Obituaries 10-30-2019

Sophie Hicks

Long Time Volunteer at Our Lady of Grace Church and Outreach Program

Sophie Hicks (Niemiera), a long-time resident of Everett, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Park Manor Nursing Home in McKinney, Texas.  She was 89 years old and the beloved wife of Leslie Hicks for 67 years.

Sophie was born and raised in Chelsea, the youngest of seven children and the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria Niemiera.  She was also predeceased by her six siblings: Stella, Mary, Alexander, Stanley, Mitchel and Helen.

Sophie attended Chelsea Public schools, graduating in 1948.  She and her family were members of the St. Stanislaus Church.  She worked as an office clerk for the former Filene’s store in Boston for many years before retiring in 1987. Sophie was a member and volunteer of the Our Lady of Grace Church and spent many years with her husband lending their service to the Church’s Outreach Program.  She will be greatly missed by all who know and loved her. 

Sophie was the devoted mother of Susan (Hicks) Clapp and her husband, David of Dennisport, MA and Karen (Hicks) Bourque and her husband, Paul of McKinney, TX.   She was the loving grandmother and great grandmother of Brian and Catherine Bourque 

of Simsbury, CT and their daughter Thea, Leslie (Bourque) and Craig Groves of McKinney, TX and their daughter Sophie, Eric and Shannon Bourque of McKinney, TX and their children Landon, Carson, and Harper, Stephanie (Clapp) and Mark Omobono of Burlington and their son James, and Kimberly Clapp of Boston. She also leaves sisters and brothers in law along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A service for Sophie was held in McKinney, TX on Sunday, Oct. 20 and a Memorial Mass will be held for Sophie on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Our Lady of Grace Church, 194 Nichols St, Everett, at 12 noon.  All family and friends are invited.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Grace, St. Vincent DePaul Ministries, 59 Nichols St. Chelsea, MA 02150.

Anthony Ciulla

Of Revere, Formerly of Everett

Anthony  Ciulla of Revere, formerly of Everett passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Oct. 29. He was 75 years old.

He was the cherished son of the late Ignatius and Lucia (Bono) Ciulla, beloved husband of the late Rita (Tecci) Ciulla, loving father of Lauren Laidlaw and Karen Ciulla and her husband, Alexis Vila Moret, loving father-in-law of Matthew Laidlaw and adored grandfather of Anthony and Olivia Laidlaw and Max and Maia Vila Moret.  He was the caring brother of Lillian Ortisi and her husband, Frank, Michael Ciulla and the late Leo Ciulla and his surviving wife, Hazel, caring brother-in-law of Ann Viarella, Frances Christie and her husband, James, Gloria Trentini and her husband, Robert and Salvatore Tecci and his wife, Denise. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.  Family and friends will honor Anthony’s life by gathering in Vazza’s Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 11 a.m. Saturday morning before leaving in procession to St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 12 noon.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  Donations may be made in Anthony’s memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01923.  For guestbook and directions please visit

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