Obituaries 11-20-2009

Corinne Witkowski

Retired Lab Technician

Corinne I. (Ankiewicz) Witkowski of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on November 15. She was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Charles and Sabina (Sobolewski) Ankiewicz, she attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and was a graduate of St. Rose High School, Class of 1947. After high school, she continued her education by attending the Boston Dispensary School of Medical Technology. After receiving her certificate, she worked for many years as a lab technician at the Chelsea Memorial Hospital and later for the Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospitals in Boston.

She was a Chelsea resident for most of her life and also lived in Malden for 30 years prior to returning to Chelsea in 2006. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church and a lifetime member of the P.A.V Ladies Auxiliary Post 13, Chelsea. She was also active at the Chelsea Senior Center and was a devoted Red Sox fan.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward S. Witkowski; devoted mother of Dennise Hofmeister and her late husband, Kurt, of Chilton, WI, Marlene Witkowski of Winthrop and Doreen Petersen and her husband, Bryan, of Dorchester; dear sister of the late Leroy Ankiewicz and loving grandmother of Peter and Andrew Hofmeister.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, November 20 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting Hours will be at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home this evening (Thursday) from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St. #501, Boston, MA 02210.


Marguerite ‘Betty’ Galzerano

Winthrop resident

Marguerite "Betty" E. (Rothwell) Galzerano, a 58-year resident of Winthrop, died on November 14 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. She was 86 years old.

The wife of the late Lt. Col. Samuel Joseph Galzerano (USAF), she was born in Boston and worked as a secretary in the real estate business. A devoted wife and mother, she spent winters in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Mrs. Galzerano leaves three sons, Samuel Galzerano of New Hampshire, Paul Galzerano of Groveland, Richard Galzerano of Winthrop and two grandchildren, Richard and Lily Galzerano. She was the mother of the late Ethel Galzerano.

Her funeral service will be held in the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex St., Saugus on Friday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be held today, Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere. For directions, please visit:


Bierne Desilets, 52

Of Winthrop, formerly of Revere

Bierne (Prochilo) Desilets of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on November 14 after a brief illness. She was 52 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Gina Rose Prochilo-Cawston and her husband, David, of Roslindale; loving grandmother of Kailey and is also survived by her loving mother, four devoted siblings and her dear friend, Anthony Lanci.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John The Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, at 10 a.m. Arrangements are by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the MSPCA-Animal Care and Adoption Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.


Mary Hibbard, 69

Of Washington State, formerly of Revere

Mary H. Hibbard of Port Orchard, WA died on November 8. She was 69 years old.

She was born in Revere on November 29, 1939 to Wesley K. and Mary M. (Griffin) Camic. She married James R. Hibbard on November 29, 1973 in Chelsea and they have been together for 36 loving years. She loved music and dancing.

Surviving in addition to her husband James Hibbard of Port Orchard are her son, Michael J. Brennan, of Winthrop; daughters, Sandra M. and her husband, David R. Del Monte, of Port Orchard and Renee A. Hibbard of East Boston and six grandchildren. Online memorial at


Evelyn Paro, 77

Middleboro resident, graduate of Winthrop High, Class of 1951

Evelyn J. (Conant) Paro of Middleboro, previously a 31-year resident of Andover, died on November 12 at the Life Care Center of Raynham after a brief illness. She was 77 years old.

She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1951. A homemaker, formerly a statistical typist, she worked in retail sales. She was a Past Worthy Advisor of the Winthrop Rainbow Girls Assembly and a former member of the Spade and Trowel Club of Andover. She was active in several activities at the Oak Point Community in Middleboro.

She was the wife of Allen K. Paro for 54 years and the daughter of the late Leonard G. and Irene (Wheeler) Conant. Survivors in addition to her husband include her two sons, Mark G. and his wife, Mary Paro, of Pittsfield, NH and Steven A. and his wife, Keri Paro, of Haverhill; three daughters, Kimberly J. Murphy of Methuen, Donna L. and her husband, Douglas Kilgour, of South Berwick, Maine and Heather J. and her husband, Bruce Proutier of Derry, NH; one brother, Roger Conant, of Naples, Florida; two sisters, Carolyn Furey of Charlton and Dorothy and her husband, Dr. Arthur Schramm, of Lexington; 13 grandchilren and five great grandchilren. She was the sister of the late Leonard Conant Jr.

A memorial service was held in the Ashley Funeral Home, Middleboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For more information, please visit:


Frank ‘Che Che’ Serra

East Boston resident

Frank J "Che Che" Serra of East Boston died on November 14.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a past member of the American Legion of East Boston,

He was the beloved husband of more than 63 years of Angelina (Quagliati) Serra; devoted father of Linda Serra of East Boston and Richard Serra and his wife, Diane, of Buffalo, NY; cherished grandfather of Richard Jr, Veronica, Gina and Dante and his loving great grand daughter, Julianna.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Entombment with military honors was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. For more information or to send an online condolence to the family, please visit:


Paul Pruitt

West Peabody resident, formerly of Beachmont

Paul R. Pruitt of West Peabody, formerly of Beachmont Revere, died on November 14.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a life member of Beachmont VFW 6712 and the American Legion Middleton Unit 0227.

He was the long time companion of 31 years to Shirley A. Smith of West Peabody and her family; husband of the late Joan Altri; loving father of Paul W. Pruitt of Winthrop and John R. Pruitt and his wife, Donna E. (Costa) Wood Pruitt, of Beachmont; cherished grandfather and uncle of many; dear brother of Ola Adams, Grace Ellen Bullington, Boot McMillan and James Pruitt, all of South Carolina, and four late brothers and four late sisters. He was the brother in-law of John Altri Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, Beachmont Revere. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Mass., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For obit


John Donnelly

Of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop

John J. Donnelly of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on November 11. He was 56 years old.

Mr. Donnelly was employed as delivery person for Muzzy’s Florist in East Boston.

He was the beloved husband of Karen A. (Gallo) Donnelly. Born in Cambridge, the son of the late George and Mary (Molloy) Donnelly, he was the devoted father of Christopher Donnelly of East Boston; dear brother of Patricia Carabine of Winthrop, Michael Donnelly of East Boston, and Mary DiBlasi and her husband, Charles, of Winthrop and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, go to


Donald Woodside

30-year MBTA Employee

Donald J. Woodside of East Boston died on November 14.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a past member of Beachmont VFW 6712, Friends of East Boston and a 30 year MBTA employee.

He was the beloved husband of more than 49 years to Rose (Chiodi); devoted father of Edward and his wife, Denise, of Saugus, Kevin (Boston Police Department) and his wife, Julie, of Winthrop and Donna of Revere; dear brother of Robert of Buzzards Bay, Alan of Minnesota and the late Edward and is also survived by his five cherished grandchildren, Joseph, Michael, Kevin, Lauren and Nicole and many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday,at 8 a.m. by a Funeral Mass celebrating his life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Mr. Woodside being laid to rest with his military family in the National Cemetery in Bourne. To honor Mr. Woodside, memorial donations may be made to DAV, PO Box 14301 Cincinatti, Ohio 45250-0301 Attn Gift Processing. For more information or to send the family an online condolence, please visit:


Elaine Richard

Of East Bridgewater, formerly of Winthrop

Elaine F. (VanBuskirk) Richard, a resident of East Bridgewater since 1979, formerly of Winthrop, died at home on November 12. She was 55 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late Hazel G. (Swan) and Gordon A. VanBuskirk, Mrs. Richard graduated from Winthrop High School and Burdette College in Boston. She last worked for the Gordon W. Mitchell Middle School in E. Bridgewater as a teacher’s assistant.

She was the wife of James J. Richard of E. Bridgewater; mother of Christopher J. Richard of E. Bridgewater and his fiancée, Carlie White, and Amanda A. Richard of E. Bridgewater; sister of Sharon Camelia of N. Reading, Arthur W. VanBuskirk of Lynn, David B. VanBuskirk of N. Andover and the late Gordon A. VanBuskirk, Jr. and grandmother of Alysha A. Guthrie.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Burial was in the Masschusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Memorial Donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for pancreatic cancer research, 10 Brookline Place, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-9924. For online guestbook, visit

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