Elvira C. (Melillo) LoSciuto

September 12, 2008

Elvira C. (Melillo) LoSciuto

ELVIRA C. (MELILLO) LoSCIUTO – in Woburn, formerly of Somerville and Kissimmee, FL, September 11th. Beloved wife of the late Joseph F. LoSciuto. Devoted mother of Irene DeCata and her husband John of Woburn. Dear sister of Louis Melillo of CA, Eugene Melillo of FL, and the late Samuel, Ernest, Edward, Henry, Carmine, and Carmella Melillo, Lena Edgar, Eleanor Micco, and Constance Reed. Loving grandmother of Irene Skutul and her husband Andre of Methuen, Jane Groder and her husband Charles of Cliffwood, NJ, and the late John DeCata, Jr., and great-grandmother of Krista Valentino, Karley Skutul, Reilly and Reid Groder, and Janessa DeCata. Beloved foster mother of Eleanor Harvey and her husband Tom of PA, and their three children, Thomas, Karen and Debra. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, September 20th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment of her ashes will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Elvira’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Elvira C. LoSciuto, a longtime resident of Somerville who had lived with her daughter in Woburn in recent years, passed away on Thursday, September 11th, at the age of ninety-four. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph F. LoSciuto, who died in 1981.

Born in East Boston, she was one of twelve children of the late Pasquale and Costanza (Imbimbo) Melillo. She was raised and educated in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School. In 1966 she attended hairdressing school and went into business with her daughter Irene. Together they operated Vandi Beauty Shop in Somerville until 1981.

Talented in many types of craftwork, Elvira worked as a flower designer out of her home in Somerville for many years. Her husband Joseph helped by making the forms and she designed beautiful flower arrangements for funerals and weddings. She also made pictures out of wooden beads and designed jewelry.

Following her husband’s death she lived on Mill Street in Woburn for a few years before retiring to Kissimmee, Florida, where she spent fifteen years. Six years ago she returned to Woburn to live with her daughter Irene and son-in-law, John DeCata.

Elvira led an active life up to the time of her death. She loved shopping with her daughter and going on day trips. A favorite destination was Las Vegas, to which she traveled frequently over the years.

Along with her husband Joseph, she was preceded in death by five brothers: Samuel, Ernest, Edward, Henry, and Carmine Melillo, four sisters: Carmella Melillo, Lena Edgar, Eleanor Micco, and Constance Reed, and her beloved grandson, John DeCata, Jr.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Irene and John DeCata of Woburn, two brothers, Louis Melillo of California and Eugene Melillo of Florida. She was the loving grandmother of Irene Skutul and her husband Andre of Methuen, Jane Groder and her husband Charles of Cliffwood, New Jersey, and great-grandmother of Krista Valentino, Karley Skutul, Reilly and Reid Groder, and Janessa DeCata. She also leaves her beloved foster daughter, Eleanor Harvey and her husband Tom of Pennsylvania, and their three children, Thomas, Karen and Debra, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, September 20th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment of her ashes will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Elvira’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Irene,I am so sorry about the death of your mom. You and John took excellent care of her while she lived with you. She is at peace. Fondly, Jane Linn

  2. Irene, John and family. We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing away of Elvira. You gave her a happy, loving home and she was well cared for by all of you in the last years of her life.
    We hope that fonder memories replace the hurt you are feeling now. May God bless you and the family.
    Richie and Marcy

  3. DeCata family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    The ones we love are never gone, they live within our hearts.
    May you know peace and comfort.
    God Bless,
    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  4. Patrick J Sacco Iren Im so sorry , I love you and aunti very much and I sure will miss her very much, my prayers are with you , Lord knows aunti prayed for me enough. now shes with her best friend to , my mother, see you soon Love you Patrick.

  5. Shirley Wilkins
    Irene,

    I know things will be difficult for you with the loss of “MOM”, but just know, she is finally at peace with her beloved “Joe”.
    I pray we are as fortunate to live such a long and happy life.

  6. Irene,
    Sharing your sorrow of the loss of someone so dear. I will miss the Friday morning’s we shared chatting with mom and sharing her home made precious jewels.

    Please know how very much you are cared about and how deeply your loss is felt by all.

    Your friend,

    Mary D

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