Claire L. (Elliott) Ranieri

  • Born: September 7, 1932
  • Died: May 16, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Claire by adding your memories and photos.

Claire L. (Elliott) Ranieri, of Melrose, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on May 16, 2020 at the age of 87. Claire was born in Medford, raised her family in Cambridge before moving to Stoneham and then Melrose.

Claire was the loving wife of the late Felice "Phil" Ranieri. Devoted mother of Karen E. Tarmey & her husband Michael, Philip P. Ranieri, all of Melrose, Timothy J. Ranieri & his wife Karen of Danvers and the late Diana M. Ranieri. Cherished grandmother of Cara & Sofia Tarmey and Isabella & Pio Ranieri. Caring sister of the late Joseph Elliott and his wife Marilyn and the late Mary Caccivio. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Claire was devoted to her family. Her children were her world even when tragedy hit. She loved her family adventures including trips to their hunting camp in Maine, cruises to Alaska , Grand Cayman and Bermuda, trips to Walt Disney World even as recent as September 2019. Family events were always special including Christmas Eve, birthday celebrations and impromptu gatherings. Claire loved the library, reading a book a day. Also she so enjoyed knitting; making hats, mittens and sweaters for her children and then her grandchildren. Those who knew her truly enjoyed her conversations, sass and spunk.

For the last 14 years, she was a front row fixture at the St Mary's 9:30 Mass with her family.

The private family graveside service on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:00AM will be live streamed on the Gately Funeral Home Facebook Page for those wishing to view it. The Ranieri family will be inviting all of Claire's relatives & friends to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church in Melrose with a reception to follow at a time and date that will be announced once the current restrictions have been lifted.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made payable to Cambridge Recreation/ Special Needs.
Mailed to:
The Cambridge Program
c/o David A. Tynes
114 Pine St., Cambridge, MA 02139.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Karen, Philip, Tim and families,

I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Ranieri's passing. She was a person who really made a difference in so many lives. Our Monday night Girl Scout meetings were a safe harbor from the storms in our home lives. Trips to the International Fair, camping and award ceremonies. Even as I became an adult, she remained a person I thought of often with a smile. Every time I hear someone snap their gum, I hear her admonishment to stop snapping your gum. Not many people today can lay claim to positively changing so many lives. Love, Prayers and Happy Memories.

Posted by Carol-Jean Sheehan (Sheppard) - Reading via Cambridge, MA - Family Friend   May 26, 2020

To our dear neighbors and friends, we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our love to all of you and your family.

Posted by Stacie and Sergio Ferreira - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   May 22, 2020

Morning, Mom!
I just wanted you to know how much we love you and miss you❣ Please behave yourself!
Love you, Karen

Posted by Karen Tarmey - Melrose, MA - Daughter   May 22, 2020

Aunt Claire - thanks for being a guiding light for me and coming into my life. I will miss our conversations and the unconditional love you showed me, Anna, David and Ashleigh. I'll always remember your trip to visit us in Hawaii and drinking mai tai's! Love John

Posted by John Caccivio - Family   May 21, 2020

Karen, Mike, Cara and Sofia , and Phillip , I'm so very sorry for your loss. Claire was a very special lady ! She was such a wonderful grandma to The girls. Always present at everything with a smile. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May she Rest In Peace

Posted by Paula Meroski - Melrose, MA - Friend   May 21, 2020

To the Entire Ranieri family, I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by Patrick O'Brien - Brighton, MA   May 21, 2020

Aunt Claire will certainly be missed! My sincere condolences to the Ranieri and Tarmey family.

Posted by Dana Call - Windham, NH - Family   May 20, 2020

Dear Ranieri and Tarmey family, We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mom and will miss seeing her at Philip's performances and events.

We were looking through all the beautiful photos you posted of her and the family. It's evident in each one that the love she had for all of you brought her great joy. May her memory be a blessing.

Love the Watsons

Posted by Eddie and Ellen Watson - Cambridge, MA - Family Friend   May 20, 2020

Auntie Claire you were such a special part of my life. Growing up watching you and my dad making us laugh, spending time listening to your memories at family events, and the way you treated my daughter Grace so lovingly. She misses you as I do. We will always be grateful for the love, laughter and joy you brought us. I could always see my dad in you. Blessings to you and your wonderful family. I love how you have a piece of my heart.

Posted by Andrea Elliott - Raymond, NH - Family   May 19, 2020

I will miss our overnights and our long conversations. We always found lots to talk and laugh about, especially while eating dessert. We've been part of each other's lives for so many years - I love you and will miss you so much

Posted by Marilyn Elliott - Londonderry, NH - Family   May 19, 2020

Rest in peace, dear Claire. I am so grateful for all of our chats. I will miss your delightful sense of humor, especially at the expense of your son-in-law! By the way, someone I know who is also a Disney enthusiast like you is nearby. Look her up and enjoy the ride together!
May the angels lead you into paradise, may the martyrs greet you at your arrival, and lead you into the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.

Posted by Mark Flint - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   May 18, 2020

I hadn't laughed till I choked so much since college, then I met you and Papa. From the 20-pound coat box of J.Pace salami & cheese under the Christmas tree, to baking, making ravioli, Easter clothes shopping trips with 4 grandies, sledding down the down of the house in Stoneham, and planting in spring... moments and memories to cherish.

Miss you Mum.


Posted by Karen Ranieri - Danvers, MA - Family   May 18, 2020

I will always remember Your Mom as being, kind, friendly and full of life. Our Moms were friends, way back when we grew up on Pearl Street. May memories warm your hearts and bring a smile.....God Bless All of You during the difficult days ahead.

Posted by Cheryl Gedziun-Crayton    May 18, 2020

Auntie Claire, always positive and beautiful no matter what life threw at you. Sweetest angel on earth. Love, BethAnne

Posted by BethAnne Caccivio - Solomons, MD - Family   May 17, 2020

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