Rebecca Sallese

November 4, 2015

Rebecca Sallese

REBECCA SALLESE- of Woburn, Wednesday November 4th, she was twenty five years old. Beloved daughter of Edward Sallese and Nancy Meehan and her stepfather William Meehan of Woburn. Loving biological mother of Emily Pierce, who is the loving adoptee of the Pierce family from Cape Elizabeth, ME. Sweet granddaughter of William Goossens of Burlington and Pat Sallese and his wife Audrey of Lexington as well as the late Ann Goossens and Barbara Sallese. Cherished sister of Mathew Sallese and his wife Liz of Lawrence, William Meehan and his wife Raina of California, and Michael Meehan and his wife Jaclyn of North Andover. Loving Aunt of Billy, Michael, Melanie and (awaiting the newborn- she should be born tonight.) Dear niece of Mary Ann Hernandez of Ft. Lauderdale Fl, Maria Sallese of Wakefield, David Goossens and his wife Mona of Dade city Fl, Bob Goossens and his wife Betty of Methuen, Steven Sallese and his wife Megan of MI and Joan Doran and her husband Jim. Survived by great aunts & uncles including many loving cousins. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesdsay November 10th at 9:15 followed by a Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Chesnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8. Remembrances may be made in Rebecca’s name to the Epstein – Barr Virus Foundation, 16027 Brookhurst Street, I-243, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, or Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Care of Dr. Ben Gerwurtz, MD., 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.

OBITUARY:

Rebecca Sallese of Woburn passed away on Wednesday, November 4, at her home at the age of 25. She was the beloved daughter of Edward Sallese and Nancy Meehan and the step-daughter of William Meehan. She was a life-long resident of Woburn.

She attended Woburn Public Schools and was a graduate of the class of 2008. Rebecca, known to her loved ones as Becky or Becca, enjoyed playing soccer, softball, karate, and dancing as well as attending the Boys and Girls’ Club. Outgoing and friendly, she was known for her contagious smile, which she held onto even at her most ill.

Rebecca had many fond memories of her childhood. In her youth, she attended Kingsley Pines, an international summer camp in Maine. It was there that she developed lifelong friendships with Tatiana Kombo and Margaret Wyeth as well as many cherished friends.

Rebecca will be greatly missed by the staff of both Tufts Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was involved in research for the Epstein Barr Virus. A proud young woman, she had a remarkable faith and a desire to educate others about opiate addiction. Strong in her faith, she did a reading at her church as well as a eulogy for her deceased grandmother.

Rebecca loved quilting, reading, and especially, the Boston Bruins. A kind soul, she helped feed the homeless and provide shelter for them. She enjoyed her work as an acitivity assistant, but her true passion was her work at Modern Pastry, a bakery in the North end, where she worked until she had to resign due to medical complications.

Rebecca was sadly predeceased by her grandmothers Ann Goossens and Barbara Sallese.

She is lovingly survived by her presents, Edward Sallese and Nancy Meehan and her stepfather William Meehan; her biological daughter, Emily Pierce; her grandparents, William Goossens of Burlington, Pat Sallese and his wife Audrey of Lexington; her siblings, Mathew Sallese and his wife Liz of Lawrence, William Meehan and his wife Raina of California, and Michael Meehan and his wife Jaclyn of North Andover; her nieces and nephews, Billy, Michael, Melanie and (awaiting the newborn- she should be born tonight); her aunts and uncles, Mary Ann Hernandez of Ft. Lauderdale Fl, Maria Sallese of Wakefield, David Goossens and his wife Mona of Dade city Fl, Bob Goossens and his wife Betty of Methuen, Steven Sallese and his wife Megan of MI and Joan Doran and her husband Jim; as well as many great aunts & uncles including many loving cousins.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesdsay November 10th at 9:15 followed by a Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8. Remembrances may be made in Rebecca’s name to the Epstein – Barr virus Foundation Foundation, 16027 Brookhurst Street, I-243, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, or Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Care of Dr. Ben Gerwurtz, MD., 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.

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  1. To the Sallese and Meehan Family

    It is very sad when someone passes so young. My deepest sympathies, remember to talk about her often and remember the good times. May you all find comfort with each other.

  2. We are heartbroken and no words can express how sad we are for your loss. We will never forget Becky and her courage and strength. All our love, Cathy & Bob Daly

  3. Aunt Diane
    Becky . . Fly with the angels. You are the prettiest angel in heaven. Love 💕💕💕💕

  4. To Nancy & Mathew- and all Becky’s family.
    I’m so sorry for Becky leaving you so soon. She has joined so many of our loved ones that in time comfort will come.

    Becky the angel, now is carefree and bursting with an unconditional love for so much around her. No worries.

    Just love, heal, remember good & bad, dwell on good and reach for the stars 😇 Love you all!
    Katrina

  5. George and Elaine nistle
    our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.sorry I didn’t get to know you becky you are loved and will be missed greatly. all our love George and Elaine

  6. My dearest Rebecca. Oh the places we’ve been. The things we’ve done. The laughs. The cries. The arguments. The make ups. The long talks and silent moments. The memories. We could always build each other up when we needed it most. We made each other so proud. You always knew just what to say when I was doubting my mom skills. Always telling me you had so much respect for me and that you didn’t know how I did it. And I would rebuttal with exactly how proud I was that you were kicking addictions ass and selflessly providing help and hope for people that suffered from other horrible medical conditions that you may have held the key to finding a cure. You’re one of the only people that really gives truth to the quote “…she helped others even though she couldn’t help herself.” The last time I saw you I was just coming home and you had just saved someone’s life. You were so shook up but you were so proud. And because of you, that man survived. You were his walking angel. And now, unfortunately to those who love you, you have earned your wings. You were called home so that you can finally be at peace. I know Your Brother and Daddy were waiting for you with open arms and that gives me some peace. But please know that I will never forget you and everything we had been through. You were a truly amazing and selfless woman. Your baby girl will be so proud of your legacy. Fly high and happy lovie. You’re forever in my heart. I love you.

  7. Becky, may you rest in peace. Laugh and smile with all your loves ones who have gone before you. God bless. You will never be forgotten.

    Love, your cousin Brian

  8. To the Sallese/Meehan families, Our thoughts are with you during these sad times. She is gone way too soon. Our deepest sympathy.
    Mike, Judy, Michael & Tyler Palazzo

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