Emma Petralia

NORTH ANDOVER — Emma (Lonardo) Petralia, 95, of North Andover, died March 1, 2010 at the Prescott House.

Emma was born in Lawrence April 28, 1914 to the late Paul and Consiglia (Angelone) Lonardo. She was a Gold Star widow, a member of St. Rita's Sodality, worked at the Service Heel Company in Lawrence and later retired from the Gillette Company in Andover.

Wife of the late John Petralia, she is survived by her brother, John Leonardo and a sister, Elvira Beninato and her husband Philip all of North Andover; three nephews, Dr. Joseph Beninato and his wife Sharon and their two children, Samuel and Julia of North Andover, Paul Beninato and his wife Amy and their two children, John Paul and Sara of North Andover and Philip Beninato Jr and his wife Suzanne and their two children, Nicholas and Allyson of Havertown, Pa.; three nieces, Mary Pucci and Rose Grasso, both of North Andover and Marilyn Mace of Miami, Fla.; as well as two very special cousins, MaryAnn Morel and husband Frank and Richard Lonardo and wife Rachael, all of Methuen.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 9 a.m. at St. Michael's Church in North Andover. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Renovation Fund, 196 Main St., North Andover, MA 01845. To leave online condolences, please visit

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