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Romeo Joseph Gallese

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Romeo Joseph Gallese, 91, of 273 Houghton St., died Oct. 8, 2003 at his home. He was born in North Adams, on Feb. 9, 1912 a son of the late Angelo Gallese and Rose (Boschetti) Gallese. He attended schools in North Adams including the former St. Joseph’s Parochial School.

He was a veteran of W.W. II serving with the U.S. Army as a sergeant with the Military Police Company Service Command Unit #1114.

He was decorated with the American Camp Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the W.W. II Victory Medal.

He was employed at the former Cramer Market in North Adams for a short time until he established and became the owner and operator of the Romeo Gallese Homemade Italian Sausage Market in North Adams, retiring in the 1970s.

He was a former member of the Northern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and was a longtime communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church in North Adams. His wife Pauline N. (Wittig) Gallese, whom he married Nov. 9, 1944 in St. Thomas Church in Adams, died Oct. 30, 2002.

Survivors include four sons: Paul D. Gallese and his wife Liz of Wellesley, Thomas R. Gallese and his wife Carol of Southington, Conn., Robert A. Gallese and his wife Karen of Pownal, Vt. and Michael J. Gallese of North Adams; 11 grandchildren Edmond, Amy, Joseph, Cassandra, Allison, Andrew, Anna, Kaitlin, Nicole, Kevin and Brian Gallese; one sister, Josephine Gallese of North Adams. He was predeceased by two sisters and four brothers: Jilda Gallese, Mary Gallese, Henry Gallese, Arthur Gallese, John Gallese and Alfred Gallese.

Funeral services for Romeo Joseph Gallese will take place Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montaga Home for Funerals, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, North Adams.

Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery.

There are no calling hours. Memorial donations are suggested for the St. Anthony Padua Church Fund through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, 74 Marshall St. North Adams.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 10, 2003
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