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Clementine Fruet

Clementine L. Fruet (LaFontana)

Thursday, December 20th, 1917 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019
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Our beautiful mother went to heaven Sunday, January 20th, 2019. It would have been her 79th wedding anniversary to the love of her life, our deceased father, Ezio. Born in Great Barrington, 101 years ago, to the delight of Francesco and Lena LaFontana. She lived in Great Barrington until her marriage, and then moved to Richmond, coming to Pittsfield in 1951. She got her LPN license and started her nursing career working at Hillcrest, St. Luke's, and ending her 30-year career doing private duty at Berkshire Medical Center. She was loved by her patients for her compassionate and loving care. She decided to go to college and loved her classes there. On Awards Night at Berkshire Community College, she was awarded a certificate for "her unique contributions and commitment to both herself and her classmates". We were so proud of her - but then we always were. She was a self-taught classical pianist, an accomplished artist, a great debater, and a voracious reader. Her library consisted of philosophy, learning Russian, religions, and medical books. Grey’s Anatomy was pretty much dog-eared. She was a devout Catholic and practiced it every day of her life, she’s going to be greeted by a host of angels and saints, they know her well. She is survived by her son Peter (Marlene), Ezio “Jay” Joseph (Dianne) daughters Judith Rose DiSantis (favorite son-in-law John) Mary “Molly” Harmony Ricchi (Bill Mazzeo). Five grandchildren Stephanie Lee DiSantis, Nicholas (Nick) Ezio DiSantis (Lindsay), Theresa “TC” Clementine DiSantis (Dave), Gabrielle Elaine Fruet and Alexander Ezio Fruet and one great grandchild Gianna Rose DiSantis. A special thank you to Megan White for her years of love and devotion to Nina and to our entire family. We love you. Thank you Dyan White for years of being there for Nina and loving her, we love you.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling Hours will be Friday, January 25, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA. 01201. Services will be Friday, January 25, at 12:30 P.M. from the funeral home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 1:00 P.M. at St. Joseph’s Church, 414 North St. Pittsfield, MA. with the Rev. Monsignor Michael A. Shershanovich, Pastor officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, West Stockbridge, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Flynn & Dagnoli-Bencivenga Funeral Home
    5 Elm St.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Service

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Joseph's Church
    414 North St.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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    Monsignor Michael Shershanovich
  • Interment

    St. Patrick's Cemetery- West Stockbridge
    Albany Rd.
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Posted at 09:56am
Peter, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Sincerest sympathies and prayers for you and your family. Thinking of you at this sorrowful time. Condolences, Jim and Judy Reed


Posted at 02:41pm
Peter, Very sorry to read that you lost your mother. It sounds as if she was one of a kind. And so fortunate to have you, and her loving family, in her life. Thinking of you. With condolences, Jean Whitehead

Rebecca Pitts, Joshua Carlson, Sara Giovine, Ryan

Posted at 04:30pm
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Mireille (Mimi) Couture Roy

Posted at 10:49am
My deepest sympathy to the Fruet and DiSantis Families especially to my friend Judy when we attended BCC. I remember your mother well as she was always so nice and welcoming every time I visited your family home. I have missed being with you all these years and those visits with your mother. Mireille (Mimi) Couture Roy

Barbara Plaine

Posted at 03:42pm
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I met Nina when I was a young teenager, she had a way of making you feel good about yourself and welcoming you into her beautiful kind Italian family. (The beginning for me of a love affair of family and all things Italian) She was forever Young, fun, and smart. eager to learn new things...Always welcoming with good conversation a cup of coffee and, Italian cookies she made stored in tins always available......a chicken dinner shared at her dining room table (Nina's whipped up in a blender, a smoothie queen way ahead of her time!) Piano music playing, young prodigies under her wing being applauded knowing they were amazing! Leaving my toddler daughter with Molly and Nina overnight for the first time, rushing back anxious... Only to find Rachael sprawled across Nina's lap getting her back scratched with a back scratcher . Barely looking up to acknowledge me.. and the stories of her horsey rides on Nina's back all around the house.Yes everyone wanted to be around Nina she made you feel great. Thanks for the memories , she will live forever in my heart, bringing a smile to my face. . Unknowingly Teaching all who knew her lessons on being a wonderful Mother, a good person..A Beautiful soul , her life well lived. She will live on forever in her cherished Children, Grands and Great.. Good Bless! Barb Plaine

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