Obituaries 03-06-2013

Henry “Hank” Kupczewski

Professional Window Cleaner, 50-Year Chelsea Yacht Member and Compassionate Man

Henry “Hank” Kupczewski passed away after a short illness on March 1 at Golden Living Center Elmhurst in Melrose where he had been receiving palliative care.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Anthony and Agnes (Konopka) Kupczewski, he attended Chelsea schools and enlisted in the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC in 1953.

Hank worked as a professional window cleaner, cleaning the outside windows at the John Hancock Tower and other like buildings and skyscrapers.   He enjoyed boating and was a member of the Chelsea Yacht for over 50 years and could usually be found helping in the club galley.  He was the owner/captain of the boat “Are You Alright”, a compassionate man he would always offer food to help feed those in need.

He is survived by his beloved friend and companion of 30 years, Patty Tracy of Melrose. He was the dear father of Michael, Joseph and Donna Kupczewski; loving brother of Sophie Siuda of Revere, Caroline Mendalka of Chelsea, Genevieve Karczewski of Nashua, NH, Dorothy Wilton of Derry, NH, Nancy Leonard of Florida, the late Mary Iwanicki, Helen Weirs, Thaddeus Kupczewski, Anne Mahoney, Joseph Kupczewski, Florence Carlan and Hedwig Heinis.  Hank is also survived by his feline friends; Kelly, Murphy and Brady.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, Thursday March 7 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Arch Angel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 10 a.m.  Interment will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne MA.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For online guestbook and directions, please visit

Frances Mastrocola

Retired Comptroller

Frances (Tempesta) Mastrocola of Everett died on March 2 at the Meadow Green Nursing Home, Waltham. She was 95 years old.

Born in Boston and a longtime resident of Everett, she was a retired Comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent J. Mastrocola; dear and devoted mother of Peter J. Masters and his wife, Karolyn of Bedford, Janice Mastrocola of Charlestown and James Mastrocola and his wife, Angela of Texas; sister of Connie Capelli of Florida, Maria Mirabella of Tewksbury and the late Gaetano, Vito Tempesta and Nicoletta Parlatore.  She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and  six great-grandchildren.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Frances’ funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 38 Oakes St., Everett, at 10 a.m.   Friday, March 8. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Frances Mastocola’s memory to I’m Still Here Foundation, 130 New Boston St., Suite 103, Woburn, MA 01801 would be sincerely appreciated.  Arrangements are  by: Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett, 617-387-3120.

Eleanor Adgate

Of Wayland

Eleanor (Purrington) Adgate of Wayland, formerly of Bristol, Connecticut died on February 25 at Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 91 years old.

Eleanor was an active member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church where she taught Sunday school and Bible Study. As a graduate of Skidmore College, she also taught art for 20 years in the Framingham School System.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Alden and Marjorie (Davis) Purrington, she was the beloved mother of Bobbie Hardt of Wayland and Nancy Peffers and her husband, Bill of Wilmington; loving grandmother of Jenn and Rob Peffers and dear sister of Alden Purrington and his wife, Win of Avon, CT and the late Barbara MacDonald and Fred Purrington. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be at Haydenville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Trinitarian Congregational Church Mission Committee, 53 Cochituate Rd., Wayland MA 01778. Arrangements are by Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. For guest book please visit

Charles Daly

Show Business Personality, Volunteer and Mentor

Charles M. Daly of Gloucester, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died on February 28 surrounded by his friends and family. He succumbed to a brave battle with cancer at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

In the 1970’s Club-goers were rocking to the sounds of Charlie Daly along with his beloved cousins in the band Odious. Daly made the switch to comedy in the 80’s and holds many other Boston Comedians as dear friends.
His acting career including a role in the motion picture Monument Ave with co-star Dennis Leary. Most recently he was cast in the movie Ted, and the yet to be released RIPD. Right up until the end, Charlie was in production acting in his favorite role as Nathan in the stage production of David the Musical with his close friend Dr. Craig Costanza.
In the last couple of years, Charlie dedicated himself to community service including volunteer work for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Cape Ann Chapter. He also worked mentoring youth under the direction of Henry Allen, in acting and comedy. Charlie will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was the devoted father of Charles Daly of Texas, Alexis Daly and James Daly, both of Revere; dear brother of Jacquelyn French of Florida, Rita Sullivan of Revere, Jack Daly of New Hampshire, Judy Sarno of Lynn and Mary Daly of Chelsea; beloved fiance of Debra Pachero of Gloucester and her family including her mom, Grace Munroe, whom Charles cared for, her several children and he was a special Grampy Charlie to her grandchildren Lily Dukette and Thomas Robbins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, Revere.

Lorraine Barresi

Retired Paul Revere School Chef

Lorraine B. (LeMary) Barresi died at her Revere home on February 28 following a long illness. She was 89 years old.

Born in Chelsea on October 4, 1923, she lived in Chelsea until moving to Revere in 1957. For more than 30 years she was a chef within the Revere School System particularly at the Paul Revere School.

She was the widow of Salvatore Baressi who died in 1986; devoted mother of Francis R. Barresi and his wife, Janet of Wappingers Falls, NY, Evelyn B. Kostenko and her husband, Alex of Hopewell Junction, NY, Paul L. Barresi of Revere, Patricia A. Giannelli of Georgetown, and Thomas J. Barresi and his wife, Mary of Reno, Nevada; cherished grandmother of Robert Barresi, Michelle Barresi, Michael Barresi and his wife, Michele, all of New York, Susan Kostenko of Jacksonville, Florida, John Salvatore Giannelli of Peabody, Tammy Kaminski of Ft. Myers, Florida and the late Natalie Kostenko; dear great grandmother of Jacuelyne, Kailyn, Koslon, Matthew, Tyler and Hannah; loving sister of the late Althea Matarazzo, James, Ernest and Robert LeMay. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

A graveside service was held on March 4 at Riverview Cemetery, Groveland with arrangements by Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Remembrances may be made to: Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For further information, please visit:

Florence Cole

Social Security Administration Retiree; Deeply Devoted to Home and Family

Florence E. (Rennie-Voke) Cole, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away on February 21 after a long illness.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Alice (Landry) Rennie.  She attended St. Rose School and was a graduate of St. Rose High School.  She raised her two sons in Chelsea and worked outside of her home to help support her family for American Optical in Chelsea and later as a legal secretary.   She retired from the Social Security Administration in Boston where she worked as an Administrative Secretary.

Florence, who had a deep and lifelong devotion to home and family, was the beloved wife of the late Charles Cole and the late Alfred J. Voke Jr.; devoted mother of Alfred J. Voke III of Chelsea and Michael P. Cole and his fiancée, Felicia Saraf of Revere; loving daughter of the late Walter and Alice (Landry) Rennie; dear sister of Alice Theresa Parow of Chelsea, Ann Marie “Tiffie” Rennie of Malden and the late Virginia “Tootsie” Kinnon. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere.  Private inurnment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of their choice.  Arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Homes. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Mary Toomey

Former Employee of Suburban Gas of Revere

Mary M. (Rabbett) Toomey, a Revere native and a Salem resident for more than 64 years, died recently. She was 94 years old.

Mrs. Toomey was born in Revere on December 3, 1918 and was a 1936 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. At that time, Suburban Gas Co. was seeking young ladies to train in their ‘clerical department’ and so, with her high school diploma in hand, she began working with the Gas Company.  She lived in Revere until marrying Dr. John J. Toomey, a Salem Podiatrist, in 1949. She was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Wenham Country Club. She continued to golf until her late eighties. She was also a fan of bowling.

Dr. Toomey died in March of 1990. Mrs. Toomey was the devoted mother of Patrice K. Toomey of Salem and the late Elaine M Krueger; grandmother of Katherine I. Krueger and her husband, Matthew Witting of Alexandria, VA, Dr. Alison E. Krueger and her fiancée, Anubar of Chicago Illinois, Olivia L. Krueger of Redlands, California and Sophia A. Leiton Toomey of Salem. She is also lovingly survived by Christopher Laiton of Beverly and Thomas E. Krueger, M.D. of Marblehead and by several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was the sister of the late Mortimer J. Rabbett, Jr. and his late wife, Katherine and John F. Rabbett.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery of Salem. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 600 Cummings Center, Beverly, MA 01915, Suite 176X. For directions:

Thomas ‘Tanka’ Donovan, Jr.

Self Employed Contractor

Thomas J. “Tanka” Donovan, Jr. of Winthrop, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on February 28. He was 60 years old.

“Tanka” was a life member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club and a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078. He was self-employed as a contractor.

Born in Boston, he was the cherished son of Jean A. (Howard) McNeish of Winthrop and the late Thomas J. Donovan Sr.; devoted father of Paul P. Donovan of East Boston and Jennifer J. Donovan of Peabody; loving companion and best friend of Tammy Burditt of Winthrop; step-father to Robert Trainor of East Boston and Marie Trainor of Winthrop; dear brother of Trudy Serino of Revere, Stephen Donovan of Portland, Maine and Brian Donovan and Christine MacNeil, both of Winthrop. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For guestbook, please visit


Anna Collorone

Of Chelsea

Anna F. (White) Collorone of Chelsea died unexpectedly at home on March 3. She was 86 years old.

A lifelong Chelsea resident, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, she was the devoted wife of the late Salvatore Collorone; beloved mother of Christopher Collorone and his wife, Irene of Brockton, Richard S. Collorone and his long time friend, Patricia Daley of Revere, Lucy Tramonte of Chelsea and James A Collorone and his wife, Donna of East Bridgewater; dear sister of the late Evelyn Cornell, Ruth Wahl, Helen White, Mary Lamb, Annette Barilone, Naomi Hammett, Agnes, Roy, William, Christopher, Millie, Carl, John and Daniel White and is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Anna’s family, please visit

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