Obituary: Concetta “Connie” (Manganaro) Bruno of the North End and Ida’s Restaurant

Concetta L. “Connie” (Manganaro) Bruno, age 97 died peacefully in her sleep on December 20, 2016.

Connie, as she was lovingly known, is survived by her three daughters, Joanne McDermott of Plymouth, Arlene Santangelo of Bonita Springs, FL and Marilyn Caristo of Charlestown. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Jeff and Joseph McDermott and Michael and Stephanie Santangelo; as well as 7 great-grandchildren.

Connie was born on July 10, 1919 in the West End of Boston to her late parents, John and Sarah (Giodano) Manganaro who immigrated from Italy.

She moved to East Boston and eventually the North End where she spent a majority of her life with her loving husband, the late Alfred “Freddie” Bruno.

Connie was an active participant in the North End community and also as a hostess at the family owned restaurant, Ida’s Italian Cuisine, where she welcomed many members of the North End and variety of Boston dignitaries. Connie was a long time contributor to the East Boston Times.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, December 27th from 9:30am to 10:30am in the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial St, Boston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11am in St. Leonard Church, corner of Hanover and Prince Street, Boston.

Burial will be private.

Donations in Connie’s memory may be made to: The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135 or