Had a love for music, the arts and literature

MELROSE — Kathleen Mary Arcovio, nee Giddings, 77, of Melrose, formerly of Revere (Beachmont) and East Boston passed away on March 7, 2023, after a valiant battle with cancer and heart disease.

Kathleen was born on October 23, 1945 to Frederick and Lucille Giddings in Everett. Younger sister to the late Lucinda Ann Lanzilli, formerly Giddings.

After graduating from Revere High School, Kathleen went on to study accounting at Fisher College in Boston. Upon graduation, Kathleen landed her first job at American Airlines. She loved to share the stories of her travels and of her 66’ Red Mustang convertible.

In 1973, she married the late Joseph Arcovio after his return from honorable service in the United States Navy during Viet Nam.

In 1975, they welcomed their only son, Matthew Giddings Arcovio, to this world.

Later in life she worked for the Boston Conservatory of Music as a payroll administrator, helping to support budding artists and musicians. Her love of music, the arts and literature were a constant throughout her life.

Another constant was Kathleen’s fierce defense of her independence, living on her own terms even after the sudden passing of her husband in 2006. Kathleen made sure to pass this independence one might say stubborn grit onto her beloved granddaughters.

Kathleen is survived by her loving son Matthew Arcovio, beloved daughter-in-law Giuliana Arcovio of Melrose. Her loving brother-in-law Nicholas Lanzilli of East Boston. Most of all, her cherished granddaughters Mackenzie and Rose Arcovio of Melrose.

Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Monday, March 13, 2023 from 4 – 7 p.m. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home was on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Care Dimensions Hospice-Kaplan House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923, Make A Gift – Care Dimensions.