Obituary of Amalia Angela Contrado
Amalia D’Arcangelo Contrado passed away peacefully at the age of 90. Amalia was well loved by her family and friends. Amy was born in the North End of Boston of Italian immigrants. Her heritage was profoundly important to her and her husband of 72 years, Pasquale A Contrado, only second to her family of four children. The North End was home for her, where she grew up amongst her extended family and met Pasquale at the age of 13. They enjoyed growing up together and were married October 16, 1949. With two children, in tow, their desire to accomplish more for their family led Amy and Pat to Burlington where they resided for almost 50 years. Retirement led Amy and Pat to Florida where they have continued to enjoy friends and family for 30 years. Visits back to the North End for family were many along with the annual trek to St. Anthony’s feast. She was devout to St. Anthony, which led her and Pat to attend the 100th year celebration of the feast with her entire family.
Amy was involved in her church and community. She had a strong Catholic faith that guided her throughout her life. She was a longtime parishioner at St. Margaret’s Church where she attended Mass, ran the holiday bazaar, taught CCD, and with her husband, instrumental in the Marriage Program where they were highly regarded as a loving, insightful couple.
After graduating Girl’s High (1948), Amy joined the retail salesforce at the prestigious Slattery Department Store in Boston. Striving for more, she became an executive assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital to the department head of hospital maintenance. Her most important job was being a mom- she was so very proud of her four children, their spouses, grandchildren an curly haired great grandchildren. Motherhood was her specialty until she reentered the work force as a Human Resource specialist at Mitre Corporation in Bedford. She was fearless and gutsy at a time when woman were not supposed to be. Further taking advantage and going back to school to complete her associates degree at age 60. She rounded off her career and retired from Mitre as an executive assistant to a lead engineer.
Family was the center of Amalia’s life. Many a Sunday dinner on Glen Ave was an extended family gathering with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family vacations in Old Orchard Beach, Maine or later in St. Augustine Florida also often included extended family and made for wonderful family memories. Active in Marriage Encounter friends were many and so too were the outings – camping, picnics, pool parties – whatever the occasion, Amy was at the center making all feel welcome and loved.
Amalia was the role model, the matriarch of our family – with high standards to do what was right and make good choices. She imparted her guidance always wanting the most for everyone, being sure to remind you to work hard and save your money. Many times, Amalia would pen the same “If you are kind, generous, warm and loving to all that you meet and live your faith – that will sustain you and make you a better man/woman – People will see and feel your kindness and goodness.” Nothing made her happier, than having all her family together around the table and creating lasting memories. She had a true spirit that made everyone she met- family , friend, or grocery store acquaintance feel at ease, loved and special.
Amalia was the beloved wife of Pasquale. Loving mother of Andrea, her husband Dennis Eberhard of Palm Coast, FL, Patrick Contrado and his wife Donna of Oceanside, CA, Paula and her husband Donald Boermeester of Burlington, John and his wife Melinda of Interlachen, FL. Proud Grandmother of the late Joshua Eberhard, Rebekah & husband Jim Barnes, Zachary & wife Stephanie Eberhard, Patrick & wife Aniko Contrado, Robert Contrado, Brittney Sonoga and partner Brian Wadtke, Michael Contrado, Anthony Contrado and fiancée Irma Bustamante, Victoria Boermeester & boyfriend Maxwell Bressi, Donald Boermeester and fiancée Taylor Leroux. Great-Grandmother to Isabella, Logan, Luca (deceased), Nico, and Enzo, Pasquale, Livia, Emiliana, Elek, Ava and Remi. Daughter of the deceased, Giuseppe Liberato and Carmella (Scozzari) D’Arcangelo. Her only surviving sister Angela Sartorelli & her husband Robert. Sister of the late Anthony D’Arcangelo & wife Mary, the late Peter D’Arcangelo & wife Margaret, the late Isadore D’Arcangelo. Amalia is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Margaret’s Church in St. Veronica Parish www.stveronicama.org on Monday, September 20 at 10 a.m
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Amalia’s name may be made to People Helping People, PO Box 343, Burlington, MA 01803
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050