NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 15, 2013

Laurieta A. (Longley) Mello


Georgetown — Laurieta A. (Longley) Mello passed away peacefully on Mother's Day, May 12, at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. She was the beloved wife of 68 years of the late John W. Mello. Mrs. Mello was a longtime resident of Georgetown and wintered for more than 35 years in St. Petersburg, Fla. Most recently she was a resident of Nichols Village in Groveland. She was an avid card player and reader and was a huge Boston sports fan. She enjoyed shuffleboard and extensive travel with her loving husband until he passed in 2009.

Mrs. Mello was born on December 28, 1921, in Georgetown. She was the daughter of the late Charles M. and Minnie (Colburne) Longley. She was a 1938 graduate of Perley High School in Georgetown and attended Dean Junior College. She was predeceased by her brothers, Grant, Howard, and Andrew Longley.

Mrs. Mello is survived by her beloved children, Andrea (Mello) Strogney and her husband, David, of Inverness, Fla., Clifford and his wife, Janice, of Rowley, and Gregory and his wife, Cathy, of Georgetown. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Schenk of Carson City, Nev. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Joyce Mello.

Mrs. Mello is also survived by seven loving grandchildren; grandsons, Jeffrey Strogney of Merrimac, Jason Mello and his wife, Lindsay, of Newburyport, and Dean Mello and his wife, Kelly, of York, Maine; and granddaughters, Lori (Strogney) Fauth and her husband, Michael, of Haverhill, Traci (Strogney) Adams and her husband, Howard, of Haverhill, Kelly (Mello) Woodsum and her husband, David, of West Newbury, and Kimberly (Mello) Yaeger and her husband, Timothy, of Menlo Park, Calif.

In addition, 12 great-grandchildren will sadly miss their "Grammie," Derrick and Kyle Fauth, Matthew and Corey Strogney, Samantha McQuillan, Riley Baker, Jake and Zack Woodsum, Aiden and Ella Mello, and Callum and Elyse Yaeger. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The matriarch of a large, loving family, Mrs. Mello will sadly be missed.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be at the Conte Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant St., Georgetown, MA 01833 on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Conte Funeral Home on Friday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m., with burial immediately following at Harmony Cemetery in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.