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Frances T. (Colantuone) LaVita

Frances T. (Colantuone) LaVita
  • March 29, 1930 - August 12, 2019
  • Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • ALS Foundation for Life
    P.O. Box 504
    Franklin, MA 02038

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“John and Family,Sending you warm thoughts as you travel this difficult road.Love, Priscilla and Paulfrom Lydon Lane. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Priscilla Murphy - Halifax, MA

“Extending my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Diane Anderson - Andover, MA

“So terribly sorry for your loss. She will be with the angels now ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Pamela Young - Lynn, MA

“I met Fran at Woburn Rehab. we had both had knee surgery. She was a funny and very special person. I will keep you all in my prayers. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Elaine Thorpe - WOBURN, MA

“I was a patient with Fran in Woburn rehab. years ago. She was a pleasure to meet, always a smile on her face. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Elaine Thorpe - WOBURN, MA

“I am so lucky to have known such a vivacious and warm human being. I will miss her! ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Dina Buccieri - Haverhill, MA

“I am so lucky to have known such a vivacious and warm human being. I will miss her! ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Dina Buccieri - Haverhill, MA

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Frances T. (Colantuone) LaVita, of Haverhill, formerly of Melrose, passed away at the Wingate at Haverhill on August 12, 2019 at the age of 89. Frances was born & raised in East Boston, a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1947 and went on to attend business school. She resided in Melrose for 34 years, Stoneham for 15 years, Saugus for 8 years, Peabody for 5 years and the past year in Haverhill. Frances worked as a school bus driver for the city of Melrose for 15 years before her retirement. She was a kind & loyal friend to many and a member of the East Boston Sons of Italy. Frances enjoyed the book club, playing cards with her best friend Vivian LaVita and dancing with the Broadway Twirlers in Malden. She loved traveling to Hawaii, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and going on cruises with her family & friends. Frances volunteered at the Horace Mann & Lincoln school in Melrose, teaching reading & math and she enjoyed spending time at the family home in Alton Bay, NH and then Lake Attitash in Amesbury. Frances resided with her son Joseph & his wife Debra who gave her love & care for many years. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony P. LaVita for over 40 years. Loving mother of David LaVita & his wife Karen of Tewksbury, Anthony LaVita & his wife Maryjane of Beverly, Joseph LaVita & his wife Debra of Haverhill and the late Ronald LaVita. Caring sister of John Colantuone of Fl and the late Joseph Colantuone & his wife Joanne of NH. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, August 23rd from 4-7PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Saturday, August 24th at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Holy Cross Mausoleum in Malden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation for life, P.O. Box 504, Franklin, MA 02038.

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