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MELE, Della M. (Cavallini), of Braintree, formerly of So. Boston, passed away on September 7, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 85. Born and raised in Boston, Della graduated from Gate of Heaven High School in So. Boston and then went on to earn her diploma from the Chandler School in Boston. For many years Della worked as a medical secretary and retired from Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Quincy. An active member of her community, Della was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Braintree Women’s Club and the Catholic Daughters. In her free time, she loved to cook and entertain for her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling , however, she was most content simply spending time with her grandchildren. A devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Della will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Della was the wife of the late George L. Mele. Loving mother of George A. Mele and his wife Brenda of Franklin, Kevin M. Mele and his wife Marilyn Meadows of Springvale, ME and Kathy F. Worth and her partner Christopher Brennan of Hingham. Sister of the late Robert Cavallini. Cherished “Noni” to Marc, Christina, Jeremy, Victoria, Justin and Adriana. Dear cousin of Carol Sanft of NY, Joan McClean of NY and Della Crowley of Lynnfield. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, September 12th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM in the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, September 13th at 10:00 AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree. Burial will follow in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit

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