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Gilda E. (Maffei) Santosuosso

Gilda E. (Maffei) Santosuosso

Family & friends are invited to attend a funeral mass on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 12 Noon in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, for Gilda E. (Maffei) Santosuosso, who died on Saturday, October 20th at Wingate of Reading, following a brief illness, at 99 years.  Born & raised in Revere, Mrs. Santosuosso was an alumna (Class of 1930) of Revere High School, a 1933 alumna of Leslie College, & a 1934 alumna of Salem State Teachers College.  Her major was in elementary education & spent almost forty years at the former Julia Ward Howe School, Beachmont, teaching 1st & 2nd grade.  She was a devoted & caring teacher, who took pride in her students, realizing that early development was most crucial to their developmental study habits & attitudes.  Mrs. Santosuosso spent her entire teaching career at the Julia Ward Howe School.  She is a member of the Retired Revere Teachers’ Association & the Revere Women’s Club, as well as the Anthonian Club of St. Anthony’s Parish.  She & her late husband, Benjamin C. Santosuosso, who passed in December of 1994, were devotees of St. Anthony’s Parish Community.  Although the couple were not blessed with their own biological children, they were surrogate Parents to all their nieces & nephews.  “Auntie GG” was legendary for her generosity & kindness.  She will be remembered especially for her dignity, quiet charm & absolute integrity.  She is the devoted aunt to, Rocco “Richard” Abruzzese & his wife, Lois of Medford, New Jersey, Carmen J. Lepore of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Linda F. Sorbello of Reading, MA, Anthony M. Lepore & his partner, Jeanne Cusick of Stow, MA & Linda Idone & her husband, Robert of Falmouth, MA.  She is also the loving grand-aunt of 4 grand-nieces & 6 grand-nephews, & the cherished Great-Grand aunt of 6 Great-Grand nieces & 3 Great-Grand nephews.  She also leaves many faithful cousins.  She was the dear Sister of the late, Lydia L. Lepore & Yolanda Abruzzese.  Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, Office of Mission Advancement, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135.

Services

Funeral Mass

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 12 Noon in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere.

Interment

Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, Office of Mission Advancement, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135.

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  1. Joseph Sullivan
    Oct 27 2012

    My mother, Marguerita Costanza Sullivan would speak of her cousin Gilda. My sister Paula then carries that on having had the great opportunity to meet and know her.

    My deepest sympathy to the family. With much love, Joseph Sullivan

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