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SHELZI, Rita A. (Lopardo) Of Reading, formerly of Worcester, Passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on August 11, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Louis A. Shelzi. Devoted mother of Louis A. Shelzi, Jr. and his wife Mary Ellen of Orange, NH; Marybeth S. Hood and her husband Stephen of Franklin. Cherished sister of Domenic Lopardo and his wife Lisa of W. Boylston and the late Mary Paladino, Michael and Louis Lopardo. Sister in-law of Mary Errichetti of Woburn; Ann White of Burlington, and Emma Schelzi of Woburn. Loving grandmother of Marcello and Alaina Shelzi; Andrew and Emily Hood and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home 25 Sanborn St. (corner of Woburn St.) READING, on Saturday, August 16 at 8:00 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading, at 9:00 am. Burial to follow in Charles Lawn Cemetery, Reading. Funeral Home visiting hours Friday from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Contributions in memory of Rita can be made online at www.lahey.org/makeagift or Checks payable to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center "in support of Sophia Gordon Cancer Center" can be mailed to Office of Philanthropy, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.For directions and on line guest book visit

Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 13, 2014
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