Mary Arlene Sobanek
Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston
Mary Arlene (Derome) Sobanek of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away on August 25. She was 80 years old.
The cherished daughter of the late Annie (Curry) and Arthur Derome, she was the loving mother of Wayne Sobanek and his wife, June of North Carolina, Brian Sobanek of New Hampshire, Karen Cioffi and her husban, Greg of Winthrop and the late Jamie Sobanek; adored grandmother of Wayne, Christopher, Emily and the late Jason Sobanek. The youngest of 11 children, she is survived by her brother, William Derome of Florida and her dear friend Helen Brennan of New Hampshire. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and her dog, Candy.
Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Tuesday, September 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Memorial Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. in our Chapel of the Resurrection. For guestbook and directions: www.vazzafunerals.com
‘Doc’ Tacelli, O.D.
Optometrist, Longtime Winthrop High School Biology Teacher and Town Activist
Dr. Richard S. “Doc” Tacelli, O.D. of Winthrop passed away at home on August 23 surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old.
Born in Winthrop, he spent his younger years in East Boston and Somerville, graduated from Somerville High School in 1948 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
With a passion for science and education, he earned a doctorate degree in optometry from the New England College of Optometry and a Master of Administration and Supervision from Boston College. He was a popular biology teacher at Winthrop High School for many years where he shared a deep-rooted knowledge and passion for science and the natural world with his students. He was President of the Winthrop’s Teacher Association and was awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation to the University of Rhode Island, Bowdoin College and Boston College. While teaching, he also served the community through his practice as an optometrist.
With a keen interest and commitment to Winthrop, Doc dedicated much of his time to various roles in the community, including Water Commissioner, Board of Health Director, and President of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Town Meeting, the Rotary Club, the Winthrop Auxiliary Police Department, the Winthrop Yacht Club, the Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus.
In his free time, Doc enjoyed traveling, fishing with friends, camping and spending time at the family cabin in Gilmanton Ironworks, NH. He and his wife enjoyed winter escapes to Boynton Beach, FL.
He was married to Patricia Bruen and was the son of Eugenia (Audano) and Frank Tacelli; the father of Richelle and Arthur Flavin of Winthrop, Martine and Tony Amundson of Brewster, Christopher and Sandra Tacelli of Santa Barbara, California, Georgeane and Michael Coleman of Winthrop, and Patrick and Kimberly Tacelli of Needham; Papa to Alyssa, Richard, Alexis, Ariana, Vanessa, Siena, Aidan, Ethan, Roman, and Marco and great-grandfather to Leo and Isaac. He adored his many friends and they him; he especially loved to get together for coffee with “Arkie and the guys.”
A celebration of Doc’s life will be held at the Winthrop Yacht Club, 649 Shirley St., Winthrop today, Thursday, August 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. The family has created the Dr. Richard S. Tacelli Charitable Foundation to benefit education and environment. Donations may be sent to Citizens Bank, 35 Putnam St., Winthrop, MA.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Music Lover and Hawaiian Shirt Enthusiast; had 30 Year Career with Ford Motor Co.
John E. “Gentleman Jack” Malone — husband, father, music lover and Hawaiian shirt enthusiast — passed away at home on August 20 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones and with those whose lives he touched through many years.
Born in Chelsea in 1948, Jack moved to Vermont in the 1970’s where he made is home in Montgomery. He worked for several years at Kilgore’s and Backstreet serving award winning “Bloody Mary’s” and great conversation before beginning a 30 year career with Ford Motor Co.
Jack had a song and a story for every occasion and once you made his acquaintance you had a friend for life. His greatest loves were his family and The Sandy Beaches Cruise which he went on each year for the last 11 years.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 34 years Jamie Malone; his two sons, Jeremy Howe and Liam Malone, their wives, Christina and Lydia, and his two beloved granddaughters, Persephone and Ella Howe. He also leaves behind his baby sister Peggy (Malone) Bruno of Framingham and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, John Malone Sr. and Margaret “Dolly” Malone.
The family asks that you find that tune that reminds you of him, that special song that meant so much and pass it along to someone. His zeal for music was the cornerstone of his life and it’s a legacy that will carry forever. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation,alzfnd.org.