Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home

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Dr. Peter J. Morganelli, 84,

         Dr. Peter J. Morganelli, 84, of Milford died peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born in Milford in 1927, the son of Michael and Vincenzina (Jenny) (Cannizzaro) Morganelli. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara (DiVittorio) Morganelli of 55 years and five children: Peter and his wife Karen (Kirkwood) Morganelli of Lebanon, NH; Paul and his wife Brett (Pogorzelski) Morganelli of Upton, MA; Mark and his wife Julia (DelVelcchio) Morganelli of Milford, MA, Carla and her husband John Mullen of Hopkinton, MA, and David and his wife Janet (DiGregorio) Morganelli of Milford, MA; fourteen grandchildren: Andrew and Daniel Morganelli of Lebanon, NH; Brian, Matthew and Elena Morganelli of Upton, MA; Whitney, Jessica and Chelsey Mullen of Hopkinton, MA; Ryan, Steven and Marie Morganelli of Milford, MA; and Ava, Jane and Peter Morganelli of Milford, MA.   He also leaves behind three siblings and their spouses: Jean (Morganelli) Ruggiero and her husband Henry, Carol (Morganelli) Landry and her husband Hank, and Michael Morganelli and his wife Rosemarie, all of Milford. He leaves behind one aunt, Pauline (Cannizzaro) DeGangi of Brooklyn, NY and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  
          After graduating with honors from Milford High School class of 1944 and voted Most Likely to Succeed, he entered Harvard College. He completed a 2-year tour with the Merchant Marines during WW II, and returned to Harvard College, graduating in 1949. He completed a graduate program at Columbia University in 1949 and was drafted into the armed forces in 1950 during the Korean War and served in Germany through September of 1952. In 1957 he graduated from the University of Bologna Medical School, Bologna, Italy; known to be the oldest University in the world. Dr. Morganelli interned at the Carney Hospital in Boston with a specialty in pediatrics and subsequently completed a residency at the Floating Hospital, New England Medical Center in Boston.  
         He began a practice as a pediatrician in Framingham, MA in 1960 and built one of the most well known pediatric practices in the Metro West area along with Drs. William Jablonski and Melvin Gordon. He was affiliated with the Framingham Union (Metro West) Hospital for 37 years, retiring in 1997. He also served as the Town of Milford school pediatrician from 1997-2007.    
         He was a member of The Italian American Veterans Club and past President of the Sons of Italy, The Lions Club and The Foggiano Club all in Milford.         
        Dr. Morganelli returned to Italy several times for memorable vacations with his wife Barbara and their close friends Dr. Joseph Cofone and his wife Gina, and Dr. Carl DiGregorio and his wife Helen. He enjoyed many summers at North Pond with his family and friends and also in Newport and Jamestown, RI. He was an avid cook and enjoyed many gourmet meals with his local friends and relatives and was anointed an oenophile by his friends who appreciated his vast knowledge of fine wines. He enjoyed traveling to Boston’s North End throughout his life where he would speak fluent Italian with the resident shopkeepers and enjoy his rich Italian heritage.     
         The funeral will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 9 AM from the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water St.. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 AM in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church 7 East Main St. Burial will follow in the parish Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM.   
        In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Care Fund @ Milford Regional Medical Center, 14 Prospect Street, Milford MA 01757, or to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Milford, Massachusetts.


I am so sorry for your loss. Especially at this time of the year, keep the good times at the front of your mind... it will help get you through the rough spots. I lost my Mother last year in December.
Julie and Becky Enderle (Nalco)

Our deepest sympathy to the Morganelli family. Dr. Morganelli was the pediatrician for my four daughters during the 1960's/70's. He received many early morning phone calls (questions) from me an deserves a special place in Heaven for that alone. It was very interesting to read about his wonderful background. I lost my best friend, Mary Coveney in 2009 from Leukemia, my husband Cliff in 1991 from ALS and a few neighbors from some type of nerve disorder. Hearing of Dr. Morganelli's passing, I continue to wonder if there is something in Milford, i.e. landfill that contributed to their devestating illnesses. So sorry for your loss.
Rosanne Surette/Surette Family

Our sincere condolences to the Morganelli family. Dr. Morganelly was my son's pediatrician from 1970 till 1990, always accomodating us and willing to help. I remember that many times I called at 7:30am to speak with him, he always was nice and helpful. We will miss him.
Rodica and Alexander Emanuel

Dave, very sorry for your dad's passing. your entire family is in our prayers. never met your dad but obviously he had a very full life and helped so many people. Jeff and Christine Serowik
Jeff and Christine Serowik

My thoughts and prayers are with the Morganelli family during this difficult time.
Matty Marchant (Nalco)

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. We are sorry that we can't be with you at this time but know that we will pray that you all keep the pleasant times in your minds. Ted & Jeanne Parker
Ted & Jeanne Parker, O'Brien, Fl 32071

Dad, I'll always love you, you were my idol. Your loving son, David
David Morganelli

All my prayers go to the Morganelli Family, doc will be loved and missed
Chris Franks

David, Sorry for the passing of your Dad. My is soul rest in perfect peace.
Raphael and Shola Okelola

Dr. Morganelli was my pediatrician when I was a child and I have fond memories of the giraffe in the waiting room and that drawer of lollipops under the exam table! He was a gentle and kind man. And I find it funny that I was just describing that giraffe and lollipop drawer to my students in Health class just last week. I just heard of Dr. Morganelli's passing this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Caroline Zani

David, Your Dad lived well, and having read this, see that there is a lot of him in you. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love, Jenn
Jennifer Cervenka

Worked as a staff pediatrician with 657 Pediatrics in 1995-96. Peter was professional and highly trained. Peter was from a different era, when the field was more personal and you took care of generations of families...that's how he ran the business until the economics changed. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Dan Roth

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. Our deepest Sympathy, Paul and Helen Zicolella
Paul and Helen Zicolella

I am so sorry for your loss I just heard of Dr. Morganelli's passing. I am an employee of Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham and my oldest daughter Haley was a patient of his until he retired. I adored him so much he would ease my panic over a childhood illness and assure me everything would be OK. My daughter always liked seeing him (not for needles though). I often would see and talk with him in the local markets. I was very sad when he retired. He was a wonderful Doctor may he rest in peace.
Darlene and Haley Manella, Mendon, MA

I miss you Poppy, I'll never forget you. You were so inspiring to me. You are the one that inspired me to start cooking. Whenever I would come over to your house for Sunday dinner, I would always look forward to hugging you and Nanny as soon as I walked in the house. You were a great chef, and you could speak fluent Italian. Infact, you also inspired me to learn how to speak Italian. I miss you with all of my heart. I will never forget you Poppy.
Your loving granddaughter, Ava Mary Morganelli

I miss you Poppy. Your loving granddaughter, Ava
Ava Mary Morganelli

We all remember that giraffe! Godspeed Doc - Michael Glennon, Milford, MA
Michael Glennon

Dr. Morganelli was the pediatrician for both of my daughters while we were in Massachusetts. He was an amazing human being and physician. Think of him often and wish my granddaughters could have known him. My sincerest condolences go out to your family. Please know that your husband/father/friend was a kind soul who knew how to put the parents of patients minds at ease. We were very fortunate to have gotten to know him.
Diane M. (Doucette) Biron

I just became aware of his passing now, because he was in my mind this morning. He was my families Dr. as a kid. We all remember him very well. I wanted the family to know that he is still being remembered, he touched many of our lives. July 14th 18
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