Langone and Prevete in Boston

I just watched the movie “No God, No Master” about the Italian anarchist movement in Boston. Being the inquisitive person that I am, I looked up Sacco and Vanzetti on Wikipedia and noted something of particular interest to me. “At Langone Funeral Home in Boston North End, more than 10,000 mourners viewed Sacco and Vanzetti in open caskets over two days.”[1]

The name “Langone” associated with funerals rang a bell. I was pretty sure he was the undertaker for one of my ancestors. So I got out the death certificates to have a look and, sure enough, I was right. Joseph A. Langone was the undertaker for my gr-gr-great grandmother, Angela Tuzzo Prevete, in 1901.  See the death certificate below.

Death Certificate - Angela Tuzzo Prevete - 1901 - cropped with citation

A couple of other Boston undertakers for my ancestors included A. A. Badaracco and Michael J. Porcello.  If anyone knows about these funeral homes or undertakers, I’d like to hear from you.


[1] Wikipedia (, “Sacco and Vanzetti,” modified 16:06, 8 August 2014.

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