Obituary: Eleanor M. “Lee Lee” Gurliaccio, 77, of North Reading

Eleanor  M. “Lee  Lee” Gurliaccio. Photo credit: Croswell Funeral Home.
Eleanor M. “Lee Lee” Gurliaccio. Photo credit: Croswell Funeral Home.
Obituary from Croswell Funeral Home:

Eleanor  M. “Lee  Lee” Gurliaccio, 77, of North Reading and formerly of  East Boston, died unexpectedly on June 4, 2014, at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston.

Born in East Boston, MA on July 21, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Lazzaro and Giuseppina (DeMeo) Gurliaccio. She was a graduate of All Girls Catholic High School in East Boston and later took Real Estate courses.

She worked for the John Hancock Insurance Company for more than 30 years and later for Star Market in North Reading. “Lee Lee,” as her children called her, has been a resident of North Reading since 1969 and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church.

Eleanor was a warm hearted and a friendly guardian angel to all her family and friends. Her hobbies were gardening and she enjoyed working with wood. She was very dedicated to “her children,” Jessica and Alex, who she took care of for all of their lives. They were her biological niece and nephew, however she raised them as if they were her own. 

She was a North Reading Youth Football and Cheerleading advocate for her children, because this was a major part of her life. She enjoyed many great times going to their lakefront home in New Hampshire. She always enjoyed taking the kids to water parks, Canobie Lake Park and many movie theatres. Eleanor enjoyed going out with her friends, especially Mae, Peggy and Terry. She lived a beautiful life with her family and friends by her side.

Family members include her great grandniece and great grandnephew, Jessica M. Needham and Alex D. Forster, whom she was the guardian of; her brother, Anthony R. Gurliaccio, all of North Reading; she was the sister of the late Michael Gurliaccio, Joseph Gurli, Catherine Ciancio and Geraldine Yacovangelo. Also survived by her sister-in-law, Margi Gurli of Chelsea and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Thursday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral from 8:30 AM to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. 

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice.


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