June B. Maccarone, a selfless educator and devoted wife and mother of four, passed away on Oct. 31. She was 82. June began her life of service as a young woman, volunteering at a mission in eastern Kentucky. She taught kindergarten and first grade and later in life worked with special needs children. In many ways, however, her life’s work was raising her own four children. June was nurturing, caring and constantly cooking. Her specialty was Italian dishes, including pizza, lasagna, pizzelles and biscotti. June prayed regularly for her family and friends and sought to instill in her children her own unique empathy for the suffering of others. “Everyone has something,” she would often say.
June B. Maccarone was born on June 22, 1940, in Dorchester, MA to William and Beatrice (Molinari) Grazado. She spent most of her youth in Norwood, a suburb south of Boston. After attending Boston State College, June worked as an elementary school teacher on Cape Cod and the South Shore. She married Gaetano “Guy” D. Maccarone and the couple moved to upstate New York where he worked as a patent attorney, and they started a family. They returned to the Boston suburbs 10 years later. June was a regular in the church choir, worked at the St. Rose of Lima parish rectory in Topsfield, MA and volunteered at the St. Mary-St. Catherine food pantry in Charlestown, MA. In the scant hours when she wasn’t doting on others, she enjoyed bowling, playing cards and watching British television dramas. She also took up painting, namely still life, birds and a portrait of the family’s beloved German Shepherd, King.
June is preceded in death by her husband, Guy. She is survived by her loving children: Maria Maccarone of Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Elena Maccarone of Exeter, N H; Dennis Maccarone of Rye, NH; and Alan Maccarone his wife, Corinne, and their daughter, Lia June Maccarone, of Wollongong, Australia; her loving brother, Robert Grazado, and his wife, Jean, of Plainville, MA; and her loving sister, Mary Tagliamonte, and her husband, Robert, of Newburyport, MA.
Family and friends will honor and celebrate June's 82 years of life with calling hours on Wednesday November 9 from 4-7 p.m. at the Conte-
Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown, MA. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, November 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 12 Park Street, Topsfield, MA. Luncheon reception immediately following in the Church Hall. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Rostro de Cristo mission in Ecuador ( https://rostrodecristo.org ) and The Cheyenne River Youth Project ( https://lakotayouth.org ). For condolences and directions, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com