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Lauretta M. Zeoli

June 17, 1946 - January 09, 2023


Obituary For Lauretta M. Zeoli

West Peabody – Lauretta M. “Laurie” (Ryan) Zeoli 76, beloved wife of William (Bill) J. Zeoli, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 9, 2023 at the Lahey Medical Center in Burlington.

She was born in Malden on June 17, 1946, the daughter the late William and Loretta (Murray) and received her education in the Malden school system graduating from Malden High School.

Professionally, Laurie was a bookkeeper, office manager, real estate agent and household finance manager with clients ranging from insurance and real estate agencies to small shops in Boston and on the North Shore. She was an asset to every company that had to foresight to hire her, bringing not only her business sense but her enthusiasm for decor and charm, creating joyful and colorful office vignettes for every holiday and season. In addition to her business acumen, Laurie was an avid hobbyist and later an accomplished crafter. She was self-taught, becoming proficient at knitting, crocheting, gardening, photography, professional mounting of art, scrapbooking, jewelry making, wreath making, and decoupage. Her latest passions included diamond art and she generated at least 100 paintings in as many days with increasingly difficult, intricate details.

In addition to her personal hobbies, Laurie was a lover of music, street artists and animals. Her passion for animal rescue, her love of both dogs and cats, and her affection for even the smallest creatures was a constant throughout her life. During her time working in Boston, Laurie carried peanuts for the Boston Garden squirrels which continued to her Disney-Iike backyard with bird feeders of all kinds. No animal escaped her affection and Laurie frequently pulled over leaping out of her car to greet dog owners and walkers across many towns.

A resident of Peabody for the past twenty-five years, Laurie loved her home and the joys and comforts of the North Shore. She was a cheerful, loving companion to all; a loving wife, stepmother, godmother, grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and friend as well as a fixture at the nail salon, her purple nails and sparkly bracelets reflecting a light only slightly less sparkling then her generous soul.

In addition to her husband Bill (BZ), Laurie is mourned by her daughters Michelle (Zeoli) Usseglio, Waltham, her companion James (Jimmy) Kelley, as well her former son-in-law Gary Usseglio, Waltham; Deborah (Zeoli) Butler and Douglas Butler, Wakefield, and former daughter-in-law, Mellisa Dellaire and Donnie (Myrtle Beach SC). Laurie will be missed by her sons, William (Bill) J. Zeoli and Kim Zeoli, Needham; Anthony (Tony) P. Zeoli and Melissa (Missy) Gluckmann, Asheville NC. Laurie was the treasured sister of William (Bill) Ryan and his wife Ann, Melrose; brother-in-law, Paul Weber and his wife, Denise of Melrose; adored Aunt of Megan Ryan, Melrose; Meredith (Ryan) Barkhouse and Benjamin Barkhouse, Manchester NH, and Olivia Weber, Melrose.

Forever celebrating her life will be 11 grandchildren, her grandnephew and many godchildren included by name informally as Nick Tanzillo, Greg Zeoli, Billy Zeoli, Alexa Zeoli, Sabrina Zeoli, Hudson Zeoli, Julia Fournier, Ellie Butler, James Butler, Teddy Butler, Leo Barkhouse, goddaughter Cori-Devan (Bingle) Selerno, Stephanie Titus and many others. Laurie joins her predeceased grandson, Douglas (Dougie) Usseglio. She is also survived by still more loving relatives and innumerable dear friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: A visiting hour will be held at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a service in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.


  • 01/16/2023

    Billy, I am so sorry for your loss Laure and you were so great tother. I'm so glad to have seen you and Lauri with mom and brother tom only a few weeks back. We had a nice talk, Laurie of course wanted to see my dog Cooper who was in the car and she and i would always be sending dog things back and fourth on fb she said she wanted to give me one of her diamond prints with if not a dog or an animal. To the entire zeoli family I and heartbroken and to you Billy, I just wanted to say you are a stand up guy, always have been . You go out of your way always for others no matter what and have always represented our family so nicely. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please acceptmy condolences. May your sweet angel forever soar through the universe with eternal grandger. Love your cousin, Don James Jr

  • 01/16/2023

    Sending love and comfort to the Zeoli family! Cherish your memories of Laurie and smile when you think of her! With Love Amy Jo, Aunt Marilyn & Family 💜xo

  • 01/15/2023

    To Bill and family, my condolences and deepest sympathy to all for your loss. May God comfort you and bless you during this difficult time. Rest in peace Laurie.

  • 01/14/2023

    To Bill, Our deepest sympathy on the sudden loss of Laurie. May all the years and memories together last a lifetime & carry you through this difficult time in your life. Rosemarie and Walt

  • 01/14/2023

    To my children, William Jr, Anthony, Michelle, Deborah & to my Granchildren, Greg, Billy, Alexa, Nick, Julia, Sabrina, Ellie, Teddy & Jamie and Hudson, Our sympathy at the sudden passing of Laurie/Grandma Laurie. She has been in your lives for so many years, may all your memories of great times spent with her last an eternity. Keep her memory alive by all the stories you have to share. Keep the Purple Sparkle going. JLove Mom and Grandpa Walt

  • 01/13/2023

    We are all lighting purple candles! We all know her so well. Love you Laurie. Thank you for all the glitter surprises over the years, thank you for being my family.

  • 01/12/2023

    Hi Michelle so sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady. I truly enjoyed watching hockey games with her and your father especially that special whistle she had to tell Dougie she was there cheering him on. Again so sorry for your loss Give your father my deepest condolences. You are all in are prayers Love Karen and Brock Rowland

  • 01/12/2023

    You were the best godmother anyone could ever ask for. I know your up in heaven watching over not jusy myself but all of us. You will be missed dearly. I remember being a small child with you like it was just yesterday. God gained a beautiful angel that's fir sure. I love you and you always will have a place in my heart ❤️

  • 01/12/2023

    Laurie's family, I really didn't know 'Laurie', but I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a Beautiful Person, and I wish I had known her...Rest in Peace, Laurie, God Bless..

  • 01/12/2023

    Laurie Laurie Laurie... My Biggest fan I had... She loved me so much and I felt ever bit if it.... I will miss your Smiling face, your voice and most of all your love.....I say this all the time... Never Ever Forgotten Never Gone..... I love you more Laurie !!!!!!!

  • 01/12/2023

    My thanks and love for one of the best friends ever. If Laurie was your friend, you were truly blessed...

  • 01/12/2023

    Such a beautiful and caring woman,especially when it came to animals. Enjoy your animal friends and we know that you are always a part of us. Love you❤🙏❤🙏

  • 01/12/2023


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    With Love Forever Bill, Kim & Sabrina Zeoli

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