Methuen — Ida A. (Zappala), (LaScola) Harding, 93, of Methuen, Mass., died April 28, 2014, at the Methuen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Methuen, Mass. She was born on April 11, 1921, in Lawrence, Mass. The daughter of the late Joseph and Christine (Ianazzo) Zappala, she was educated in Lawrence attending the Holy Rosary Grammar School and Lawrence High School.
She worked for many years during WWII at the Wood Woolen Mill, and later the Gillette Corp. in Boston and Andover, Mass., for 30 years until her retirement in 1983.
She participated in many activities and loved taking trips to the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos. She loved playing Bingo with her friends. Family values were very important to her. She always enjoyed cooking Italian food for family and friends. Very important to her were the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics; however, her favorite team was the Boston Bruins. Her favorite all-time players were Mr. Terry O’Reilly, who along with Mr. John Wall, often took time to visit her. She called both of them “My adopted sons."
She was the widow of both Mr. Charles LaScola and Mr. Albert Harding. She is survived by a son, Mr. Frank J. LaScola, Sr., a retired Methuen Police Officer of Salisbury Beach, Mass., and Boynton Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Christina Boulter of Old Orchard Beach, Maine; and a son-in-law, Arthur Deshaies of Portsmouth, N.H. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Donna Coleman, Jeffrey Deshaies, Dyann Roberts, Carina Pappalardo, Frank LaScola Jr., Aaron, Benjamin and Caleb Boulter; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; also several nieces and nephews. Ida was predeceased by her daughter, Rosalie LaScola Deshaies; her brother, Thomas Zappala; and sisters, Viola Lauretta and Mary Gendreau. She is also survived by brother-in-laws, Charles Gendreau of Hampstead, N.H., and Frank LaScola and his wife, Lucille of Rye, N.H.