Marie Anne (Lattarulo) Boccuzzio


Marie Anne (Lattarulo) Boccuzzio, 89, of New Britain, died Feb. 27, 2011, surrounded by her loving children. She was the beloved wife of Lawrence "Larry" for 58 years before his death in 2004.

She was born Jan. 1, 1922, and was the daughter of Vito Lattarulo and Anna Lattarulo Ladiso. After her father's death when she was 6, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Michele (Michael) Ladiso, her "Pa," to whom she was forever grateful for having him in her life. A long-time member of the St. John the Evangelist Parish family and the New Britain Council of Catholic Women, she was a dedicated volunteer who held many board positions participated in numerous church bazaars, Ladies Guild and council fundraisers, and, of course, Sunday bingo. Encouraging her children's growth, Marie served as a leader for the Girl Scouts, Brownies and Boy Scout Troops. She was also an active member of the Chamberlain School Parent Teacher Association for more than 10 years; happily entertaining in the P.T.A.'s Annual Follies. While working as an experienced dressmaker at a local shop, she shared her talent as a seamstress with New Britain High School's Annual Music Revue, sewing a variety of costumes and elaborate curtains that continue to grace the auditorium stage. Inseparable, would best describe the bond between Marie and her friend Rita Lepore, a sister-like kinship that was unbreakable until her death. Throughout the Marlin-Rockwell years, "Mer-Mer" and Rita bowled on a variety of leagues but she often reminisced of the Saturday evenings during the 1960s spent bowling with her siblings and their spouses.

Deeply saddened by this great loss, she is survived by her loving and devoted daughters, Peg Foligno, and her husband, Danny of New Britain, with whom she made her home, Maryanne Herman and her husband, Donald, of Bristol, and Nancy Romano, of New Britain; and her sons, Vito Boccuzzio and his wife, Nancy, of Southington, Lawrence Boccuzzio, of Plainville, and Richard Boccuzzio, of Southington; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Matthew and Alexander Romano, Larry Boccuzzio, Stacey Boccuzzio and her son, Angelo, Jennifer Boccuzzio, Jeffrey Boccuzzio, his wife, Michelle and their children, Jessica, Angela, and Allison; three sisters-in-law, Ann Rizza, Catherine Spatafora, and Catherine Lattarulo; as well as generations of loving nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind James Romano, Sandy Nadolny, Penny Murphy and Fran Boccuzzio, who were dear to her. Marie was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; her twin babies, Marie and Lawrence; three brothers, Gregory, Frank and Dominic Lattarulo; three sisters, Angelina Cistulli, Mary Maleno and Julie Gardino; and her sister-in-law, Mary Lattarulo, with whom she was especially close.

The funeral was held March 3, 2011, at the Farrell Funeral Home, New Britain, with a Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 655 East St., New Britain, CT 06051, or the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.

Published in Plainville Citizen from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2011