Food Culinary 08

Elena (Zarella) Fratoni

July 31, 1920 ~ November 2, 2022 (age 102)


Elena (Zarella) Fratoni, 

July 31, 1920 – November 2, 2022

Elena (Zarella) Fratoni, Daughter of the late John and Irene (Ventola) Zarella, passed away on November 2, 2022, at the age of 102.

Elena is survived by her two sons, John R. Fratoni and his wife, Janice of Winchendon and Ronald Fratoni and his wife Beverly of Leominster; one daughter, Sandra (Fratoni) Kartanos of Leominster; her son-in law Herbert Kartanos and his partner Susan Cordio also of Leominster.

She is survived by seven grandchildren, Scott Kartanos and his partner Michelle Konecny of Kansas City, Missouri, Keith Kartanos of Leominster, Holly (Kartanos) Garcia and her husband Christopher of Leominster, Susan Fratoni and her husband Brian Whitney, of Barrington, NH, Sarah Fratoni of Chestnut Hill, Michael Fratoni and his wife Laura of Ayer, Mark Fratoni and his wife Marissa of Leominster; ten great grandchildren, Collin Kartanos, Allison Gabriel, Alaina Garcia, Isabella Fratoni, Giulianna Fratoni, Elena Fratoni, Adam Garcia, Emma Fratoni, Adeline Garcia, and Olivia Fratoni.

She will be missed by her two dear nieces, Joan Picone and Carol Furnari, as well as many other nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Her devoted friends from Digital, Merillyn Chicknavorian, Elva Guille, Jean Crossman, Carol Emery, Florine Hulbut, Diane Rogers and Gale Landry.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her late husband, John A. Fratoni, two brothers Harry Zarella and Edward Zarella.  Her four “dear” sisters, Gina Dilisio, Leonora Twiss, Linda Espinola and Adeline Monahan. Her niece, Florence Sabatini and her nephews James Espinola and John Twiss and his daughter Christine Twiss. Her dear departed friends in life were Verna Eastwood and Connie Claveau of Salem, Helen Booth, Evelyn Leon, Lena Ricci and Emily Angelini all of Leominster.

Elena was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts and attended Salem Schools. She started her marriage as a Navy wife during World War II and then as a homemaker and loving mother to three children. Elena Loved to cook and her kitchen always had the aroma of her famous sauce and soup as well as her Italian cookies. She spent the better part of her life trying to feed anyone who walked through her door and she offered whatever food she had, right to the very end of her life.  Even at the Highlands, where she spent the last 11 months under nursing care, she thought she cooked the meals everyone was eating.

She loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Easter, and spent many days preparing by cooking and baking traditional Italian foods from both sides of the family. Traditions were important to her and her tables were always festive.  She placed a special gift at each person’s plate, while she created memories that would last a lifetime.

She loved golfing and was a member of Monoosnock Country Club for years and served on the social committee, where she met the love of her life, Anthony Browchuck. They spent 6 wonderful years together before his passing.

She loved sporty cars and owned several convertibles.  You would often see her cruising around town with the roof down and her hair blowing in the wind.  Her favorite was her yellow 1970 Oldsmobile 442 convertible with white top and interior; you couldn’t miss it.

Elena worked as a bookkeeper for Fitchburg Window Sales, Agnew Brothers Texaco in Leominster, as well as many years managing the office at the United Way in Leominster. She ended her career after many more years at Digital Equipment Corp. in Northboro and Westminster in the Human Resource Department.  She developed many friendships there which lasted through the end of her life. She retired in 1992.

The funeral Mass will be held at St. Leo’s Church at 128 Main Street Leominster, on Monday, November 7, at 11:00 A.M. The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:00 at the Church.

Her family would like to thank the nursing staff on the third floor of the Highlands Life Care Center in Fitchburg, for the loving care they gave her during her time with them; It was outstanding.

Burial will be private.                                                            

Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,

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Funeral Mass
November 7, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Leo's Church
128 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

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