Obituaries 11-06-2012

Ralph Carrozza, Jr.

Teacher of Master Masonry

Ralph Carrozza, Jr. of Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington and Revere, died unexpectedly on October 30 at Holy Family Medical Center of Methuen after being stricken at his Salem, NH home. He was 61 years old.

Born in Boston and raised in Revere where his family lived on Newman Street for more than 25 years before moving to Wilmington in 1975. The family then moved  to Salem, NH in 2008.

Mr. Carrozza attended Revere Schools and was a 1969 graduate of St. Mary’s High School of Lynn.

He began a career in stone masonry at the age of 19, a trade that was intrinsic to his late father’s family. (His paternal grandfather, David Carrozza, was known as the “Master of Masonry” throughout the Commonwealth. Two other uncles also spent their working careers in the masonry trades.)

About 15 years ago, he returned to school to earn his teaching certificate and began a teaching career in Master Stone Masonry at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School of Billerica. “Mr. C,” as he was affectionately dubbed, became an icon at the school and his loss is deeply felt by the students and his colleagues. He was a member of the Mass. Teachers Association and the Shawsheen Valley Teachers Association.

He was the beloved husband of Sheilah M. (Brunelle) Mulcahy-Carrozza of Salem, NH; the devoted father of Susan M. Carrozza of Malden and Christine A. Carrozza of Billerica; dear brother of Rachel E. Stanchi and her husband, Carmen A. of Wilmington and is also lovingly survived by Seana Mulcahy and Jason M. Mulcahy, both of Andover and Makenzie B. Mulcahy of Salem, NH and his adoring grandson, Logan K. Mulcahy; dear uncle of Michelle M. Stanchi of Wilmington, Michael R. Stanchi and his wife, Kathryn “Kate” of Winthrop, several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive him. He was the son of the late Ralph Sr. who died in November of 2009 and Edith D. (Saponaro) Carrozza, who died in March of 2012. His first wife of more than 25 years, Francis E. (Nardone) Carrozza, died in October of 2004.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.  Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, 100 Cook St., Billerica, MA 01821, attn. Athletic Dept. For additional information, visit:

Carlos Ciprian

Retired State Accountant

Carlos E. Ciprian of Lynn died suddenly on November 2 at Salem Hospital. He was 78 years old.

Born in the Dominican Republic, he has lived in Peabody and Lynn for five years.

He was the son of the late Mateo and Jeanna (Baldera) Ciprian and the husband of Luz Del Alba “Ramirez” Ciprian. He graduated from high school and from the University in the Dominican Republic and was employed as an accountant for the state.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Vladimir Ciprian of Puerto Rico, Carlos E. and his wife, Carmin Ciprian, Pastor of the Iglesia Evangelica Luz y Yida Church of Lynn and Carlos Eduardo Ciprian of Santo Domingo; two daughters, Roalba Ciprian of Santo Domingo and Marda and her husband, Alejandro Chez of Peabody. He was the brother of Gladys Ciprano of New York, Isabel, Mamita and Rosalinda of Santo Domingo, 17 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn on Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by graveside services at Pine Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m. A service will be held during visiting hours which are today, Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Patricia Bleiler

Member of American Legion and St. Jude Foundation

Patricia V. (Campbell) Bleiler of Winthrop died at the Life Care Center of Stoneham on October 31. She was 89 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, she was a member of the American Legion-Winthrop Post 142, and a member of the St. Jude Foundation.

Born in Everett, the daughter of the late Walter L. and Theresa (McGeough) Campbell, she was the beloved wife of the late Frederick J. Bleiler, the devoted mother of Frederick J. Bleiler Jr. of Lynn, Darlene Giles and her husband, Ronald of Hanover, Deborah Zambello and her husband, Frank of Stoneham, and Gail Mortimer and her husband, Robert of Derry, NH; adored grandmother of Stacy, Holly, Frederick III, Kristen, Julie, Michelle, Andrea, Joseph, and Robert Jr.  She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held in the Holy Rosary Church, 993 Shirley St., Winthrop on Thursday, November 8 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, at 1:45 p.m. Donations in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, visit

John O’Connell

Lynn Crossing Guard and

Franklin Park Zoo Keeper

John J. O’Connell of Lynn died on October 27. He was 82 years old.

A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, he was a  Zoo Keeper for  the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and a crossing guard for the City of Lynn.

The husband of the late Jean M. (Collins) O’Connell, he was the beloved father of Thomas J. O’Connell of Lynn, Ellen M. Christy and her companion, Henry Hall of Nahant, Karen A. O’Connell of Lynn and her companion, Joe Bruno of New Hampshire and John M. O’Connell of Lynn; dear brother of Leo O’Connell of Chelsea, Agnes “Honey” Franson of New Hampshire and the late Donald O’Connell, Warren O’Connell, Frances “Franny” Generes, Gertrude “Sissy” Jones, Margaret “Peggy” Webber, Dorothy “Dottie” King and Alice LaRose.  He is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Lauren J. Christy of Nahant and will also be missed by man’s best friend, his Dachshund, Fred.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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