Skip to content

Lee O. (Casiello) Forgione

Family & friends are invited to attend a visitation on Tuesday, August 8th beginning at 9:00 a.m. thru 10:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), REVERE for Lee O. (Casiello) Forgione, who died on Thursday, August 3rd at Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center of Medford, following a brief illness. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 :00 a.m. in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 45 Brooks St., EAST BOSTON, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Born & raised in East Boston, Lee was an alumna of East Boston High School, Class of 1937. She lived in East Boston until 1957, when she & her family moved to Chelsea, for over 40 years. Her beloved and faithful husband, Robert A. Forgione passed on November 24th, 1994. In 1997, Lee moved to the Riverside Apartments for Seniors of Medford, where she remained until becoming a resident of Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center, a year ago. At the Kraft Apartments for the Elderly-Seniors in Chelsea, she began her career as an advocate for the elderly & for the justice due them. She was the President of the Residents’ Advocacy Organization in Chelsea & later at Riverside Apartments of Medford. Over the years, Lee helped secure excellent living & recreational advantages for seniors in Chelsea & Medford. She was the recipient of several awards from the governments of Chelsea & Medford for her contribution & work for seniors. Her family agree that the zeal at which she crusaded was the true reason for her longevity. She would have celebrated her 98th birthday this coming November 23, 2017.

She is the dear cherished mother of Robert A. Forgione, Jr. & his wife Joan L. of New Orleans, LA.  She is the beloved & proud grandmother of Robert A. Forgione, III & his wife Rosylene of Swampscott & Leanne M. Forgione of Marblehead. She was the dear sister of the late; Agnes L. Marandola, Vera LaCorrazza, Jennie Barbaro, Louise King, Elena Dittmer & John, Albert, Angelo, Joseph & Samuel Casiello. She is also lovingly by many caring & devoted nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews. While still a resident of Chelsea, and on a visit with Lee, she was asked exactly what she did in her organization for the seniors, she replied “I work hard, very hard for these folks, after all,  some of them have no one & nothing. So you could say I am passionate in my work for the elderly seniors and for the justice due them.” Lee was a woman of faith and grace, so referring to the Bible, particularly; Book of Proverbs- A Valiant Woman “… Praise her for the many fine things she does. Give her a share in what her hands have worked for and let her works tell her praises at the City Gates.”


Services

Visiting Hours

Tuesday, August 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Funeral Mass

Tuesday, August 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of the Sacred Heart, East Boston

Interment

Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

Return to Obituaries
  1. Dianne (Casiello) Dellanno
    Aug 7 2017

    Bobby and family –

    So sorry to hear of Auntie Lee’s passing. Such an amazing and strong woman. I would often think about her with great fondness as my dad (Sonny) would visit with her often when he was alive. She did so much for her community and was a true trailblazer. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Phyllis Colella
    Aug 7 2017

    Bobby and family

    I as so sad to here that Auntie Lee passed she amazing woman whom I admired . I am unable to attend the services as I just learned the sad news today . My condolences to you and your family just know she is reuniting with your Dad and all her family that she loved and missed

  3. Candice Feldman
    Aug 6 2017

    Bobby and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing, loving woman…to the very end.
    My condolences,
    Candi

  4. Candice Feldman
    Aug 6 2017

    Auntie Lee,
    Life made us friends…Love made us “Aunt” and “Niece”. You will be missed forever.
    Know that I will collect all the pennies you send from Heaven.
    Till we meet again.(Nous qu’une partie se r’eunir
    ‘a nouveau).
    Bobby and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing, loving woman…to the very end.
    My condolences,
    Candi

Send your condolences.

(required)
(required)

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published or shared.

To all our families, friends, and residents of Revere, East Boston, and surrounding communities of the North Shore,

We would like to announce that after 37 years of caring for thousands of families at our 773 Broadway location, on January 31st, 2023 we will be officially RELOCATING, to our new location at 262 Beach St., Revere.
On September 30th, 2022, we proudly purchased the Vazza “Beechwood” Funeral Home – DiPietro and Vazza, Inc. A name that has served families for 102 years. We feel blessed that with all of the interest, the Vazza Family chose us to carry on their century old business and family name. We will become Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals. We will continue to honor the Vazza name and continue our commitment the same way that we always have. We also look forward to having both Louis Vazza and Jessica Vazza Ferragamo alongside of us, as we come together as one.
Our reputation has always been our biggest asset. For many years people always wanted us to have a larger facility, now our facility is the largest funeral home in the area. We will be making many beautiful upgrades to allow our families to have the most elegant facility to honor their loved one.
Although this announcement is bittersweet, as we say goodbye to our home, we are forever grateful for all of you for placing your constant faith and trust in us to care for your loved one. We will continue to do what we are best known for.
Thank you for your friendship and continued support.
God bless you all.
Faithfully,

Your friends at Vertuccio Smith and Vazza.

To all our families, friends, and residents of Revere, East Boston, and surrounding communities of the North Shore,

We would like to announce that after 37 years of caring for thousands of families at our 773 Broadway location, on January 31st, 2023 we will be officially RELOCATING, to our new location at 262 Beach St., Revere.

On September 30th, 2022, we proudly purchased the Vazza “Beechwood” Funeral Home – DiPietro and Vazza, Inc. A name that has served families for 102 years. We feel blessed that with all of the interest, the Vazza Family chose us to carry on their century old business and family name. We will become Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals. We will continue to honor the Vazza name and continue our commitment the same way that we always have. We also look forward to having both Louis Vazza and Jessica Vazza Ferragamo alongside of us, as we come together as one.

Our reputation has always been our biggest asset. For many years people always wanted us to have a larger facility, now our facility is the largest funeral home in the area. We will be making many beautiful upgrades to allow our families to have the most elegant facility to honor their loved one.

Although this announcement is bittersweet, as we say goodbye to our home, we are forever grateful for all of you for placing your constant faith and trust in us to care for your loved one. We will continue to do what we are best known for.

Thank you for your friendship and continued support.

God bless you all.

Faithfully,

Your friends at Vertuccio Smith and Vazza.