ALBERT R. MELARAGNI- of Woburn, Saturday, October 31st. Beloved husband of the Late Leona G. (Robinson). Devoted father of Terri and her husband Paul Foden of Windham New Hampshire, Elizabeth “Betty” Gentile of Woburn, Albert “Bob” and his wife AnnMarie Melaragni of Billerica, Jeanne Pacios and her late husband Jack of Woburn, James Melaragni of Woburn, Janet and her husband James Loder of Melrose, Paul and his wife Michelle Melaragni of Billerica, and the late Linda Mantini. Loving brother of Joe Melaragni of Woburn, John Melaragni of Winchester, Ben Melaragni of Woburn, Violet Urcioulo of Woburn, brother in-law of Rosemonde Robinson of Reading and the late Domemic and Frank Melaragni, and the late Sister Mary Melaragni. Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main Street, Winchester on Thursday November 5th at 9:15 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to calling hours at the Lane Funeral Home on Wednesday from to 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Albert’s memory to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. Funeral under the Direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home Woburn.
Albert R. Melaragni of Woburn passed away on Saturday, October 31st, at the age of 93. He was the beloved husband of the late Leona G. (Robinson) Melaragni, who died in 2008.
Al was born in Cassino Italy, the son of the late Antonio and Benedetta (Miele) Melaragni. He was a graduate of Woburn High School and a proud Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, He served on the USS Quincy CA 71 where he was awarded 4 medals, The Asiatic Pacific Area Medal, Eastern African Middle Eastern Medal (2) stars, American Theatre Medal, and The WWII Victory Medal. Following their marriage in 1944, while he was still in the service, Albert and Leona made their home in Woburn and began their life together, raising eight children. Employed by General Electric in Lynn for over forty-five years, he was a jet engine test supervisor.
Albert and his wife dedicated themselves to their children and later their grandchildren. Family Bingo games were a cherished tradition, and bowling and square dancing were favorite pastimes in earlier years. A master craftsman, Al not only built a boat but could be called upon to repair anything and everything for family and friends.
Along with his beloved wife Leona (Lee), with whom he shared over sixty-four years of marriage, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Mantini, son-in-law, Jack Pacios, brothers, Domenic and Frank Melaragni, and Sister Mary Melaragni, and his grandson John Gentlie Jr.
Surviving are seven children, Terri Foden and her husband Paul of Windham NH, Elizabeth “Betty” Gentile of Woburn, Albert “Bob” Melaragni and his wife Ann Marie of Billerica, Jeanne Pacios of Woburn, James Melaragni of Woburn, Janet Loder and her husband James of Melrose, and Paul Melaragni and his wife Michelle of Billerica, brothers, Joe and Ben Melanagni, both of Woburn, John Melaragni of Winchester, sister Violet Urcioulo of Woburn, and sister in-law Rosemonde Robinson of Reading. He was the loving grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held from the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main Street, Winchester, on Thursday, November 5th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Lane Funeral Home on Wednesday from to 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Albert’s memory to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.