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Nancylee Paratore

June 23, 1950 - July 21, 2022


Obituary For Nancylee Paratore

NancyLee (Ramondetta) Paratore, 72, passed away July 21, 2022, peacefully surrounded by her children. Nancylee was a woman of faith and led with optimism and kindness. She was a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and a good Samaritan. Nancylee was fiercely loyal to those she loved and had an infectious energy that filled a room with happiness and ease.

Nancylee was born June 23, 1950 in Hartford, CT. She was the eldest of 6 children born to the late Joseph and Josephine (Puzzo) Ramondetta. She was proud of her Italian heritage and learned to cook from her mother and grandmother.

Nancylee was the quintessential oldest child. She was a leader, a role model, and a rule follower till her final days. She took pride and honor in her role as a matriarch. She routinely wrote letters to her younger siblings while away at college and helped her mother take care of them when they were young. She was kind and fair. She spoke fondly of Sunday morning rides to the city with her father to his factory.

Nancylee graduated from Stonehill College (’72) with a BA in Education. She enjoyed the freedom that college gave her and spoke highly of her experiences and friendships. She got her masters from Suffolk University and worked as an educator for 30 years in the Cambridge Public School system. She retired from her career at the Tobin School as an 8th grade language arts teacher. Her passion for teaching remained strong. She enjoyed teaching her grandchildren and supporting their individual interests.

Nancylee was mother above all. Her three children Christina, Melissa and Joseph were her purpose and her pride. She was an honest, empathetic, and fun mother who instilled values and manners in her children. She whole heartedly supported them through their passions, trials, and all life events. She asked an abnormal number of questions and planned weeks in advance but was always prepared and present. She insisted on arriving to church hours in advance for holidays to get a seat together. She radiated pride in her children’s accomplishments and in turn her children loved and adored her. They were raised with love and respect and paid that forward in their care for her and with their interpersonal relationships.

Nancylee took great joy in her grandchildren. She celebrated report cards and achievements routinely and found unique ways to bond with each of her grandchildren. Nancylee was overjoyed at the birth of her youngest granddaughter (Carmen Janelle) in 2021. She was overjoyed witnessing her first milestones and swooned over her smile. Her grandchildren were always discussed with beaming pride and enthusiasm without reserve. They were her greatest gifts.

To love Nancylee was effortless. She was intelligent, beautiful, thoughtful, kind, and hilarious. She was a storyteller with a quick-witted humor and gregarious delivery. She was known to slightly embellish stories to build the laughter and with her delivery and animated expressions she was a master storyteller. She loved to read, give gifts and watch HGTV Christmas movies. She dressed herself in bright colors (even in winter) and never left home without her lipstick. In her late years she was an avid New England Sports fan and highly superstitious. She often left the room or changed the channel to ensure she didn’t jinx the outcome. She enjoyed being outside, but hated animals, bugs, being hot and anything too “nature-y”. She was a morning person and enjoyed her hot morning shower followed by coffee and the newspaper. She took on exercise such as walking, swimming, aerobics and biking just so long as she didn’t sweat. She loved a good cheeseburger and was a sloppy but imaginative cook. Nancylee was creative and giving, often traveling with “goodie bags” for children. She LOVED to send cards and support anyone who needed a helping hand. Nancylee will be missed sorely by those that loved her. She should be remembered as a kindhearted mother, teacher and role model who brought joy and optimism to all.

She is survived by her 3 children Christina & Tim Maloney (Warner Robins, GA), Melissa & Mike Earls (Southborough, MA), Joseph & Lynley Paratore (Peabody, MA), and her 8 grandchildren, Joey, Hailey, Allyson, Stephen, Sienna, Braden, Lucia, and Carmen. Her siblings Joseph & Mary Ramondetta (South Lyme, CT), Jessica & Tony Gaudet (Leland, NC), Joanne & David Matson (Niantic, CT), Luanne & David Hussey (Tolland, CT), John & Kristin Ramondetta (Glastonbury, CT) & countless nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews.

Funeral from the DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN on Wednesday at 9 am followed by a funeral mass at 10 am in St. Joseph Church, Belmont. Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the funeral home on Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate in memory of Nancylee to the resident activity fund at the Blaire House of Worcester; 116 Houghton St., Worcester, MA 01604. Please visit to view an online guestbook.


26 Jul


05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home 761 Mt. Auburn Street Watertown, MA 02472 Get Directions »
27 Jul

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM

St. Joseph Parish 130 Common St. Belmont, MA 02478 Get Directions »
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  • 08/13/2022

    To all of Nancy's family, I extend my deepest condolences. I met Nancy in the Pinehills, she lived down the street from me. I often rode with Nancy to the monthly ladies luncheons that she oversaw for years. I loved going to lunch with Nancy ... one on one. She was such a joyful person and oh how she loved her family. The world is a sadder place without this beautiful woman. Rest In Peace Nancy.

  • 07/31/2022

    Nancy was truly the sister I never had. She was always there for me with the utmost support. I enjoyed meeting for breakfast or lunch. Our kids were always the topic of our conversation and how how close they all were to each other. This made us both so happy. I will miss you so much. To Christina, Melissa & Joey Stay a strong united unit as you keep your mothers memory close to your hearts. She loved you so much. Love Auntie Judy

  • 07/26/2022

    I will always remember the family get together's in Vernon, CT at her mom and dad's house. Nancy was so friendly and sweet. She made all feel welcome. May she rest in peace. My sympathy goes out to all the family. Treasure the fond memories, all my love, Cousin Linda Demonstranti

  • 07/26/2022

    A true warm and compassionate person that always made you feel good. I will always smile thinking of Nancy. Ray Mooney

  • 07/25/2022

    Our fondest memory and experience with Nancy was our visit to her grammar school class in Cambridge,MA. She had invited us to perform and speak to her classroom. The kids loved her and we remember her announcing us to the class as her cousins! It surely was a memorable day with Nancy. Anthony and Joseph Paratore, Duo Pianists

  • 07/24/2022

    As a former student of Ms. Paratore (1996) she inspired me to write with detail and passion to tell the story. In addition, she taught my cousin Nancy Siegel language arts in 8th grade at Tobin elementary. Thank for the encouraging words . Rest In Peace.

  • 07/24/2022

    To Nancy's Family: Please accept my deepest sympathies. Nancy had great impact on the many lives she touched. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Michael Sullivan

  • 07/24/2022

    I enjoyed the privilege of Nancy's friendship for 50+ years, for which I am most grateful. To Nancy's children, thank you for crafting a beautiful and spot-on obituary; it was indeed effortless to love Nancy. Nancy and I formed an unbreakable bond when we were 18, and while she will be greatly missed she will never be forgotten. Donna Gathers

  • 07/23/2022

    Nancy, You made our world better! Rest In Peace! With heartfelt sympathy to Nancy's family!

  • 07/22/2022

    Worked with Nancy at the Haggerty School and she was a wonderful colleague and fun to be around. Always had that great smile. Please accept my deepest sympathy at your loss. Alice O'Brien Mousseau


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