Loretta C. Meringolo, 96

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Loretta C. Meringolo, 96Shrewsbury – Loretta C. (Crapolicchio) Meringolo, 96, a longtime resident of Shrewsbury, loving mother and grandmother, passed away in her home Monday, July 2, 2012, with her devoted daughter at her side. Loretta's husband, Joseph J. Meringolo Sr., passed away in February 1992.

Loretta was born in Worcester, one of six children of Richard and Christina (Balsamo) Crapolicchio. In 1943, she married Joseph J. Meringolo Sr. Together, they made a home in Shrewsbury where Loretta lived for more than 56 years. She and her husband were married for 49 years. Loretta was an employee of State Mutual for many years.

Loretta was a member of St. Mary's Church. She cherished her Italian roots and held on to those traditions throughout her life. She loved to cook, sew, read, and especially loved to be surrounded by her family. Her family was her inspiration and greatest joy in life. She cherished family holidays and gatherings.

She is survived by her three children, Joseph J. Meringolo Jr. and his wife, Christine Ann Meringolo, of Johnstown Ohio, Thomas R. Meringolo of Newton, and Christine M. Meringolo of Webster; two grandchildren who she cherished and who cherished her, Lisa C. Meringolo and Steven J. Meringolo, along with his wife, Jillian Meringolo; a great-grandson, Jadon Laflamme; her best friends, dogs Blu and Buggs; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Her three brothers, Valentino “Val” Capra, Dante Capra and Armando Capra, and two sisters, Rachel Lobo and Antoinette Romano, have all preceded her in death.

Calling hours for Loretta will be held Monday, July 9, from 9:30 to 10:30 am, at the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL at 370 Plantation St., Worcester. Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St Mary's Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, with private burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.