Obituaries 10-21-2020

Michael Lucente, Sr.

Deeply Rooted in Italian Traditions Which He Passed on to His Family Who Will Continue His Legacy

Michael Lucente, Sr. passed away on October 15 at the age of 90.

Born in Acerenza, Italy on November 13, 1929 to the late Canio and Antonia (Miglionico), he was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Rita (Napoleone), devoted father of Anthony Lucente of Wakefield, Gina (Lucente) Farrell and her husband, Stephen of Wakefield and Michael Lucente Jr. and his wife, Renee (La Voie) of Westford; cherished grandfather of Kaitlin (Farrell) Dolan and her husband, Michael of Wakefield, Kathleen Farrell of Wakefield, and Nicole, Marissa, and Michael Lucente III, all of Westford and adored great grandfather of Madelyn Grace Dolan and the dear brother of the late Maria DeBonis. He is also survived by five loving nieces in the United States and many loving family members in Italy.

Michael (Mike) spent his early years in the beautiful town of Acerenza in Southern Italy. While growing up in Italy he was trained as a blacksmith. Following World War II, at the age of 18, he immigrated to the United States arriving at Ellis Island in 1948. After arriving in the US, he lived with his father in East Boston and met his beautiful wife, Rita during a visit to Revere Beach.

After marrying, Mike and Rita lived for several years in East Boston, before settling in a home in Revere built by Mike with the help of his friends. His blacksmith training as a youth led to his lifelong work as a lighting fixtures model maker. He loved gardening and making wine, was a talented cook, and loved working with his hands. Mike was deeply rooted in Italian traditions which he has passed on to his family who will continue his legacy.

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere, Ma 02151. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations may be made in Michael’s name to the Italian Home for Children, Attn: Development, 1125 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130 or at itailianhome.org. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Francesco Panaccio

Devoted Husband, Father and Friend; Proud Member and Original Founder of the Sons of Orsogna Association

Francesco “Frank” Panaccio of Everett entered into eternal rest on Thursday, October 15 at home surrounded by his loving and caring family. He was 83 years old. 

Frank was born in Guardiagrele, Chieti, Aburzzo, Italy and lived in Everett for 65 years.  He was a construction foreman by profession, spending several years working at MIT facilities until he retired in 2013.  He was a proud member and original founder of the Sons of Orsogna Association. 

Working brought him the greatest joy because he was able to give his family a life of ease and comfort.  His happiness came from being surrounded by his loving family and friends.  He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and friend. 

The beloved husband of Livia (Colasante) for 55 years, he was the dear and devoted father of Joanna Opalinski and her husband, Joe, of Arlington and Frank Panaccio and his wife, Cara, of Wayland; brother of Giovanna Panaccio of Italy and the late Serafina Panaccio and loving grandfather to Joseph, Marisa and Giulia Opalinski and Livia and Frank Panaccio, Jr. 

A Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Everett was followed by private burial. Contributions in Frank’s member to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 would be sincerely appreciated.  Arrangements by the Cafasso & Sons, Funeral Home, Everett.

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