Elsie H. Lombardi Was Island Summer Resident

Elsie (Hayden) Lombardi died on August 11 in San Francisco. She was 97 years old. She recently moved to San Francisco from Tucson, Ariz., where she lived since 1971. She was born in Fall River and was the daughter of Pat and Annie (Tobin) Hayden.

Mrs. Lombardi was graduated from BMC Durfee High School in 1923. She received a master of education degree from the Rhode Island College of Education and was married to the late Frank N. Lombardi. The Lombardis were longtime summer residents of Oak Bluffs.

During World War II, Mrs. Lombardi was a gas mask inspector in the Fall River Military Industrial Complex. She then worked as a seamstress in other Fall River mills before beginning her teaching career in the Fall River school system in 1947. Following a career of 23 years, Mrs. Lombardi retired as the principal of the George B. Stone Elementary School.

Following her retirement, Elsie and Frank Lombardi traveled extensively throughout Europe. As summer residents of Oak Bluffs, Mrs. Lombardi was proprietor of a gift shop and operated the Oak Bluffs Bathing Beach Pavilion for several years.

Mrs. Lombardi is survived by two sons, Frank Lombardi of Amherst, N.H., and Jerry Lombardi of San Francisco; four grandchildren, Nicholas Lombardi of Sudbury; Vincent Lombardi of Los Angeles, Calif.; Christina DiBattista of Sarasota, Fla., and Timothy Lombardi of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four great-grandsons.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Alexander's Church, Child street, Warren. The arrangements are with William J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, 15 Church street, Warren. Interment will be in Alexander's Cemetery.