Published in the October 28, 2016 edition
Antoniella was born on Feb. 21, 1935 in Grottaminarda, Italy to the late Gennaro and Nicolina (Petrillo) Schena. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 30, and lived in East Boston before moving to Melrose in 1973. Antoniella was a devoted wife, mother and “Nonna” who cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. She worked as a seamstress for most her life and for many years at L.R. Moulton and Company in Melrose making custom draperies.
Antoniella loved cooking, sewing, gardening and entertaining. She and her husband enjoyed taking trips to New Hampshire and Florida and occasionally traveling back to Italy to visit family. She was a longtime member of St. Mary Church, who attended weekly Sunday Mass with friends. Antoniella always had a smile on her face and will be remembered for her genuine nature, kindness and patient demeanor.
She was the beloved wife of Michele Pascuccio for 53 years. She was the loving mother of Tommaso Pascuccio and his wife Annette of Lynnfield; Antonio Pascuccio and his wife Kathy of Middleton and Rosanna Fogarty and her husband Brian of Melrose. She was the cherished Nonna of Michael, Julianna, Thomas, Adrianna, Brian and Christian. She was the caring sister of Carmelina Vitale, Raffaele Schena, Antonio Schena and Maria Schena. She is also survived by many relatives, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home was on Thursday, Oct. 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church, Herbert Street, Melrose. Entombment took place in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Mary Church, 46 Myrtle St., Melrose MA 02176. For directions and to sign an online condolence, visit www.gatelyfh.com.