Obituaries 09-12-2013

Richard Francis Whalen

Café Owner For More Than 50 Years

Richard “Cheech” Francis Whalen, husband of the late Angela (Scalo) Whalen, died, surrounded by his children, on August 22 at Sherrill House, Jamaica Plain, after a long illness.

Born in Meriden, CT on May 19, 1931, he was the son of the late Lawrence W. Whalen, Sr. and Caroline (Barrette) Whalen.  He graduated from Meriden High School in 1949.  Mr. Whalen owned the North End Cafe on North Colony Street in Meriden, CT, with Fernand Roy, for over 50y years; retiring in 2007.

Cheech had many friends and was known for his kind and generous heart.  He will be greatly missed by all he embraced throughout his life.  He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War, a past parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Waterbury, CT, and St. Francis de Sales Parish in Charlestown,.  He was a member of the V.F.W., the Eagles Club, Hallmere Social Club, North Italian Social Club and the American Legion No. 45.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan M. Whalen and her husband, James S. Labeck of Charlestown; one son, Richard A. Whalen and his wife, Carla L. Whalen of Melrose; two grandchildren, Cameron and Christian Labeck; two sisters, Margaret R. Allison and her husband, Jonathan Allison of North Yorkshire, England, and Mary W. Dobson and her husband, Frederick Dobson III of Vancouver, Washington and sisters-in-law, Georgette P. Carosella and Barbara Whalen.  He is also survived by seven nieces and nine nephews and was predeceased by brothers Lawrence W. Whalen, Jr. and his wife Margarita Whalen, and James J. Whalen.

A Month’s Mind Mass will be held on Sunday, September 15 at 9 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, 303 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown.  Arrangements were under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Sherrill House, 135 South Huntington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.  For online condolences and directions please visit

Jeanne Sweinimer

Charlestown Patriot Newspaper Employee

Jeanne M. (Whitehouse) Sweinimer, an 18 year resident of Everett, formerly of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on September 1 at The Golden Living Center in Melrose after a long illness. She was 62 years old.

Jeanne was born in Stoneham on November 27, 1950, a daughter of the late Roger Whitehouse and Gloria (Morris) Whitehouse. She grew up in Charlestown where she was educated in the Boston Public School system and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1968. Jeanne worked for many years as a receptionist/sale representative for the Charlestown Patriot Newspaper.

She was the beloved wife of 16 years to Allen H. Sweinimer; the loving mother to Brian Davis; devoted sister of Diana Melaugh, Kathy Whitehouse and the late William Whitehouse, Marilyn McMaster, Kevin Whitehouse and Patricia Burke. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in the Veterans Administration National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Jeanne’s name to The American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St. 2nd floor, Framingham, Mass. 01701.To send a message of condolence, please visit

Marguerite Randazza

Lifetime Charlestown Resident

Marguerite M. (Hartman) Randazza, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on September 8 at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston following an extended illness. She was 86 years old.

Marguerite was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27, 1926, a daughter of the late William Hartman and Margaret (Breen) Hartman. She grew up in Charlestown and was educated in the Boston Public School system. Marguerite was a lifetime member of The Daughters of Isabella # 1, worked as a homemaker for Malden Intercity for several years and volunteered her time at the Little Flower Parochial School in Somerville as a foster grandmother for several years. She enjoyed arts and crafts and found her most enjoyment in life was spending the as much time as she could with her husband and family.

Marguerite was the beloved and adored wife of 68 years to Reggio “Randy” Randazza;  the devoted mother of James Randazza and his wife Mary of Lynn, Marlene Fitzpatrick and her husband, Joe of Exeter, New Hampshire, Joseph Randazza and his wife, Kimberly of Danvers, Penny Gentile and her husband, Jerry of Malden and the late Nancy, Marion, Paula and Theresa Randazza. She was the loving Nana to nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Marguerite’s Funeral on Friday, September 13, at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St. Charlestown at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, September 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

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