Obituaries 07-25-2019

Peter Amorella

Retired Belmont School System Head Custodian

Peter L. “Sandy” Amorella of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on Friday morning, July 19 at his “happy place,” his R.V. in the Ogunquit R.V. Resort in Wells, Maine and in the loving care of his family and Hospice after a brave and courageous four year battle with Mesothelioma.  He was 79 years old.

The beloved husband of Patricia A. (Masiello) Amorella with whom he celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this past July 1, he was born in Boston in November of 1939, one of two sons of the late Patrick J. and Alda M. (Goodwin) Amorella.

He was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.  He and Pat moved to Tewksbury in 1975 to raise their family.

In his early career, he was a truck driver for Jet Air Freight company and a member of AFL-CIO Teamsters Local 25 in Boston.  He changed careers to become a custodian in the Belmont school system, and retired as Head Custodian for the system after twenty-four years of service.

Peter was active at St. William’s Church as an usher at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses.

In addition to his beloved role as husband, father and grandfather, he was also an accomplished clock collector.

Peter was predeceased by his son, Michael Amorella and his brother, John J. Amorella.

In addition to his wife, he leaves three children: Lisa Paulitzky and her husband, William of Winchendon, Michelle Moore and her husband, David of Hudson, NH and Patrick Amorella of Tewksbury; seven grandchildren: Christopher Amorella and his wife, Cathy and Alyssa Amorella and her fiancée, Kurt Carvello, all of Rhode Island, Nikki Kendall and her husband, Ryan of Winchendon, Eric Paulitzky and his wife, Jill of Leominster, Melissa Niles and her husband, Tim of Winchendon, David Moore and Jonny Moore, both of Hudson, NH; four great grandchildren: Aaron, Thomas, Chase, and Parker and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Rte. 38) Tewksbury Center, (800 in MA or 978 851 2950. Interment was private.  Kindly omit flowers. Memorials to the Shriner’s Burns Institute, Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114  visit  or York Hospital Hospice, 127 Long Sands Rd., York, ME 03909 –  For additional information visit:

Mary Frangiamone

March 14, 1924 – July 18, 2019

Mary A. Frangiamone, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away Thursday evening, July 18 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she was receiving supportive care after a sudden decline in health. She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, a daughter of the late Agostino and Dia (Cianciolo) Merlin, she began her formal education by attending Revere schools but withdrew at a young age to help support her family, working as a seamstress.  

She married Gioacchino M. “Jack” Frangiamone in the early 1940’s and began to raise her own family. During World War II, with her husband serving overseas, Mary returned to work at Chelsea Clock. After his discharge, she settled in Chelsea and devoted her life to home and family. She enjoyed preparing home cooked Italian dishes every Sunday, sewing and making clothes for her family.  

Mary was a long-time communicant and faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church. She was an active member of the Chelsea Senior Center and joined the “Empty Spools” quilting club at the center.  She rarely missed an opportunity to travel with friends from the center to Foxwoods and also enjoyed playing Bocce on Tuesdays and Bingo at St. Mary’s in Revere. She is remembered for her Italian style hospitality and her love of nature.

After 72 years of marriage, Mary was widowed with the passing of her beloved husband, Jack in 2017. She was the beloved and ever devoted mother of Donna Katzman and her husband, Elliot of Marblehead and Diane Butera and her husband, Michael of Everett; cherished grandmother of Matthew and Katie Katzman and David and Emily Katzman, all of Swampscott and cherished grandmother and best friend of Michelle Butera of Everett. She was also the adored great-grandmother of Nora, Maggie, Julia and Clara Katzman; dearly loved sister of Dorothea “Dolly” Sweet of Saugus, the late Grace Colarusso, Angelina D’Amico, Frank Merlina, Lena Romano and Agostino Merlina. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150.

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