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CIARFELLA , Emily, R. (Hanley) of Holbrook,October 2nd at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late Francis G. Ciarfella. Loving mother of Dr. Catherine McAuliffe and her husband Frank of Meriden CT , Dennis Ciarfella of Holbrook, Frank Ciarfella of Buzzard’s Bay and Donna Ciarfella of Amston CT . Dear grandmother of Richard DiPersio, Edward DiPersio, Mary Catherine DiPersio, Theresa Ciarfella, Douglas Ciarfella and Christina Ciarfella. Devoted sister of Grace Lyons and her husband Dr. John of MD. Also survived by 3 great children. Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home 69 So. Franklin Street, (Rte 37), Holbrook until 9:45am on Thursday followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 am in St. Joseph Church 153 So. Franklin St. (rt.37) Holbrook. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Wednesday 3-8pm. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Emily’s name to the American Heart Assoc. 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701-4680. Emily was a graduate of Salem State Teachers Collage (now Salem State University) . She fulfilled her childhood dream and began her teaching career in one-room school house in rural New England. Her full-time teaching career spanned over six decades. She worked in the Holbrook School System beginning in 1968 first at the Kennedy School and then the South Elementary. After retiring from full-time teaching, she was a substitute teacher for many years in Holbrook and returned to her roots by becoming actively involved with the one-room Little Red School House. Emily was a long term communicant and a religious education teacher at St. Joseph’s Church. She loved playing the piano and traveling.

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