Lucy (Fagone) Fiandaca extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother died at the family home in East Boston on July 2, 2018. She was 94.
Lucy was born in the Jeffries Point section of East Boston on August 10, 1923 to Joseph Fagone and Rose (Cottagio) Fagone.
Lucy attended East Boston High School, where she met Joe Fiandaca, whom she married on July 8, 1944. He would later serve as the First Assistant Clerk Magistrate of East Boston Court for more than 35 years. Together, they created a happy, warm home and filled it with love, laughter, delicious food, family and friends. Joe and Lucy shared a special and eternal love. The children speak still of coming home from school and seeing Lucy and Joe alone in the kitchen dancing cheek to cheek, as Perry Comoplayed on the radio.Generous and kind to all, Lucy could feed an army on a moments notice. She was a wonderful cook who could whip up an enormous meal in just minutes. On any given day, Lucy’s kitchen was busy with eggplant parmigiana or meatballs, or fried dough, and sometimes all of these and more on the same day. Those delicious smells filled the second floor on St.Andrew Road, a sweet and constant reminder of how her love, too, filled her home.
Of all her kitchen creations, Lucy was perhaps best known for her legendary Christmas cookies. Starting right after Thanksgiving, Lucy and her daughters, and later her granddaughters, would bake dozens of different types of Italian cookies. A family enterprise, the group would gift wrap them and deliver them to hundreds of friends and family. She loved the Christmas Cookies, and how close the work brought her growing family.Because family was most important to Lucy. She taught her children, by her own gracious example, to work hard and be nice, to always help others, and to take care of each other. Vivacious and outgoing, Lucy never spoke a mean word about anyone. Beautiful and ageless, her family relied on her gentle and generous wisdom and took delight in the infectious sparkle in her bright, blue eyes. It always seemed she knew right thing to say. Taped on her refrigerator door, these were the simple words Lucy lived by: Attitude and Gratitude. She happily embraced the positive, in people and in life.
Lucy is survived by her seven children. Kathy Picardi and her husband Larry of Andover, Retired Boston Police Sergeant Detective Joseph Fiandaca and his wife Lorraine of Naples, Florida , Roberta Rose and her husband Jim of Revere, WBZ-TV reporter Cheryl Fiandaca of Revere Beach, Judge Kenneth Fiandaca and his wife Adele of Winthrop, Lisa Fiandaca and her late husband James Mackin of Lynnfield, and City of Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca of East Boston.
She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Trina, Laurie, Beth, Joe, Dana, Danielle, James, Heather, Anthony and Renata. Lucy also leaves behind 12 great grandchildren.
Lucy’s memory lives on in all of her family, and in everyone she touched.
Family and Friends will honor Lucy's life by gathering at St. Joseph - St. Lazarus Church 59 Ashley St., East Boston on Sunday July 8th from 3:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M and again on Monday morning at 9:00 A.M before a funeral mass in celebration of Lucy's life at 10:00 A.M Services will conclude with Lucy being laid to rest with her beloved husband Joseph at Winthrop Cemetery (Cross Street Section).
Flowers are graciously appreciated and may be deliver directly to St. Joseph - St. Lazarus Church 59 Ashley St., East Boston.