Led a long and happy life
Angelo M. Calabrese, April 28, 1919 – April 12, 2011, died on April 12 after a long and happy life that was centered around his family and friends. He was 91 years and 11½ months old.
He was married to Teresa (Tirone) and the couple celebrated their 66th anniversary on April 8.
He was born in the North End and lived in East Boston and on Sumner St in Dorchester. He and Teresa permanently retired to Florida in 1980 and spent summers in Dorchester, then Weymouth, until 2006. They recently moved to Maryland to be near their daughter, Joanne, and son-in-law, Bill.
He joined the US Army in 1938 and planned a military career, but was honorably discharged in 1943 due to service-related medical issues. He was a printer at Burroughs (now Honeywell) in Saugus until the plant relocated to Connecticut. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk supervisor at the Roxbury Post Office until his retirement in 1980. During this time, he also managed his wife’s business, Teresa’s Beauty Salon on Columbia Rd, Dorchester.
He and Teresa had an active retirement life at the Mainlands senior community in Pinellas Park, FL, where they made many friends and enjoyed old friendships with other Bostonians who relocated to that area. He was active in the Mainlands Men’s Club and he took much pleasure in his lake-view home by Freedom Lake Park.
The couple lived in Florida until March of 2010 when they moved to Harmony Hall (an assisted living facility) in Columbia, Maryland.
Angelo and Teresa enjoyed the nightclubs of Boston, especially Blinstrub’s. On Angelo’s last day of life, Jerry Vale and Connie Francis music played in the background. They traveled extensively to Miami, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, Hawaii, and Greece/Turkey (for their 50th Anniversary). They enjoyed numerous cruises and frequented various New England resorts – the Elms, the Concord, and the Beacon – always with their large circle of Italian friends and relatives.
Mr. Calabrese leaves his wife, Teresa, and three surviving children: Joanne of Clarksville, MD, and her husband, William Serelis, Charles of Newport, RI and Paul of Cancun, Mexico; four grandchildren: Paul Michael, Charles Angelo, Angelo, and Pamela; and a great granddaughter, Sophia. His daughter, Mary Grace Queally (1952 to1974) and beloved dog, Midnight, predeceased him.
His parents Giuseppina (Josephine) Bastile (1899 to2001) and Calogero (Charles) Calabrese (1889 to1981) immigrated from Sicily and married in 1916. His brothers George (1917 to1992) and Salvatore (1927 to 2000), and sisters Grazia (1927 to1929) and Gaetana (1922 to1939) predeceased him. He leaves many nieces and nephews who still reside in Massachusetts.
He will be remembered as a caring husband and devoted father. His family was his most valued gift in life. His famous introductory line was “they used to call me curly”. He loved to eat and his favorites were pasta, Sicilian pizza, and jelly donuts. And above all, he loved Teresa, his wife of 66 years.
Private services were held in Maryland. Tributes to his memory can be posted and read at www.angelocalabrese.com. Donations to Gilchrist Hospice Center of Howard County or sympathy cards can be sent to the family at: Remembering Angelo Calabrese, 7299 Meadow Wood Way, Clarksville MD, 21029.
Of Jamaica Plain, formerly of the North End
Jo-Anne F. (Giuliana) Palomba of Jamaica Plain, formerly of the North End, died on April 6.
She was the beloved wife of Remo R. Palomba; loving mother of Susan E. Sweeney and her husband, Charles, of Jamaica Plain, Cheryl Palomba Giddings of Milton and her partner, Ruben Carrizosa; sister of Elena Dunlop and Florence Kiggins; grandmother of Joanna, Nicole, Giuliana and Allegra; great grandmother of Geneva and the late Charles. She is also survived by her son in law Rob Giddings, as well as many nieces, nephews, loving family and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Brady & Fallon Funeral Home, Jamaica Plain. Burial was in the Gardens of Gethsemane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace and Hope Mission, 1900 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02119-1047. For information and online condolences www.bradyfallon.com