Somerville/Medford Remembering Victoria (Tello) Foley

Victoria (Tello) Foley passed away peacefully on February 8th, 2022. Vicki is preceded in death by her husband, John (Jack) Foley, and her brothers Francis Tello and Joseph Tello.

She is survived by her five sons, John J. Foley Jr. and his wife Robin of Vero Beach, FL, Michael F. Foley and his wife Judi Anne of Salem, NH, Stephen J. Foley and his wife Rhonda of Camarillo, CA, Martin D. Foley of Salem, NH, Robert P. Foley and his wife Jessica of Santa Barbara, CA.

Vicki is also survived by her thirteen grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren, one great great grandchild; her sister, Joanne Jacobs and her husband Warren of Waltham.

Victoria grew up in the North End of Boston, the second of four children with large extended family nearby. The family moved to Somerville where she graduated from Somerville High School, and she met her forever friends Grace and Jean and her future husband,
Jack Foley. Her relationship with Grace and Jean was truly special, and one she cherished greatly, through marriage, children and grandchildren.

Jack and Vicki settled in Somerville and raised their family. With five boys, she certainly had her work cut out for her and Jack could often be heard
yelling “Dora” for any number of reasons. She was devoted to being mother, and as her family grew, so did the laughter and love she created in her home. She was a very strong, very independent woman. There wasn’t much she couldn’t do if she set her mind to it.

Vicki was never one to sit still. She was truly an artist, a gift she passed on
to her children and grandchildren. She had to be cooking or creating, planning the next big gathering from family reunions to granddaughter’s day. If it wasn’t a parade, it wasn’t grand enough. She made beautiful homemade cards and was always ready to do a bit of shopping. She loved F rank Sinatra, the California sun, the color purple, her girl squad, “The Verbotens,” and, most of all, she loved her family. Family meals were by far her favorite and her idea of “pickies” was a five course dinner. Having raised five boys, this is no surprise.

All of her grandchildren truly thought they were the favorite, that’s how special Nana made them feel. She was their biggest cheerleader. The little ones who are still little and little ones who are now grown have been blessed with all the parts of her that will continue to live on. The legacy that she has left is something made of the intangible-the things that cannot be held by a hand, but will be held by a heart. That’s what makes a life worth living. Victoria knew that and never wasted a second of the life she was given.

Funeral procession from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville, Tuesday morning at 9am, followed by a Funeal Mass in St. Clement Church, Somerville at 10:00.
Relatives and friends invited.
Visiting hours Monday 4:00 – 7:00.
Interment Oak Grove Cemetery.

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