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Mary Jean Laratonda

March 15, 1921 January 22, 2018
Mary Jean Laratonda
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Mary Jean (Zitola) Laratonda, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 22, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Haverhill, MA on March 15, 1921, to the late Michele and Anna Zitola. Mary attended Haverhill Public Schools, where she proudly received a double grade promotion, before working in the Haverhill shoe shops.

Mary was born inside the home her father had built, and resided at that house until her passing. Widowed at the young age of 51, Mary was a strong and resourceful woman. Her independence was admirable, and she loved nothing more than to spend time with her family and friends. She cherished her time gardening, playing cards, and working crossword puzzles, and enjoyed summers at the beach and winters in Florida. She was a talented seamstress and known widely for her beautiful knitting and crocheting work. Mary was an avid sports fan, especially of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Notre Dame Football teams. Mary was a fixture on Friday afternoons at Eurada and Ted’s Beauty Salon in Haverhill, where she was known for her quick wit and sense of humor for over 40 years. She was a member of Sacred Hearts Parish.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Daniel Laratonda and late brother Joseph Zitola, Mary was the proud mother of Donna and her husband Robert Graham of Methuen and Susan and her husband Edward Skolski of Bradford. She was survived by grandchildren Debra Graham, Laurie Graham and her husband Francis Saenz, granddaughter-in-law Laurie Graham, Michelle Graham and her husband Stephen Graves, Daniel Skolski and his wife Lorie, Danielle Skolski and her husband Kenneth Cavallaro, and Louise Bannister; great grandchildren Heather Skolski, Courtney and Cody Graham, Arianna and Miabella Cavallaro, Emily and Jordyn Graves; and great-great grandson Henry Skolski as well as several cherished nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Daniel Graham.

The family wishes to express its gratitude for the excellent care from Mary’s physician, Dr. Kay Ficht of Newburyport, which allowed her to remain in the home she loved.

Mary loved cooking and housework. The smell of lentil soup and Lemon Pledge will forever remind us of our dearest Nana.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her calling hours on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home, 210 South Main St., Bradford, MA. Her Funeral will be held Friday morning, Jan. 26, beginning at 9:00 at the Funeral Home followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 at Sacred Hearts Church, Bradford. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl., Brookline, MA 02445. To share a memory or for more information, please visit

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4:00 PM 1/25/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/25/2018 7:00:00 PM
H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home

210 South Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home
210 South Main Street Bradford 01835 MA
United States





10:00 AM 1/26/2018 10:00:00 AM
Sacred Hearts Church

165 South Main St.
Bradford, MA 01835

Sacred Hearts Church
165 South Main St. Bradford 01835 MA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Patrick's Cemetery Final Resting Place

450 North Broadway
Haverhill, MA 01832

Haverhill 01832 MA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Jimmy Fund

P.O. Box 849168
Boston, MA MA 02284-9168

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