Leona Lapomardo, 93, from Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury – Leona (Terlizzi) Lapomardo, 93, died on January 5, 2022 of complications from Covid-19.

She was born in Worcester and moved to Shrewsbury in 1961. She enjoyed spending many summers with her children and grandchildren in the family beach house in Green Harbor, MA. Leona was loved as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and “Nana” to many. In return, she brought love and happiness to all.

Leona was born in 1928 in Worcester to Michael and Maria C. (Zamarro) Terlizzi. She was married in 1948 to Michael G. Lapomardo who predeceased her in 1996. She was also predeceased by five brothers, Pantaleo, Michael A., Alberto, Silvio, Mario, and five sisters, Mary (Forget), Francesca (Rutigliano), Anna (Leone), Clara (Guertin) and Rose (Rutigliano).

Leona was the matriarch of a large family. As a traditional Italian housewife, she always had the Sunday “sauce” ready. No one left their table hungry. She could crochet a baby blanket, share tips, and play UNO with the kids, all at the same time. She and her husband Mike loved traveling to Bermuda, Aruba and later in life they spent many winters in Delray Beach, Florida. She was always up for a trip to Foxwoods or Las Vegas and loved to play Wheel of Fortune slots.

Her home and her family were the center of her universe. Preparations for Christmas Eve began the day after Thanksgiving when she and the “Italian Cookie Mafia” met in the kitchen and lovingly baking piles of Italian cookies nonstop. This crew was on guard, armed with wooden spoons, and God help anyone who tried to sneak a cookie before Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, the house was full of family. She believed that no one should be alone on Christmas Eve and that everyone was welcome, including those she affectionately called “orphans.” Everyone was looking forward to their manicotti and meatballs, and no matter how many people were there, there was plenty of food for twenty more.

She will be sadly missed by her five children, Leonora (Lee) Ryan and her husband Robert of Shrewsbury, Michael Jr and his wife Patricia (Lagerstrom) of Shrewsbury, Mark Lapomardo of Worcester and his partner Wendy, Clara Sheehan and her husband Michael of Shrewsbury, James Lapomardo of Shrewsbury and daughters-in-law Nancy Lapomardo of Charlton and Elaine Lapomardo of Plymouth.

She was a loving “Nana” to twelve grandchildren, Jennifer (Ryan) Daniels and her husband Adam, Jessica Ryan and her husband Jesse, Lori (Lapomardo) Caputo and her husband Steve, Anthony Lapomardo and his wife Carley (Santella), Andrew Lapomardo, Daniel Lapomardo and his wife Brittany (Clifford), Peter Lapomardo, Patrick Sheehan, Dr Ryan Sheehan, Mikayla Sheehan, Haley (Charley) Lapomardo and Emily Lapomardo.

She was fortunate to have six great-grandsons, Christopher, Logan, Troy, Dominic, Eddie and Phil, and three great-granddaughters, Kaylana, Marion and Gianna Leona.

Leona was a long-time active member of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Notre Dame Healthcare for taking care of Leona over the past few months. We would also like to thank the 3-ICU Lakeside staff at UMASS Medical Center for their compassionate care during this difficult time. Flowers can be accepted or donations can be made to the Notre-Dame Activities Fund.

Call hours for Leona will be on Monday January 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street. Her funeral will be on Tuesday January 11 at the funeral home with a procession to St Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Turnpike Rd Shrewsbury where her Christian funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment next to her husband Michael will follow at Mt View Cemetery.

Flowers can be sent or memorials made to the Notre Dame Healthcare Resident Activity Fund, 559 Plantation St. Worcester 01605. www.mercadantefuneralhome.com.

The live broadcast is available by going to www.mercadantefuneral.com/live services starting at 9:30 am Tuesday.

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