Weir Mac Cuish Family Funeral Home

144 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148

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Philomena Ellis

1923 - 2021



Philomena Ellis (Martin) age 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 30th at her home in Melrose.

Philomena was born in Middleboro on September 7th 1923, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Martin) Scalfino and was raised in East Boston.

Philomena had a passion for cooking and cherished the time spent together with her family.

Whether it was reminiscing about the “good old days” over tea or her natural ability to bring the family together, it was always filled with love and laughter.

Philomena always enjoyed listening to her records and dancing to Glen Miller, singing along to Dean Martin, Tony Bennet and of course her favorite Frank Sinatra. “Come Fly With Me.”

Philomena is survived by her children Catherine Beaver of Melrose, Frances M. Tilley of Peabody, Gloria Pecz of Peabody, Phillip Tortora of Malden, and Joel Guarino of Revere, she is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild as well as many other family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Catherine Scalfino as well as her first husband Leo Tortora and her second husband George Ellis.

Funeral Services will be held at the Weir Funeral Home Monday December 6th at 9-12pm with a service at 12pm followed by interment at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

Donations in Philomena's memory may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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