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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

08/21 Westerly Sun

"Zibit" (Gradilone) Lawless, Elizabeth M.
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Elizabeth M. "Zibit" (Gradilone) Lawless, 78, beloved wife of Gordon L. Lawless Sr. of Tower Street, Westerly, died Aug. 18, 2007, in The Westerly Hospital.
Born in Westerly, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Angelina (Murano) Gradilone.
She had been formerly employed as a weaver at the George C. Moore Co.
She was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Gordon Lawless Jr. of Westerly and Michael Lawless of Georgia; six daughters and their spouses, Starlene Kotsikoros of Presque Isle, Maine, Susan and Ron Jarvais of Jacksonville, Fla., Patti and Jerry Corriveau of California, Jeanne and Bernard Brown of Presque Isle, Gail and Kevin McNerney of Hudson, Maine and Cathy Racini of Connecticut; one brother, Robert Gradilone and his wife Joanna of Pawcatuck; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also predeceased by two brothers, Angelo and Lewis Gradilone; and by two sisters, Mary Romanella and Frances Falcone.
Calling hours on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, will precede the funeral service in the funeral home, to begin at 5 p.m.
Burial in St. Sebastian Cemetery will take place Thursday morning.
Published in The Westerly Sun on 8/21/2007.
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Bianco, Angelina A.
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Angelina A. Bianco passed away surrounded by her family on Aug. 20, 2007.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Anthony and Sarah (Collins) Ciullo.
She married Joseph Bianco on Feb. 22, 1947. They made their home in Brooklyn and moved to Queens in 1951. While living there, she was involved in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She worked as an executive secretary for Sears Roebuck in Manhattan until 1962.
The family moved to North Stonington in 1965 where she became involved with the Democratic Women's Club and the North Stonington Nursing Board. She was a member of the North Stonington Board of Education serving as the chairwoman for two terms and served on the North Stonington Permanent Building Committee.
She was a founding member of Saint Thomas More Church serving as a religious educator, a former member of the All Seasons Council, a community leader and a Eucharistic Minister.
She also was a longtime volunteer at The Westerly Hospital. Her many memberships included the North Stonington Golden Agers and the North Stonington Senior Center.
She retired from the Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Groton in 1991 after serving as the government liaison of the NR1 Project.
She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Sellins and her husband, David; son, Joseph Bianco and his wife, Constance; daughter, Elaine Headley and her husband, Sam; daughter, Clare Ornburn and her husband, Chris; and her daughter-in-law, Grace Curley. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her two brothers, Raymond and Anthony.
She was predeceased by Joseph, her husband of 53 years, and her son, John.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas Moore Church, 87 Mystic Road, North Stonington, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St Michael Cemetery in Pawcatuck. The family will receive friends at Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Trust for the Children of John Bianco, c/o Debbie Metcalfe, 3 Pickering Court, Danvers, MA 01923.
The Bianco family invites you to visit for obituary information, directions and an online memorial register to leave a note of condolence.
Published in The Westerly Sun on 8/21/2007.

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