Published in the June 3, 2016 edition

Helen-Palano-obit-6-3-16-webBOSTON — Helen P. (Limone) Palano, 82, passed away suddenly at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, on May 30.

Helen was born in Boston on Aug. 12, 1933 to the late Peter and Antonia (Lombardo) Limone. Helen was raised in the West End of Boston, graduated from Girls High in Boston and has been a resident of Melrose for the past 57 years. Mrs. Palano started out working in the courthouse in Boston, then as a hairdresser and moved into retail clothing sales. She worked at Classic Kids store in Melrose and then at the Alano Dress Shop in Melrose.

Helen loved Melrose, spending time in Melrose Square and helping the people in Melrose. Mrs. Palano loved to clean; shop for family members and friends; cooking; baking and knitting. She was a member of the Melrose Sons of Italy and in recent years enjoyed spending time at the Milano Senior Center. Helen also enjoyed going on cruises.

She was beloved wife of the late Charles S. Palano. She was the loving mother of Katherine Ruggiero and her husband Paul of Wilmington and Annette DiFilippo and her husband Robert of Revere. She was the proud grandmother of Paul Jason Ruggiero and his girlfriend Lisa Terranova; Jenna Marinello and her husband Louis and Taryn and Kyle DiFilippo. She was the caring sister of Connie Athanas; Rose Balesteri; Lena Fortunato; Carmella Scott; Peter Limone and his wife Olympia; the late Joseph Limone and his wife Laura; and the late Josephine Micale, Mary Bramante, Salvatore, James, Roy and Frank Limone. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Family and friends gathered at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose, on Thursday, June 2, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church, Herbert Street, Melrose. Burial took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ALS, 315 Norwood Park S., First Floor, Norwood MA 02062 or To leave an online message of condolence, please visit