Veronica-Williams-webMELORSE — Veronica A. (DeLuca) Williams, 78, a resident of Stoneham and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Friday, May 29.

Veronica was born in Everett on January 26, 1937 and was one of two children of the late Joseph and Anna (DeSalvo) DeLuca. Raised in Everett and Malden, Veronica owned and operated two beauty shops in Everett for several years. She later transitioned careers to become an electronics technician, working primarily for Analogic. A hard working woman, Veronica enjoyed getting up and going to work everyday.

Perhaps, her proudest moment was later in life when she became a published author of two books. She truly loved to write, and was happiest when sitting in front of her typewriter. It was an outlet for her, a way to relieve stress. She would stay up late into the night, typing away one finger at a time, letting her active imagination do the work.

Her other main interest, which she enjoyed with her husband, was ceramic mold casting. On a whim, Richard bought several thousand molds, and Veronica was more than happy to test them out. Blessed with a creative side, she enjoyed the act of taking something new and making it beautiful. She made all sorts of ornamental trinkets, painting them all by hand and used them to decorate the house.

A jack of all trades, Veronica moved a lot but kept her faith as she attended Mass at St. Anthony’s in Revere and Malden, St. Mary’s in Melrose, and Most Blessed Sacrament in Wakefield.

Veronica was the beloved wife of Richard T. Williams, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage. She was the mother of Christine T. Jantzen and her husband Joseph Bonasaro of Melrose; Joseph Cleaves of Florida and his wife Heather; and the late Charles Cleaves and Anthony Cleaves. She was the sister of Fred DeLuca and his wife Jean of Saugus. She is also survived by several grandchildren.

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