin of Lester and Helen MacLaughlin, Rosemary and the late Peter Dolan, the late Robert MacLaughlin, and the late Maryann Samms. He is also survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. In his memory, donations may be the Perkins Institute for The Blind Talking Book Library, 175 Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to the Leonard Florence Center For Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, visit

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