Eleanor "Ellie" Saccardo, 89, of Wrentham, formerly of Hyde Park and Norfolk, MA, had lived in Wrentham since 1976. Ellie worked at Allis-Chalmers in Hyde Park where she met her husband, Anthony "Sonny" Saccardo. She then worked at the Foxboro Company until she retired in 1994. She passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021 after being hospitalized with COVID-19.
Ellie, like her husband, had a great sense of humor. She loved being around family and especially enjoyed the holidays when everyone was together. When visitors came to Ellie and Sonny's home, they were instantly treated like family. Wonderful food and tons of desserts were immediately brought to the table and Ellie would invite them to sit for a cup of tea and conversation. Ellie spoke her mind and always stuck up for the underdog. She loved to joke around and was quick to laugh at herself when jokes came her way. Ellie was truly one of a kind, way ahead of her time, and always true to herself, often reminding her grandchildren to "dare to be different" and follow their own path. She was an extraordinary person, kind and caring as well as strong and resilient. She was a trooper right till the end as she was throughout her life. She was dearly loved by her family and friends.
Ellie is survived by her three daughters, Linda McNeill and her husband Rich of Franklin, Mass.; Jean Gardner and her husband Todd of Aptos, California; and Grace Saccardo and her husband Steve Fleming of Bolton, Mass.; six grandchildren, David, Joshua and Hannah McNeill, Chelsea and Kylee Gardner and Jake Fleming; sister Rose Mulqueeney; brothers Robert and Andrew Colantoni; sister-in-law Muriel Colantoni; Aunt Elaine Anastasio; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ellie was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Sonny Saccardo; her sister, Mary Chestnut, and her brothers, John, Frank, Socrates and Lawrence Colantoni. After losing Sonny six years ago, she remained happy and positive and kept us laughing with her awesome sense of humor.
Ellie's favorite sayings were: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"; "Love is the only thing to live with"; and her favorite, "I love you, I like you, I care for you."
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Muscular Dystrophy Association
or to your favorite charity
A memorial service celebrating Ellie's life will be held at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home in Foxboro on Saturday, July 10th. A visiting hour with family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the memorial service will begin at 11 a.m.
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Published by Sun Chronicle on Jun. 19, 2021.