Pearl Vania Oliva, a lifelong resident of Framingham, died Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham. Born and raised in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Guido Jack and Michelina Lena Oliva. She was the wife of 12 years to the love of her life, Francis J. Cristofori who died in 2013. Pearl was a graduate of Framingham High School and Framingham State College where she received her Bachelors Degree in Education. She then graduated from Boston College earning her Masters Degree in Education. She received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Degree (CAGS) from Harvard University
and then received her Certification License as an Italian Language Teacher from the State of Massachusetts. Pearl was also an Italian Fulbright Scholar. Pearl started teaching at Framingham North High School as an English teacher and then as an Italian teacher for a span of 35 years. She created the Italian Department at the High School and also taught evenings for adult learners and night school. Her father Guido started the Guido Oliva Italian American Program in 1950 and five years later Pearl joined her father and continued hosting this radio show. Pearls radio career began by handing her father records of the Operas he loved and the cue sheet with all the commercials and announcements. It then shifted into adding her own thoughts and materials to grow the show into one of the longest continually running Italian-themed radio shows in the U.S. The program will continue under the direction of her good friend Frank Urbani. She also had worked for WCVB Channel 5 in Boston for many years. Pearl organized many trips to Italy through her parish of St. Tarcisius Church, where she also served as Lector for many years. She is survived by her sister Lillian Travaglini of Framingham; her nieces and nephews, Janis Byers of W. Yarmouth, John J. Travaglini, Jr. and his wife Kristine of Seattle, WA, Denise Sabino and her husband Ron of Framingham and Michael Travaglini-Hoare and his husband Dana Hoare-Travaglini of Boston. She is also survived by her great nieces and nephews, Casady Cadillac, Heather Ward, Suzanne Sabino, Grace and Clark Travaglini, her great-grand nephew Jackson Steele Ward, many cousins in the U.S. and Italy and several close friends. She was the aunt of the late Mary Ann Travaglini. A special thank you and appreciation to Dr. James Alderman and Dr. Stephen Hoffman and their staffs at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St, (Corner of Union Ave.) Framingham, followed by her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverley St. (Rt. 135), Framingham. Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Tarcisius Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Monday from 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made out to the Pearl Oliva Scholarship Fund, c/o Natick Sons of Italy, 37 Washington Ave., Natick, MA 01760. For online guestbook and directions, please log onto www.nortonfuneralhome. com.