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Gilda Aufiero

Gilda C. Aufiero

Thursday, March 13th, 1924 - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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Aufiero, Gilda (Sateriale) of Watertown passed away on February 26th, 16 days prior to her 96th birthday. Beloved wife of the late John Aufiero. Loving mother of Barbara and her husband Henry of Little Rock, AR, Dorothy of Watertown, Edward and his wife Patricia of Watertown, Paul and his wife Barbara of Uxbridge and Lawrence and his wife Christine of Watertown. Cherished grandmother of John, Matthew, Caralyn, Nicholas, Michael, Harrison, Ariana, Halle and Katherine. Daughter of the late Emilio and Mary (Cocca) Sateriale and sister of the late Emil and Waldo Sateriale. She was also a proud dog mom of 9 furry children including surviving members, Penelope and Zoey. Gilda earned her BA degree from Regis College (Class of 1945) and enjoyed an accomplished career as a psychiatric Social Worker for several years. Most importantly, Gilda was guided by God’s Light and spread this Light to all those fortunate to be touched by her. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass on Saturday March 7th at 10:30 am in Saint Luke Parish, Belmont. Burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in memory of Gilda to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY, 10163 or nationalmssociety.org/donate. Arrangements under the care of DeVito Funeral Home 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN. Visit devitofuneralhome.com to send an online condolence.
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Service Details

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. Luke's Parish
    Address
    132 Lexington Street
    Belmont, MA 02478
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  • Interment

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020
    Location
    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Address
    580 Mount Auburn St
    Cambridge, MA 02138
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Barbara Aufiero

Posted at 11:28am
To our loving mother and grandmother who loved the color green! Love, Barbara, Henry, Harrison, and Rami
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Richard T Carrara

Posted at 03:47pm
Richard Carrara here, I was sorry to hear about Cousin Gilda. I was unable to go to the funeral today as I am still confined to my home with the Flu. Ted Cocca told me it was a very moving service. i was able to have lunch with my cousins, every for many years so I am sad to say that Gilda will not be here to continue that tradition.
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Aufiero Family

Posted at 03:22pm
Words of Remembrance

You don’t forget a name like, Gilda Clementina Sateriale Aufiero. Gilda was the loving wife of John Edward Aufiero. Together, they built a family that grew to 5 children, 4 in-laws, 9 grandchildren. and 7 furry children. John and Gilda were in perfect harmony when it came to raising their children. They wanted their children to have strong work ethics, to treat people with kindness and respect, to believe in themselves, and to follow their dreams and passions. Together, they created a family they loved deeply, wholly, and purely.

Gilda was the proud and only daughter of Emilio and Mary Sateriale, Italian immigrants who arrived with only the clothes on their backs and a desire to make a contribution and a difference in this world. Emilio started working construction, like most of his Italian compadres but found his niche in the clothing industry, where he became a pressman at Brooks Brothers and where his skills were so highly regarded he was asked to go to Japan and train workers in the shop they were opening. His wife Mary refused to leave her children and grandchildren behind. Gilda grew up with Emilio’s strong work ethics and Mary’s fierce commitment to family. She was the middle child embraced and flanked by two loving brothers, Waldo and Emil Sateriale, whom she adored.

She cherished and valued her relatives and friends, and would begin each Christmas season eagerly sitting at the dining room table with over 100 Christmas cards. A Christmas ritual, Gilda enjoyed handwriting personal notes to wish her universe of friends, relatives, and family, “Merry Christmas!” For added effect, her closest friends and relatives received personal calls in addition to their cards.

She always smiled - so much so her best friend told her to turn it down a few notches. Gilda’s smile was intended to give hope for each new day. It was her way of telling us we will make the best of things and we can do this! Whether it meant battling a disease, a troubled time, or an insurmountable problem - she was in the fight with you. And she never gave up!

If somebody were ever to accuse Gilda of being a snob it would be about animals but mostly dogs. “I don’t know how anyone could live without a dog” she was known to repeatedly say. In her lifetime, she parented 8 dogs and one rabbit. She pampered them all with love and affection. Some may argue, in Rudy’s case, too much affection. That wasn’t in her vocabulary.

You don’t forget a person like Gilda Aufiero. She was a humanitarian. Recently, while watching the movie, The Help, she told a childhood story of her days as a little girl walking to school with her friend, Leontine Jackson, a black girl from her Cambridge neighborhood. The other girls refused to walk and eat lunch with Gilda because she walked to school with Leontine. Deeply disturbed and upset, Gilda confided in her mom, who replied, “you keep walking with Leontine.” And she did! Gilda fought for the rights and justice for all and was driven to fight for those unfairly treated or unable to defend themselves.

Gilda went on to defend those afflicted with mental illness by becoming a psychiatric social worker. She started out in Hartford, Connecticut, catering to patients suffering from substance abuse. One of her patients, tried to suffocate her with a pillow. That did not stop her from going back to work the next day and for the next nine years until she started a family. Rightfully proud of her work, Gilda always showed her gratitude; she often said, “I am fortunate to have a job I love”.

Gilda’s most prized accomplishment was her family. She devoted all her time, strength, and efforts to ensure her family was happy, safe, and protected. She would walk to the end of the earth in search of a way to solve a problem for her children and their spouses, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She never gave up hope when it came to the well-being of her family. Through her faith in God, she prayed for her family and was guided and graced with an unending, super-human strength to meet every challenge that confronted her. Whether she was driving to Baltimore in search of medical help, soothing raging neighbors whose garage had been painted green by one of her children, giving strength, security and hope of health in the face of adversity, and supporting her children in their wild capers, schemes and dreams, she made parenting 5 children seamless. Each child felt her presence. A presence she delivered with undivided attention and with utmost love. She was there for family!

Through her unshakable, undying belief in God, she was blessed with God’s divine Light that she freely and unselfishly passed on to us. She is our family’s divine pillar of strength. The foundation that’s held us together, she will continue to do so.

Gilda loved her family, relatives, friends, her children’s friends, neighbors, and desserts, especially chocolate!! When you next eat chocolate, Gilda will be smiling with you. It is impossible to forget her. We will remember Gilda for her consistent love and support. Just like you could count on her call on your birthday and her homemade tollhouse cookies for Christmas, you could count on Gilda being your number one supporter. No dream was too large, Gilda saw the unlimited potential in all of her loved ones. She will continue to cheer us on from up above. We will always have you in our hearts! We love you forever!
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Winnie

Posted at 07:56pm
Dear Larry, Chrissy, Dot and the Aufiero family: Gilda was such a wonderful woman. She will be missed. I love this picture of her! I hope the happy memories outweigh the sad ones over time. Love Winnie.
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Mary Lou Theisen

Posted at 01:54pm
To the family of Gilda Aufiero,
My heart breaks for each and every one of you as I know you have lost not only an incredible woman, but the matriarch of your family as well. Even though I never met Gilda, I feel that I knew her through all the wonderful stories my dear friend Barbara has told me through the years. Without a doubt I know that she was a fantastic mother, I needn't look any further than her own children. Children and grandchildren continue the legacy their mothers and grandmothers begin. Your mother has built a strong legacy that I know will continue on through each and every one of you. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks ahead.
With my deepest sympathy,
Mary Lou Theisen
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