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Frances M. Gaeta “Auntie Frances”

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, May 11th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte 107) REVERE, for Frances M. “Auntie Frances” Gaeta, who died on Thursday,May 5th at Kindred Hospital – Boston North of Peabody, following a life-time battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, May 12th, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 10:00 a.m.

Born & raised in East Boston, the family moved to White St., in 1928. Frances was born on May 1, 1938 and always lived in the family home. She is a 1956 alumna of East Boston High School & a graduate of Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School of Boston. She began her career with Stone & Webster as a data entry clerk, & rose to the position of Supervisor & Office Manager, a position she held for over 26 years. The constant debility with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, necessitated her early retirement. As a devoted daughter, sister, “Auntie”, cousin, niece & friend, Frances would want to be remembered as a devout and faithful member of her Roman Catholic Faith & a most practicing & proud parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish of East Boston. Her legacy arrives from the extraordinary exemplars of her Mother’s family. Her Mom’s family were long-time parishioners at the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Jeffries’ Point. For years, Frances’ mother, Anna M. (Severino) was with her sisters, in the direct operation & success of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish.  Frances’ dear aunt, Rose Severino was the “bench organist” at the Church for over fifty years. Frances’ Mom, was a most gifted gown designer & custom dress-maker. Her talents, rendered many, many altar linens, & church vestments. Frances assisted her mother, always, with the sewing & final intricate detail work, necessary for the completion of the many Church linens & vestments. The Gaeta’s family of generosity was not just confined to Mt. Carmel & Sacred Heart Parishes, E. Boston but throughout the archdiocese. Many of their gifts of linens, vestments, statuary etc. still grace the altars & sanctuaries of seminaries & convents throughout the North Shore Area. Frances, inspite of her own infirmity, cared & nurtured all the family members who have passed before her.


She is the beloved daughter of the late Dante H. & Anna M. (Severino) Gaeta & the dear sister to the late, Gerard C. “Sonny”, Alessandro L. “Alec”, Carmen A. & Dante H. Gaeta, Jr. She is the cherished aunt to Nanina C. Gaeta-Coletta & her husband, Edward J. of E. Boston, Rosemary F. Murray of Revere, Alessandra Gaeta-Marrero & her husband, Miguel of Brockton, Gerard C. Gaeta of CT., Dante Gaeta & his wife, Ksenia of Salem, Ma., Regina Gaeta-Santoro & her husband, Derek of E. Boston & the late, Eugene A. Gaeta, US NAVY & Thomas P. Murray . Dear sister-in-law of Sally T. Gaeta & Martha A. Gaeta both of E. Boston & Jude Peterson-Gaeta of Maine & Florida. She is the loving Grand-Aunt to Christopher E. Coletta & his wife, Mavis of Baltimore, Maryland, Angela F. Coletta & her husband Rick Aceved of E. Boston, Elizabeth A. Gaeta-Sanders & her husband, Jason of Memphis, Tn., Kathryn R. & Rachel C. Murray, both of Revere, Gabriela D. Coletta of East Boston & the late Matthew T. Murray. She is the proud Great-Grand Aunt of Gianna, Jason & Alessandro and the most appreciative friend of Paul Verbanas of Burlington. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.




Visiting Hours

Wednesday, May 11th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Thursday, May 12th in the Church of the Sacred Heart, East Boston


Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett

Remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St. East Boston, MA 02128


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