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“I am Aunt Betty's nephew, Steven Prato, second son of her brother, Bruno Anthony. About five years ago I had asked her if we could talk sometime...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Steve Prato - Yarmouth, ME

“I was so happy I was able to drive my mom down to visit you so many times. One of those times was Christmas, and it was so magical to be able to...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Lashon - Bow, NH

“Betty was my dear aunt and close family pal. She was my link to my father and her brother Bruno Anthony Prato, called Tony. I was her link to her...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Teddy Prato - Cambridge, MA

“It's been a long good bye mom The last five years mom have been the hardest for you but you never gave up . Your will to live , your Belief in god...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Gina Grande - Waltham, MA

“To Teresa, and all of Betty.s family, I am so sorry to hear of your dear Mom's passing...She was a beautiful lady, in, and out. Saw her many times...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jeanne Iodice - Waltham, MA

“Gee Gee & Tommy words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss, you both took such good care of her. Love the Irvine family ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Irvine - Cambridge, MA

“To the whole family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special person and will be missed by every person she met. She touched so many...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Itene Zona - Belmont, MA

“My sweet Mom,I could not have hand picked a better person to be my mother, I was always honored to be your daughter and your oldest. Thanks for...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Debbie Bruno - Waltham, MA

“We got to know Betty when she cared for our beloved shih tzu Sasha. She had a small business in her home called 'Small Dog Inn." Our dog loved...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Caroline Nudelman - WALTHAM, MA

“I can no longer see you with my eyes but I will feel you in my heart forever. Love and miss you so much mom. You are my sunshine xoxo ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Benoit - Waltham, MA

11 of 16 | Posted by: ANDREWS ANN MARIE - PELHAM, NH

“I will Always remember your mom as "Nana Betty" from my Avon selling days. She would call me to put in an order and before you know it, 15-20...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy Vargas - HANSON, MA

“Mom ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Gina Grande - Waltham, MA

“Dear Mom,I just want you to know how proud I am to have you for my mother. The courage and strength you showed these past years were incredible!...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Teresa Nielsen - Waltham, MA

“I met Betty when she was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program here in Waltham. She and I enjoyed a very short friendship but it was a very...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Angie Emberley - Waltham, MA

“Gee Gee & Tommy words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. You all took such good care of her. Love the Irvine family ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Irvine - Cambridge, MA

Betty handled life with grace…and a smile throughout her eighty-two years. She met life's challenges and adversities with tenacity and was one never to complain. Wonderful lessons she taught in her own quiet ways. Betty was also blessed with the gift of five children who adored her and took wonderful care of her as roles reversed later in her life. Not only was she blessed to see her children's children but she loved seven great-grandchildren as well.

Elizabeth C. Prato was born May 25, 1938 in Cambridge, the daughter of the late Antonio and Lena (Scalzo) Prato. She lived many years in Belmont before making Waltham her home. She died at home with her family gathered at her side on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Betty worked as a medical secretary for Mt. Auburn Medical in Watertown for over 15 years before retiring in 2003.

Betty was a fantastic cook and baker and true to her Italian heritage knew that food was love made visible and edible. She enjoyed a game of scrabble and time with her family. She was an active member of the Waltham Senior Center and volunteered in its Meals on Wheels program. She faithfully attended Saint Jude's Church and after the daily Mass each Wednesday she would look forward to the coffee group that formed many friendships.

Betty was predeceased by her former husband, Eugene I. 'Gino' Carracini and her brother, Bruno Prato as well as her longtime companion, Anthony Ferullo.

She leaves her children, Debra A. Bruno of Waltham, Donna M. Benoit (Paul), Gina M. Grande (Thomas), Teresa A. Nielsen (James), and Michael A. Carracini, all of Waltham; her sister Josephine Kontos of Concord, New Hampshire; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Harty (Jason), Michelle Sullivan (William), Michael Benoit (Meredith), Nicholas Benoit, Joseph and Matthew Nielsen, Juliana and Michael Carracini Jr; her great-grandchildren, Olivia, June, and Parker Harty, Collin, Isabella, and Elliot Sullivan, Victoria Benoit; and many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Betty's life by gathering for calling hours on Monday, September 28th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Jude's Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham on Tuesday, September 29th at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 209 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or Waltham Senior Center, Meals on Wheels Program, 610 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02452.

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Cambridge Cemetery

76 Coolidge Ave Cambridge, MA 02139