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Charlene Welch
  • January 18, 1939
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  • March 27, 2020

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Charlene Patricia Welch, age, 81, of St. Augustine, FL., born Jan 18, 1939 transitioned peacefully to the Lord’s house on March 27, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Brockton, MA. and raised in Whitman, MA., she was the daughter of W. Leo Welch and Mildred (Connors) Welch.  She graduated from Whitman High School and Stonehill College with a BA in English.

She was a dedicated teacher who taught in the Brockton and Whitman public school systems for 43 years before retiring to Cotuit, MA. in 1997. This passion for shaping young minds continued with her great grandson. Her eyes would light up as she helped him learn new life’s lessons during their times with each other.

Charlene was a devoted mother who enjoyed participating in her children’s sports and other activities. She loved playing cards, Words with Friends and Scrabble with her family and friends. She was also known for making her famous Toll House Cookies and Congo bars.

Charlene loved the tranquility of the ocean, especially Cape Cod, and will always consider New England her home.  A passionate fan of the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins, she could always be heard shouting at the T.V. on game days.

She adored her granddaughters and relished the shopping expeditions with them and her daughter. Hunting for bargains, Charlene always took pride in capturing that elusive “BOGO.” Some of these specialty items made family gift giving at Christmas memorable every year.

She is survived by her three children, Michael A. Caprio of Abington, MA., Kathleen M. (Caprio) Peluso of St. John’s, FL. and husband Michael;  Robert W. Caprio of Rockland, MA. and wife Mary (Paronich) Caprio ; granddaughters, Kristina M. (Peluso) Hanlon and husband  John ; Kimberly L. Peluso;  and one great grandson, Braeden T. Hanlon; aunt to several nieces and nephews.

 In addition she is survived by three brothers; Willian E. Welch, Donald P. Welch and Lee F. Welch; two sisters Joan C. Lucca, and Elaine Levins.

A memorial celebration followed by interment in St. James Cemetery in Whitman, MA will be held at a future date.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children.

 


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  1. 21 Apr 2020
    Karen and John Reynolds says:
    Aunt Charlene was a very special part of our family. She was always there to help with a smile on her face! She was there to listen, support and cheer you on when needed, we miss her but glad she has found peace. I am sure she will continue to watch over us , she truly is an angel.

  2. 12 Apr 2020
    Rob posted an image:
    Mom you're forever in my heart! Love and miss you so much.
    Mom you're forever in my heart! Love and miss you so much.

  3. 12 Apr 2020
    Rob posted an image:
    Horse drawn carriage ride -  Quincy Market - February 2016
    Horse drawn carriage ride - Quincy Market - February 2016

  4. 12 Apr 2020
    Rob posted an image:
    Wine tasting - October 2015
    Wine tasting - October 2015

  5. 12 Apr 2020
    Rob posted an image:
    Mom was thrilled to be at the ocean - New Smyrna Beach July 2019
    Mom was thrilled to be at the ocean - New Smyrna Beach July 2019

  6. 12 Apr 2020
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  7. 02 Apr 2020
    Katherine lit a candle:
    Lit since April 2, 2020 at 4:17:20 PM

  8. 02 Apr 2020
    Kristina Hanlon says:
    Rest in the sweetest peace Grammie. We love you so much and will miss you everyday. Braeden was lucky to have been loved by you, his Gigi. Your memory will always live on and you will always be in our hearts until we see you again.

  9. 02 Apr 2020
    Kim Peluso posted an image:
    Grammie-<br />
I miss you so much. You were such an amazing and kind woman and it breaks my heart knowing I’ll never see or talk to you again. I’ll miss baking Toll House Cookies with you and reminding you of the one time the Patriots lost to the Jaguars. I’m glad you are no longer in pain. I know you are enjoying your time with your parents now and drinking your Manhattan. I hope we make you proud. Love you always.
    Grammie-
    I miss you so much. You were such an amazing and kind woman and it breaks my heart knowing I’ll never see or talk to you again. I’ll miss baking Toll House Cookies with you and reminding you of the one time the Patriots lost to the Jaguars. I’m glad you are no longer in pain. I know you are enjoying your time with your parents now and drinking your Manhattan. I hope we make you proud. Love you always.

  10. 01 Apr 2020
    Michael Caprio posted an image:
    To my beautiful Mom…I miss you so dearly.<br />
Your Loving Son,<br />
Michael
    To my beautiful Mom…I miss you so dearly.
    Your Loving Son,
    Michael

  11. 01 Apr 2020
    Kristy Lucca posted an image:
    Aunt Charlene and I at Rob and Mary’s wedding
    Aunt Charlene and I at Rob and Mary’s wedding

  12. 01 Apr 2020
    Kristy Lucca says:
    She was a wonderful woman and loved by all who knew her. She also made the best Tollhouse cookies. May she be at peace in heaven❤️

  13. 31 Mar 2020
    David Welch says:
    Rest in Peace, Aunt Charlene. Although I don't care much about professional sports, I will be sure to root for the home teams in your honor and pass the toll house cookie torch to Camden. You will be missed.

  14. 31 Mar 2020
    donald p welch posted an image:
    Charlie giving me another dozen of her famous Toll House cookies.
    Charlie giving me another dozen of her famous Toll House cookies.

  15. 31 Mar 2020
    donald p welch says:
    As her brother I always called her Charlie, for she was named after a dear Whitman friend of our parents, Father Charles Barrett. Farther Barrett married Charlie in 1964. Charlie is now with Farther Barrett and on duty serving as special angel continuing to love us all as only she could; being Irish in and out, we can recall that Irish saying that "death leaves a headache on one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    Thanks Charlie -- no one has cared for me and my family more than you.

    Your ever thankful brother Donnie

  16. 30 Mar 2020
    Darlene Kase says:
    I feel lucky to have spent time with her. She was a lot of fun. Prayers for you all.

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