Joseph Melaragni

September 14, 2016

Joseph Melaragni

JOSEPH MELARAGNI – in Woburn, September 14th, at one hundred and one years of age. Beloved husband of the late Violet (Tortolano) Melaragni. Loving father of Bernadette Bruno,her husband Carl of Woburn, Louise Melaragni of Woburn, Rita Sacco of Billerica and the late Anne Melaragni. Treasured brother of Violet Urciuolo of Woburn, Ben Melaragni,his wife Margaret of Woburn, John Melaragni of Winchester and the late Albert, Dominic, Frank and Sr. Mary Melaragni. Cherished grandfather of Julie, Carla, Lisa and Jennifer Bruno, all of Woburn, and Angela Sacco of Billerica. Dear brother-in-law of Antonio Tortolano of Woburn. Also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Monday, September 19th at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 158 Washington Street, Winchester, at 11 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Sunday, September 18th, from 2:00-8:00 p.m.. Please, in lieu of flowers, Joseph’s family requests that remembrances be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Joseph Melaragni passed away at the Winchester Nursing Center, Wednesday evening, September 14th, at one hundred and one years of age. He was the beloved husband of the late Violet (Tortalano) Melaragni.

Born in Cassino, Italy, Joseph’s family moved to America in 1923, where they settled in the South End of Woburn and have made their home there his entire life.

Leaving school after the sixth grade, Joseph was on his way to being a self-taught, self-made man. He eventually began his own construction company, Harvard Construction. A very hard and dedicated worker, Joseph built a very successful business in and around this area focusing primarily on larger buildings. His reputation preceeded him in this area, as he was a very fair and honest gentleman. He remained in the construction business until the mid to late nineties when he decided to retire.

Joseph and Violet were married for fifty-six years. They brought four daughters into the world whom they cherished. As his daughters married, Joseph was blessed with five granddaughters. “Grampy” as he was affectionately known, took great pride in each of his granddaughters and all of their accomplishments.

Joseph was always involved in community activities, particularly those that offered assistance to people in need. He was an unfailingly generous and giving of spirit and was always there to give a helping hand. Kind, gentle, humble are certainly words that describe this wonderful man. His life was full of compassion, love and tremendous faith which he shared with those around him.

Joseph was a committed member of the Immaculate Conception Church since the day it opened its doors, to its closing, at which time Joseph has attended St. Mary’s Church, in Winchester. He had also been a member of the Mantle Club, St. Francis Guild, South End Italian Club, Holy Name Society and the St. Anthony Club.

Sadly, in addition to his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his wife, Violet, his daughter, Anne Melaragni, and his siblings Domenic, Frank, Albert and Sr. Mary Melaragni.

He is lovingly survived by his children, Bernadette Bruno and her husband Carl of Woburn, Louise Melaragni of Woburn and Rita Sacco of Billerica; his siblings, Violet Urciuolo of Woburn, Ben Melaragni and his wife Margaret of Woburn and John Melaragni of Winchester; his granddaughters, Julie, Carla, Lisa and Jennifer Bruno, all of Woburn, and Angela Sacco of Billerica and his brother-in-law Antonio Tortolano of Woburn. Joseph is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Monday, September 19th at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 158 Washington Street, Winchester, at 11 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Sunday, September 18th, from 2:00-8:00 p.m.. Please, in lieu of flowers, Joseph’s family requests that remembrances be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Dear Louise , I am so sorry for your loss of your father. Last time I saw him was at your uncle Al’s birthday party. It is always a sad day when we lose our parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Nancy

  2. Our Deepest Sympathy
    Joey was a wonderful man…may GOD bless all of you …we will keep your family in our prayers…our Love..Rayne & Tom

  3. Dear Louise and family, so sorry for the loss of Joe, a generous, gentle and spiritual man whose smiling greeting will always be remembered.

    Cathy Figucia

  4. My dear Louise and Family, Thinking of all of you and especially sending blessings and hugs.
    Lots of prayers for your Dad. BB

  5. Rita and Family,
    I was so sorry when I heard about your father passing away. It amazes me that he was 101 years old. I will not be able to attend the wake or funeral but I just wanted you to know that you have my deepest sympathy and are in my prayers.

    Jodi Hodge

  6. Dear Rita and family-
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May all the fond memories of your father shower you with love and remembrance during this time of grief and sadness.
    Peace be with you,
    Becky Wheeler

  7. Dear Rita and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May your Dad rest in the arms of the Angels. God Bless you at this time.

    Elizabeth Buonarosa

  8. My sympathy for your loss. I will keep him and the family in my prayers. Sorry I am not able to express my sympathy in person.

    Ginny Devlin

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