Evelyn (Acciavatti)'s Story
If you didn’t know her during her 74 years, then you missed out on someone very special in this life. She was known around Beverly and Beverly Farms as daughter, sister, cousin, auntie, good friend, that beautiful woman, Mrs. C, and that kind owner who gave her beloved black poodle, Ali her nightly treats and snacks.
Most affectionately though, she was known as “my loving wife” by her heartbroken husband of 51 years, Lou Cellineri, but to her children, daughter, Kelly Jean Cellineri, and son Douglas John Cellineri, she will always be remembered as “mom.” To those who did not have the opportunity to experience her kindness, generosity, and nurturing selflessness, her name was Evelyn Cellineri.
It was not in her plans to leave us last Wednesday evening, July 19, 2017, but before she passed she courageously asked us not to cry over her because she had a good life. Brave until the end, she displayed uncommon strength against a terrible challenge. She will be greatly missed by her family and dog, friends, and all who knew her.
Evelyn began her life in Beverly Farms, graduated from Beverly High School (1961), and spent her entire life in Beverly to be close to her family. She loved them with sacrificing passion, but she was also a unique caregiver to everyone who knew her, a loving wife, patient mother, horse rider, dog lover, cook, and devoted friend.
Her career began at Sylvania, but her greatest achievements were motherhood and love. Inside her home, she was the master of the kitchen and laundry room, threaded a professional sewing needle, everyone could always trust her purchases as one would trust Consumer Reports, and spoiled her dogs in ways that her own family grew jealous. In her later years, Evelyn worked with her niece, Paula, at Paula’s Day Spa, where she created lasting friendships with her co-workers.
Evelyn was the youngest child of eight children to the late Zopito and Celeste (Zardelli) Acciavatti, whom she dearly loved and cared for during their remaining years. She is survived by her two sisters, Jean Palmerino of Wakefield and Anita Capaldi of Rhode Island, as well as her two brothers James and Fred Acciavatti, each of Beverly. She was the sister to the late Livia “Libby” Bucci, Josephine Capaldi, and her late brother Mario Acciavatti. Libby and Evelyn shared a tremendous loving bond that never broke, even upon Libby’s passing. Large families tend to create many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends too numerous to list here; however, Evelyn shared an especially close relationship with her nieces Paula MacCarthy, Patty Pierro, Janet Ames, and her sister-in-law Maria Capano.
Our grieving hearts will be found at Evelyn’s Funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 672 Hale Street, Beverly on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. We welcome relatives and friends to attend and offer their respects for such a wonderful woman, but per Evelyn’s wishes, if possible, no crying; she wouldn’t have wanted people to feel sad.
Interment will be located at Beverly Farms Cemetery, Beverly. Per Evelyn’s request, in lieu of flowers, please offer donations in Evelyn’s memory online to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – www.stjude.org (purple “Donate” button, “Dedicate my donation” checkbox) – else by mail via 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements to be made by the good people at Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences, and other helpful information can be found at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  July 22, 2017