July 2, 1947 – July 30, 2022
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Rose Church in Chelsea on Wednesday for Rita M. (Guidi) Pezzuto followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Rita passed away on Saturday, July 30 after living courageously with cancer for the past eight months. She was 75 years of age. Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved daughter of the late Elviro and Gertrude (Murray) Guidi.
Rita attended St. Rose School in Chelsea and received two master’s degrees in education and administration from Salem State College. She was a longtime resident of Dennisport and the Inlets at Nokomis, FL. and a past resident of Revere and Melrose.
She was married to Richard A. Pezzuto and they marked their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 2.
Rita began her teaching career in Chelsea at the Shurtleff and Williams Schools and she was also a school guidance counselor while in Chelsea. She was the principal of the Perley Elementary School in Georgetown from 1992 until 2004. During her tenure at the Perley, she was instrumental in the school achieving a National Blue-Ribbon Award and was honored by President Clinton at the White House for her accomplishment.
Rita was very active with community in Inlets, establishing the Reading Club, organizing Mahjong and many activities there.
In addition to her parents, Rita was also predeceased by her two sisters and their husbands; Elaine and Robert Sullivan and Esther and Stephen Lasota. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Richard A. Pezzuto. She was the devoted mother of Marc Pezzuto and his wife, Amanda of Westwood, Rachel Pezzuto of Peabody and Andrea Greeley and her husband, Eddie of Wakefield; cherished grandmother of Ryan, Reese, and Elle Pezzuto, RJ Pezzuto, Kian, Khloe and Macie Greeley; dear sister of Paul Guidi of Palm Springs, CA and James Guidi and his wife, Deborah of Lynn. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home.
To sign her online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFH.com.