Grace (Molica) Burgio

April 13, 2009

Grace (Molica) Burgio

GRACE (MOLICA) BURGIO – in Woburn, April 13th. Beloved wife of John Burgio. Devoted mother of John Jr. and his wife Bernadette, Joel, Joyce, Jacqueline and Justine Burgio, all of Woburn, Jan Hastie and her husband James of Cambridge, and Jule O’Donnell and her husband Dennis of Arlington. Dear sister of the late Anthony Molica. Cherished grandmother of Maurya Buckley and her husband Matthew of Lynnfield, John Burgio III of Everett, James and Edward Hastie, both of Cambridge, and Michael O’Donnell of Arlington. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, April 17th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Grace Burgio, a resident of Woburn’s west side for the past fifty-four years, passed away Monday evening at the Lahey Clinic, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of John Burgio, Sr.

Born and raised in South Boston, Grace was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Emily (D’Andrea) Molica. She graduated from Girls High in South Boston and attended business school for two years. She and her husband met when they were young teenagers and were married in South Boston. They were devoted to one another and their family throughout their nearly sixty-one years of marriage.

Grace worked for John Hancock Insurance before in earlier years, and then retired to raise her family. In 1978 she went back to work as an accounts receivable clerk. She worked for many years for Dolan Jenner in Woburn before retiring at the age of sixty-five.

Grace was gifted with a beautiful, strong alto voice. For over forty-five years she sang in the choir at St. Barbara’s Church, and for a number of those years she was a soloist for weddings and funerals. A devout Catholic, she faithfully prayed the rosary daily. She was a member of the Young at Hearts Club at the church, where she led the group in singing God Bless America at every meeting. She was also a former president of the Sodality and a member of Church Women United.

Family was her focus in life, and she absolutely loved when her extended family was all together. She never failed to forget a birthday and always made her “Happy Birthday” call first thing in the morning. Saturday nights were spent with the family gathered around to play friendly poker games. She loved to travel, with her favorite destinations being Disney World and Foxwoods. In the summer she loved to go to Seabrook or attend a family cookout.

Grace was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Molica.

Surviving along with her husband John are seven children: John Jr. and his wife Bernadette, Joel, Joyce, Jacqueline and Justine Burgio, all of Woburn, Jan Hastie and her husband James of Cambridge, and Jule O’Donnell and her husband Dennis of Arlington, and five grandchildren: Maurya Buckley and her husband Matthew of Lynnfield, John Burgio III of Everett, James and Edward Hastie, both of Cambridge, and Michael O’Donnell of Arlington.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, April 17th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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  1. To the Burgio family – My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. What a wonderful woman your wife, mother & grandmother was to all who knew her. She will be missed by all.
    Carrie J. Gasaway
    Dunbar, West Virginia

  2. To All: I am deeply sorry about the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful woman. I will always remember her beautiful voice when she sang at St. Barbara’s. Leanne Leonard

  3. Jan and your family,

    I have heard you speak so often of our mother I feel like I know her. She sounded like a wonderful person and someone I am sure will be missed by many, but none will miss her as much as her family. Cherish all those memories of the good times you all spent together and how much she knew she was loved by all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Stephanie Deeley

  4. For Justine and Family-
    I am sorry for the loss of your mother. May you find comfort in each other at this time in knowing how much she loved all of you and was loved by you.

    Deepest sympathy –
    Lejean Mitchell

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