Gloucester, MA — Vincenza (Ciaramitaro) Bertolino, 87, of Gloucester, wife of the late Leonardo Bertolino, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 26, 2012 in the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with her family at her side.
Vincenza was born in Terrasini, Sicily, Italy, on October 9, 1925, the daughter of the late Mercurio and Rosalia (Grillo) Ciaramitaro.
She raised her family in Gloucester and was a wonderful mother. She was a woman of many talents. She was a gifted knitter and sewer and sewed clothing for her family, making baby clothes, sweaters, blankets, bibs, hand appliquéd towels and bedspreads as well as any manner of decoration for the home. An accomplished cook, she served up tasty meals, and you never left her home without a “doggie” bag. She belonged to The Knitting Club in Gloucester. It started out with her and one elderly lady, and turned into a club with around twelve members that would gather weekly. She enjoyed belonging to the Madonna del Rosario Society. Watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy along with her beloved Red Sox was a favorite pastime of hers. She will be missed by her many friends and family.
She is survived by her daughter, Francesca Bertolino of Gloucester; a son, Stan Bertolino of Brookfield, NH, two brothers, Vito Ciaramitaro and his wife Ninfa , Jerome Ciaramitaro and his wife Mary Ann, all of Gloucester; two grandchildren, Kimberly Osorio and her husband Alfredo of Tampa, FL, Kristen Bertolino of Arlington, MA; four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jack Robert, Synthia and Alfredo Osorio III, all of FL, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Flavia and Salvatore Orlando and a grandson, Matthew Bertolino.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester, on Monday, December 31, at 9:45 a.m., followed by a Mass celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester.
Visiting Hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home on Sunday from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish, 60 Prospect St, Gloucester, MA 01930, the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com