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Esterina Lavanga





Lavanga, Esterina (Sciarrillo), age 89, of Medford, died Sunday at Mass General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Wife of the late Giuseppe Lavanga, she died one day after her 61st wedding anniversary.  Born and raised in Anzano di Puglia, Foggia, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Filomena (Tarantino) Sciarrillo.  Esterina had owned a General Store in Italy, and had lived in Medford since 1982.  She is survived by four children; Antonio Lavanga of Medford, Giovanni Lavanga and his wife Tina (Fico) of Medford, Angela Lavanga Melino and her husband Paolo of Germany, and Filomena Lavanga and her fiancé Peter Kakridas of Medford; four grandchildren, Rosa Melino and her fiancé Antimo Forte of Germany, Ester Melino of Germany, and Giuseppe and Esterina Lavanga of Medford; as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Carlo and Francesca Sciarrillo.  Her funeral will be held from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., MALDEN, on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10:30AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, 118 High St., Medford at 11:30AM. Entombment to follow in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.  Visiting hours are Wednesday Dec. 19 from 4-8PM in the funeral home. For obituary and directions,


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