Family Login:

Luigi Zeraschi

Pause Best of Times by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
Share This Obituary
Message from the Family

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

Resources

Arrangements made by

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Get Directions

Profile of Gately Funeral Home

View Phone Number

Send Flowers
 Send Flowers


Memories & Candles

“Rest in peace dearest Zio. You were much loved by your sister Angela and her family. Your memory will be treasured until we meet again. Angela...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Giovanna Merolla - LONDON

“I met Luigi shortly after he began his F and Z partnership. I contracted him to do some brickwork on some houses I was building. I took an...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Gino D'Aliosio - Melrose, MA

“Lisa and family:I am deeply saddened for the loss of your beloved father. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Santa Magno and Domenica Bilotta ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Santa Magno - Stoneham, MA

“Sonia an Richard, I am so sorry for your loss.. please no I will keep you an your family in my prayers. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Maria Marinello - Lynnfield, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Sharon Stevens - Austin, TX

“We are so vey sorry in learning of Luigi's passing, our sincerest condolences.Our prayers and thoughts are with you.Renato, Diana, Bianca, Giancarlo...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Renato Guglielmotti - Family

“BobSo sorry to hear about your Dad . Didn't realize that he was ill. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Maurine Garipay - Melrose, MA

“Lisa, Joanna and I are saddened to hear about the loss of your Dad. Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. May your Dad rest in eternal...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Phyllis Ciampa - Medford, MA

“Sincere Condolances on the loss of your beloved father. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Carol and Ron Repoza - MA

“You did your job dad love you always and forever Joanne ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Joanne Chaves - MA - Family

“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 »
11 of 11 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Luigi Zeraschi of Melrose, passed away at his home on October 20, 2018, at the age of 88. Born in Bardi, Italy and raised on a farm in the Northern Mountains. Luigi served in the Italian Military and was an Altar boy until the age of 18. Separated only by a church, he married the girl next door, Rita Sidoli, from the little village of Rugarlo on July 6th, 1957. Luigi arrived in America in May of 1958, settled in the North End, and began work as a bricklayer for Grignaffini Construction in Wellesley. Luigi then in 1962 partnered with Louis Ferrari to form F & Z Construction until 1980. From there, Luigi would go on to start his own Commercial Masonry Contracting business, under the name Zeraschi and Sons, Inc.. He completed projects such as the Chelsea Trial Court, Chelsea High School, Lincoln Elementary School, and numerous other projects throughout New England. For a better family life, Luigi and Rita moved to Melrose in 1969 to raise their six children. Luigi made his passion for wine-making known to everyone he came in contact with. He was extremely proud of his many first place awards for homemade wine at the Appian Club in Stoneham, of which he was an involved member. Luigi enjoyed playing Bocce, cards, hunting, walks in the woods, and taking trips to the casinos. He looked forward to traveling to Italy each year to visit his family and friends. Most of all, Luigi loved his family, adored his grandchildren, and when everyone was together enjoying his wife's homemade Italian food with his first place wine. Luigi was loved by his family and friends and spent his last days with them gathered by his side.

Luigi was the beloved husband of 61 years to Rita (Sidoli) Zeraschi. Loving father of Silvana Zeraschi of Wakefield, Joanne Chaves & her husband Robert of Lakeville, Sandra Zeraschi of Melrose, Robert Zeraschi & his wife Ingrid of Lynnfield, Lisa Buonopane & her husband John of Melrose and Sonia Chiarella & her husband Richard of Lynnfield. Proud grandfather of Alex, Erica, Cameron, Arsenio, Eric, Michael, Marcus, Adam, Benjamin, Zachary & Olivia. Cherished great grandfather of Aiden. Caring brother of Angelina & Guiseppe and the late Louisa, Maria, Teresa, Giovanni & Stefano. Also survived by numerous nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home 79 West Foster St. Melrose, on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Entombment at the Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Everett. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Luigi's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or @ www.stjude.org/give.