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“The staff of the American Cancer Fund at www.AmericanCancerFund.org is sorry to hear of Josephs passing. We have received a memorial donation in his...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: American Cancer Fund - NJ

“A friend for many years at DOR. A great man!!! RIP ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Ed Domoracki - Orlando, FL

“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...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Bird - Haydenville, MA

“Mary, Frank and Ann my you're all in my prayers. Joe was a great guy! He will be missed. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Joseph R Zagarella Jr - Malden, MA

“My deepest heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Zagarella, Ann, and Frank. Wishing the entire family moments of peace and comfort. Mr. Zagarella was an...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Giacomo and Giovanni Savoia - MA

“My condolences to the whole family of Joes passing. I am a former state worker. I knew Joe. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Donna Giacalone - Coworker

“Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.... ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Jeannette Toscano - North Andover, MA

“Sorry to hear that Joe had passed, my prayers are with the family ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Hoefsmit - Brasstown, NC

“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...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Jennifer Hodgdon, Director of Alumni Relations - MA

“I'm sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Joseph R. Zagarella - MA - Family

“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...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Ingrid Brown - Bakersville, NC

“Joe is a tremendous person he will be missed. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Michael D'Ampolo - Wakefield, MA

“Mary, Ann & Frankie, we are so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. You are all in out thoughts. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Rose & Fred Gilfeather - MA

“Sorrow is not for ever but our loving memories of him are. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Charlie Brown - Pompano beach, FL

“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...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Jeannie Brown Dawson - Wakefield, MA


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.