To A Marvelous Woman

ROSE A. (BONACORSO) FIORELLO Obituary Condolences ROSE A. (BONACORSO) FIORELLO Obituary FIORELLO, Rose A. (Bonaccorso) Of Medford, formerly of Boston’s West End, April 26th. Beloved wife of the late Edward. Devoted mother of Christine R. Fiorello of Medford, Pauline Fiorello and her husband John Healion of Medford, the late Kathleen Fiorello and Leonard J. Fiorello. Loving grandmother of Ariana Fiorello, Christian, Patricia and Domenic Healion. Dear sister of the late Ida Bellissimo, Josephine Fiore, Constance Caruso, Dominick and Salvatore Bonaccorso. Funeral from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., MEDFORD Friday at 9 AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Raphael Church, 512 High Street, Medford at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Thursday 4 – 8. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Rose’s name to Project Bread at Projectbread.org or Project Bread, 145 Border St., East Boston, MA 02128. To leave a message of condolence visit http://www.dellorusso.net Dello Russo Family Funeral Homes Medford-Woburn-Wilmington Published in The Boston Globe from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2014 – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=ROSE-A-FIORELLO-BONACORSO&pid=170838740#sthash.CuitzAKl.dpuf ____________________________________________________________________________________________

In honor of National Grandparents Day and Sunday’s Obituary Day, I chose to write about my late grandmother. Not only did my mom adopt me, but my Nana adopted me and welcomed me as her first grandchild. She was a strong woman, who truly held our family together. I can recall having dinners at her house every Wednesday with my cousins. We would go to school and then after school, go to her house and wait for our parents to come home from work. She was the glue, and her life spoke volumes. She was one of six children born to Nunzio Bonaccorso and Domenica “Margaret” D’Amico. Over all, she was the third youngest, or fourth oldest. She worked for several years as a bank teller and even learned to drive. She grew up in the North End of Boston, where she met and married her late husband, my Papa, Edward Fiorello. They had a total of four children, two of whom passed away. My Nana was strong for the things she had to deal with. She cared for a husband who suffered with many health issues including quadruple heart surgery and dialysis. She lost two children, one who suffered with addiction for several years before cleaning up and the other who was born with being mentally retarded. Shortly after the loss of her eldest daughter, her husband passed away. In her later years, she too suffered with health issues, but continued to push forward for her children and grandchildren. When she it was her time to reunite with her husband and children, she was also joining all of her siblings. Though she was was not the last born, she was the last to leave this earth. She witnessed the deaths of two children, a husband, all of her siblings and their significant others. My Nana was a strong woman. I truly believe that she sent us the gift of my son in order to cope with her absense, since he was born almost a year after she passed. My son’s due date was April 24th, but due to complications, I was induced and he was born 18th April 2015.

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