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Mariann Carnazzo, longtime MIT staff member, dies at 74

Over 53 years at the Institute, Carnazzo made contributions to MIT offices of contract accounting, treasurer, and vice president for finance.
Mariann Carnazzo
Mariann Carnazzo

Longtime MIT employee Mariann (Marletta) Carnazzo of Somerville, Massachusetts, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the deRahm Hospice House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was 74.

Carnazzo worked at MIT for 53 years, beginning in 1959 when she was in high school. She held many positions in what was then the Contract Accounting Office. In 1986, Carnazzo was promoted to administrative assistant in the Office of the Treasurer. She retired in 2012 as senior accounts payable assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Finance.

Carnazzo is remembered by many at MIT as a generous and gracious colleague who worked hard and always pitched in to get the job done. Overseeing the front desk in accounts payable in Building E19 for many years, she greeted everyone with a warm smile and worked hard to resolve issues and solve problems.

Carnazzo is survived by her husband, Joseph Carnazzo; son, Frank Rosa, and his fiancée, Aimee Sanborn, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; stepchildren Joseph, Jerome, Thomas, Robert, Mark, Eric, and Christopher Carnazzo; and grandchildren Juliana and Gabriella Rosa of Wilmington, Massachusetts. Another stepson, Michael Carnazzo, predeceased her.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Ann Church, 399 Medford St., Somerville, on Monday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may visit with the family at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, Massachusetts, from 9-10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Carnazzo's name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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