He was born in Vigo Cavedine, Italy, on August 6, 1937. He was a son of the late Guglielmo “Carlo” and Maria (Merlo) Cristofolini. He attended schools in Italy and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School, in North Adams, MA. Mr. Cristofolini was a decorated veteran of the US Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was employed by the Village of Readsboro, Boston and Maine Railroad Company, and Deerfield Specialty Paper Co. He then went on to own and operate Mario’s Variety Store and Meat Market for 25 years with his wife, and his specialty was his Italian sausage. Mr. Cristofolini then was a manager at the West Mountain Llama Farm and later worked at Lamson and Goodnow Cutlery in Shelburne Falls, MA.
Mr. Cristofolini was a communicant of St. Joachim’s Church in Readsboro, Sacred Heart, and St. Francis Parish in Bennington. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, cooking, gardening, and was an accomplished accordion player and musician. Mr. Cristofolini was an avid New England sports fan, rooting on the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and Celtics teams. He was a member of the American Legion Post #29 in Readsboro.
His wife, the former Florence Jean (Oakes) Cristofolini died on February 5. They were married on October 17, 1959 in St. Joachim’s Church, Readsboro.
Mr. Cristofolini leaves his two children, Lisa Maria Filler, of Bennington and her fiancé Bruce Andrews, and Richard Cristofolini and his wife Traci, of Stamford. He also leaves his four grandchildren, Ryan D. Filler, of Memphis, TN; Eric M. Filler, of Orlando, FL; Caleb M. Cristofolini, of Orleans; and Lorenzo L. Cristofolini, of Stamford. He also leaves his brother, Aldo Cristofolini and his wife Margie, of Readsboro, and sister, Vicky Trudeau, of Pownal. He was predeceased by his brothers, Francesco, Enrico, Tullio, Lino, and Bruno Cristofolini.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Mr. Cristofolini will be celebrated on Saturday, July 22, at 10 am, at St. Joachim’s Church in Readsboro. Burial with full military honors will follow at Village Cemetery, Readsboro.
Donations may be made to the Readsboro American Legion Post #29 in care of the Flynn and Dagnoli Funeral Home, 74 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA, 01247. To add to the Book of Memories visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.