Leona G. (Robinson) Melaragni

March 23, 2008

Leona G. (Robinson) Melaragni

LEONA G. (ROBINSON) MELARAGNI – in Woburn, Sunday, March 23rd. Beloved wife of Albert R. Melaragni. Devoted mother of Linda Mantini of Woburn, Terri Foden and her husband Paul of NH, Betty Gentile and her partner Gary of Malden, Albert R. “Bob” Melaragni Jr, and his wife Annmarie of Billerica, Jean Pacios and her husband Jack, and James Melaragni, all of Woburn, Janet Loder and her husband Jim of Melrose and Paul Melaragni and his wife Michelle of Billerica. Dear sister of Mary Volpe of Hopedale, Esther Ferriera of Chelmsford and Leonard Robinson of Charlestown and the late Kathleen Herlihy, Beverly Powers and William Robinson Jr. Lovingly survived by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday morning, March 27th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

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OBITUARY:

Leona G. Melaragni of Woburn passed away in Reading Sunday morning, March 23rd, following a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Albert R. Melaragni, with whom she would have celebrated sixty-four years of marriage on March 24th.

Born in Melrose eighty-four years ago, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Lucille (Owens) Robinson. She was raised in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School. A gifted singer, she loved singing in high school productions and was the first to introduce the use of a microphone there, under the instruction of Edson Kimball, the music director at the high school.

Following their marriage in 1944, while Albert was still in the service, Leona and Albert began their life together, raising eight children. As her husband worked two jobs to support the family, Leona was the consistent, stable force behind the scenes. She and Albert both dedicated themselves to bringing up their children. Over the years she enjoyed making Sunday dinners for the family, which came to include many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Thanksgivings at her home including a family Bingo game were a cherished tradition.

After her husband suffered a stroke twenty years ago, she became his primary caregiver. Her entire life was dedicated to helping others and putting her family first, putting herself aside to care for the needs of everyone else. Always full of life and energy, she enjoyed taking walks and going out to eat.

Preceding her in death were two sisters, Kathleen Herlihy and Beverly Powers, a brother, William Robinson Jr., and a grandson, John Gentile, Jr.

Along with her husband Albert, she leaves eight children: Linda Mantini of Woburn, Terri Foden and her husband Paul of New Hampshire, Betty Gentile and her partner Gary of Malden, Albert R. “Bob” Melaragni Jr., and his wife Annmarie of Billerica, Jean Pacios and her husband Jack, and James Melaragni, all of Woburn, Janet Loder and her husband Jim of Melrose and Paul Melaragni and his wife Michelle of Billerica. She was the dear sister of Mary Volpe of Hopedale, Esther Ferriera of Chelmsford and Leonard Robinson of Charlestown. Leona is also lovingly survived by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday morning, March 27th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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  1. Hey Nana, I just thought i’d come by and say hello i’m in school right now. I lost my bag the other day and me and nana linda prayed to you and i found it. thank you.

    – Amanda

  2. My Heart goes out to you all at this time of Loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all, she will be greatly missed for all that new and loved her so much. My Deepest Sympathy Take care The Andersen Family

  3. Hi nana,

    It’s Amanda & Olivia we just wanted to say we love you and miss you so much, but now i know there is a angel always watching over us

  4. Jim M

    So very sorry. She was certainly one of the happiest people I ever knew. From what I’m told of the size of the turnout at the services, it certainly said a lot of the Melaragni family that I always knew.
    All the best to family & friends

  5. To Uncle Al and family:
    We are all so sorry for your loss. Aunt Leona was a ‘one of a kind’ lovely lady. We remember how she and my mom (Vi) would have hours long conversations on the phone and catch up with everyone’s lives. She will be missed and loved by all those who knew her. Keep the memories going, they will help you in your sorrow.
    Love you;
    Rita (Melaragni)

  6. Dear Marlo, Linda & family & friends,

    My sincere condolences for your loss.
    You both, as well as your family, friends, & of course Nana are in my prayers. Such a strong & loving family you all are from all that I’ve read & such a nice thing to do such as this site and all the precious words within describing such a woman with such love. I can only imagine what a woman Nana Mel was, though my belief is that she still lives within all of your hearts & IS & always will be with you in spirit. That is my belief.
    I know Marlo very well and I also know her Mom Linda & NOW I KNOW & I SEE where THEIR strength & loving souls come from. It carries on. I see that in Marlo (that strength & such love & sincerity.)
    God bless your hearts Marlo & Linda as well as of all of Nana Mel’s family & friends.
    Respectfully,
    Robin

  7. Nana mel samday i wil put hearts on your grave/.,’;]\[
    I have your stuf so it keeps raminding me of you. I always had fun at your house on Sundays.
    Love, Olivia

  8. Marlo, Your first grandchild
    Nana, You will be missed so much. You always loved me no matter what, you always defended me, even when I was wrong.You were ALWAYS there for me and welcomed me with open arms, and kisses, and pinches :), I will carry you in my heart forever. You were the rock of the family, Sunday chicken night kept us all close and together.
    Thank You Nana, for showing me that Whatever we go through in life,does NOT determine our destiny and that Love conquers all.
    I LOVE YOU NANA MEL!!!!
    Marlo

  9. Dear Paul& Family

    I am Sosorry to hear about yourlost.I have to tell you that this is one oflifes most difficult timesthat one must go through.
    Stay strong and hold on to the memories.
    Donna Morales

  10. We will miss you Grandma. You were very special to us and will be close in our hearts.

    Love You, Ryan and Emma

  11. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time. Mary (Fennelly) Guarino

  12. Dear Mom,

    Not a day will go by that we won’t miss you and think about you. We love you and remember all the happiness and love you brought to our life.
    We will make sure Gina grows up to love you, remember you and shares her life with you.
    Everytime we’re sad we’ll think of the 100’s of phrases you’ve always said to make us smile and laugh.
    We’re Crazy About You !!!
    We taught Gina that a person is never gone, if you need them, want to talk to them or want to share something with them, Just look in your Heart !!!
    We will look in our hearts forever for you !!
    All Our Love,
    Your Son Paul & Michelle

  13. Nana,

    I love you so much and I will miss you forever.
    I hope the angels in heaven will put your lipstick on everyday.

    Love & Kisses
    Your granddaugther Gina

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