MaryEllen Garland, a
loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away suddenly on
Tuesday, January 8, 2019. MaryEllen was born in Boston in 1947,
the daughter of Stavros and Esther Chopelas. She was raised in
Malden and attended Malden High School between 1961-1965. In
1969 she met her sweetheart, David Garland. The two traveled
around the U.S. together then married and settled down in Malden
MA. They shared 50 years of marriage and raised their daughter,
Angela (Garland) Nazzaro. They have two grandsons, Nicholas and
MaryEllen worked for many years as a receptionist, during that
time she attended college and achieved a degree as a paralegal.
She also enjoyed music, dancing, gardening, cooking and going on
vacations. She loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her siblings, Diane Dillon, Gregory Chopelas,
Melanie Strickland, Vivian Chopelas, Christopher Chopelas,
Thomas Chopelas, Timothy Chopelas, Christine Cugini and Virginia
Beninati, along with many nieces and nephews.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her sisters, Stephanie
Dillon, Cynthia Chopelas and Rena Dillon and her brothers,
Stephen Chopelas, Arthur Chopelas, George Chopelas and Lester
Visitation for MaryEllen will be held at the Weir-MacCuish
Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden on Thursday, Jan
17th, from 5 – 8 PM. A graveside service will be held on Friday,
January 18th, at 11 AM at the Puritan Lawn Cemetery, 185 Lake