Lillian Rose Mericantante
September 14, 1918 – February 29, 2012
Lillian Rose Palladino Mericantante Born in Boston, MA Sept. 14th, 1918, Lillian was the first child of Joseph and Mary Palladino, Sr. who were the owners of the Latin Quarter Night Club on Winchester St., Boston, MA, entertaining such greats as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Jimmy Durante and Tony Bennett. Growing up in an equestrian family, whose horses participated in the Kentucky Derby, Lillian became an accomplished rider of horses in her youth. She later taught her friends how to ride. In the 4th grade, she met John Mericantante Jr. who was to become the love of her life and later married him at the Parker House in Boston, MA. The couple had their first child and moved to Medford, MA. As the family continued to grow, they moved to Winchester, MA where they remained for 37 years while Mr. Mericantante became an executive with Ford Motor Co. where he worked for 40 years. She enjoyed playing on the Ladies Bocce Team at the Medford Boat Club, and was an avid tennis fan. They later retired to Fort Lauderdale, FL and finally to Boca Raton, FL where Lillian and John created life-long friendships at LaFontana condominium. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and her personal assistant, Nadesha, who all loved her very much. She loved her children more than life itself.
Lillian is predeceased by her husband of 48 yrs, John J, Mericantante Jr. She is survived by her daughter Diane LaMarca and fiancé Jeff Model of Boca Raton, FL; Her son, Fr. John J. Mericantante III – Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pahokee, FL; Daughter Dr. Debra Anzalone and Husband Dr. Fanancy Anzalone of Lighthouse Point, FL; Daughter Lillian (Candy) Simeone and Tanya Shenk of Merrimack, NH; Grandchildren: Guy and Dawn LaMarca of Milton, GA; The Hon. Charles “Chip” and Eileen LaMarca of Lighthouse Point, FL; Tiffany Anzalone of Washington, DC; Tracy Anzalone of Lighthouse Point, FL; Michael Simeone and fiancé Olivia LaHue of Merrimack, NH; and she was predeceased by Grandson Jonathon Simeone of Merrimack, NH; Her Great Grandchildren: Sophia Lillian and Isabella Grace LaMarca of Milton, GA. Her sister Ann Gabaree of North Reading, MA; and predeceased by her brothers Joseph Palladino, Jr. and William Palladino, her parents Joseph and Mary Palladino, Sr. and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Lillian’s memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1200 East Main Street, Pahokee, FL, 33476. Visitation will be 12-1pm on Saturday, March 3rd followed by a celebratory mass at 1pm at St. Mary’s of Pahokee, FL. Entombment will be 12 noon Sunday, March 4th at Boca Raton Cemetery and Mausoleum 451 SW 4th Ave Boca Raton FL, 33432. Arrangements entrusted to Babione Funeral Home, 561-395-8787 or please visit www.babionesouthflorida.com for more information and to sign the guest book.
- Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2012
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 3, 2012
- Graveside Service Sunday, March 4, 2012