Obituaries

Melaragni, Concetta “Connie”

June 20th, 2010

Concetta “Connie” Melaragni, age 74, of Wilmington, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday morning, June 20, 2010

Concetta was born in Cassino, Italy where she witnessed and survived the ferocious battle of Monte Cassino during World War II. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Nascenza Pacitto. At age 11 she came to America where she spent her early life in Medford, Massachusetts. She graduated Medford High School and became a naturalized citizen of the United States shortly thereafter.

Connie met her late husband Remo Melaragni in 1954 and they were married in Cassino, Italy in 1956. Concetta was a doting mother and homemaker. She was also a laboratory technician at Charles River Breeding Laboratories in Wilmington, MA. Later she enjoyed employment at TJX Corporation at the Marshall’s Warehouse in Woburn, MA.

Concetta triumphed over kidney failure and was the successful recipient of a kidney transplant for nearly 18 years. She loved spending time with her children and five grandchildren and was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially during the holidays and for traditional Sunday Dinner at her home. She also enjoyed her Friday lunches with dear friends Evelyn Ferarra and the late Gloria Morelli. In her later years, Concetta loved taking trips and spending time with her beloved Remo, her husband of 49 years.

Concetta was the beloved wife of the late Remo Melaragni, devoted mother of Mark Melaragni and his companion Joyce Johnson of Dunstable, MA and Paul Melaragni and his wife Lynne of Wilmington, loving “Nanna” of Alyssa and Maria Melaragni and Gianna, Isabella, and Nicholas Melaragni, dear sister of Rose Delgreco of Medford and the late Carmine Pacitto she was predeceased by her brother in law Mario Delgreco. Connie also leaves many cousins, sisters in law, niece, nephews and dear family friends Debralee Quinn and Beverly Siebert.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, June 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Tuesday, June 22nd from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Concetta’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02026.

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4 Entries in Guest Book for “Melaragni, Concetta “Connie””

  1. Rene' A. Lake-Gagliardi says:

    Our neighborhood will never be the same without you.

  2. Billy Crawford says:

    As a co-worker with Mark, it is evident Connie was a graceful, loving and thoughful person. May the Heavenly Father Himself greet her.

  3. Mark Melaragni says:

    Thank you for being the most warm, caring, and loving mother any son could ever have. I have loved you and looked up to you all my life. If not for your patience, support, and guidance, i would not be the man i am today. I will miss you every day…

  4. Karen Petto Reed says:

    So sorry to have just found out about Connie’s passing. I worked with her at Charles River Labs, and she was a wonderful coworker – full of life and wonderful stories. I felt like I had another Italian family member. For years after we both left CRL, I would receive a lovely Christmas card from her. Doing my cards this year, it was only when I was checking the internet to see if her address was the same that I sadly happened upon her obituary. Connie was a fantastic lady and I will remember her fondly for the rest of my life.

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