Obituaries 08-19-2015

Rita Zervos

Retired Licensed Practical Nurse

Rita J. (Meleones) Zervos, a lifelong resident of Everett, entered into rest on August 13 in the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. She was 84 years old. Born in Everett, she was a Licensed Practical Nurse by profession who worked in many nursing homes and hospitals in the local area.

She was the beloved wife of Nikolaos Zervos; dear and devoted mother of Kara Snow and her husband, William of Everett; sister of Dena Magos of Newton, Jennie Zevitas of Arlington and the late Nicholas and Thomas Meleones and Jeanette Melahouris. Rita is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and her grand-pups, Erika and Gracie.

Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rita’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Ste. 2, Norwood, MA 02062 would be sincerely appreciated. Arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

Gerrard Power

Engineer; worked for MIT research labs; marathon runner, swimmer, biker and gym enthusiast who lived life to fullest

Gerrard F. Power of Everett, formerly of Scotland, passed away on July 24 after a remarkable battle with cancer.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Gerry was one of eight children and he loved his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews very much. He came to the United States with his wife, Stefanina in 1957. He equally loved her family and their many friends. He served in the Armed Forces and then earned his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. He worked in several research labs at MIT beginning in 1970 until his retirement. Gerry loved to work, and he loved MIT. Because of his love for the institution and his many friends, he continued to work there on a part-time basis until he passed away.
Gerry was a very healthy, active man. He was a runner and continued to run until recently. He ran in several marathons, including the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC. He loved to swim, bike and spend time at the gym at MIT. He enjoyed early mornings running, biking and walking along the Charles River where he met many friends.
Stuart Scott said, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live. Gerry is an inspiration to us all. He lived his life to the fullest with kindness, love and devotion to his family. He never let his diagnosis stop him and he pushed forward until the day he left this earth. Dr. Sara Slater, the team of nurses and staff provided excellent care and were amazing to Gerry and his family.”

Gerry was the loving husband of Stefanina (Vittoria) Power of Everett, father of the late Thomas Power, Sofia Caloggero and her husband, Jim of Nahant, Stefanie Hanlon-Dubois and her husband, Joe of Everett, Kathryn Victoria Carty and her husband, Keith of Lynnfield; beloved grandfather of Joseph Caloggero, Jason Caloggero, Thomas Hanlon, Evan Carty, Emily Carty and Adam Carty.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Gerry’s memory to Mt. Auburn Hospital, Hematology & Oncology Division, 330 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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