Mrs. Lucy Scaramuzzi
May 06, 1925 - June 04, 2017
Leominster - Mrs. Lucy (Fraticelli) Scaramuzzi passed away at HealthAlliance Hospital Leominster on Sunday, June 4, 2017 following an illness.
She was born in Leominster on May 6, 1925 to the late Michele and Maria (Misino) Fraticelli. A graduate of Fitchburg State College, Mrs. Scaramuzzi taught primary grades in Dighton, MA and Leominster for a total of 30 years. She taught second grade at the former Lancaster Street School and at Southeat School in Leominster.
She is fondly remembered as a dedicated teacher with great enthusiasm and a genuine interest in each and every pupil in her classes. Her creative and innovative projects made learning challenging and interesting for her students. She established "Book Buds", a publishing company of sorts, for children who were "budding authors" and who delighted in seeing their stories published in hardbound covers.
Her teaching career ended at Southeast School with "I Love Lucy Day", a celebration of appreciation by her students, colleagues, and parents, both present and former.
She was a member of the Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts and served as secretary for eight years in its North Worcester County Chapter. She was a former member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, a member of the former Foggia Ladies Auxiliary Society, and The Dames. Her volunteerism embraced the Beacon of Hope Community Services, The Central Massachusetts Repertory Theatre and St. Anna Parish where she authored the 50-year history of St. Anna Parish entitled "Upon This Foundation".
In 1962, Mrs. Scaramuzzi was the recipient of the Leominster Chamber of Commerce Progress Award in Recognition of Community Progress. She was chosen "Woman of Achievement" by the Business and Professional Women's Club in 1987. Scott Foresman and Company, a textbook publisher, presented her an award for an innovative social studies project she created with her students. Mrs. Scaramuzzi and her students were presented a plaque from the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi, Vietnam, in appreciation for their yearlong activities supporting our servicemen who were patients at the hospital.
She enjoyed reading, creative writing, theatre, flower gardening, sewing and the companionship of her lapdog Pennie.
Her favorite expression to adults was "Look Forward. You cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube." Her favorite expression to children was "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."
Mrs. Scaramuzzi is survived by a daughter, Susan, and her husband, Robert Cashman; a son, Michael Scaramuzzi, and his wife Gayle, of Colorado, a sister Angela Fraticelli, of Leominster; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, in 2016, by her husband, Michael to whom she was married for 68 years; her brother Roland in 2009.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc., 109 West St., Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held Friday, June 16th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Beacon of Hope Community Services, P.O. Box 426, 62 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453
Service: Wright Roy Funeral Home
Cemetery: St. Leo's Cemetery