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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.”


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


Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

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  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,

  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,

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