Deacon Montiverdi Obituary, Death – Deacon Gerald M. Montiverdi, Sr., 84, a Diocese of Worcester deacon and former Worcester Police Chaplain, died at UMass Hospital on April 3, 2023, with his family at his side. Deacon Gerry is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Veronika “Bunky” E. (Bandilla) Montiverdi; three children, Lisa Marie Fortin and her husband Patrick of Marlborough, Gerald M. Montiverdi, Jr. of Worcester, and Christopher M. Montiverdi and his wife Annmarie of Leicester;
Also, daughter in law, Sue Montiverdi of Worcester; two sisters, Nancy Leary and Elaine Feodoroff, both of Worcester; eight grandchildren, David, Andrew, Megan, Petr, Michael, and Joseph A. and Virginia R. (Sposato) Montiverdi, Sr. had seven children, including Deacon, in Worcester. Four brothers—Michael “Mickey,” Victor, Vincent, and Joseph Montiverdi, Jr.—predeceased him. Commerce High School graduate Deacon joined the Army Reserves.
Deacon joined the Worcester Diocese Diaconate Program because of his beliefs. On the night of Pentecost Sunday, June 6, 1981, he celebrated his first Mass after being ordained June 5. He prayed several hours for Saint Francis Xavier and Saint Jude. His deaconate was spent at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Loreto. For thirty-three years, he prayed for the pediatric department as a UMass Hospital chaplain.
Deacon Gerry retired in 2017 after serving as Worcester Police Department’s Senior Store Clerk for many years. Deacon Gerry served as Worcester Police Department Chaplain for many years after being nominated by Chief Edward Gardella and Bishop Bernard Flanagan in 1997. He loved reading “The Policeman’s Prayer” at Worcester Police Memorial Sunday. Worcester Police Relief Association Chaplain.
The Central MA Critical Incident Debriefing team included Deacon. Police Chief Gary Gemme awarded Deacon the “Chief of Police Citation” in 2011 for his committed service. Deacon Gerry worked on various church committees and was a 4th-degree Knight with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Council K of C. He liked reading, golf, and ministry. Former Singletary Rod and Gun Club member. Deacon Gerry loved his faith and family and never complained. He always put people first and made time to give solid advice.
God gave him life, church service, and family, which he treasured. The family would like to thank the VNA of Worcester, especially Sue, McKenzie, Kelly, and Keely, for their caring care over the past two years. The sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto Church, 33 Massasoit Road Worcester, will host Deacon Gerry’s calling hours on Monday, April 10, from 3 to 7 p.m. Our Lady of Loreto Church, 33 Massasoit Road, Worcester, will hold his funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester, will bury him.