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Gale Mary (Neikirk) Malatesta

Gale Mary (Neikirk) Malatesta
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Of Revere. Died on Sunday, February 26, 2023. With the loving presence of her family at her residence, following a most courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, she was 74 years old. Gale was born in Boston on March 18, 1948, to her late parents, Ret. Boston Firefighter Ross W. “Red” Neikirk & Teresa (Fiore) Neikirk. She was raised in East Boston and educated there, until moving to Revere with her family in the early 1960’s. She was an alumna of Revere High School, Class of 1965. It was at Revere High school where she would meet her future husband, Paul Malatesta. After graduating, Gale went to work as a legal secretary in Boston. She was awaiting her future husband’s return from his military duty. The couple were married on November 9, 1969. They remained in Revere and began their family together.

   Gale was a proud homemaker and housewife. She cared for her family with an abundance of love and joy showered throughout her home. When her children were older, Gale went to train and became certified as a Pharmaceutical Technician & worked at CVS at Northgate. She enjoyed her job very much and seeing people, as well as helping them. However, she left her job, to a much better job, being a grandmother. Gale was over the moon to have been her grandchildren’s day care & helped raise them. Nothing meant more to her. Gale loved being at the beach and talking quiet walks along the sand soaking in the sun. She enjoyed visiting the historical North Shore towns and the history surrounding them. Gale was a “Disney Fanatic” along with the rest of her family. More than anything else, she treasured her family, and loved them unconditionally.
She is the beloved wife to Paul Malatesta for 53 years of Revere. the loving mother of Lynn M. Romboli & husband Scott, & Laura A. Connolly & husband Thomas. The cherished grandmother of Ryan R. Connolly, Hannah L. Connolly, & Christopher M. Romboli. She is the dear sister of Karen Russo & husband Philip of Salem, NH. At the family’s request, PLEASE OMIT flowers, donations in Gale’s memory may be made to The MGH Fund Mass General Development Office 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540 Boston, MA 02114-1101

   Family & friends were respectfully invited to visiting hours on Monday, March 6th in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza Beechwood Home for Funerals Revere.   A funeral was conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, followed by a funeral mass at the Blessed Mother of the Morning Star, Revere. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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