Elena (Savino) Coviello, age 87, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of the North End of Boston, died peacefully at home on December 10, 2012.
Elena was born and raised in Italy, she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Caterina (Caggiano) Savino. Elena moved to Tripoli, Africa, where she met the love of her life Joseph Coviello, and they married in 1944. Elena and Joseph resided in Tripoli for many years and raised a beautiful family of six before returning to Genoa, Italy.
In 1963, Elena came to the United States to experience the birth of her first grandchild, and stay with her daughter Rosa and twin sons Vito and John, they settled in the North End of Boston. In 1964 her three youngest children Cathy, Sergio, and Nancy followed and shortly after Joseph arrived, reuniting the entire family. Elena and Joseph, along with their family resided in the North End for more than forty years where they made many memories to last for generations to come. In 2003 following the death of her beloved Joseph, Elena moved to Wilmington to be with family.
Elena will be remembered for her many talents, she was an avid knitter her specialty was socks. Elena made thousands of pairs of socks over the years giving them to everyone she knew, family, friends, doctors, nurses, animals (yes she even made little socks), and strangers; if you got a pair of Elena’s socks you knew you were special.
An incredible seamstress would be an adjective to describe Elena’s talent for sewing; she worked for many years at Priscilla’s of Boston where she dressed some of the most beautiful brides and made their “special day” even more special by making them look their best.
A wonderful cook, as her family would agree, describes the aromas that would be coming from Elena’s kitchen where she would prepare delicious dinners and holiday feasts. Elena loved to feed people and watch them enjoy her creations.
Elena’s most cherished talent was that of a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend, her unconditional love for her family and friends was always evident in whatever she did. Elena’s family was first and foremost in her life, she treasured the time she spent with them, enjoyed family holidays and celebrations, and she was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments. Elena was very important to her family and dearly loved by her family and all who knew her; she will be greatly missed.
Elena was the beloved wife of 59 years to the late Joseph Coviello, cherished daughter of the late John and Caterina (Caggiano) Savino, devoted mother of Rosa Lobuono and her husband Frank and John Coviello and his wife Anne all of Tewksbury, Vito Coviello and his wife Floriana of Bedford, Cathy Guarino and her husband Guy of Revere, Sergio Coviello and his wife Sharon of North Reading, and Nancy Garrett of Wilmington, loving “Nonnie” of Ralph, Gina, Rita, Joseph, Vinnie, Daniel, Cynthia, Christina, Joseph, Denise, David, Steven, Marc, Jared, Adam, Matthew, Robert, and Brian, as well as great granchildren Annemarie, Liam, Aidan, Devllin, Sabella, Christopher, Carolyn, Paige, Leo, Hailey, Marco, Sophia, Mia, Mia, A.J., and Jordyn, dear sister of Maria Ruberti of Stoneham, Michelina Abbondanza of Burlington, the late Rosa, Pasquale, Joseph, Luigi, and Gerry. Elena is further survived by her dear sister-in-law of Maria Savino of the North End as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 13th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:30 a.m. Entombment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 12th from 4-8 p.m