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“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...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Carol-Jean Sheehan (Sheppard) - MA

“To our dear neighbors and friends, we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our love to all of you and your family. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Stacie and Sergio Ferreira - MA

“Morning, Mom! I just wanted you to know how much we love you and miss you❣ Please behave yourself! Love you, Karen ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Tarmey - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: John Caccivio - Family

“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...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Paula Meroski - Melrose, MA

“To the Entire Ranieri family, I'm sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Patrick O'Brien - Brighton, MA

“Aunt Claire will certainly be missed! My sincere condolences to the Ranieri and Tarmey family. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Dana Call - Windham, NH - Family

“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...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Eddie and Ellen Watson - MA

“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...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Andrea Elliott - Raymond, NH

“I will miss our overnights and our long conversations. We always found lots to talk and laugh about, especially while eating dessert. ...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Marilyn Elliott - Londonderry, NH

“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...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Mark Flint - Melrose, MA

Nana, Isabella & Pio “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...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Ranieri - Danvers, MA

“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...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Cheryl Gedziun-Crayton

“Auntie Claire, always positive and beautiful no matter what life threw at you. Sweetest angel on earth. Love, BethAnne ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: BethAnne Caccivio - Solomons, MD


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.