Ray J. (Tkachuk) LaRosaJune 9, 1927 ~ October 20, 2017 (age 90)
LaRosa, Ray J. (Tkachuk) “Raia”-Of North Reading formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on October 20th 2017 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lynnfield at 90 years of age. Wife of the late Ben LaRosa. Loving sister of George Tkachuk of Revere. Philip Tkachuk and his wife Karin of West Peabody. Judie Giannetto of North Reading. Sister-in-Law Jean Tkachuk of Dennis and the late Lillian Grady, and Leon, Edward, Walter and Paul Tkachuk. Ray was affectionately known as “Auntie Raia” by her many loving nieces and nephews and was adored and loved by Lloyd Dickson of Deltona, Fla. Funeral from the Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 24th at 9:30am. Funeral Services will be held at the chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett at 11:00am. Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday October 23rd from 5-8pm. Entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray’s memory to All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street. Lynn, MA 01901 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road. Waltham, MA 02452.
Ray had an engaging personality, a happy disposition and was pleasant and kind to all, even when she no longer could speak due to her advancing Alzheimer’s disease. She had a big smile and shoulder shimmy to greet her caretakers, family and friends. Ray had a long career working as a secretary at the MA Department of Transportation in downtown Boston. She loved to frequent Filene’s Basement during her lunch hour and had a knack for finding the best bargains. Always stylish, she enjoyed dressing up especially for many nights out ballroom dancing which was her passion. Ray was devoted to her family, especially her late mother. She made the best lasagna and meatballs. May she rest in peace.