Published in the September 25, 2015 edition
Adeline, lovingly known as “Addie” was born in East Boston and was one of three children of the late Walter F. and Julia (Mazzarino) Lally. She spent her childhood in the Orient Heights section of East Boston, and at age 11 moved to Melrose, where she graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1961. Addie was the oldest of three and enjoyed summers with her parents and siblings in Westford and later at Humarock Beach in Scituate.
On Sept. 17, 1972, she married Edward W. Thistle, settling in Andover to have three children, Edward, Todd and Courtney. Family was the center of Addie’s life and she cherished any time spent with her children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins. She kept herself busy providing a loving home for her children and grandchildren. Always sociable and outgoing, Addie was a regular host for lively family gatherings and had an open door and plenty of food for her family and friends.
In her free time, she enjoyed vacationing in Aruba or Florida with her husband Eddie. She was a shopping lover, and often found herself redecorating the house after a day of shopping. Addie was very generous, caring, loved talking to people and always thought it was better to give than to receive. She would go browsing for a bargain at the mall and would always find a reason to buy a gift for someone she loved. She will be forever remembered and her kind and loving spirit will live on in the hearts of her family.
Addie was the beloved wife of Edward W. Thistle, with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Edward S. Thistle of Middleton, Todd T. Thistle of Middleton and Courtney J. Thistle of West Peabody. She was the loving sister of Paula O’Brien of Haverhill and Robert Lally of Andover. She was the cherished “Nanny” of Piper Blazonis and Jake Thistle. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends gathered in honor of Addie’s life during visiting hours at Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and again on Thursday morning for her funeral service. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.
Gifts in memory of Addie to support cancer research and patient care may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. For directions or online tribute visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.