Ella F. Lombara
Ella Florence (White) Lombara of Wakefield, N.H., formerly of Wakefield MA passed away peacefully at home on February 8 after a valiant fight with breast cancer.
Ella is survived by her beloved husband of forty-nine years, Stanley E. Lombara. She was the loving mother of Stephen and his wife Sue of Texas, James and his wife Angela of N.H. and Andrew and his wife Terri of New York. She was adored by her grandchildren Genavieve, Donovan, Gavin, Joanna, Samuel, Daniel and J. Preston.
Ella leaves her sisters Betsy Filz and Cynthia Cameron both of Florida, she was predeceased by her twin sister Frances Frotten and her parents. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She was happiest when she was surrounded by family and friends at her lake front home.
Ella was born in Melrose MA and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Northeastern University and received a master degree in early childhood education from Salem State College.
Ella’s first love was her family and her second love was small children. She taught in many settings including Northeast Metro Regional Vocational School in Wakefield, MA, day care organizations in Jamaica Plain, Stoneham, Lynn and Wakefield MA, and for the last five years as a kindergarten teacher at the Paul School in Wakefield NH from which she retired. As she battled a recurrence of breast cancer she continued to volunteer at the Paul School. She received many cards of encouragement in the last month of her life from her students that buoyed her spirit.
Ella had a large circle of friends including her college friend Joan Kuhn and her family. She shared many interests with her friends including reading and was a member of two reading clubs in MA and NH as well as a knitting club. She was also a season subscriber to Boston’s Huntington Theater for more than twenty-five years. History was always a passion and she recently served as treasurer of the Wakefield-Brookfield Historical Society in Wakefield, NH.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 15th at 10 am at the Green Street Baptist Church, 179 Green Street, Melrose, MA (wwwgreenstreetbaptistchurch.org).
A second service will be held in late spring at her home in Wakefield, NH.
Donations in her name should be made to support the fight to find a cure for breast cancer at www.komenmass.org or by mail at Susan G. Komen-MA, Attn: Donations, Memorials & Tributes, 89 South Street, Suite 406, Boston, MA 02111.