Ida R. Blood, 100, of Shrewsbury


Ida R. BloodShrewsbury – Ida R. (Galli) Blood, 100, a longtime former resident of Clinton St and N.Quinsigamond Ave in Shrewsbury passed away with her devoted daughter, Patricia, by her side Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.

Ida was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Worcester, one of 14 children of Italian immigrants Paul and Anna (Antionrella) Galli. Raised and educated in Worcester, Ida married and settled in Shrewsbury where she lived more than 70 years.

Gifted in sewing, Ida worked over 25 years for Slovin Slacks Company before retiring in 1982. She continued to knit, crochet, and sew articles of clothing for her family. Her crochet pieces were cherished by all who received them, especially her family.

Ida’s husband, William C. Blood, passed away in 2005. She is survived by her two children, Patricia A. Tagliamonti and her husband Joseph of Ogunquit, Maine and Worcester and Robert W. Blood and his wife Lucille of Webster; two grandchildren, Dean W. Tagliamonti of Worcester and Linda J. Croft, her husband Dr. Michael Croft and their son Matthew T. Croft of San Diego, Calif.; A brother, Arthur “Teo” Galli of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; a sister, Gloria Meola and her husband Philip of West Boylston; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband, William; two grandsons, Joseph A. Tagliamonti and Robert W. Blood Jr.; four brothers, John, Domenic, Victor, and Hugo Galli; and seven sisters, Viola Dusack, Grace Langowski, Assunta Butler, Elvira “Alice” Michaud, Mary Trent, Dora Caputo, and Matilda “Tilly” Holland.

Ida was a member of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, its Golden Years, the St Annes Senior Social Club, and Shrewsbury Towers Association.

Ida enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially family dinners. Her beautiful trays of Italian cookies were made for every family celebration and enjoyed by many. Ida was very generous with her love, time, and resources, and helped anyone she could. She will be greatly missed.

Ida’s celebration of Christian burial funeral Mass will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m., in Our Lady of Loreto Church, 37 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. COVID restrictions, masks and social distancing will apply. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Relatives and friends may extend their sympathies from 10:30 am to the start of the Mass at the church. A celebration of Ida’s life will be held at a later date.

Flowers may be sent, or memorial contributions made to Our Lady of Loreto Church, 37 Massasoit Rd.

The MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., is honored to assist the family with arrangements.