Theresa (Sciarrio) Gangi

November 21, 2008

Theresa (Sciarrio) Gangi

THERESA G. (SCIARRIO) GANGI – in Woburn, November 21st. Devoted wife of Louis S. Gangi. Beloved mother of Stephen L. Gangi and his wife Susan, and Sharon Valerio and her husband John, all of Woburn, Karen Zagami and her husband Salvatore of FL, Robin Gangi of Lowell, and the late Luanne Gangi. Dear sister of Barbara Gentile of Woburn and the late Daniel and William Sharrio, Gerard Sciarrio, Isabel O’Keeffe, and Mary L. Gangi. Loving grandmother of Stephen and Lori Gangi, Carianne Sica, and John, Gino, Michael, and Anthony DeRienzo. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, November 25th at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. There are no calling hours. Donations may be made in Theresa’s memory to The Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3495. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Theresa G. Gangi, 78, of Woburn passed away peacefully in North Reading on Friday morning, November 21st, with her family by her side, following a long illness. She was the devoted wife of Louis Gangi for the past fifty-six years.

Born and raised in the West End of Boston, she was the daughter of the late Orazio and Rachel (Pennacchio) Sciarrio. She graduated from Practical Arts High School in Boston, and soon after her marriage in 1952, took up residence in Woburn. In the ensuing years she devoted herself to raising her family. Her life centered around her children, her siblings, and later her grandchildren. She was always the first to help out when called upon to babysit, or to nurse someone through an illness. Theresa loved to cook and would frequently invite others to join the family for dinner, particularly if someone was alone on the holidays. Her door was always open to family and friends, all of whom appreciated her generosity so much. Theresa worked as a bookkeeper for her son’s business, Gangi Printing, for over thirty years until her health began to decline several years ago.

Preceding her in death were a daughter, Luanne Gangi, three brothers: Daniel Sharrio, William Sharrio, and Gerard Sciarrio, and two sisters: Isabel O’Keeffe and Mary L. Gangi.

Surviving along with her husband Louis are a son, Stephen L. Gangi and his wife Susan of Woburn, three daughters: Sharon Valerio and her husband John of Woburn, Karen Zagami and her husband Salvatore of Florida, and Robin Gangi of Lowell, and her sister, Barbara Gentile of Woburn. She was also the cherished grandmother of Stephen and Lori Gangi, Carianne Sica, and John, Gino, Michael, and Anthony DeRienzo.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, November 25th at 9 a.m. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made in Theresa’s memory to The Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3495.

Arrangements are being handled by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.

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  1. No words can or ever will properly discribe my mother. But I’ll try.

    People who knew her or even just met her, knew she was special. My mother never wanted anything for herself she only wanted to make sure her family was safe and happy. Her home, as well as her refridge was always open to anyone. Even near the end I can hear her say to me as I was leaving the nursing home walking down the hall “be careful” “love you too”

    I also want to thank the nurses and aids that were so kind and loving to my mother, especially her personal CNA, Kathy, and her nurse Lee Ann. We need more care takers like them, they made my mother feel so safe and so loved.

    I always felt so lucky and priviledge to call her Ma.

    “Love You too”
    Robin

  2. No words can or ever will properly discribe my mother. But I’ll try.

    People who knew her or even just met her, knew she was special. My mother never wanted anything for herself she only wanted to make sure her family was safe and happy. Her home, as well as her refridge was always open to anyone. Even near the end I can hear her say to me as I was leaving the nursing home walking down the hall “be careful” “love you too”

    I also want to thank the nurses and aids that were so kind and loving to my mother, especially her personal CNA, Kathy, and her nurse Lee Ann. We need more care takers like them, they made my mother feel so safe and so loved.

    I always felt so lucky and priviledge to call her Ma.

    “Love You too”
    Robin

  3. I’m so sorry about you loss…she was always so fun to be around..the cutest little thing…i will forever have memories of her sprinkling hot pepper like it was grated cheese!! Love and prayers to you all….

    Shelby

  4. Italian Family & Food

    That says it all about her.

    All those who knew her will remember her for those things and the most important ingrediant she shared with everyone, her Love.

    with deepest sympathy
    Lyn and Paul & family

  5. Dear Robin and Family,

    We are all so sorry that your Mom has left us – we all had great times with her and the family and will always remember her in our prayers.

    Love,

    Marc, Bev, Amanda, Adam and Allen

  6. Robin, Sharon, & Family,

    We are all so very sorry for your loss. We loved and appreciated your mother so very much. She was kind to everyone she encountered. We feel privileged to have ever been apart of her life. She was beautiful… inside and out; the cutest little thing we have ever seen! She will only be remembered for how amazing of a person she was. Mrs.Gangi touched everyone. She always welcomed all with open arms and an open heart. She will be missed terribly.

    Robin & Sharon… we will always be here for you and we love you SO much, more than you know.

    ~Amanda, Adam, & Allen Schaen~

  7. My grandmother is someone who cannot be replaced. She was one of a kind and I have so many memories of her that I cannot remember them all. I can remember as a really young kid sitting on the floor and playing with the box of toys she left in the old room where the back door is. I also remember like my cousin Johny did, she never knew what was on T.V and that you could always change it. I remember sitting at the table with Grammy, Aunt Barbara, and Joey talking about the most random things over coffee. She looked after me everyday after school for almost 10 years. (I second that vote for Sainthood) she is my second mother and I am going to miss her so much. I hope we can all remember alot of good times and talk about them when all the family and friends get together. Thank you everyone for leaving a message. Trust me I know how hard it is to write these.

    Love you all

    Stephen J. Gangi

  8. My grandmother

    This special woman has given me enough memories to last a lifetime. Like her invincible taste buds to take on the hottest peppers known to man. Everyone knew if my grandmother said “These peppers are pretty good???…that means you want no part of that!

    She was always so good about babysitting me and my brothers which, for that alone, I should write a letter to the Vatican to nominate her for Sainthood.

    Some of the best memories I have are just the times I would walk downstairs to go see her. I would walk in the kitchen and she would be sitting there with the TV on and usually something simmering on the stove. I would ask her what she was watching and she would always say the SAME thing. “I don’t know, I just have it on, you can change it??? I am sure my mom and brothers have heard that quote as well.
    But we would just sit there and talk about anything and everything from her father, to the west end, to the red sox and how she never could understand why girls in her day swooned over Frank Sinatra.

    I could sit here all day writing about how special my grandmother was to me. I honestly feel blessed to have been so close to her my entire life. I will miss her very much. I love you Gram.

    Thank you to all friends and family for your love and support

    Johnny

  9. No words can or ever will properly discribe my mother. But I’ll try.

    People who knew her or even just met her, knew she was special. My mother never wanted anything for herself she only wanted to make sure her family was safe and happy. Her home, as well as her refridge was always open to anyone. Even near the end I can hear her say to me as I was leaving the nursing home walking down the hall “be careful” “love you too”

    I also want to thank the nurses and aids that were so kind and loving to my mother, especially her personal CNA, Kathy, and her nurse Lee Ann. We need more care takers like them, they made my mother feel so safe and so loved.

    I always felt so lucky and priviledge to call her Ma.

    “Love You too”
    Robin

  10. We’re going to miss you Aunt Terry! Thanks for all the fond memories of Christmas Eves past and all the food (“just eat-will you!!!”)
    Thanks for opening up your house and your heart-even when we came by unannounced. Thanks for being such a good sport in the Foxwoods league even though we never got to go. I’m sure Kaylin and Caroline will never forget their weekly visits to say “hi” and the trips to Sharon’s candy store. This is how we will remember you as a very loving and caring woman who always knew how to make someone smile.
    Love,
    Chuck, Chris, Kaylin and Caroline

  11. Elaine Rogal
    Robin,
    I was not sure what to say yesterday when I logged on to get the deails and thought I would take a day to gather my thoughts to say what I want to say “just right”. Today, I am no closer to saying what I want “just right”. So here goes, Your Mom was a person that everyone who met her remembers! I remember the feeling of belonging in her house. She always made me feel at home. Robin, you have so many of her qualities! I thank you for giving me the opportunity to have known your Mom. My thouhts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. To Aunt Terry – my other mother – my friend. With your passing – there will always be an empty spot in my heart. You were such a major part – an important part of my life. We go back to Day One – to working at the Store (and going out for breakfast) – to our Christmas Shopping Sprees after Grandma’s Mass – to our vacations down the Cape. I am so thankful that I had a chance to say goodbye to you – and that I Love You. I will never forget you. Thank you. Love, Joey

  13. Many blessings to Grammy as she passes on, and much love to the family. I’ll remember fondly the Christmas Eve celebrations and just hanging out when Carianne and I were kids. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

  14. Most family members do not sign there own guest book but I want to thank you all for you kind words and prayers
    But mostly I have to thank all of you that have been there for Mom and Her family the long five years she was sick. No words can express our thanks to them.
    Eddie and his family for always being there for my family. Not just there surport but him always working out a way for me or my family to leave work when needed when mom was sick or just needed us! Not to mention how he let me work hours the fit my mothers his aunts needs. No words can ever say how much I appriecated him for all he did for me over the past five years ED I LOVE YOU SO
    Mark how always came by the house to visit with mom and talk about the past (which she remembered the most) and when those thoughts were gone he stil went by the nursing home to spread so joy to mom. The nurses said she loved when he came by.
    Aunt Barbara and Joey who also when to see her no matter how painful it was to them. To them it was very hard to see her in this way but still sat with her. My poor Aunt My Mothers youngest Was there the last night to say good bye to her last siblin and her best friend
    My MOM Second family. Sunbridge no words can say what our family feels toward them. They love my mom so very much. They cared for her as if she was there mother. My mother was so very happy there and you could see in her eyes how deeply she love each and every one of them.
    Thank you so very much for all you have done
    Again Thank you everyone for your kind words
    Love you all
    Sharon

  15. I was saddened to hear of Terry’s passing. I will always remember her smile and wonderful sense of humor. She was a strong, vibrant woman. She will be dearly missed. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Pam Farrow

  16. Never will I forget Aunt Terry and my grandmother sitting in the kitchen on Christmas Eve, talking about the ‘greasy Sicilian men’ they married haha. She was truly an angel and will be sorely missed.

  17. Robin and family,
    Our prayers to you all at this difficult time. Your mother was a very special woman…it showed through in her loving children.
    Peace be with you all as you travel this most difficult road.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Anne & Joe Flynn

  18. We are so sad to hear of the passing of Aunt Terry. She was such a strong person. We have some awesome memories of her. She will be greatly missed.
    We love you all. Please know we are praying for you during this difficult time.

    Jenn and Filipe Barreto and Family

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