Laura M. Cerutti of Southampton and Manhattan died on November 27 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She was 87 and died shortly after surgery to repair a broken hip.
Ms. Cerutti was born Laura Maria Ciuti-Parenti in Florence, Italy, on May 31, 1926. While attending the University of Florence and just after World War II, she met and fell in love with Louis Cerutti, then a colonel in the U.S. Army and serving with the OSS. They married and lived in Rome for a time before moving to the United States.
Ms. Cerutti helped manage Cerutti’s children’s shop on Madison Avenue in New York City with her two sisters-in-law, Doris and Anita Cerutti.
She is survived by two of her three children, Frank Louis and Donna Patricia; her oldest daughter, Anita Beatrice, predeceased her. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Charlotte, Andrew, Alda, Matthew, Luke and Allegra; and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was said at Saint Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan on November 30, followed by interment at the Basilica Parish of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery in Southampton.