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Pauline M. Bergantino (Forte) of Arlington, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 16, 2023. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Angelo A. Bergantino, and is survived by her four children: Lisa Marquis of Arlington, MA and son-in-law Brian Marquis of Austin, TX, their son David and his daughter Lydia, and their daughter Anna and her husband Daniel Gonzalez and their children Carmela and Pablo; James Bergantino and wife Holly of Hopkinton, MA and their son Tyler; Paul Bergantino and wife Jennifer of Lexington, MA and their children John, Elizabeth and David; Steven Bergantino and wife Christina of Ridgewood, NJ and their children Sophia, Juliette and Charlie.  Pauline was preceded in death by her parents Rudolph and Mary (Merlino) Forte, brother Vincent Forte and sister Rita Frangioni (Forte). Pauline is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Born in Boston, MA on January 6, 1929, Pauline moved to Arlington as a young adult with her family and stayed after getting married to raise a family of her own. She was a woman of many talents and interests including, but not limited to, sewing, knitting, upholstery, carpentry, and cooking. She was most happy when using her many skills to enrich the lives of those she loved. Her handknit sweaters, mittens, socks, and hats were favorites of the many family members and friends for whom she made them. Pauline was also beloved for her multi-course, multi-ethnic Thanksgiving feasts, Italian lemon cookies and chocolate cream pies. After completing a quarter century at W.R. Grace, she enjoyed a retirement of travel, golf, bowling, watching Boston sports teams, and challenging herself with sudoku, word games, and puzzles. She will be fondly remembered and missed by many.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am and to a funeral mass at 11:30 am in St. Agnes Church. Burial to follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pauline's memory to your favorite charity or Lahey Hospital & Medical Center at Please visit to view an online guestbook.
Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 9:00am to 11:00am
Funeral Mass:
Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 11:30am
Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 12:15pm