Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament

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Friends and family wear shirts touting “Cataldo Strong” and an image of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo on their backs at the Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament held in her honor. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Leader Herald Staff Report

The Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament was held in memory of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo on Saturday June 1, 2019.

Twelve teams competed for a $1,000 prize as well as a second place prize of $450.

Team Sabatino Insurance won the tournament and gave back their $1000 prize to the Ersilia Charity Fund held by the Everett Kiwanis.

The winners also received a trophy, dedicated and named in honor of Everett Kiwanis Club Vice-President, Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo.

The money raised during the event was given to the Kiwanis Club to be used for their scholarships and charities throughout the community.

The event was held at the Italian American Club in Malden from 9am to 5pm.

ERSILIA (CATALDO) MATARAZZO

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Matarazzo, Ersilia (Cataldo), age 50, of Peabody, formerly of Everett, on December 19.

Loving mother of Carmine and his wife Ashley, Amata, and Giuseppe Matarazzo of Peabody. Ersilia was the cherished daughter of Elvira (DiPierro) and Giuseppe Cataldo of Everett; Sister of Maria Pagliuca and her husband Antonio of Peabody, Tricia Larocca and her husband Giuseppe of Everett, Adriana Carbo and husband Anthony of Stoneham, Gina Maniscalco and her husband Andrew of Wake eld, Erminia Buscaino and her husband Joseph of Wake eld, Giuseppina Cerasuolo and her husband Marc of Reading, Anthony Cataldo and his wife Silvia of Peabody, Amy Buscaino and her husband Joseph of Wakefield.

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Ersilia Matarazzo-Cataldo

We wish to comment brie y on the bright life of Ersilia Matarazzo- Cataldo.

She died last week. She was waked at Rocco’s Funeral Home.

She is being buried amid a frenzy of sadness and tears. For her family and her many, many friends, her death is inexplicable.

How could this have happened to someone so good, so positive, so interested in others and her community?

Why is it always that the good often die long before their time?

We cannot answer such questions but we can speak to the memory of Mrs. Matarazzo-Cataldo.

What she leaves is an exclamation point for what was unfairly taken from her.

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Ersilia Matarazzo-Cataldo Laid to Rest at Woodlawn Cemetery

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Shown in the above photograph is Ersilia Matarazzo-Cataldo seated in an Everett fire engine during a Kiwanis event which was called, “The Bike Rodeo.” It was an event for kids, according to former Kiwanis president John Mattuchio. “This was held in May 2013, and there’s Ersilia jumping right up into the fire truck and sitting behind the wheel just like a kid. She was like that,” Mattuchio added. Mattuchio said Matarazzo was a “great gal. The very best there was.”

Leader HeraLd Staff report

A huge throng attended the funeral for Ersilia Matarazzo-Cataldo, one of the best known and beloved woman in this city.

She was waked at Rocco’s Wednesday. A large outpouring of grief and respect was shown for her at her wake, which brought out a huge number of people from all walks of life.

She was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Thursday.

She was 50 years old.

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