Geraldine May Sardina

September 25, 1933February 8, 2021

LYNN—Geraldine M. (Kelly) Sardina, age 87, of Lynn, entered into rest on Monday, February 8, 2021 at her home in Lynn, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Marcelino Sardina, Jr.

Born in Boston, MA on September 25, 1933, she was a dear daughter of the late Thomas G. and Ida M. (Anderson) Kelly. Geraldine grew up in Roslindale, MA and was a graduate of Roslindale High School. She then went on to work with Aunt Ardis and Family Catering all over the Boston area, while raising her family in East Boston.

In her free time, Geraldine loved to cook and bake for herself and loved ones. She had a big heart, and spent many years fosters cats. She also enjoyed traveling on the T to visit her sister Vina. Above all else though, Geraldine loved her family. The time and memories made with her family, friends, and fur babies touch the lives of those she loved forever. She retired in her 80’s from Boston Tops, she loved all her coworkers at the Pru.

Surviving Geraldine are her dear children, Karen Batchelder and her husband Steve, Barbara Salsberry and her husband Steve, Debbie Grimaldi and her husband Cody, Mark Sardina, and James Sardina and his wife Tracey; her loving grandchildren, Cody Grimaldi, Jr., Shawn Sardina and his wife Ellie, Steve Salsberry, Jr., Jay Salsberry and his fiancée Diane, Justin Grimaldi and his girlfriend Rachel, and Marc Salsberry; her great-grandchildren, Zeta Grimaldi, Evan Sardina, Ethan Sardina, Sayge Salsberry, Zayvin Salsberry, Marcel Sardina, Calista Sardina; her siblings, Vina Ronan and her husband Tom, Jimmy Kelly and his wife Emily, and Thomas Kelly, Jr. and his wife Margie; her great-grand fur babies, Cole, Haley, Lilly, Ivory, Parker, Dodger, and Manny.

Arrangements: A Funeral Service will be held for Geraldine on Thursday, February 18th from 10 am until 12 pm, at Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn. Burial will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Geraldine’s honor may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607, or to Peabody Animal Lifesavers (PALS), 10 Traders Way Salem, MA 01970. To leave an online message or condolence, please visit


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Kevin Cooper

February 19, 2021

Jimmy , were so sorry to hear about your mom, I know how much she meant to you and how much you loved her and from the way you talked about her , she was a very caring and loving person , our thoughts and Prayers are with you and all your family. God bless.

Mary Shea

February 16, 2021

I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of the Sardina family. I will never forget your mother. She was one of the kindest ,most generous people I have known. She and all of your were such a part of my childhood memories. I am praying that God will give you strength and peace as you go through this difficult time.

Jim and Tracey Sardina

February 15, 2021

We have so many happy memories with Gerry and have been blessed countless times with her acts of loving kindness. Gerry always put family first and taught us how to give unconditionally. We feel incomplete without you here. We love and miss you.❤️

Barbara Sardina Salsberry

February 15, 2021

My Mother was a very loving kind brave person who had a big heart. We were so lucky to have her as our mother and grandmother. She filled our house with lots of love, laughter and fun. She helped me nurture sick and scared cats so that they could find their forever loving homes. One day she came home from work and I said; Mom before you go up to your room let me explain something. She asked; What? There are four kittens in your room but they are very young and won't bother you. The next morning she said; Oh Yeah! Right! They were running all over my head all night long. She laughed! We will miss you dearly and forever will you remain in our hearts for the rest of our lives. We will forever cherish the many loving memories that we had with you. Till we meet again, Rest in Peace!

Debbie Grimaldi

February 13, 2021

I went back to stay with Mom for a few weeks at Barbara & Steve's House. I Thank God I did. Eleven days later Mom passed. I am so grateful Mom lived in a house so full of love for over 30 years with Barbara, Steve,Steven,Jay, Marc. So many times I have thought over the last few days, Oh I have to tell Mom about that. You see I would call Mom everyday. When she got sick I called twice a day. Having five children to love and I felt I was your favorite. That is how much love Mom had for us that I felt special .Remember when Dad said I was tied to your Apron strings. I will always walk with you by my side Mom.I will miss you Mom to the day I die. Love You MOM to Heaven and Back....... Love Always, Debbie. PS (PEEP)

Laurel Whalen

February 12, 2021

Dear Karen, Barbara and Family Members,
I am so very saddened for your loss. Your mother was an amazing woman who extended love and food to everyone she met. I always enjoyed spending time with her at family events. She was so proud of all of you and loved each of you with her whole heart. Her eyes sparkled whenever she spoke about any of you. It was so amazing that you could be with her to the end. Your love carried her.
She will live strong in your hearts and memories. Cherish those.
All the Best,

Karen Batchelder

February 12, 2021

My mother, She was a sweet, loving and kind mother. Who devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She was always there for us in different times of our lives, she was by our side supporting us and I hope to God that I have been the same to my son and grandchildren. I feel so fortunate to have such a great family she always kept us together. I promised my mother I would keep us together forever. We will carry-on with her traditions and love each other and make her proud of us. we love you forever and forever Ma and I know you’ll be by your side watching over us. I just have to share this as I’m writing this i’m crying and my three-year-old granddaughter hugging me and telling me how much she loves me. She’s asking me why am crying, she said because Nana Gerry went to Heaven and I said yes and she said I ‘ll kiss and hug you better nana❤️

Pattie DeMaria Bocchino

February 10, 2021

Karen, Barbara and family,
My deepest sympathies for your loss. You are such a warm, loving family and such good daughters to your mother, She was so fortunate to have you be able to take care of her the way you did. In time the good memories will start to replace the sad. I remember how happy she was to attend all the ballroom dance parties. She was so proud of you Karen, you could see it in her eyes.
Prayers for your strength.
Love Pattie & Joe