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Gilda P. (Lanzilli) Perrone
  • In lieu of flowers, the Perrone family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    220 N. Main St.
    Natick, MA 01760
  • In lieu of flowers, the Perrone family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
    20 Burlington Mall Rd. #261
    Burlington, MA 01803

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“You are in a better place filled with loved ones and looking over the rest of us. You are a great Aunt and friend. You are missed every dayGood bye...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Paul Catalogna - Melrose, MA

“Catalogna Brothers so sorry for your loss, just hearing about Gilda today, always remember her being so nice to us when we visited her and your mom...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Maria Doherty - Wilmington, MA

“GILDA was intellectually curious, musically talented, well-read, and had a great since of humor. Thanks for being my friend. God Bless ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Ellen Corcoran - E Falmouth, MA

“My auntie had a fun life. We will miss her.She will be playing the drums again. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Mark Catalogna - Rockport, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Gilda P. Perrone passed away on her birthday at the Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester on August 5, 2019. She was 90 years of age. Gilda was born in Boston on August 5, 1929 to the late Peter & Josephine (Ciabburi) Lanzilli. She was raised in Somerville, graduated from Somerville High School in 1947 and lived there for many years. Mrs. Perrone and her late husband John moved to Melrose in 1965 and she has been a resident ever since.

Gilda worked in the data entry department for Boston Edison and then at IBM for many years. Mrs. Perrone was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose, a great cook and enjoyed traveling with her late husband John to Mexico, Europe and other locations. Gilda was also a lover of music and a talented drummer. In the 1950's and the 1960's she was the drummer in an all girl band travelling to New Orleans, New York and locally in Boston playing Jazz and Big Band Music. But above all else she absolutely loved her family and enjoyed many great times together.

Gilda was the beloved wife of 51 years to the late John F. Perrone. Loving sister of Phyllis Catalogna and the late Basilio Lanzilli & Rose Lanzilli. Loving aunt and caring family member to many. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 8:30-10:00AM, followed by a Funeral Service at the funeral home at 10:00AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made in Gilda's name to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N. Main St. #104, Natick, MA 01760 or to Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, 20 Burlington Mall Rd. # 261, Burlington, MA 01803.