Margaret T. “Peggy” (Kelleher) Melillo

January 23rd, 2012

Margaret T. (Kelleher) Melillo, fondly known as “Peggy” and “Nani” to her family and friends, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 23, 2012, at the age of 77.
Peggy was a resident of Wilmington since 2002, but a former long-time resident of Somerville, where she was born, raised, educated, and was an active communicant of St. Catherine’s Church in Somerville.
Peggy married the love of her life Richard Melillo on June 28, 1953, together they raised three wonderful children, made a loving home, and shared 46 years of marriage before his passing in June of 1999. 
Peggy’s house in Somerville, was as warm and welcoming as her personality, she loved people and had an “open door” policy, everyone was welcome. Peggy was a wonderful cook, she loved to entertain, and enjoyed when everyone was together for a meal, family, friends, or neighbors, you never knew who would be at Peggy’s table.  Peggy’s family was very close knit, her love for them was unconditional, and “Big” Sunday dinners were a must, Peggy enjoyed preparing everyone’s special dishes, her world revolved around her family.
Peggy’s was a hard worker, for more than 40 years she worked as an EKG Technician, first at Somerville Hospital and then at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, her dedication to her job and her patients was unwavering, she always knew how to make others feel at ease. 
Peggy will be remembered as a woman of strong faith, she was kind, considerate, and fun loving, a true “lady” in every sense of the word.  Peggy made friends where ever she went and her devotion to her family was evident to all, she will be greatly missed.                               
Peggy was the beloved wife of the late Richard N. Melillo, Sr., devoted mother of Richard N. Melillo, Jr. and his wife Susan, Karen Almeida and her husband Bob all of Wilmington, and Debora Marcella and her husband Kenny of East Boston, loving “Nani” of Jared and Craig Melillo, Jennifer, Anthony, and Olivia Almeida, Anthony and Domenic Marcella, and great-grandson Lucius Almeida, dear sister of Jack Kelleher and his wife Betty of Somerville, and Mary Cutone and her husband Mario of Arlington, Peggy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, January 26th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the family lot at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 25th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02454.

9 Entries in Guest Book for “Margaret T. “Peggy” (Kelleher) Melillo”

  1. josie Disanto says:

    A beautiful lovely lady who will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. I hope all your fond, happy memories will help you find some peace and your pain lessened. With deepest sympathies… Josie DiSanto

  2. Joanne (Re) Dunn says:

    Rich, Karen, and Debbie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your mom –she was a special lady! Her kind and giving spirit will live on in all of you.

  3. Kelly Longo says:

    Deb, Rich & Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are truly with you all at this time. You can all take comfort in knowing that your mom is in a beautiful place right now. Fondly, Kelly Longo

  4. TIM DALTON says:

    Always felt like home at the Melillos! I will never forget the great dinners and the warmth of family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Tim

  5. Stan and Gay Koty says:

    Rich, Susan and Family,
    We are sorry for your loss. We hope the love you all shared will sustain you through this sad time.

  6. Karen & Frank Giardullo says:

    Deb, Karen & Rich,
    So sorry for your loss. Your mother really was a special person. Warm, loving and always smiling. I wont forget our Columbus Day Parade with the grandchildren. The block parties at Ken and Debs, The Thanksgiving Dinner she spent at my house when she brought enough delicious baked goods to fill a Bakery.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. No more suffering – She is finally resting in peace with your father.
    Our love to all, Karen & Duke

  7. Jerry & Kay Giardullo says:

    Deb, Karen, Rich

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed sitting and talking with your mom at all the family events. She was a dear and loving person.
    My prayers for your family.

    Love Kay & Jerry Giardullo

  8. Dennis Tagliaferro says:

    Dear Rich, Karen, and Debbie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. When we were growing up together in the same apartment building, Rich, you and I were the best of friends and so weren’t our parents. My brother and I remember your mother very well- she will indeed be missed. Take comfort in all the good memories.


  9. Marilyn Asci-Ashour RN says:

    To Peggy’s family…I am just hearing of Peggy ’s passing in August 2012. In the past, she had written to me and I tried to find her on line but was unsuccessful numerous times. Recently heard she had been ill and checked on line and found her obituary. I was deeply saddened. She worked for me at Lahey for a number of years but she was also a very good friend. She had the kindest heart and a good word for everyone and we had many laughs …our little Lahey family was a close one for a number of years and an extension of our own families. I will keep her in my prayers and know that for all her kindness she must be in God’s loving care. Love ya were an inspiration to all your Lahey family. Marilyn Asci-Ashour Epping NH

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