Joseph R. Zagarella

  • Born: June 26, 1951
  • Died: April 3, 2019
  • Location: Wakefield, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph R. Zagarella of Wakefield formerly of Melrose died on Wednesday, April 3rd at his residence surrounded by family.

Mr. Zagarella was born in Melrose, and is the loving husband of Mary A. (Brown) Zagarella. He was the beloved father of Ann T. Zagarella of Melrose and Frank J. Zagarella of Wakefield. He was the son of Frank J. and Emma (Ragnetti) Zagarella. He was the cherished brother of Emma Dragan and her husband David of Marblehead and Teresa McCarthy and her husband Myles of Stoneham. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Zagarella was the son-in-law of the late Mr. and Mrs. John L. Brown of Wakefield, and leaves behind several sister and brother in laws.

Mr. Zagarella was raised in Wakefield and had been a Melrose resident for over 40 years before moving back to Wakefield. He was a graduate of Austin Preparatory School, class of 1969, and had earned his Master's Degree from Suffolk University. Mr. Zagarella retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

His Funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Tuesday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in the Most Blessed Sacrament Church 1155 Main St., Wakefield at 10am. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday from 4-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or cancer center of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

The staff of the American Cancer Fund at is sorry to hear of Josephs passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

Posted by American Cancer Fund - Hillsborough, NJ   April 23, 2019

A friend for many years at DOR. A great man!!! RIP

Posted by Ed Domoracki - Orlando, FL - Friend   April 16, 2019

To my cousin Mary Agnes and family,
I was sorry to hear of Joe's passing and send my deepest sympathy. May memories of good times provide comfort during this time.
My thoughts are with you,
Michael Bird

Posted by Michael Bird - Haydenville, MA - Family   April 08, 2019

Mary, Frank and Ann my you're all in my prayers. Joe was a great guy! He will be missed.

Posted by Joseph R Zagarella Jr - Malden, MA - Family   April 07, 2019

My deepest heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Zagarella, Ann, and Frank. Wishing the entire family moments of peace and comfort. Mr. Zagarella was an amazing person and wonderful father. My father and I were lucky to have known him. Keeping the entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Giacomo and Giovanni Savoia - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   April 07, 2019

My condolences to the whole family of Joes passing. I am a former state worker. I knew Joe.

Posted by Donna Giacalone - Coworker   April 07, 2019

Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you....

Posted by Jeannette Toscano - North Andover, MA - Friend   April 07, 2019

Sorry to hear that Joe had passed, my prayers are with the family

Posted by Linda Hoefsmit - Brasstown, NC - Family Friend   April 06, 2019

On behalf of Austin Prep, our sincerest sympathies on the passing of Joe. We were blessed to have him as part of our community. The class of 1969 will pray together for Joe during our memorial mass at the 50th Reunion next month.

Posted by Jennifer Hodgdon, Director of Alumni Relations - Reading, MA   April 06, 2019

I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joseph R. Zagarella - North Andover, MA - Family   April 06, 2019

I first met Joe at Emerald St. He was dating my husband, Toms sister Mary. Tom called him on the go Joe because he was always busy. I was pregnant with my first child at Mary and Joe's wedding and soon after so was Mary. Our first borns are only 2 months apart. Through the years Joe and I had many interesting conversations about all sorts of things. Family was most important to him. He cherished them all. I will miss you Joe. Love you all.

Posted by Ingrid Brown - Bakersville, NC - Family   April 05, 2019

Joe is a tremendous person he will be missed.

Posted by Michael D'Ampolo - Wakefield, MA - Friend   April 05, 2019

Mary, Ann & Frankie, we are so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. You are all in out thoughts.

Posted by Rose & Fred Gilfeather - Wakefield, MA   April 05, 2019

Sorrow is not for ever but our loving memories of him are.

Posted by Charlie Brown - Pompano beach, FL - Family   April 05, 2019

For many, many years, I spent every Sunday morning from 9-12 at Mary & Joe's. I would be drinking tea with Mary. Our boys played and grew up together. Joe would sometimes join our conversation, play with the boys, or just be there. We share years of Christmas Eve dinners together (with his Christmas Train right beside the table). He was a great thinker and an excellent speaker. The closeness of his family speaks volumes for the kind of Dad he was. No sleeping in just because it's the weekend and no staying in if the weather was nice. My son shares fond memories of his Uncle as well. He was a good male role model for my son. I can hear his laugh as I type this. There are so many memories, it is hard to pick just one. He was just "always there". I love you Uncle Joe. Come back and visit often in our dreams.

Posted by Jeannie Brown Dawson - Wakefield, MA - Family   April 05, 2019