The expression “A life well lived” only begins to express the joyfulness and grace of our beloved Mary, as we both mourn her passing but more important, celebrate her amazing 102 years of life. Born in Newton, Massachusetts, during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, Mary Margaret Massauro, née Gorgone, lived a happy childhood of adventures (such as swimming in the Charles River) and the traditions of a large Italian family. She met her beloved Louie in Newton, and married in 1941 before he was deployed to Europe to fight World War II; soon after, Lorraine was born under the care and support of Nana Gorgone, family and friends. Upon Louie’s return, they grew their family with the arrival of Michael, Johnny and Louis, Jr.
Mary and Louie lived in Newton until 1974 when they retired to Lewiston, Maine. Due to the rough winters, they returned to Massachusetts. After Louie’s passing in 1991, Mary lived with her son Louis before settling at the Christopher Heights Assisted Living in Marlborough. She loved living there, where she made many wonderful friends (and played lots of bingo!). After an unexpected fall earlier his year, she was lovingly cared for by the wonderful staff at Blaire House Nursing Home in Milford, Massachusetts, until her passing of natural causes.
She was a modern woman before this term was coined, independent and curious, and always ready for a new adventure; including working at Wendy’s until she was 85 years old. She always reminded us to “Love yourself, and everything else will take care of itself”. Above all, she loved her family unconditionally. Besides her four children, she leaves a legacy of eight grand-children (Lisa, Stephen, Danny, Michael, Frankie, Evan, Louis III, and Christopher), eleven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews, friends, and two surviving sisters. She loved to gamble, lottery scratch tickets, playing bingo (winning was very important!), a good glass of pinot grigio wine, and driving around in her friend Valerie’s red convertible. We will miss her zest for life, her love for parties and dressing up, her love for Onset beach, but most important her acceptance and unconditional love for her family and friends.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the wake will be private (immediate family only). Burial will occur at Newton Cemetery on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. A celebration of Mary's life will be held next year when is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made in Mary’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105