Zanoni, Elizabeth

January 21st, 2011

Elizabeth H. “Betty” Zanoni, age 94, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on Friday, January 21, 2011, with her loving family at her side.

Born in Boston, MA, on October 23, 1916, Betty was the beloved daughter of the late Albert L. and Joanna (Sacchi) Zanoni. Betty grew up in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. Betty spent many summers in Wilmington with her family before moving there permanently over 60 years ago. She was working as a clerk typist when World War II broke out with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Betty was one of the first two women in Massachusetts who enlisted in the United States Army to help with the war effort. Betty was deployed overseas, she was stationed in France, Germany, and several other places in Europe. Betty worked for General Eisenhower and had many stories to share, her rank as Master Sergeant came with much responsibility and she was in charge of her entire brigade. Betty’s courage and bravery pioneered the way for many women that currently serve our country. She received many commendations for her courageous service including the WAAC Service Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. Betty was stationed in Germany after the takeover of Europe and it became evident that the war was coming to an end, she had the opportunity to actually ride in one of Hitler’s private limousines, just one of the many stories she brought back to her family and friends. After proudly serving the country Betty returned to the United States and was honorably discharged.

Betty’s organizational skills and intelligence led her to a job as secretary for a four star General at Lincoln Labs located at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, she was extremely loyal, honest, and dependable making her an enormous asset to her company. Betty retired after many years of faithful service.

In her spare time, Betty enjoyed going to the library, she was extremely well read and informed in many subjects and on current events. She was very generous with her time and wasalways willing to lend a hand to anyone. Betty enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, she will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, and a true friend. She had an endearing personality and was kind to everyone around her. She will be truly missed.

Betty was the dear sister of Edythe Frezza of Wilmington formerly of Medford, the late Louise Thompson, Joseph Zanoni, Albert Zanoni, and Henry Zanoni, Elizabeth is also survived by her great-nephew William L. Thompson & his wife Joanna of Wilmington as well as many other great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.,187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for visitation on Tuesday, January 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Elizabeth’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Zanoni, Elizabeth”

  1. Bill and Carolyn Gable says:

    As a neighbor of Elizabeth’s, my husband and I enjoyed listening to many of Betty’s stories. We especially enjoyed the stories that she told about her years working for the government and, at that time, under General Eisenhower. She was in charge of hundreds of women which sounded like the WAC. She was very pleasant, friendly and a very hard worker. She was blessed to be surrounded by the love of her sister and her nephew and his family. God Bless

  2. Betty De Loreto says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Betty Zanoni, I was Betty’s hairdresser in Wilmington for a few years until I moved to South Carolina, She was a wonderful soft spoken woman who enjoyed talking about her family. Although I new about her being in the military, I was shocked to have learned from Edyth about her status. She never told me about the responsibility that was laid upon her. Betty you were one classy lady, and you will be truly missed by all.

  3. michelle mcgarry says:

    My deepest sympathy to Edyth, Bill, Joanne, Jessica, Billy, family and friends of Betty. Any one who ever knew her knew what a wonderful kind person she was, and I feel privelged and blessed to have known her. Betty you will be truly missed by me. You will always be in my thoughts forever and ever. God Bless “Betty Zanoni” our angel in heaven now…..

  4. Audrey Brown Zaino says:

    My sincerest condolences to the family (most especially Edie, Karen, Billy, Michael and Kathy) and friends of Betty. I have nothing but wonderful memories of her from childhood- the few times that I had the pleasure of being in her company were filled with fun conversations and wonderful stories of her past. Her and Edie were the best. Thanks for the great memories, Betty- Canobie Lake is all the more special to me because of you. Rest in Peace with the Angels, by know, you’ve joined their ranks. With Love, Audrey Brown Zaino

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