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Pinto, Lena  
Lena Pinto, 89, of Plymouth, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016, with her family by her side. She was born in Plymouth, the daughter of the late Bonaventura and Maria (Civetti) Iannucci. After graduating from Kingston High School in 1945, Lena started her own business with her sister-in-law, Doris Kreuger. They opened the Koffee Shop in Kingston, which served three meals a day to their many customers. Later she was employed as manager for Danforths Bakery in North Plymouth, which she worked for many years until retiring. Lena loved all kinds of sports, including swimming, basketball, football, and her beloved Boston Red Sox. She enjoyed sewing, camping, bingo, Foxwoods, and spending time with family. Lena especially loved to spend time with her many nieces and nephews taking them to the beach and playing games with them throughout their childhood. Family was very important to her and she loved to have everyone together. Lena was married to the late Antone Pinto. She leaves behind her brother, John Iannucci and his wife Camille of Kingston. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Josephine Vergato, Laura Petit, Nick Mucci, Louise Schiavoni, Josephine Wrightington, Ben Iannucci; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will be under the care of the Bartlett Funeral Home, 338 Court Street, Plymouth. Calling hours will be Sunday, September, 25, from 2-5 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Marys Church, 313 Court Street, Monday, September 26, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Vine Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Lenas memory to the American Heart Fund at or to the Jessie Cooper foundation at workforgood .org/donation/MakeDonation.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Sept. 22, 2016
Purpura, Shirley J.  
Shirley J. (Holbrook) Purpura, 80, of Quincy passed away peacefully September 21, 2016, at her home surrounded by family and friends. After her valiant fight with breast cancer and her strong will to live, her unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters, carried her through many months of grueling chemotherapy on her "Pink Tuesdays". She will be remembered for her loving smile and devotion to her family. Shirley worked decorating cakes over 60 years at OBriens Bakery, Wollaston. Shirley was a past Matron and member of the Braintree Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She was also a member of White Shrine of Jerusalem and Order of the Amaranth. She was the beloved wife of John B. Purpura; loved mother of John P. Purpura, Robert G. Purpura and the late James E. Purpura; devoted grandmother of 5; and great-grandmother of 7. Shirley is also survived by her sister, Liz Holbrook-Dicenzo; brothers, Robert Holbrook, Dean Holbrook and Danny Kamppila, and the late Luke Holbrook, Garfield Holbrook, Sondra (Holbrook) Savageau, Edward Holbrook, Dickie Holbrook. She also leaves her two cousins who were like sisters to her, Barbara Pepin and Shirley Holbrook Fiske Mennella; and loving relatives, and many "Pink" friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Deware Funeral Home, 576 Hancock Street, Quincy. An Eastern Star service will be held Monday at 7 p.m. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Shirleys services are a celebration of her wonderful life, so pink is requested and encouraged. Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For info and online condolences, please visit www.dewarefuneralhome. com. Deware Funeral Home 617-472-1137
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Sept. 24, 2016
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