Mary A. (DiGregorio) Dantini, 93
FITCHBURG -- Mary A. (DiGregorio) Dantini, 93, a lifelong resident of Fitchburg, died Monday, June 16, in the Highlands Long-term Care Center, after a short illness, with her loving family by her bedside.
Her husband of 50 years, Dominic A. Dantini, died in 1992.
She leaves one son, Michael P. Dantini of Fitchburg; one daughter, Carol A. Brand and her husband, Wayne of Leominster; one sister, Palma Cornetta of Leominster; four grandchildren, John O'Neill and his wife, Kim of Ashburnham, Steven O'Neill and his wife, Brenda of Leominster, Sherry Goss and her husband, Jeffrey of Fitchburg and Stephanie M. Gallant and her husband, Rick of Leominster; five great-grandchildren, Sydnee and Dylan Gallant, Emilee Goss, Nigel O'Neill and Hannah Masse; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Rhea M. (Cormier) Dantini in 2012 and two brothers, Rocco and Samuel DiGregorio.
Mrs. Dantini owned and operated the M & M Variety Store on Water St. in Fitchburg, along with her husband, for 16 years retiring in 1980 to relocate to Escondido, CA.
Mary spent the last five years of her life at the Highlands, where she was lovingly called "Queen of the Highlands". Prior to this, she resided at 100 Main St. in Leominster, where she had many friends with whom she took many trips with and enjoyed them all so much. She loved to play bingo, cards and to line dance. Mary had a passion for life, family, and cooking her Italian specialties for all of them.
She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony di Padua Parish in Fitchburg, was a 1939 graduate of St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School, and attended the former Stevens Business College in Fitchburg.
She was born in Fitchburg, on February 6, 1921, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Siciliano) DiGregorio.
The family would like to thank the staff of the second floor at the Highlands for their loving kindness and care of their loved one.
DANTINI -- Mary's Funeral will be celebrated on Friday, June 20, from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water St., Fitchburg, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony di Padua Church, 84 Salem St., Fitchburg.
Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Fitchburg.
Calling hours at the Funeral Home are on Thursday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the Highlands Long-term Care Center Activity Fund, 335 Nichols Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420 or can be left at the Funeral Home.
See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli Funeral Home
243 Water Street Fitchburg, MA 01420
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from June 18 to June 19, 2014