Santa J. ‘Sally’ (Mangiaratti) Mitrano

February 19, 2015

Santa J. ‘Sally’ (Mangiaratti) Mitrano

SANTA J. “SALLY” (MANGIARATTI) MITRANO – of Woburn, Thursday, February 19th. Beloved wife of Raymond Mitrano. Devoted mother of James J. Mitrano and his wife Marianne of Woburn and Lisa A. Mitrano Nastar and her husband Christopher of Norton. Dear sister of the late Joseph and Salvatore Mangiaratti, Catherine DeSimone, and Josephine Collotta. Cherished grandmother of Matthew, Nicholas, Sebastian, Luke, and Evangeline. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Friday at Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn from 4 to 8 p.m. Professional services are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Santa J. “Sally” (Mangiaratti) Mitrano passed away Thursday, February 19th. The beloved wife of Raymond Mitrano, she was eighty-nine years of age.

Born in Boston, she was the youngest of 5 children born to Sebastiano and Agata (Reina) Mangiaratti, Italian immigrants in East Boston. Sally, as she has been called since a child, attended school in East Boston, until her early teens when she began working as a seamstress to help support her family during tough economic times. As a young adult Sally made her home in Medford while working in Boston, still devoted to her mother, brothers, sisters and nieces and nephews.

In 1964 she married Raymond (Erasmo) Mitrano from Gaeta, Italy. It was in 1964 that they moved to Woburn and made their home in the East side of the city. They brought two wonderful children into the world whom she dotted upon. She was always very proud of the children and their accomplishments. Delicious dinners were on the table every night.

Sally had made lifelong friends in the community who came to know and love her for her wonderful cooking, and fun and feisty personality. Her Italian roots meant the world to her and her Italian cooking was like no other! On snowy days she would spend all day making homemade bread and pizza, eggplant parmesan with fresh vegetables from her husband’s garden in summer, delicious cookies, and many other traditional Italian favorites that she shared with family and friends.

Bowling league with neighbors, Friday night cards, and trips to the casinos kept them all very busy throughout the years. Avid square dancers with the Baldwin Apples, for over fifteen years they danced at the Veteran’s School weekly. An ardent reader, Sally enjoyed all different genres and at particular times was quite involved with her “stories” on television.

On their 25th Anniversary, the Mitranos spent it in Hawaii, and had also taken cruises to Bermuda, and Sally loved her summer vacations on Cape Cod! Just four months ago they had celebrated their fiftieth anniversary.

Sally cherished being a grandmother and adored seeing the kids who would always bring a smile to her face. You knew Sally really loved you when she teased you about anything: yelled at you to eat, lock your doors, put on a coat, stay warm, and hold onto your pocketbook!

A wonderfully caring, loving person, Sally had great faith throughout her life. Her kindness, thoughtfulness and overall personality lent itself to lots of love, big smiles and a heart full of warm memories.

Sally was sadly predeceased by her siblings, Joseph and Salvatore Mangiaratti, Catherine DeSimone, and Josephine Collotta.

She is lovingly survived by her husband, Raymond; her children, James J. Mitrano and his wife Marianne of Woburn and Lisa A. Mitrano Nastar and her husband Christopher of Norton; and her grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Sebastian, Luke, and Evangeline; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Friday at Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn from 4 to 8 p.m. Professional services are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Lisa Parente

    I want to extend my condolences to your entire family. I got to know Sally while visiting my mother, Dorothy, who was assigned to Sally’s room a little over a year ago at Pine Knoll.

    Your mom touched me with her grace and kindness. She was especially kind to my mother, who has Alzheimer’s, and she was also protective of her. My husband and I were always greeted with a warm smile on our daily visits.

    Over the summer, Sally often asked me to take her outside to the courtyard and she would sit with us and enjoy the warmth of the sun.

    My husband and I wanted you to know she touched people in a special way right up until the end of her life. I am sure she was a very kind and loving mother, wife and grandmother, and I wanted to acknowledge your loss.

    Warmest regards,

    Lisa Parente & Marc Dummit

  2. Michelle Simas Ordway
    Dear Lisa & family,
    This is certainly sad news and I’m so sorry for your loss. Sally was a wonderful lady and full of life! Her story made me smile. I hope her memories give you comfort. I know she will be missed and my thoughts are with you.
    ~Michelle

  3. We just read about Sally in the Daily Times Chronicle. WE are so sorry for your loss.

    Sally was a wonderful woman.

    Peace be with you in the difficult days ahead.

    Love,
    Rene and Joe

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