2015-10-22 / Obituaries

Elena Zenorini McEntee


Elena Zenorini McEntee, 99, of Indian Avenue, Portsmouth, RI, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at the Newport Hospital. She was the wife of the late Matthew J. McEntee. They had been married for 58 years.

Born in West Hoboken, N.J. on Nov. 11, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Maria (Cavedon) Zenorini of Teaneck, N.J. She attended high school at Holy Angels Academy in Fort Lee, N.J. followed by Catherine Gibbs School in Manhattan. She worked as an administrator at the family business Z.B. Yarn Mill in West New York, N.J. She transitioned to the job of homemaker and mother of six children and caregiver to her parents.

Elena was a member of St. Joseph’s parishes, first in West New York, N.J., then Bogota, N.J. and finally Newport, R.I. She spent most of her time and energy being an integral part of a large Italian-American family and raising and counseling her children, grandchildren, and now greatgrandchildren. To her family’s delight, Elena loved to cook and life centered around the kitchen table for either the preparation or consumption of wonderful meals.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Donna and Mark Miller, Hank and Chris McEntee, Kate and Phil Stevens, and Debbie McEntee all of Arlington, Virg., and Sheila McEntee and Daryl Hazel of Birmingham,

Mich. and Matt and Terry McEntee of Middletown. She has ten grandchil - dren and three greatgrandchil - dren. She is also survived by her sisters Marie Kinsley of Fairfield, Conn. and Gloria and Joseph Markey of Sandy Hook, Conn. Her sister Antoinette Goddard of Westwood, Mass. and her brother, Father Henry Zenorini, a Jesuit Priest from NYC, predeceased her.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at the O’Neill- Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport from 4 – 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, Oct. 24, at St. Joseph Church, Corner of Mann Ave. and Broadway, Newport at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Zenorini Scholarship Fund for need-based students at Xavier High School in New York. Elena’s brother Henry was a teacher, counselor, and longtime member of the Xavier community. Donations can be sent to Xavier High School, Attn: Advancement, 30 West 16th St., New York, NY 10011 or online at www.xavierhs.org/zenorini.

For more information or online condolences, visit www.oneillhayes.com.

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