EMMA F. (DeMONICO) SCHELZI

May 19, 2024

EMMA F. (DeMONICO) SCHELZI

EMMA F. (DeMONICO) SCHELZI – of Woburn, died peacefully, May 19th, at the age of ninety-four. Beloved wife of the late Rocco Schelzi. Devoted mother of Michael Schelzi, Sandra Schelzi, Mark Schelzi, his wife Brenda, Robin Miller, her husband Bill, David Schelzi, his wife Joni, James Schelzi, his wife Karen, and the late Larry Schelzi, his wife Debbie. Dear sister of Rita White, and the late Mario, Quito, William, Michael and John DeMonico, and the late Elizabeth Russo and Jeanne Confalone. Also survived by 23 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on THURSDAY, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and interment is private. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emma’s memory to St. Anthony’s Church c/o Woburn Catholic Collaborative 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn or to the YMCA of Greater Boston Attn: Development Department 316 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Emma Frances (DeMonico) Schelzi, age 94, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May,19, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Emma was a lifelong resident of Woburn, MA.
In 1952, she married Rocco Schelzi after his return from World War II. Together they raised seven children in a house they built only a few blocks from where Emma and Rocco both grew up. They had been married for 55 years upon Rocco’s passing in 2007.
 
After graduating Woburn High School, Emma worked in Boston, commuting into town daily by train, before marrying Rocco and then fully devoting herself to her family. Raising her children was the greatest joy of her life.
Once her children were grown, Emma grew increasingly passionate about health and exercise. She volunteered as an aerobics instructor at the Woburn YMCA, a role she conducted with pride and attacked with the boundless energy she maintained throughout her life. She was a force of nature and positivity at the YMCA and everywhere.
 
Emma was a lifelong worshiper at St. Anthony’s, the Woburn parish that served as the center of her spiritual and social life. She sang in the church choir for 54 years until she retired at age 90. She contributed generously to the church’s many causes and particularly enjoyed supporting and attending St. Anthony’s annual cookout. After Rocco’s passing in 2007, she established The Rocco and Emma Scholarship Fund, an annual scholarship for two deserving Woburn Memorial High School students. She also supported myriad other local causes, forever seeking to maintain that connection with her beloved hometown Woburn.
 
Emma was the quintessential Italian mother and grandmother. She delighted in cooking meals, especially for her legendary “Sunday dinners,” especially for her large family. There always was a pot of spaghetti and meatballs ready whenever the grandkids visited. Over the years, Emma and Rocco hosted countless holiday celebrations and summer cookout for extended family and friends.
 
In her later years, Emma enjoyed the company of her closest friends and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lived her life fully through the simple pleasures of family, friends and her devout faith.
 
Emma was pre-deceased by her husband Rocco, as well as her son, Larry. She is survived by her sons, Michael, Mark, his wife Brenda, David, his wife Joni, James, his wife Karen, and her two daughters, Sandra Schelzi, and Robin Miller, her husband William, and her daughter-in-law Deborah Schelzi, along with 23 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Rita White.
 
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on THURSDAY, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and interment is private. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emma’s memory to St. Anthony’s Church c/o Woburn Catholic Collaborative 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn or to the YMCA of Greater Boston Attn: Development Department 316 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on THURSDAY, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and interment is private. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emma’s memory to St. Anthony’s Church c/o Woburn Catholic Collaborative 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn or to the YMCA of Greater Boston Attn: Development Department 316 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115

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  1. The Schelzi Family, I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of the matriarch of a great Woburn family. I’ve been fortunate to have known the family for years, through hockey and my sister’s friendship with Sandra. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time. Sincerely, Bob Connolly Jr.

  2. Rita and Buddy Conlon

    Robin and all the Schelzi Family – I sang in the choir with Emma for over 30 years and I have some great memories singing and socializing with her! Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. She was so proud of all of you!

  3. Dear Schelzi family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. I have so many fun memories of “Em” over the years. She was such a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

    We hope the memories shared with your mother and the love and support of your family and friends provide you with comfort.

    Rest in peace, Emma..

    With love,

    Susan and Wally Stark and family.

  4. James and the Schelzi family very sorry to hear about Mrs.Schelzi passing I remember her telling me how active she was and that she did aerobics when she came to the gym a few times with you James and Larry years ago God bless in these grieving times. Joe & Linda Onorati

  5. Dr. Robert J. Ferullo, Ed.D

    To all of the Schelzi family: I send my sincere sympathies and condolences on the passing of a magnificent wife, mother, grandmother, and a very lengthy friend of mine and my family. She was a devoted member and benefactor of St. Anthony parish. She was a member of the choir for years. We were friends from early elementary school to most recently when I visited her in Assisted Living. She insisted on having a picture taken with me but, more importantly, she asked that we pray together. She was as bubbly and as enthusiastic as ever. I will always remember her coming down the choir stairs with a huge smile and waving to me. I will miss her! Emma: requiem en pace.

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