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Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna
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  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    220 N. Main St.
    Natick, MA 01760
  • Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
    20 Burlington Mall Rd. #261
    Burlington, MA 01803
  • Susan G. Komen New England
    2000 Commonwealth Avenue Suite 205
    Auburndale, MA 02466

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“Dear Paul and Family, I would like to offer you my sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mother. May she rest in peace. Respectfully, Sheila Tighe ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“Phyllis was a wonderful woman. Always greeted you with a hug and a kiss. Will miss her dearly❤ ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: JoyceXAycA Sasso - Billerica, MA

“John, Paul, Mark and families - We are so sorry to hear about Auntie Phyllis. I have so many wonderful memories of times at the house in Somerville...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Cathy McMullen - The Villages, FL

“Thank you Mom for everything. We had your guidance for a long time just wish it was a little longer. But all in all you "did it Louie".Your loving...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: John Catalogna - Reading, MA

“My sympathy. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: George Hickey - Stoneham, MA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: KEN AND DONNA CAMPBELL - MELROSE, MA

“MomYou are our inspiration and guiding light to help us navigate through life and you taught us to also have some fun along the wayWe will miss you...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Paul Catalogna - Melrose, 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 »
8 of 8 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


. Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna passed away at Windsor Place in Wilmington on August 10, 2019 at the age of 98. She was born in East Boston on July 4, 1921 to the late Peter & Josephine (Ciabburi) Lanzilli. Phyllis was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1938. Prior to her marriage to Vincent Phyllis worked in the payroll department at Filenes and knew Mr. Filenes personally.

She lived in Somerville for many years and then all over the country in California, Florida, North Carolina, Washington DC and several other states due to her husband job with the Department of Defense. After raising her children Phyllis worked as a bookkeeper for a local nursing home and a local plumbing business.

Mrs. Catalogna and her late husband Vincent loved to travel all over Europe, Italy and taking extended cruisers all over the Mediterranean. She was a great cook and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Phyllis was the beloved wife of the late Vincent A. Catalogna. Loving mother of John Catalogna & his wife Claire of Reading, Paul Catalogna & his wife Elaine of Melrose and Mark Catalogna & his wife Susan of Rockport. Caring sister of the late Gilda Perrone, Basilio Lanzilli & Rose Lanzilli. Also survived by 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 8:30-11:00AM. Followed by a Funeral Service at the Gately Funeral Home at 11:00AM. Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis'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 or Breast Cancer Awareness, Susan G. Komen Fund New England, 2000 Commonwealth Avenue Suite 205, Auburndale, MA 02466.