Panfilo Rodolfo “Rudi” Sandonato, age 79

of Braintree

Panfilo Rodolfo “Rudi” Sandonato, age 79

Panfilo Rodolfo “Rudi” Sandonato, age 79, of Braintree, died peacefully, Friday, June 9, 2023 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Rudi was born in Prezza, Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Pasquale and Elisabetta (Tulliani) Sandonato. Raised and educated there, he immigrated to the United States in 1964 at the age of nineteen, settling in Quincy. He lived in Braintree for the past forty-four years, previously in Weymouth for ten years.

Rudi was the owner and operator of the former Giovanna’s Bakery in Weymouth Landing for fifteen years. He went on to work in the construction industry and had been retired for many years.

Rudi enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden. Most of all, he was a hard-working man who was devoted to his family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty-four years of Anna (Crugnale) Sandonato.

Devoted father of Lisa A. Sandonato of Weymouth, Kelly J. Batti and her husband Adriano of Medford, and Marco D. Sandonato, Esq. of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of Giovanna G. Batti and Isabella A. Batti.

Dear brother of Bambina Tulliani of Italy, Leonilda Paolilli of Quincy, and predeceased by Giosue R. Sandonato and Dominic Sandonato.

Rudi is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, June 15, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Friday, June 16, at 10:30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.


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  • i’m so sad I will miss my Godfather very much. He was always happy and inviting to all. His garden was as just as good as my father’s was. I’ll miss his laugh and smile.

    God Bless and rest in peace and say hi to (dad) Rudy for me.

    Many thoughts and prayers going out to you and your family.

    With Love,

  • Our deepest condolences to the all family , Rodolfo was a very good friend we will miss very much .Rudy Rest In Peace. Mario&Barbara

  • My world is changed forever. My heart is broken. I pray heaven is real.
    I love you the most!

  • Rudi, io mi riccordo il giorno che tu sei arrivato da Prezza . . . tanti anni fa! Un giovanotto cercando una vita nuova. Hai fatto molto bene qui. Molto bene! Tutta la famiglia ti vuole tanto bene. Adesso, tutta la famiglia piange per te. Ciao!

  • Rudi was a dear friend and wonderful neighbor, always with a smile on his face… he loved everyone. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family.

  • I’m so sad to hear about Rudi’s passing. He was my neighbor and I was blessed to have such a wonderful man nextdoor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Love and Prayers
    Ann Marie Redmond