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Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso

Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso
  • March 29, 1924 - April 9, 2017
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Melrose Sharing & Caring
    48 Ellis Farm Lane
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“To Mrs. Colarusso's childrenVery sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She lived across the street from me , when I was a child in the 1950's and...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy ( Alfano) Stewart - Melrose, MA

“Dear Mary , Michael ,and Family, I offer you my most sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mother. I knew her from Sharing and Caring and the...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: sheila tighe - Melrose, MA

“Phyllis was a wonderful neighbor and role model to the younger women in sharing and caring she just did it all-distinquished career, great family,...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis - MA

“My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother to you and your family. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: James Phillips - Winthrop, MA

“My sincere condolences on the lost of your love one. May happy memories of times spent with her soothe your heart. May you also find comfort in God"s...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Judith - FL

“It was an honor to meet Nana. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I send my condolences to Phyllis, Michael, Brian, Maria and Ellie ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lourdes Chávez - México

“I was saddened to hear of Phyliss' passing. I enjoyed her very much when she was at Newbridge. God Bless! ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Paula Colantuno

“Phyllis was a dear neighbor and dearer friend to my late wife Linda and me. We became family at the Melrose Towers over the years. Not to mention...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Bob Snow - Melrose, MA - Friend

“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 »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately, and Fred Sprague


Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso, 93, passed away peacefully at Merrimac Valley Hospice House on April 9th. Born on March 29, 1924 she was one of six children of the late Gennie and Ralph Guerriero of East Boston. After graduating from East Boston High School, Phyllis joined the U.S. Marine Corps. She was stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco. Phyllis was very proud of her service and looked back on her time as a "BAM" with much fondness. After WWII ended, she returned home and met her future husband, Joseph J. Colarusso at a ballroom on Revere Beach. They were married in 1948. She moved to her beloved home on Lincoln St. in Melrose in 1959.

Phyllis was a founding member of Melrose Sharing & Caring (SAC), an organization that helps to support special needs children. She greatly enjoyed the monthly bowling outings with the kids and the yearly fashion show, which helped to raise funds. She was also active in Incarnation Parish.

Her husband, Joseph, predeceased her in 1989. She was also predeceased by her siblings Nicholas Guerriero of Medford, Louis Guerriero of East Boston, Emily Guerriero of East Boston, and Sally Guarnera of West Palm Beach. She is survived by her youngest brother and his wife, Ralph Guerriero & Henrietta of Mansfield, her brother-in-law Salvatore Guarnera of West Palm Beach as well as her son, Michael Colarusso and his wife Mary, of Charleston, S.C., her daughter Eleanor Belanger and her husband Vincent of Coronado, CA, and her daughter Phyllis Nolan and her husband Peter, of West Newbury. She also has six grandchildren, Jonathan Colarusso of Charleston, S.C., Brian Colarusso & his wife Maria of Haverhill, Mia Smith and her husband Andrew of Charleston, S.C., Joseph Nolan of W. Newbury, Juliette Nolan of Portland, OR, and Michael Nolan of W. Newbury. She also has three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family is greatly appreciative of the care & kindness given to Phyllis by the staff of New Bridge on the Charles Memory Care Assisted Living, Holy Family Hospital, and the Merrimac Valley Hospice Home.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose. A Funeral Mass will be held at Incarnation Church immediately following the visitation at 11 AM. Burial at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Melrose Sharing & Caring, 48 Ellis Farm Lane, Melrose, MA 02176.