Methuen — Antonina Ragonese, 91, of Methuen was called to her Heavenly Father on Friday, December 20, at Lawrence General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Gela, Sicily, daughter of the late Rocco and Emanuela (Bonvisuto) DiBartolo. Antonina was a longtime communicant of Corpus Christi Holy Rosary Church, as well as St. Monica’s Church. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing, cooking, tending to her plants, and most especially passing down stories of life in Italy. She treasured her family, most especially her grandchildren, on whom she doted with such affection and pride. She was a wonderful cook whose eggplant was always a holiday delight. She was a humble and holy lady who was seen daily in prayer with rosary beads in hand. Her sunny spirit was spread throughout three continents, as she was born in Sicily, traveled to Australia after her marriage, and relocated to the United States. Sweet, kind and gentle, she will always be remembered for her soft spoken words of wisdom and love.
Antonina was predeceased by her beloved husband, Angelo, and her beloved son, Frank, and is survived by a daughter, Nancy Michaud and her husband, David of Methuen; two grandchildren, Christopher and Cynthia Michaud, both of Methuen; a sister, Giovanna Federzone of Italy; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins from Connecticut and Italy.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, December 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, December 23, at 11 a.m. at St Monica’s Church in Methuen, with burial to follow at Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Ragonese and Michaud family with arrangements.