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MARGUERITE "RUTH" (REARDON) CASTELLI

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MARGUERITE "RUTH" (REARDON) CASTELLI Obituary
CASTELLI, Marguerite "Ruth" (Reardon) 89, in Concord, NH, of Arlington, Mass, died February 25, 2012. Born in Boston, Mass December 24, 1922, the daughter of John and Marguerite (Higgins) Reardon. Ruth lost her father at the age of 13 during the depression. The family then lost everything including their home to the economic ravages of those times. Her mother moved into an apartment, taught special needs children in the Boston school system and raised her six children. The experiences of those early years contributed to forming the bedrock of Ruth's commitment to family, faith, and a belief in the importance of perseverance and hard work. Ruth was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She communicated her strong faith and values to her children, grandchildren and others in a gentle, dignified and intelligent manner. Ruth was a devout Catholic and a long time member of St. James Parish and St. Camillus Parish in Arlington, Mass. Her Aunt Alice, Sister Elizabeth, was one of the founding nuns at the Discalced Carmelite Nuns Monastery in Danvers, Mass and Ruth held them in great esteem and affection throughout her life. Ruth was a life long learner and lover of education. She was a graduate of Newton High School in l940. At 64, she achieved her dream of a college education which had been delayed by the depression and the demands of raising her own family, earning her Bachelor of Arts in English with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Ruth was active in her community. For many years, she volunteered at Rosie's Place in Boston, serving meals to poor and homeless women and children. Until her age and health intervened, Ruth delivered Meals on Wheels to home bound seniors. Ruth was a creative person and enjoyed painting, knitting and many other pursuits. She took great pleasure in visiting exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts and attending the Boston Symphony with family and friends. Ruth enjoyed traveling and was a lover of all things Irish. Ruth was predeceased by her loving husband, John P. Castelli in 2006 and by her five sisters and brothers: Elizabeth (Lib) Rodgers, John (Jack) Reardon, William (Bill) Reardon, Marie Therese (Reze) Hart and Eileen Reardon. Ruth is survived by her loving children: Ruth and her husband Glen Moon of Haydenville, Mass; Joseph Castelli of Lexington, Mass; Mary Castelli and her husband Gary Palmer of Chichester, NH; and John and his wife Amelia Castelli of Lafayette, CA. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Katelyn, Jessica and Rose Palmer; Valerie and Gabriel Moon; and Michael and Joseph Castelli and by her many nieces and nephews. Funeral From The DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Avenue ARLINGTON Thursday morning at 8:00 followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:00 in St. Camillus Church. Interment to follow Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visiting on Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Nuns of Danvers Carmel, 15 Mt. Carmel, Rd, Danvers, MA or Rosie's Kitchen, 889 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 27, 2012
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