TOPSFIELD/SHREWSBURY — Josephine (Contilli) Galli, 88, most recently of Topsfield, and a longtime Shrewsbury resident, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Woodbriar of Wilmington Nursing & Rehabilitation, after a short illness, with her loving family close by.
Josephine was born in Bussi, Italy, and raised in Popoli, Italy. She was the daughter of Davide and Pierina (Cilla) Contilli. As a teenager, she trained as a seamstress and later headed her own dressmaking establishment. She married John Galli, and three years later, left Italy to reside with him permanently in the United States, first in Worcester, and then raising their family and living in Shrewsbury from 1960 until they moved in with their daughter, Gabriella’s family in Topsfield in 1998.
Josephine used her sewing skills to the benefit of her friends and family, and explored other creative endeavors, including ceramics and traditional Italian cuisine. Josephine had an infectious smile and a deep love for her family and her faith. Through hard work and dedication, Josephine and John raised three children, Vincent, Gemma and Gabriella, and had the satisfaction of seeing them all graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Josephine took pride in being an excellent homemaker, meticulous in her housekeeping and savvy in money management. Josephine made friends easily, and enjoyed participating in organized groups such as the Shrewsbury Women’s Club, and later, the Topsfield Council on Aging and their Walking Club.
Josephine was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, John Galli; her son, Vincent Galli; and her brothers, Aldo and Fermo Contilli. Josephine leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Gemma Galli and David Guy of Walpole, her daughter and son-in-law, Gabriella and Edward Fitzgerald of Reading; her daughter-in-law, Jackie Galli of Austin, Texas; and four grandsons, Adam Galli of Houston, Texas, John Guy of Vancouver, British Columbia, Robert Fitzgerald of Norwalk, Conn., and Christopher Fitzgerald of New York City. In Italy, she leaves her brother and sister-in-law, Tonino and Anna Contilli of Saronno; her sister-in-law, Adele Contilli of Rome; her sister-in-law, Angelina Contilli of Saronno; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ettore and Ida Galli of Rome; and numerous nephews and nieces, Here, at home, she leaves friends in both the Topsfield and Worcester areas.