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Grace L. Perocchi

April 18, 1922 ~ March 22, 2020 (age 97)

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Grace L. (Cody) Perocchi, 97, of Methuen passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 just shy of her 98th birthday.   Born in Lawrence, she was the daughter of Charles and Jane (Henrick) Cody.

Grace was raised and educated in Lawrence and graduated from St. Mary’s High School.  She worked as an administrative secretary at Tyer Rubber, Raytheon, Bolton-Emerson Steel, and Copilabs.

Grace was predeceased by her second husband, Anthony Perocchi and her sister, Mary Arsenault. Her first marriage, to the late Joseph Elia, Sr., ended in 1964

She is survived by her children, Patricia (Elia) Coco, of Methuen, Joseph J. Elia, Jr., of, West Newton, and Mark J. Elia, of Lemoore, CA.  She also leaves 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. Monica’s Church in Methuen, after the lifting of social distancing owing to the coronavirus pandemic.  Grace will be missed by all for her quiet ways and devotion to God.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Grace’s memory to The Charles A. Coco Scholarship Fund, c/o Merrimack Valley Partners in Service (MVPS), P.O. Box 262, Methuen, MA. 01844.


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