Great–grandmother of six
Published in the January 28, 2016 edition
REVERE — Rose P. (Teneriello) Gaff, a resident of Revere, passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. Rose was born in 1927, one of eight children to Angelo and Luigia Teneriello. In 1949, Rose married her sweetheart, Francis L. Gaff, and the two settled down in Malden to raise their family. After Frank’s retirement, they moved to Hallendale, Fla., in the late ’80s where they lived for 20 years, splitting time between Malden and Florida. They shared nearly 60 years together until Francis’ passing in 2007. For many years Rose worked as a waitress, in Malden at the South Pacific Restaurant and in Boston at Polcari’s.
Rose’s life was wrapped around her husband and family. She enjoyed going dancing with Frank. Also with her being an excellent cook, she regularly hosted family events, notably her Christmas Eve dinners. She enjoyed RV’ing and camping, traveling around the country with Frank to destinations like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Rose was a member of the Moose Lodge of Malden and also joined a Moose Lodge while in Florida. She also was an avid bingo player.
She is survived by her children, Geraldine G. Egner of North Carolina, Joanne G. Monteforte of Revere, Sandra J. Anzalone of North Reading and Frank L. Gaff Jr and wife Lois of Peabody; her grandchildren, Sheryl, Sandra, Julie, Jeff, Jacquelyn, Amy, Gina, Andrew, Richard and Joseph, and her great–grandchildren, Jordan, Kendra, Madison, Annabella, Robbie and Elizabeth Rose. She was also know as “Auntie Rose” to many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank and her siblings, Anna Scacchi, Arthur Teneriello, Joseph Teneriello, Rico Tenerielli, Alfred Teneriello, Helen Delmonte and Peter Teneriello, and her son–in–law Anthony Anzalone.
Funeral services were held from the Weir–MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan 28, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony of Padua, 250 Revere St., Revere. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.