Published in the May 12, 2017 edition
MELROSE — Olga A. (Goyette) Giannetti, 94, a resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at home on Monday, May 1.
Olga was born in Boston on June 19, 1922, one of four children of the late Edward O. Goyette Sr. and Cesara (Cesarini) Goyette. Raised in Winthrop, Olga graduated from Winthrop High School.
In 1943, she married the late Benedetto Giannetti and they settled in Revere to raise a family of four children. Olga worked for several years in Pediatrics as a nurse’s aide at Lawrence-Memorial Hospital in Medford. She also received a Business degree from Bryant & Stratton School, and worked for over 20 years as the head secretary for the Health & Human Services Division in Boston.
Raised in Winthrop, Olga learned to love the beach and became an excellent swimmer at a young age. Her other interests included a love for reading mystery novels, doing jigsaw or crossword puzzles, and most of all, a love for gardening.
She was a passionate green thumb who loved tending to her flowers, her vegetables, and was well known as the speediest weed puller in the family.
Olga also loved bowling, animals, especially her dogs, and never missed an opportunity for a glass of red wine or a mai thai with dinner. In the last few years, she became involved and fond of her time at the Dutton Center in Wakefield.
Olga was a strong, spirited family woman who was admired and respected by all who knew her. Generations of her family and friends were drawn to her for advice or companionship. She shared a lifelong bond with her late brother, Larry Goyette, as a partner for marathon dancing, or countless rollerblading adventures. Olga will be missed, but always lovingly remembered.
Olga was the beloved wife of the late Benedetto Giannetti with whom she shared 35 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Leonard Giannetti of Melrose, Elea LaRocque and her husband Donald of East Boston, Maria McNamara and her husband Stephen of Deerfield, NH, and the late Donna Jean Smith and her late husband Carmen. She was the dear sister of Edward O. Goyette Jr. of Dedham, the late Lawrence F. Goyette, and Raymond B. Goyette. She was the cherished grandmother of Michelle Cardillo and her husband Tony, Anthony Curran, Michael Chargin, Lisa Mackay and her husband Bill, Jennifer MacBeth and her husband Tom, Gina LeBlanc and her husband Jason, Michael McNamara and his wife Brittney, Stephen McNamara and his wife Tammy, and the late Christopher Curran. Also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, and 7 great great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends gathered in honor and remembrance of Olga’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, May 5.
For online tribute visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com