Rita L. Masciarelli, 91, Longtime Registered Nurse
Fitchburg: Rita L. (Danahey) Masciarelli, 91, died Thursday morning in her residence at the Gables in Fitchburg, after a long illness.
Her husband of 49 years, Henry J. Masciarelli, died in January of 1998.
She leaves two sons, John F. Masciarelli and his wife Deborah of Fitchburg and Richard D. Masciarelli and his wife Irene of Leominster; four grandchildren, Melissa Masciarelli Stephens and her husband Grant of Tarpon Springs, FL, Patricia Masciarelli Galley and her husband Noah of Ludlow, VT, David M. Masciarelli and his wife Jessica of Clayton, NC and Angela McKenzie and her husband Derek of Brooklyn, NY; two great-grandchildren, Vincent and Julia Masciarelli of Clayton, NC; one aunt, Alice Morris of Gardner; in-laws, William and Barbara Masciarelli of Hudson, MA and Gloria Upham of Framingham, MA: and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rita was a Registered Nurse for many years and worked for the late Dr. John Cummings for 21 years, retiring in 1985.
She was a longtime member of St. Bernard Parish in Fitchburg and the Embroiders' Guild of America and the American Needlepoint Guild. She was a 1944 graduate of Murdock High School in Winchendon and a 1948 graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing. She was a former member of the Friends of the Eagle House of Lunenburg, Friends of Coggshall Park, Friends of the Ritter Library, Friends of the Fitchburg Public Library and the Irish American Association.
She was born in Winchendon, MA on April 21, 1926, an only child of the late Frederick and Louise E. (Bourgault) Danahey and moved to Fitchburg with her husband in 1948. In 1993 she moved to Lunenburg, returning to Fitchburg to live at the Gables 4 years ago.
Her funeral will be held on Monday, August 7, 2017, from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water St., Fitchburg, with a mass at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus Church, 333 Mechanic St., Fitchburg, MA.
Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery, Fitchburg.
Calling hours at the funeral home are on Sunday, August 6, from 4 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus Church Restoration Fund, 333 Mechanic St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 or to the Sisters of the Presentation Retirement Fund, 99 Church St., Leominster, MA 01453 or may be left at the funeral home.
Please visit www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
John F. Masciarelli and Walter C. Taylor, Funeral Directors
Sunday, August 06, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Smith - Mallahy - Masciarelli FH - Fitchburg
243 Water Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
Monday, August 07, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Bernard's Parish @ St. Camillus Church
333 Mechanic St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420
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