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Norman A. Ragosta

Norman A. Ragosta, 79, of Birch Lane, Ipswich, husband of the late Maria M. (Berardini) Ragosta, died Saturday March 27, 2010 in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, following the complications of a home accident.

Born in Chelsea February 18, 1931, son of the late Augustus and Mary (DiBiasi) Ragosta, he was raised in Beachmont, Revere and was a 1949 graduate of Revere High School. He served four years in the US Army stationed in France. Following his Honorable Discharge he was employed in the construction supply manufacturing business, later taking over the family’s floral business,  Carl’s Flowers in Boston,  which he  owned and operated for more than twenty years. He returned to construction supply sales in the mid 80’s, and he has been employed to date with Metropolitan Pipe and Supply Company of Cambridge.

 Mr. Ragosta enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, home tinkering and gardening, his annual Florida vacations with family and friends, and following the Red Sox.

 He is survived  by three daughters, Linda M. Ragosta and her husband Richard Veno of Kingston, Maria Carroll of Georgetown and Lisa Broglino and her husband Thomas of Haverhill; three grandchildren, Kelly Carroll of Ipswich and Ava Broglino and Mia Broglino both of  Haverhill; sister-in-law Ellie Rizzo of Peabody and two nieces. He was the brother of the late Eugene Ragosta, formerly of Salem.

His funeral service will be held 10 am Friday April 2, 2010  in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm. Interment services will be private.

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