Anthony B. Ardagna passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday morning at the Sawtelle Hospice. He was 91. Born in Lawrence, Anthony grew up in Dorchester and was the son of the late Ignazio and Alfia (Pulverenti) Ardagna. He served in the Navy during World War II upon the US aircraft carrier Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After his discharge he worked in electronics. He graduated Northeastern University and he worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard, and later ended his career retiring from Polaroid Corporation. Even though he was retired he continued to help Rose Mary in her ceramics studio and became a supplier of electronic devices for ceramics. Tony was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and even lived to see his twin great-grandsons. Tony loved music and loved to sing. He was part of St. Joseph Parish Choir, helped form a singing group at the Medford Senior Center and was part of the Singing Grandpops of the Arlington Men’s Club.
Tony leaves his beloved wife, Rose Mary (Testa) Ardagna with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. He leaves his devoted daughters: Joanne Popoloski and her husband Joseph of Lynnfield, Lorraine Frigoletto of Medford, Jodie Coyne and her fiance’ Raymond Dellovo of Medford. He was a loving grandfather to Jacqueline Carroll and her husband Casey, Anthony Frigoletto, Lucas Popoloski, Mikayla Coyne, David Frigoletto and James Frigoletto. He was a brand-new great-grandfather to Finley and Rory. He was a dear brother to the late John and Santo Ardagna.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St. Medford on Friday, Oct 4 from 4 – 8 PM and again on Saturday morning October 5th at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Joseph Parish, 118 High St. Medford at 10 AM. Services will conclude with military honors at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Anthony’s name to Saint Joseph Parish Music Ministry, 114 High Street, Medford, MA, 02155.