Haverhill, MA — Amelia (Spero) LaRosa-Grassi, four months shy of her 103rd birthday, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 13, 201, at the Hannah Duston Health Center in Haverhill, with her beloved family at her side. She was the devoted wife of the late John LaRosa and the late Joseph Grassi.
Born in Haverhill on March 12, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Lena (Ruggieri) Spero. She graduated from Haverhill High School, and had worked in Haverhill shoe shops during the city’s flourishing years in the shoe industry.
A devoted wife and dedicated mother, Amelia’s first priority was always her family. She was proud to tend to their needs, creating a loving, happy home life, ever ready for family gatherings with much merriment and plentiful food.
She was an avid card player and enjoyed taking trips to Foxwoods.
Her surviving family members include a daughter, Ida Anzaldi and husband, Anthony; a son, Joseph LaRosa and wife, Joyce, all of Haverhill; stepchildren, Kathleen Brown of Marlborough, and Joan Angus of Groveland; seven grandchildren, Paula Scatamacchia and husband, Robert, of Bradford, Anthony Anzaldi Jr. of Haverhill, John and Genn Anzaldi of Jackson, N.H., Marcella and husband, Michael Morton, and Joseph, John and James LaRosa all of Haverhill; nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Josephine Sideri of Haverhill; and several generations of nieces and nephews, all of whom truly adored her.
Although departed from this earthly life, the wonderful memories she leaves behind can never be taken away.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Paul C. Rogers-Scatamacchia Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill, will be on Monday, November 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., immediately followed by services at 6 p.m. Private interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Haverhill. Donations in her memory may be made to the Hannah Duston Patients’ Activities Fund, 126 Monument Street, Haverhill, MA 01832.