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Elisabeth C. Tassone, 70

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A Celebration of Life honoring the late Elisabeth C. (Ellen) Tassone, 70, of Heritage Shores, wife of former North Adams resident Lawrence H. Tassone, who passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at her home in Bridgeville, Dela., will be held on June 17, 2017, at the home of her niece Susan Daugherty, 78 Morris Drive, Clarksburg, Mass., 413-441-3228. The celebration hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m when family and friends will gather to pay their respects to Ellen.   

At the time of her passing, she was at home surrounded by her loving family: husband Lawrence, sons Marco and Lorenzo, daughter-n-law Angela, sister Irma Troost, nieces Wendy and Conny Troost, sister-in-law Eunice Tassone and grandson Francoise Tassone.

Born on December 29, 1946, in Rotterdam, Holland, Ellen was the oldest daughter of Dirk and Rosalia (de Bree) Vogel. She was born and raised in Rotterdam, graduating from Lyceum (High School) in 1962 and subsequently a two-year Hotel/Motel and Secretarial course. She began her career as a front desk clerk at the Rijn Hotel in that city. Speaking Dutch, German, English and French languages, she became a certified travel agent and moved to Stuttgart, Germany, to improve her language abilities and further her tourism career.

While there, she met and married Air Force Staff Sergeant Lawrence H. (Tazz) Tassone of North Adams, Mass., on July 3 and 5, 1969, in Rotterdam. In 1971 they were transferred to Dayton, Ohio, where she worked as a travel agent and then returned to her family in Holland when her husband was posted to Vietnam later that year. Returning to the U.S. in 1972 to Tampa, Fla., she became the lead agent in the AAA Travel Department. In 1974 she accompanied her husband to Andrews AFB in Maryland and was employed by the main AAA headquarters as a travel agent. After six months she became General Manager of Mailtech a mailing service in Arlington, Va. One year later she moved on to become the General Manager of the new Tinker's restaurant near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

Upon her husband's retirement from the USAF in 1977, they moved to San Jose, Calif., where they became co-owners of the Village Woodshed, a small retail store in the El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center that grew into a three-store chain.  In 1985, the family, now with two sons Marco and Lorenzo, moved to Waldorf, Md., where Tazz assumed new duties as a Director at the Air Force Sergeants Association. Ellen then became a homemaker until 1992, when she became owner of the Fran's Nu Image Mastectomy Salon in Waldorf. She eventually became a Certified Mastectomy Fitter with one of the largest clientele of any single managed salon in the eastern United States. It was during this period that Ellen, in a joint effort with the American Breast Cancer Company, conceived of and became a co-patent holder of their newest mastectomy product the ABC Massage form, a highly innovative and successful form for ABC to this day.  

In 2009, following sale of the salon, Ellen and Tazz retired to Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, Dela., where she participated in many of the community's activities along with traveling, cruising and continued the family tradition of traveling back to Rotterdam at least annually to maintain close contacts with her family. She remained a proud Dutch citizen until her passing.  

Ellen, as the true center of her family, genuinely enjoyed life and her family to the fullest. On Jan. 14, Ellen was reunited with her beloved father Dirk and mother Rosalia Vogel. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 48 years and her legacy will be cherished by her children Marco (Jennifer) and Lorenzo (Angela) Tassone of Maricopa, Ariz., and Chicago, Ill., respectively; her two grandsons, Francoise and Bruno Tassone; her sister Irma Troost; nieces Wendy and Conny Troost, who reside in Holland, Sr. Eunice Tassone of North Adams, Mass., and Susan Daugherty of Clarksburg, Mass.; nephew Bruce Tassone of Boston, Mass.; along with many uncles, aunts and cousins in the Netherlands and a host of friends in both Delaware and the Netherlands.
Funeral notice:
The family held a private gathering on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at the Parsell's Funeral Home in Bridgeville prior to her cremation according to her wishes. A celebration of life was held on March 28, 2017, in Bridgeville with burial on May 5, 2017, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  The final Celebration of Ellen's life will be held on July 5, which was to have been her 48th wedding anniversary, in Bleiswyck, Holland.

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