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Pauline T. (Aiello) Piscitello, 95, wife of the late Capt. Joseph J. Piscitello, of Gloucester, died peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, October 1, 2017 surrounded by her children. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Born in Gloucester on Dec. 26, 1921, with her late twin brother Joseph, she was the daughter of the late Vito and Maria (Militello) Aiello. Pauline resided in Gloucester all her life and married the love of her life, Joseph in 1941. They were married for 64 years and had five children.
The heart break of her life occurred in 1968 when she lost her oldest son Sgt. Salvatore J. Piscitello in the Vietnam War, serving our country.
Pauline took great pleasure in being around her family and friends, especially during Sunday dinners and special occasions. In 1973 Pauline and Joe decided to install an inground pool in their backyard. It quickly became the place to be in the summer for the entire family. With all of these family gatherings, Pauline was in her element as she would cook and bake days in advance.
In 1981 ABC’s “Good Morning America” profiled her family’s involvements in the fishing industry. In the segment Pauline explained the challenges of being a fisherman’s wife.
Pauline was a Gold Star Mother and a life-long member of the Madonna Del Rosario Society.
She is survived by four children, Rosalie Parisi and husband, Salvatore of Gloucester; her son, Vito J. Piscitello and wife, Elja (Freitas), of Pepperell, Mary Piraino and husband, Thomas, and Paula Curley and husband, Steven all of Gloucester; 12 grandchildren whom she adored, Janine Brooks, Michael Parisi and wife, Marion, Paulette Leite and husband, Paul, Joseph Piscitello and his wife, Cristina, Lisa Rolfe and her husband, Christopher, Nicholas Piscitello and his husband, Jerry Bligh, James Piraino and his wife, Melissa, Thomas Piraino Jr. and his wife, Alexandra, Jaclyn Novello and her husband, Jay, Steven Curley II and his wife, Kelly, Joseph “J.D” Curley and his wife Kate, Kerrianne Gallant and her husband, Ian; 27 loving great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rose Demetri, Jenny Curcuru, and Grace Pallazola; sisters-in-law, Adriana Aiello, Rose Aiello, Frances Piscitello and Millie Gentile; long time neighbor and special friend, Santina Aloi.; many nieces and nephews
She was predeceased by her son, Sgt. Salvatore “Sammy” J. Piscitello; brothers, John Aiello, Anthony Aiello and Salvatore Aiello; sisters, Antoinette Militello and Mary (Aiello) Parisi.
Her funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to SeniorCare, 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, 101A First Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  October 3, 2017
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