Obituaries 09-10-2012

October 9, 2012
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Genevieve ‘Jenny’ Ketchen

Lynn School Department Retiree

Genevieve “Jenny” (Rokicki) Ketchen of Tyngsboro, formerly of Lynn, died at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer on October 3 after a brief illness. She was 82 years old.

Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Jozefa (Pioron) Rukicki and the wife of the late Louis J. Ketchen.

She lived in Lynn for most of her life and was employed in the payroll department of the Lynn School Department for 30 years. After her retirement, she moved to Hollywood, Florida where she was a member of the Polish American Club. For the past three years, she has lived in Tyngsboro with her daughter.

She is survived by three sons and one daughter: Stanley and his wife, Jaqueline Ketchen of Crestwood, Kentucky, Philip and his wife, Sharon Ketchen of Rutland, VT. Joseph and his wife, Terry Ketchen of Lynn and Valerie Ketchen and her husband, Rodney Homann. She was the sister of Edward M. Rokicki of Lynn and the mother of the late Louis P. Ketchen and is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Kathy, Susan, Robin, Christopher, Danielle, Rachael, Nicholas, Jillian, Julie, Cindy, Louis, Douglas, Felicia and Elisa and great grandchildren, Joshua, Gracie, Reese, Ashland and Logan.

Funeral services were private with arrangements by the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a “Celebration of Life” for Louis and Jenny Ketchen at the Porthole Pub, Lynnway in Lynn today, Tuesday, October 9 at 2 p.m.

For guest book: www.nadwornyfuneralhome.com

David Leon Warden

Member of Historic Lynn Classical Eleven Football Team and Lynn Civic Leader

David Leon Warden of Gloucester, formerly of Lynn and Swampscott, died September 29 at a nursing facility in Virginia where he was recovering from a stroke. He was 83 years old.

The devoted husband of Marie J. Warden with whom he shared nearly 55 years of marriage, he was born in Lynn, son of the late David Warden and Amy (Lunden) Warden.  He moved to Swampscott in 1968 and to Gloucester in 1996.

David graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1947, where he was Class President in his Junior and Senior years and played football and basketball.  He was a member of the historic Lynn Classical Eleven football team that upset the 1946 Orange Bowl in Miami by beating Granby High of Norfolk, VA, breaking their 33-game winning streak.  He played alongside Lynn football and baseball legend Harry Agganis and other great Lynn athletes. He was inducted into the Lynn Classical Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 for those achievements and his outstanding contributions to the Lynn community.

He went on to Harvard University where his sports accolades continued receiving three varsity letters for football and basketball, and in one Harvard-Yale football game he was credited with catching the longest pass for a touchdown in the series at that time.

He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Government, Class of 1951.  Upon graduating from Harvard, Warden received an invitation to play for the Los Angeles Rams, but instead enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in Korea from 1951 to 1953 where he saw combat and attained the rank of Captain.

In 1958, he graduated from Boston University Law School and began practicing law at the firm of Hannan and Mayo.  Later he opened his own legal practice on Union Street in Lynn where he worked until his retirement in May 2011.

He served three terms on the Lynn School Committee beginning in 1961.  He was involved with a number of Lynn civic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Greater Lynn Family and Children’s Services and the Harry Agannis Foundation.  He also served on the board trustees for Eastern Bank.

David was an avid sports enthusiast and athlete into his later years.  He loved his New England teams.  Confident he would see the Red Sox win a World Championship in his lifetime, his loyalty for the team never waivered.

He played golf at the Tedesco Country Club for a number of years and loved to take his family skiing in Maine and New Hampshire.  He played basketball daily at the Lynn YMCA into his sixties giving men half his age a run for their money.

A food gourmand and known for his love of North Shore and Cape Anne restaurants, he was always in search of the best fried clams, the tastiest clam chowder or the best ice cream ever. He and Marie loved to host big Sunday and holiday dinners opening their house and hearts to friends and family from all over the world.

They were ardent museum goers and movie enthusiasts.  They also travelled to visit friends and their children to places all over the world including Sweden, England, Thailand, Egypt, Trinidad, California and Virginia.

David was also an avid reader, especially of history books, and his daily routine included reading The Boston Globe, the Lynn Item and the Gloucester Times. Both he and his wife Marie treasured their home in Gloucester bordering Ravenswood Reservation and overlooking Stage Fort Park with a stunning view of the harbor. David loved the ocean and never lived far from it. He swam daily during the summers into his seventies.

He supported six children through college and attended numerous sporting and school activities and graduations of his children and grandchildren.  He was always there for his wife, children, extended family and friends when needed for sage advice, support and encouragement through the best and most difficult times.

Upon hearing of the news of David’s death an outpouring of prayers and support were received by the Warden family from friends all over including alms made to monks in Thailand on his behalf.  A candle was lit for David in the Canary Islands and dear family friends from Sweden wrote that they still make Dave’s famous egg salad recipe.

In addition to his loving and committed wife, David is survived by his six devoted children including daughters Amy Whittenberg and her husband, Ted of Hamilton, Elizabeth Warden of Gloucester, Rachel Warden of New York City, Jessica Yutacom and her husband, Nit of Annandale, VA, Toby Warden of Alexandria, VA, and his  son, David Warden of San Francisco, CA.  He is also survived by four beloved grandchildren who knew him as Grandpa Dave: Leland and Sam Woodcox, Sonny Loorkhoor and Nareerat Yutacom and his dear cousin Jean King of Peabody.  He also leaves behind two Labrador retrievers who will miss him.

His Funeral Service was held in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Marblehead with burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Memorial contributions in Mr. Warden’s name may be made to the Alumni & Friends of Lynn Classical High School, 235 O’Callaghan Way, Lynn, MA 01905. For online register book please visit www.cuffemcginn.com

Joseph Gately

A Helpful and Loving Man

Joseph F. Gately of Newburyport died on October 1 in a local nursing home after a brief illness. He was 77 years old.

Born in Lynn, the son of the late Harold and Margaret (McDermott) Gately, he attended Lynn Schools and resided in Saugus for 31 years before moving to Newburyport 10 years ago.

Joe was a very helpful and loving man.  He enjoyed raking leaves for family and friends, collecting can tabs to help raise money for dialysis for those in need, and volunteering at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society.  He also enjoyed playing the organ and entertaining those around him.

He leaves many nieces and nephews, including Martha Michaels of Newburyport, Brian Michaels and his wife, Eileen Peyton of Newburyport and Joseph Michaels of Bullhead City, AZ.  He was the brother-in-law of Theresa Gately of Lynn; the brother of the late John J. Gately, Philip T. Gately, Harold J. Gately, Margaret M. “Peg” Rooney and M. Rita Michaels.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in

Saint Joseph’s Cemetery.  In honor of his longtime volunteer work to the Rescue Society, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm St. Salisbury, MA 01952.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com

Stephen Nalesnik

 Self Employed Industrial Mechanic

Stephen Nalesnik died at his Revere home on October 1. He was 75 years old.

He was the husband of the late Beverly (Beatrice) Nalesnik. Born in Salem and raised in Lynn, the son of the late Andrew and Adella Nalesnik, he worked as a self employed industrial mechanic and has been a resident of Revere for the past 43 years.

Mr. Nalesnik leaves two sons, Stephen V. Nalesnik and his wife, Karen of Middleton and Andrew S. Nalesnik and his wife, Denise of Salisbury; five grandchildren, Andrew, Rebecca, Brittney, Julia and Stephen and one brother, Marko Nalesnik of Wenham.

His funeral was held at the Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus. Funeral arrangements were the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Memorial Donations, Boston, MA 02284.  For condolences, www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Priscilla Schulze

Of Lynn

Priscilla E. (Turpel) Schulze, a lifelong resident of Lynn, died recently after a period of declining health.  She was 93 years old.

The daughter of the late James H. Turpel and Elsie G. (Williams) (Turpel) Hardy, she was married to the late Frank H. Schulze, who died in 1986. She lived all 93 years in Lynn until July when she moved to the Sutton Home for Women in Peabody.

After graduating from Lynn English High School in 1937, she pursued a career in show business, working as a professional dancer in such venues as the Cocoanut Grove under the name Priscilla Paige. She made several life-long friends in show business, among them Fifi D’Orsay, Mabel and Jack Albertson, and Frank Fontaine.

Upon her marriage, Mrs. Schulze retired from show business and dedicated her life to raising her three sons. She was a Civil Defense Warden, a nurse’s aide and, during World War II, she worked in the G.E. inspecting armitures.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Schulze returned to work, taking jobs at Mutual of Omaha and later Delta Airlines, retiring in 1982. Her career in the airlines allowed her to travel the world. Over the course of 10 years in the mid-1970’s, she ventured to such locales as Russia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Greece and Liberia.

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Schulze returned to work for Crosby’s Market in Marblehead, retiring at the age of 92. She also took up her dancing career again in her 70’s and 80’s as a dancer with the Peabody Steppers of Peabody Council on Aging.

Mrs. Schulze had a lifetime interest in politics. She served as the Ward 3 Chair of the Lynn Democratic City Committee and was a regular fixture at Democratic State Conventions. In 1984, she was elected to the 1984 Democratic National Convention as a delegate with her son, Michael.

Mrs. Schulze is survived by her son Michael F. Schulze and his wife, Mary of Peabody; five grandchildren: Steven Schulze of Surprise, Arizona, , Eric Schulze of Malden, Heather Ducharme of Middleton, NH, Joshua Schulze of Revere, and Ryan Schulze of Hingham, three great-grandchildren, her niece Beverly Abramson of Santa Fe, NM, and a dear cousin, Mrs. Edmund (Joan) Romanowski and their five sons who were her extended family. Mrs. Schulze was predeceased by her son, David and his wife, Kathleen (Ago) Schulze and her son, Mark Schulze.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Donations in her memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.  For online register book please visit www.cuffemcginn.com

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