Yolanda E. Romanelli, age 97

of Franklin, formerly of Quincy

Yolanda E. Romanelli, age 97

Yolanda E. Romanelli, age 97, of Franklin, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill.

Yolanda was born in Somerville, to the late Arthur and Cecile (Lorang) Romanelli. Raised and educated in Quincy, she graduated from Quincy High School, Class of 1941, as the valedictorian. She then graduated from Simmons College, Class of 1945, also as the valedictorian. Yolanda earned her Master’s degree in business from Boston University. She had lived in Franklin for five years, previously in Quincy for almost ninety years.

She was employed as an accountant at Algonquin Gas Company in Brighton for forty years.

Yolanda was a musician and enjoyed singing. She sang with the South Shore Chorale Society for many years. Yolanda was a volunteer with the Ladies Auxiliary at the former Quincy Medical Center, and also served as treasurer. She was a longtime, active parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy where she sang in the choir and participated in many parish activities and councils.

Beloved sister of the late Arthur J. Romanelli and his surviving wife Myra of Norwood.

Devoted aunt to her Godson, Arthur J. Romanelli, Jr. and his wife Tracey of Bellingham, Lynn M. Romanelli Pieri and her husband William of Needham, John M. Romanelli and his wife Susan of Westwood, and Neal A. Romanelli and his fiancée Beth Abely of Walpole.

Loving great-aunt of nine.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy on Saturday, November 14, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Entombment, in her family mausoleum, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Yolanda’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • I met Yolanda at St John’s Choir many years ago. Service to others was very important to her as evidenced by the many civic activities in which she was engaged. She often spoke of her experiences in service and was very committed to them. Our world today sure could hold her as an example to follow.

    May God give her loved ones comfort and peace in this time of sorrow.
    May the Angels lead her into Paradise where she may rest in the bosom of Abraham with the Seraphim, Cherubim, and God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Yola and my Aunt Pauline Predella (Maurer) grew up in Quincy. They both attended Quincy High School and worked at the Quincy Health Center. Yola often visited my Aunt at her home in Braintree and I had the pleasure of meeting her (and her parents) when I would cut the lawn and do her gardening. I was age 15. They remained in contact over the years through letters and Christmas cards until just a few years ago, when the letters stopped. My Aunt asked me to try to reach out to her and I tried contacting the South Shore Chorale Society, but never received a response. Then, magically, when I placed my Aunt at Forge Hill’s memory unit, I just happened to notice Yola’s name outside her room and made the connection. Sadly, nether I, nor my Aunt was able to communicate with her. My Aunt just passed away from there on November 21st and will be buried tomorrow. Small world.