A longtime Chelsea resident, she passed away suddenly on May 5th at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett following a long and courageous battle of overwhelming illness. She was 65 years of age. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Dorothea (Foss) Vannelli. She attended local schools and was a graduate of St. Rose High School. She worked for many years tending bar at the Chelsea Walk Pub and most recently worked as the bar manager at the French Club. Debby also worked at the Boston Garden until her illness. Devoted to her friends and family, she was affectionately known as “Ma” to many who knew her and she was an active member of the French Club. She is the former wife of Richard Racki. Devoted mother of Roberta and Brian Racki, Nicole and Anthony Pasco, Mindy Curry and Shelly Pasco.Dear sister of Leonora Cataldo and Vivian Cash. Cherished grandmother of Ottavia, Stephanie, Mario, Linda, Yassmina and Sophia. Adored great grandmother of Giovanni.
Her Funeral will be conducted in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway CHELSEA on Thursday, May 9th at 10:30 A.M. Services will conclude with Interment at New Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 - 8 P.M.
Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.