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Frieda F. Lodato

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Frieda F. Lodato 1919-2009 AGAWAM, MASS. Frieda Florence Lodato, 89, ascended Into the Journey of Everlasting Life on May 29, 2009, from Renaissance Manor, Westfield, Mass., surrounded by those who loved her. She was a resident of Agawam for the last four years, having previously lived in Bennington and Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Born in Jersey City, N.J., on Nov. 17, 1919, a daughter of Frank and Anna Schroder Raffaele, she was a 1963 graduate of Hofstra University, where she received her Master's degree in Reading Education. She was a teacher for the Uniondale School District on Long Island, N.Y., for 25 years, retiring in 1979. Through her teaching, she passed on her love of reading to her students. Visiting with her family, especially her great-grandchildren, brought her the greatest joy. Her passion for reading and her interest in politics continued to the end. She watched every Presidential debate and willingly shared her opinions. She was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed keeping a box score. Frieda's faith was of the utmost importance to her; she taught CCD classes for 21 years and was an active parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. She was predeceased by her first husband of 33 years, Michael Jugan, in 1973, and by her second husband of 31 years Ralph Lodato, in 2006. She was also predeceased by her three sisters, Christina Ragucci, Edith Lamparelli and Lillian Caldorola. Frieda leaves her two sons, Michael Jugan and his wife, Chi Na, of Seoul Korea, and Stephen Jugan of Levittown, N.Y.; a daughter, Marilyn Durken and her husband, Patrick, of Southwick; a sister, Josephine Abramowitz and her husband, Alan, of West Milford, N.J; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Thursday at 9:45 a.m. from the SOUTHWICK FORASTIERE FUNERAL HOME, 624 College Highway, (Highway 202 and 10), Southwick, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial, celebrated at 11 in Our Lady of the Lake Church, Southwick. Private burial will take place in St. Raymond Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Frieda's family wishes to thank the staff at Renaissance Manor, and also to the Hospice Service of Western Mass. for their loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to Renaissance Manor of Westfield, C/O Activity Fund, 37 Feeding Hills Road, Westfield, MA 01085. www. ForastiereFuneralHome.com
Published in Bennington Banner on June 1, 2009
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