Florence Allessio

Florence Theresa Allessio

December 31, 1914 - August 22, 2019
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Florence Theresa Allessio, 104, formerly of 24 Kathy Way, Pittsfield, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother ("GG"), died on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox.

Born in Pittsfield on December 31, 1914, the daughter of Joseph and Bianca Zucchi Solera, she was a graduate of Pittsfield High School, where she played on the girls basketball team.

Prior to her marriage, Florence worked at the General Electric Company, where between 1936 and 1940, she played on the Pittsfield GE Plastics women's basketball team that won multiple-year Berkshire County championships. She was a talented athlete and repeated high scorer on the team.

She and her husband, Mario A. Allessio, whom she married on September 21, 1940 at Mount Carmel Church, spent many happy years updating the old house where she resided for over 75 years. Mario died on May 21, 1975.

After raising her son, Florence returned to GE working as an assembler in the Ordnance Systems Division, retiring in 1977.

She enjoyed bowling, painting, watching women's basketball on TV, cross-country skiing (well into her 80's), and mowing the lawn on her tractor (until she was over 100).

She was pre-deceased by her sisters Marie Russo, Fernanda Carpinello and Yolanda Pleau, and her brothers Albert Solera and Henry Solera (her twin).

Florence is survived by her son Lawrence Allessio and his wife, Lorraine, of Dalton; grandson Steven Allessio and his wife, Sharon, of Atkinson, NH; great-grandchildren, William and Kaitlyn Allessio; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry and Lorri would like to thank the staff at Mount Carmel Care Center for their compassionate and quality care during the time Florence resided there.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for Florence T. Allessio will be held, MONDAY, August 26, 2019 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at DERY FUNERAL HOME. Following calling hours, a Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Church, celebrated by Rev. Peter A. Gregory, Pastor Emeritus of St. Charles Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pittsfield High School girls' basketball program in care of Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA.
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  • Visitation

    August 26, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30pm
    August 26, 2019 9:30am - 10:30pm
    Dery Funeral Home
    54 Bradford Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Service

    August 26, 2019 | 11:00am
    August 26, 2019 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Church
    191 Elm Street
    Pittsfield, MA 01201
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    Rev. Peter Gregory
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Pecks Road
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Sr. Sean

Posted at 09:48am
My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Allessio's son and her entire family. What a wonderful long life she enjoyed. I was happy to have known her at mount Carmel Care Center. She and all her family are and will be in the prayers of all the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged & Infirm, sponsors of Mount Carmel.

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