Lena DiMarco
Lena (Merovonich) DiMarco of Manchester, entered heaven on Nov. 6, 2021.

She celebrated 100 years of life on Sept. 1, 2021, and was thrilled to share this occasion with a large gathering of family and friends. She was born in Willimantic, then moved to Manchester at a young age and was an active participant of St. James Church Parish. Lena lived life to the fullest and enjoyed many activities but she was always most happy spending time with family and friends. A day was never complete unless she spent part of it enjoying the company of others. She was always so excited to see a friend or relative every day even though she saw them hundreds of times prior and she made everyone feel welcomed and important. Lena did so much for others whenever it was needed and they returned that friendship throughout her life. Lena truly was a very special person. She enjoyed numerous activities including playing cards, visits to the Senior Center, long daily early morning walks, shopping frugally, dancing and cooking, even cooking complete meals for others all the way up to age 99, but most of her joy came from spending time with those closest to her. Lena worked hard, with over 40 years of service at various Cheney Mills factories, spending over half of those years at Pioneer Parachute. During her summer vacations, she was picked up by a farm truck to pick blueberries at 10 cents a basket.

She is survived by her son, Gregory Merovonich and his wife, Shirley of Tolland; her daughter Denise McPeck of Coventry; and was very close to her granddaughter, Kellie McPeck Bellefleur of Bolton, with whom she shared a special bond and was excited to attend Kellie's marriage this past June to Jake Bellefleur. She was extremely close to her sister, Jeanne Richer, who she saw on a daily basis; and Jeanne's son, Jason, who was a big help to her for many, many years. Special people in her life included Tina Knowlton of Willimantic, with whom she shared weekly visits for so many years; Marie (Botteron) Shillo of Manchester, Lena's daughter's life long friend, who became Lena's close and caring friend and shopping partner (and boy did they shop); next door neighbor Barrett Quaglia and his girlfriend, Lauren were consistently there for her and could be counted on to help whatever the need. Lena was also close to her other neighbors Maureen and Marc along with their son Maxwell and their daughter Jenna. She was close to her previous neighbor Trudy and maintained a close friendship with her even after her moving away. She also shared great meals out and visits with her neighbor Ellen. Lena was also blessed with over 20 nieces and nephews. Her nieces Nikki and Timothea, along with her nephew Sam, visited her often and she loved being in their company. Lena was predeceased by her first husband of over 25 years, Steven Merovonich of Manchester and her second husband, also of over 25 years, Sabby DiMarco. She was also predeceased by her two brothers, Sam Maltempo of Manchester and Louis Maltempo of East Hartford; along with her two sisters, Judy Kargl and Mary Maltempo, both of Manchester.

Special thanks are given to her in-home hospice providers Darcie, Donna, Togor and Lisa from Vernon Visiting Nurses, who were very important in comforting and helping during the last two and half months of her life.

There will be a burial service for family and close friends at St. James Cemetery, Broad Street, Manchester, on Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.

Donations may be made in her name to the charity of your choice.

Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24, 2021.
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