PITTSFIELD -- Biagio Albertazzi, 88, formerly of 600 Cheshire Road, died Sunday at the Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility where he has resided since Dec. 5, 2000.
Born in Farnams section of Cheshire on Dec. 30, 1914, son of Domenico and Anunziata Bianchi Albertazzi, he attended schools in Cheshire.
He was last employed as custodian at Lanesboro Elementary School for 20 years, retiring in 1977. Before that he was employed as a construction worker for various construction companies in Berkshire County. He also drove a school bus for the Lanesboro school system.
He was a communicant of North American Martyrs Church in Lanesboro and attended St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Cheshire. He was also an enthusiastic sports fan who attended all sports events at Mount Greylock Regional High School. When he was a young man he raced cars for six years at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He was a Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
His wife, the former Mary A. Saldo, whom he married on Sept. 2, 1940, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Cheshire, died on Dec. 1, 2002.
He leaves a son, Reno D. Albertazzi of Pittsfield; five sisters, Chesela Magi of Naperville, Ill., Elizabeth Bongini of Pittsfield, Nellie Charron, Gina Simpson and Alda Roy, all of North Adams; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A daughter, Jean E. Novo, died on Nov. 6, 1989.
FUNERAL NOTICE -- A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Biagio Albertazzi, 88, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 11 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Cheshire by the Rev. David R. Raymond, pastor. Burial will follow in the family plot at Cheshire Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., is in charge of arrangements. Beloved father of Reno D. Albertazzi and his wife Susan. Cherished grandfather of Jeffrey and Mark Novo, Regina, Rena, Reno and Roman Albertazzi and Rhea Carnevale, and great-grandfather of Michael, Kirstie and Justin Carnevale. Mr. Albertazzi was predeceased by a brother, Reno Albertazzi, who died in 1942 during World War II.