Note: Plaistow, NH: Peter S. Lanza, 83, a resident of Newton Road, Plaistow, died Sunday, December 5, 2010 at Methuen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Methuen. Born and raised in Haverhill, MA, son of the late Michael and Mary (Simone) Lanza, he attended local schools and was a member of the Haverhill High School Class of 1945. An investment broker and insurance salesman, Mr. Lanza worked for the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. for thirty-seven years until his retirement. He was a recipient of numerous achievement awards presented by the John Hancock Company including the Presidents Club Award and the National and Regional Honor Club Awards. He was also an accomplished musician and played bass as a member of the former Ray Gardella Band, which was well known in the area by many generations of local residents providing music for weddings and other social events as well as entertainment on Saturday evenings at the former Lake Shores Club in Georgetown, MA. A resident of Plaistow since 1994, he formerly lived in Groveland, MA, where he served many customers of the John Hancock Co, and also previously lived in Haverhill for many years. He was a member of Holy Angels Church of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, the Haverhill Lodge of Elks, and The Victor Emmanuel Lodge of the Sons of Italy. He was also a Past- President of the former Hannah Duston School PTA. Mr. Lanza was devoted to his children and grandchildren and enjoyed the many times that he spent with them. He also enjoyed traveling and dining out. The husband of the late Elodia (Wilkinson) Lanza, he is survived by sons Michael Lanza and his wife Marsha of Crystal Lake, Ill, Mark S. Lanza and his wife Cindy of Plaistow, and Peter J. Lanza and Shelley Cudiner of Stamford, CT, a sister Rose Lanza of Plaistow and Glen, NH, grandchildren, Jeff, Michael, Brian, Daniel, Andrew, Mark, Charles, Stephanie, Ryan and Adam. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, December 9, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral home, 116 Main St. . , Plaistow, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Holy Angels Church, 8 Atkinson Depot Rd. Plaistow. Burial will follow in Saint Patricks Cemetery, Haverhill, MA.
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