Of Revere. Passed away on July 12th, surrounded by her family at 73 years.
Born in the Avellino region of Italy, she is the daughter of the late Ciriaco and Carmella (Rizzo) Tonzillo. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was a young girl and they settled in Boston’s North End, where she attended schools.
She was a wife and mother devoted to raising her children and she also worked as a secretary for Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company for over 25 years, before her retirement. Sandra was a woman of strong faith, and her religion was very important to her. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, travelling and being with her friends.
She is the devoted wife of 54 years to Rosario Ilardi of Revere. Loving mother of Carmen Ilardi and his wife Stella of Peabody and Joann Zannella and her husband Anthony of Saugus. Cherished grandmother of Carmen, Nico, Alessio Ilardi, all of Peabody and Anthony and Julianna Zannella of Saugus. Dear sister of Gino Tonzillo and his wife Mary of Medford and Luigi Tonzillo of Florida. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends were invited to attend Visiting Hours on Monday, July 17th in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, Revere p.m. Her funeral was conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, July 18th, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere. Entombment followedin Woodlawn Cemetery – Versailles Mausoleum, Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to Hopeful Journeys Educational Center, 28 Tozer Rd, Beverly, MA 01915