Somerville native was great–grandmother of 16

Published in the January 21, 2016 edition

Pauline-Geleas-Obit-webNORTH READING —  Pauline (Vandemark) Geleas of North Reading, formerly of Somerville, passed away Jan. 13, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo A. Geleas and the loving mother of John Geleas and his wife Mary of Somerville, Leo Geleas Jr. of Somerville, Sandra Quinlan and her husband Bob of North Reading, Gail Melanson and her husband Edward of North Reading, Carol Geleas of Alton, N.H. and the late Bruce Scott. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 16 great–grandchildren.

Pauline was born on June 11,1929 in Somerville where she lived most of her life. She was married for 53 years. She attended the Foster grade school and graduated in 1941. She then graduated from Northeastern Junior High School in 1944. While there she was a member of the basketball team. She graduated from Somerville High School in 1947. While in high school she was an active member of the Portia Debating Team for two years and a stamp clerk for three years. 

Pauline belonged to the Grace Baptist Church on Cross Street in Somerville were she taught Sunday School for two years. She belonged to the Rainbow Girls Assembly No. 17. She worked for John Hancock for many years before working for the Mass. General Hospital for 24 and a half years. She was the daughter of the late Grace and Walter Vandemark and the sister of the late Jean Saxton and Eleanor Vandemark, and two half brothers, Rodell and Walter Vandemark.

Relatives and friends attended her funeral service on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Cincotti Funeral Home, 421 High St., Medford. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made to the North Reading Food Pantry, 235 North St., North Reading MA 01864 or to the Mystic Valley Elder Services, 178 Savin St., Malden MA 02148.