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Obituary: Eleanor M. (Rizzo) Spinazzola, 88

Dec 27, 2017 05:57AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Eleanor M. (Rizzo) Spinazzola

DRACUT- Eleanor M. (Rizzo) Spinazzola, 88, died peacefully Friday night, December 22nd at the Lowell General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Spinazzola, retired Boston Police Officer, who died in 2013.

Eleanor was born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Maria (Boncore) Rizzo, and the late Diego Rizzo. She was a graduate of East Boston High School and Northern Essex Community College, at age 55, where she received her nursing degree.

She worked for over 24 years as a Registered Nurse with the E.N. Rogers VA Hospital in Bedford, MA, then in Home Care with Genesis Health, North Andover, retiring at the age of 79. Previously she had been employed as a Traffic Supervisor by the City of Boston.

She is survived by her five children: Marie Ross, and her husband Charles, of West Virginia; Terri Riendeau, and her husband Armand, of Dracut; Eleanor Sapienti of Andover; Frank Spinazzola, and his wife Brenda, of Marshfield, MA; and Samuel Spinazzola Jr., and his wife Cheryl, of West Springfield; as well as thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She also leaves two brothers: Gaetano Rizzo, of Ashby, MA; and Louie Rizzo, of Salem, NH., several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. 

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Lisa Spinazzola and her brothers and sisters; Charles Rizzo, Angelo Rizzo, Joe Rizzo, Richard Rizzo, Pauline Blanchette and Tina Daniels. 

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at DRACUT FUNERAL HOME 2159 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut, on Thursday, December 28th from 4 until 7 PM. Her Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, December 29th at 10 AM at St. Francis Church, Dracut. Private burial will take place in the Winchendon Veteran Cemetery, in Winchendon, MA. For directions or to leave an online condolence, story, or message please visit
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