Leona Lapomardo, 93, of Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury – Leona (Terlizzi) Lapomardo, 93, died on January 5, 2022 as a result of Covid-19.

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

Leona was born in Worcester in 1928 to Michael and Maria C. (Zamarro) Terlizzi. She was married in 1948 to Michael G. Lapomardo, who she had previously died in 1996. She was also made up of five brothers, Pantaleo, Michael A., Alberto, Silvio, Mario and five sisters, Mary (Forget), Francesca. predeceased (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 “sauce” ready on Sundays. Nobody left their table hungry. She could crochet a baby blanket, give advice and play UN with the children at the same time. She and her husband Mike loved traveling to Bermuda, Aruba, and later in life spent many winters in Delray Beach, Florida. Always ready for a trip to Foxwoods or Las Vegas, she loved playing the Wheel of Fortune slots.

Her home and 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 baked heaps of Italian biscuits non-stop. This crew was on guard, armed with wooden spoons, and God help anyone who tried to get hold of a biscuit before Christmas.

The house was full of families on Christmas Eve. She believed that no one should be alone on Christmas Eve and everyone was welcome, including those she lovingly called “orphans.” Everyone was looking forward to their manicotti and meatballs, and no matter how many people came, there was enough to eat for twenty more.

She is greatly 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 mate 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 blessed to have six great-grandchildren, Christopher, Logan, Troy, Dominic, Eddie, and Phil, and three great-grandchildren Kaylana, Marion, and Gianna Leona.

Leona was a longtime active member of the parish of Our Lady of Mt Carmel.

The family would like to thank the wonderful Notre Dame Healthcare staff who have taken care of Leona over the past few months. We would also like to thank the employees of the 3-ICU Lakeside of the UMASS Medical Center for their empathetic care during this difficult time. Flowers can be accepted or donated to the Notre Dame Activity Fund.

The consultation hours for Leona will take place on Monday, January 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street. Her funeral will take place Tuesday, January 11th, by 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. The funeral next to her husband Michael will follow in Mt View Cemetery.

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

Live streaming will be available from Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at www.mercadantefuneral.com/live services.

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