Domenic F. Zarette, 98, of Shrewsbury


Obit DOMENIC F. ZARETTEShrewsbury – Domenic F. Zarette, 98, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, in the Coleman House.

Domenic is survived by his devoted wife of 72 years, Lucy (Simone) Zarette; a son, Francis Zarette and his wife Debra of Shrewsbury; and a daughter, Linda M. Doherty of Worcester. He also leaves his grandchildren, Tara M. Alano, Sean M. Doherty, and Tracey Doherty, and great-grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Liam, Reilly, and Colin. He also leaves many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Catacchio and Lucy George, and a brother, Angelo Zarette.

He was born in Worcester, son of the late Frank and Imaculata (Luchese) Zarette, and lived there many years before moving to Shrewsbury. He was a graduate of Worcester Boys Trade School.

Domenic served his country proudly in the United States Army during WWII. He was a staff sergant serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre, the Ryukyus Campaign, and the Central Pacific Campaign. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with three bronze battle stars and also a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze battle star. In addition, he received a Bronze star for saving six comrades in the Leyte Gulf conflict in the Philippines.

Upon returning from the service, Domenic founded the D.F. Zarette & Son Construction Company, which he ran for over 50 years before retiring.

He was a lifetime member of the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Ann, and a member of the East Side Post American Legion #201, the Itam Club, and the Beato Angelo D’Acri Society.

He was a dedicated New England Sports fan and loved being with his grandchildren and attending their games. He and Lucy enjoyed a good day at casino and enjoyed traveling, but his most treasured times were those spent with his family. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

The family would like to thank all the dedicated staff of the Coleman House for their extra caring and kindness shown to Domenic and his family.

Domenic’s funeral will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5 from the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester, with a Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Ann, 24 Mulberry St. Visiting hours with the family will be Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4-7 p.m., in the funeral home. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery of Shrewsbury.

Contributions may be made to the Michael F. Doherty Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545, or to the NEADS Organization, P.O. Box 1100, Princeton, MA 01541, an organization that provides skilled dogs for disabled veterans.

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