Amherst, NH — Enrico G. Lauranzano, 90, formerly of Beverly, died Sunday, June 9, in the Palliative Care Unit of the Veteran’s Medical Center, Manchester, N.H., following an extended illness. He was the devoted and loving husband of Donna (Gordon) Lauranzano, and the former husband of the late Frances (Grothaus) Lauranzano.
Born in Beverly on May 18, 1923, he was the son of the late Natale and Colomba (Marcucci) Lauranzano. He had resided in Beverly for many years before moving to Amherst, N.H.. Mr. Lauranzano, along with two brothers, was a combat veteran in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was an avid football player and graduate of Beverly High School, Class of 1941, and Vesper George School of Art. He, along with his sister, Joanna, and several others was a founding member and past commander of the Vittori-Rocci Post of Beverly, and was instrumental in organizing a visit from former heavy weight boxer Rocky Marciano in the early 1950s.
After retiring from his career as a purchasing agent, he along with his wife Donna, began to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an artist. Specializing in pen and ink, his favorite topics were landscapes. His passion for art took him to Italy to present a piece to the mayor of his grandparent's village, as well as to several shows and donations to silent auctions. Along with his art, Mr. Lauranzano took time to collect, organize, write, and publish a narrative of his family's history. Mr. Lauranzano embraced his love for art, his heritage and his family in many ways, and will be sorely missed by family, friends and especially, his devoted wife Donna.
In addition to his wife of 26 years, he is survived by his daughters, Patricia Grothaus, Judith Rich and her husband, William; three sons, Richard, Kenneth and Thomas Lauranzano; eight grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Natale, Rafael, and Guido Lauranzano, Sr. Frances Lauranzano, and Phyllis Willey, and her husband, John. From his wife Donna Gordon Lauranzano, he is survived by sisters-in-law, Nina Bourque and her husband, Roland, Coral Hazen and her husband, William; brothers-in-law, Richard Gordon and his wife, Connie, and Ronald Gordon, and his late sister-in-law, April Moore; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church, New Balch St., Beverly, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass in the Grondin Funeral Home, 376 Cabot St., Beverly from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Manchester VA Medical Center, 718 Smyth Rd., Manchester, NH 03104. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beverly. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit www.grondinfuneralservices.com.