Obituaries 06-09-2010

Elizabeth Lopes

Former Seamstress and Teacher’s Aide

Elizabeth C. (Russell) Lopes, a former seamstress and teacher’s aide, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family early Sunday morning June 6 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. She was in her 100th year.

Born in Winchester, she was the daughter of the late William and Isabelle (Sickles) Russell. She was raised in Chelsea and Everett and attended Chelsea Public Schools. A loving and caring mother, she also worked outside the home as a seamstress at Emerson Textile in Chelsea and later worked as a teacher’s aide at the Children’s Community Corner in Chelsea. She was an active member of her church and a member of the Everett Women’s Progressive Club. An avid crocheter and knitter, she also had a natural talent to learn and speak many different languages, including Yiddish, Polish, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. She impacted many lives throughout her long life and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was the beloved wife of the late Theophilo Lopes; devoted mother of Anthony Fortes Sr., Edwin Fortes Sr., Joel Lopes, Isabelle Martin-Allen, Norman “Gary” Lopes, Carolyn Hardwick and Cathleen Santio; loving daughter of the late William and Isabelle (Sickles) Russell; dear sister of the late Grayson, William, Warren, and Paul Russell Sr., Virginia Tyre, Audrey Singletary, Barbara Wolcott, Alice Johnson, Thelma and Natalie Russell and sister in law of Pauline Russell and Hilda Lopes. She is also survived by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at the the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, June 12 beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service to be officiated by Reverend Wayne A. Gadie at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. The funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Paul Cunneen


Paul R. Cunneen, a local plumber in Malden and surrounding areas, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by his loving family on June 4 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of Lorraine (Dulong) Griffith and the late Paul F. Cunneen, he attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. After high school, he attended a trade school to learn the plumbing trade. He was working at Nally Plumbing and Heating in Malden until he became ill.

He was a former football coach for Everett Pop Warner and a kind man who was loved by all who met him. A soon to be grandfather, he was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first granddaughter.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Rose Church on Tuesday, June 8. Services concluded with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

He was the beloved fiancée of Sandie Giordano of Lynn; devoted father of Joseph Cunneen and Robert Wilson, both of Malden; loving son of Lorraine (Dulong) Griffith and the late Paul F. Cunneen; dear brother of James Cunneen and his wife, Donna, of Chelsea, Edward Cunneen and his wife, Joanne, of N. Reading, Judith Pfeil and Ken of Chelsea and Robert Griffith of Lynn. He was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first granddaughter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and was the special friend of Donna Nally and Carl Mahoney, Sandra Tilton and Cathy Bouche and a dear friend to all.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Rose Church on Tuesday, June 8. Services concluded with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Son of Paul Cunneen Fund, C/O; Eastern Bank, 605 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.For online guestbook, please visit


Shelly Gray, 45

Worked at Logan Airport

Shelly Gray of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 7. She was 45 years old.

Born in Boston and raised and educated in Chelsea, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1982. She was an employee of the Transportation Security Authority at Boston Logan Airport and a great athlete who enjoyed sports.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas Gray, the devoted mother of Amanda Gray and Edward Gray and the loving daughter of the late Edward Rosenberg and the late Judith Rosenberg Grell. She was the dear sister of Marcy Cochran and her husband, Joe, and Barry Rosenberg and his wife, Cindy, and the loving grandmother of Jayden.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Marcy and Joe Cochran today, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Friday afternoon. Donations in her memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions and online guestbook please visit the funeral home website:


Kenneth Spencer

Chelsea resident

Kenneth F. Spencer, a 20 year resident of Chelsea, formerly of Dorchester, died on June 5 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 79 years old.

A caretaker, he was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict.

The son of the late Herbert V. and Mary A. (Wescott), he was the brother of the late Herbert, John, Edward, William, Beverly Vesey and Robert and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Washington Street, Stoughton, today, Thursday, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are omitted. Donations in his name may be made to the Soldiers Home in Chelsea, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. Guestbook and obituary at Farley Funeral Home (781)344-2676


Christine Antinick

Lifelong Revere resident

Christine (Cook) Antinick, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 30. She was 41 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1987.

She was the daughter of Linda T. (Allen) Cook-McNamara of Surprise, Arizona and her husband, James, and the late Joseph Cook; the wife of Paul Antinick of Somerville and the mother of Daniel P. Antinick of Epping, NH; sister of Jennifer L. Simonetti and her husband, Michael, of Revere and aunt of Faith E. Cook of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by Richard Drew of Everett and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Remembrances may be made to the Susan B. Komen Cancer Research Fund at the Mass. General Hospital, Boston, MA


Sister Marie Doucette, SGM

Sister of Charity Grey Nun

Sister Marie Doucette SGM died on May 27 at Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center, Lawrence. She was 95 years old.

She was born in Lowell to Phiip and Anne (Gaudet) Doucette and became a Sister of Charity of Montreal Grey Nun in 1936. For two decades, Sister Doucette served as a childcare worker in the Order’s orphanages in Worcester, Lawrence and Nashua, NH. She helped prepare her students to become well adjusted and productive women as they left the orphanage. While missioned in Montreal, Canada, she worked at Accuell Bonneau (a food and services agency for the homeless.) In her long career, Sister Marie also assumed various administrative positions and support service ministries within the congregation. She will be remembered as a very prayerful and devoted Gray Nun. She had much initiative and used it for the good of those she served. Her organizational skills were an asset and well appreciated and she loved those who were confided to her care.

She leaves behind her dear nieces, Lina Renzi of Lynn and Sister Joan Gregoire SND of Chelmsford, a grandniece, Paul Gibbs of Beverly, many cousins, friends and former pupils.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Douglas Funeral Home, Lexington. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Neighbors Who Care, 174 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


Ann Fox

Former owner of Prattville Gift Shop

Ann (Miller) Fox of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of Chelsea. died on June 6. She was 92 years old.

The former owner of the Prattville Gift Shop in Chelsea, she was the devoted wife of the late Hyman Fox; beloved mother of the late Robert Fox and his surviving wife, Roberta, and Bernice Funk and her husband, Terry; cherished grandmother of Helaine and Daniel Roos, Jonathan and Erin Fox and Melissa and Stephen Gladstone; proud great grandmother of Joshua, Timothy, Rebecca, Raelyn, Brian, Alexis, Zachary and Micah.

Services will be held at the Poali Zedeck Cemetery 232 Fuller St. Everett today, Thursday, June 10 at 11 a.m. Condolence calls may be made at the home of Dan and Helaine Roos. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Alzheimer’s Community Care, 800 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 101-B West Palm Beach, FL 33407. For online condolences, go to: Goldman Funeral Chapel-Malden 1-800-982-3717


Joseph Cefalo

Chelsea resident

Joseph S. “Joe” Cefalo of Chelsea died on June 6.

A US Army veteran, he was the son of the late Charles T. and Mary (Ardolino) Cefalo; brother of Frances Hall, Elizabeth Cimorelli and her husband, Anthony, all of Florida and Catherine Senesi and her husband, Frank, of Somerville.

His Funeral will be held from the Cota – Struzziero Funeral Home, 197 Washington St, Somerville, today, Thursday June 10 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Chapel at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210.


John Hagan

Member of Chelsea High School

Hall of Fame

John B. Hagan was born in Chelsea on November 23, 1934 to George and Frances Hagan. The youngest of four children, he had three older sisters, Barbara, Madeline and June. He passed from this world on May 10 after a brief illness.

He attended Chelsea Public Schools, graduating from the Williams School in 1950 and Chelsea High School in 1953 where he was a stellar athlete excelling in football, track and basketball. Upon completion of high school, he served his country honorably by joining the US Army and was on active duty from 1953 to 1955 and in the Army Reserve from 1955 to 1962.

He married Althea Wolcott in 1960 and had three sons, John, Jr., Christopher and Jeffrey. He was employed for 30 years as a lineman for the New England Telephone, retiring in 2004.

His true passion was sports. Not only was he a rabid supporter of Boston’s professional sports teams but also his local Chelsea High School sports teams as well, culminating with induction to his alma mater, the Chelsea High School Hall of Fame in 1987.

He leaves his three sons, John B. Hagan, Jr. of Boston, Christopher Hagan and his wife, Trudy, of Maryland and Jeffrey Hagan of New York, his sister Madeline Cromwell and his nephews, Ricky and Johnny Cromwell.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating his life on Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m. in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, with the Rev. Sandra Willey, Pastor of the People’s AME Church of Chelsea officiating.

To send as message of condolence to his family, please visit


Robert ‘Guy’ Hoefer

Raytheon retiree

Robert “Guy” Hoefer, a resident of Tewksbury for more than 30 years, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 2 at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was 72 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Bonnie (Perron) with whom he celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary on May 17. Born in Chelsea on June 3, 1937, he was the son of the late George M. and Gladys E. (Langille) Hoefer. He was raised in Chelsea, graduated from Chelsea High School and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

In 1955, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served with the Airborne Early Warning Wing, LANTFLT until his honorable discharge on July 27, 1959.

He lived in Chelsea until moving to Tewksbury in 1978.

Prior to his retirement in 1997, he was employed as a section manager by the Raytheon Corporation in Andover, where he worked for 39 years.

He enjoyed numerous activities including boating, riding his BMW motorcycle and scuba diving. In addition, he was an avid reader and stock market strategist.

In addition to his beloved wife, Bonnie, he is survived by one son, Guy G. Hoefer and his significant other, Melanie Goodridge, of Tewksbury; one daughter, Bonnie S. Gannon and her husband, Hal of Lowell; four grandchildren, Courtney Koval, John R. Koval, Ashley Hoefer, and Brittany Hoefer; three great grandchildren, Joshua Peliquin, John R. Koval, Jr. and Nicholas Koval; two sisters, Gail Daley of Everett and Glenda Mascis of Chelsea; his mother-in-law, Charlotte Perron of Faribault, MN; two sisters-in-law, Judy Noland and Dotty Huber, both of Faribualt, MN; two brothers-in-law, Wally Perron and his wife, Sylvia, of Cleveland, MN and David Perron and his wife, Debbie, of Eagan, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He was the son-in-law of the late Lionel P. Perron, and brother-in-law of the late Mike Huber, Robert Dickison and James Daley.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.


John Cuozzo

Lynn resident

John S. Cuzzo of Lynn, previously of East Boston, died on June 6. He was 67 years old.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Angell) Cuozzo; father of Vincent Lombardi of Chelsea, David Ingham of Beverly and Victoria Theriault and her husband, A.J., of Billerica; brother of Joseph Cuozzo and his wife, Ann Marie, of Winthrop; grandfather of Jake, Stephen, Anthony and Alexa Theriault and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Gifts in his memory may be made to MGH/North Shore Cancer Center, 102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online register book please visit


Leo David Mahoney

International business man, supported local Chelsea charities

Leo David Mahoney of Lowell died June 2 at Boston Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was 82 years old.

He was married to Joan (Nagle) Mahoney with whom he would have celebrated his 47th wedding anniversary on June 8.

Born in Lowell, on April 10, 1928, the son of Irish immigrants, the late David and Beatrice (McCann) Mahoney, he was a graduate of the Keith Academy, Class of 1946. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in January of 1954.

While still in high school, Mr Mahoney began working in his parents’ company, Mahoney Coal, Coke & Ice. After graduation, he worked with his mother, father and brothers full time and began to transition the business to supplying home heating oil. Ultimately the company name changed to Mahoney Oil. The company remains family-owned and continues to supply heating oil and gasoline to a loyal clientele in the Lowell area.

Mr. Mahoney made his true mark in the business world as the President and co-founder with his brothers Dave and Dan of Eastern Minerals, Inc., one of the largest suppliers of road salt in the northeastern United States. Beginning in the early 1950’s with a single contract for salt with the City of Lowell, the business grew steadily over the next 60 years. Just as his parents had taught him, he actively engaged his children in the business and took pleasure in passing along the lessons learned by two generations. He was active in the company until the time of his death. He still stopped in the office after daily Mass to work with his daughter, Shelagh, who is now president of his companies. When mulling over a business decision, he could often be heard asking one of his children or even his grandchildren, “What do you think, pal?” or “Let’s flip a coin.”

Leo Mahoney enjoyed traveling, and his involvement in the salt industry gave him a reason to visit and do business on six of the world’s seven continents. Beginning in the 1960’s, he and his brothers revived a collapsed salt mine in Northern Ireland that became the Irish Salt Mining & Exploration Company Ltd. Over the decades, he purchased and sold salt from Australia, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Egypt and many other locations. He frequently brought his children along with him on business. In later years, he added his grandchildren to the entourage and took them along to many of the world’s salt production facilities.

In the 1970’s, Leo Mahoney acquired mineral rights in Northern Chile that he hoped to develop into a salt mine. He and his daughter developed the mine Compania Minera Cordillera in the northern desert of Chile and shipped their first cargo of rock salt to the United States in 2007.

Throughout his long career, Leo Mahoney was well known for his trademark black derby and fine cigars. He was equally comfortable negotiating a contract in Africa or attending a bid opening in the smallest New England town. His ready laugh and easy manner made a positive impression wherever he went.

Leo Mahoney was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell. He was a quiet but generous supporter of many charities in Lowell, Chelsea, Staten Island, NY, Ireland, and Chile. While he always enjoyed the give and take of business, he was happiest spending time with friends and family and especially his cherished grandchildren.

Besides his loving wife, Joan, he is survived, by two daughters and their husbands, Shelagh Mahoney and Joe McNamee of Lowell; Meghan Mahoney and Christopher Finneral of Westford; and by a son and his wife, Patrick and Joanna Mahoney of Nashua, NH; seven grandchildren, Molly Mahoney McNamee, Sean Leo McNamee, Michael Mahoney McNamee, Leo Joseph McNamee, Kate Mahoney McNamee, James Christopher Finneral, and Grace Elizabeth Finneral; his brother, Daniel Mahoney of Rye, NH; and many nieces, nephews and several close family friends.

He was the brother of the late Joseph Mahoney of Lowell, and David Mahoney of North Hampton, NH.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dolan Funeral Home,Chelsea. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of one’s choice. Guestbook at

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