Mazzapica, Leona

August 6th, 2011

Leona M. (Swed) Mazzapica, age 90, of Bradford, formerly of Wilmington & Methuen, died Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Lawrence General Hospital.

Leona was born on May 5, 1921, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Catherine Swed. Leona grew up in Charlestown and was educated there, as a young girl she worked at Schraft’s Candy Factory in Charlestown.

Leona married Peter Mazzapica in 1946, upon his return from World War II, the couple lived in Somerville and Malden, prior to moving to Wilmington in 1962 and resided there until 1978. Leona and Peter lived in Methuen for many years, where they made many friends over the years.

Several years ago they moved to Bradford to be closer to family as their health declined.

Leona and Peter shared many great times together, they raised three wonderful sons, enjoyed being grandparents, traveled all over Cape Cod, and shared over 64 years of marriage before Peter’s passing in October of 2010.

Leona had many talents, she was a great Italian cook, an amateur seamstress, and a talented cake decorator, making countless wedding cakes for family and friends during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Leona will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends, she had a great personality, she was very outgoing and friendly to everyone.

Leona was the beloved wife of the late Peter Mazzapica, devoted mother of Peter J. Mazzapica of Bradford, Paul G. Mazzapica of Salem, NH, & the late Thomas A. Mazzapica, loving “Nana” of Ryan Mazzapica and Jordan Tilden, mother-in-law of Nancy Mazzapica of Canada, sister of the late Gen Tassinari, Ben, Leo, Fred, and Eddie Swed.

Family & friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, August 11th at 11:30 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, August 10th from 6-8 p.m.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Mazzapica, Leona”

  1. Linda & Ed Mellone says:

    We will miss you Auntie Lee. You were a wonderful aunt and great aunt. Erica still has the little blankie and pillow that you made her.

  2. Debbie and Jordan says:

    I’ll miss you nana…thanks for the wonderful memories and your unconditional love and support…love you Jordan.
    Thanks Leona for always being there for Jordan…you are a wonderful nana. Debbie

  3. Paul says:

    Dear Mazzapica Family,Sorry for your loss. I worked with Leona many years ago in Wilmington. She was a nice lady always pleasant and friendly.

  4. Carl, Pat & Jenn Mazzapica says:

    I remember Lee writing letters to Peter, for my Mother, Annie Maazapica, when he was in WWII. I also remember, all of the birthdays, barbecues and family get togethers that we had over the years. Lee had a loving persononality and it showed every time and she was a joy to have a conversation with. We all loved lee and she will be missed.
    Carl Mazzapica

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