Claire M. (Mazzarelli) Petti, 87, of Milford, passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence RI. She was born in Milford, MA, daughter of the late Guido and Carmella (Carpenito) Mazzarelli, and graduated from Milford High School, class of 1948. She received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University in 1952. In 1953, she married Leonardo “Leo” M. Petti Jr, also of Milford, and moved to Philadelphia. Two years later, prior to the birth of their oldest child, Paula, she and Leo returned to Massachusetts. Claire and Leo were residents of North Reading, MA for 58 years, where they raised four children. After the birth of her youngest child, Christopher, she returned to school, taking evening classes to receive two masters degrees, one in English and one in Education, from Northeastern University. She later worked as a substitute teacher in the North Reading school system for several years. After Leo retired, she volunteered at the Batchelder Elementary school in North Reading and very much enjoyed working with the young children there.Claire was a loving wife and mother, a fantastic cook, and an avid reader. Her interests included history, literature, and current events. She approached all of her endeavors with enthusiasm, optimism and a level of determination that often amazed her family.
Claire is survived by her children, Christopher J. Petti and his wife, Judy Atterholt, of Mountain View, CA; Paula L. Petti and her husband, Lawrence J. Hall, of Orinda, CA; Lisa M. Petti of Hamden CT; and four grandchildren: Geoffrey Hall, David Hall and his wife Wei Cai, Daniel Petti and Anna Petti.Claire was predeceased by her devoted husband of 62 years, Leo Petti; their son Leonard F. Petti, and her sister, Pauline Mazzarelli.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9 A.M. from the Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water St. Milford MA. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 A.M. at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church 5 East Main St. Milford MA. The burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery on Elm St, North Reading MA.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 P.M.