John Ventresca, age 97

of Quincy

John Ventresca, age 97

John Ventresca, age 97, of Quincy, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully, Friday, December 17, 2021 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Pettorano sul Gizio, Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Frank and Anna (Romagnola) Ventresca. He immigrated to the United States in 1939 at the age of fifteen, arriving in New York City where he was educated. He had lived in Quincy for twenty-two years, previously in Braintree for twenty-five years.

John was proud to have served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II.

He was employed as a labor foreman in the construction industry for over fifty years. John worked for various companies, including the Gilbane Building Company and J.F. White Contracting Company. He had been retired for many years.

John enjoyed playing poker with his friends at 1000 Southern Artery. He also enjoyed trips to Twin River, Foxwoods, and Las Vegas.

He was dedicated to his family and enjoyed supporting the many activities and accomplishments of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beloved husband for seventy-two years of Mafalda M. “Muffie” (DiFederico) Ventresca.

Devoted father of Michael J. Ventresca and his wife Madeline of Braintree, Maryann Rowsell of Arlington and her late husband William.

Loving grandfather of Kellie Perniola and her husband Domenic of Norwell, Christine Ventresca of Braintree, William Rowsell and his wife Stephanie of Wilmington, and Vanessa Rowsell of Arlington.

Cherished great-grandfather of Domenic, Olivia, Nicholas, Joseph, Mason, William, and Adriana.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, December 21, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family requests that those visiting wear a mask or face covering. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 22, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.


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  • Maryann, your mom and family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss,
    I have many memories of your father and your mother when we were young girls at your house after school..great times.
    Once again my prayers for your mom and your brother Mike and all of your family..
    Love Betty

  • John my next door neighbor I will miss you. All your pain and discomfort is over. Rest In Peace!

  • Uncle Johnny you always made me laugh. You had a wonderful personality and I enjoyed the times when the family would gather around the kitchen table and talk.
    You will be missed by all.
    Thoughts and prayers to auntie Muffie, Michael and Maryann during this very difficult time.

  • Dear Muffie, So sorry to hear about John’s passing. He is with the lord now and celebrating his new life . He will always be in your hearts. One day we will all be together again.❤️🙏

  • John was a piece of Vassall St., Quincy history, very dedicated to his family just like my dad.

    Rest in peace John and God Bless you all.

    Chuck McCoy
    Kingston, Ma.

  • Dear Muffy,

    We are so sorry to hear about Johns passing. Our prayers go out for you and your family.

    Love Elaine & Bobby