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Laura Mazzetti, painted ceramic handicrafts

May 10, 1925 – Jan. 26, 2014

Laura Mazzetti, a painter of ceramic handicrafts, died Sunday under hospice care in her Derby home. She was 88.

Born Laura Alimonti in Lackawanna, she graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1942.

She met her future husband, Aldo Mazzetti, a native of Italy who was living in New York City, at the wedding of her sister and Mr. Mazzetti’s brother.

After a long-distance courtship, they were married in 1946 in Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

She moved for a few years to New York City and then to Long Eddy, Sullivan County, where she ran a farm with her husband, before returning to Lackawanna.

In 1956, Mrs. Mazzetti settled with her family in Derby.

She was employed briefly as a cook at an Eden nursing home but primarily was a homemaker.

Her longtime hobby was painting, especially ceramic figurines and collectibles, many of which featured angels or holiday themes.

She also maintained a large garden from which she harvested tomatoes for sauce and strawberries and blueberries for homemade pies.

Mrs. Mazzetti was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Evans until its closing in 2011.

In addition to her husband of 68 years, she is survived by two daughters, Judy Almond and Laurie Roche; a son, Gerald; a sister, Katherine Schiffer; a brother, Andrew Alimonti; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday evening in Laing Funeral Home, Eden.

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