GROTON — Eleanor B. (DiBiase) Mariano, 95, of Groton, formerly of Maynard and Sudbury, died Friday, July 9, 2010 at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer after a brief illness.
She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred C. Mariano, who died in 1995.
Born and raised in Sudbury, she was one of 13 children of the late Vincent and Geneva (Simeone) DiBiase.
Mrs. Mariano graduated from Sudbury High School, and following her marriage, settled in Maynard where the Marianos raised their three children. After her children were grown, Mrs. Mariano worked for several area businesses including Johnson’s Pharmacy, Woolworth’s, Mutual Shoe Company, and her husband’s restaurant, Freddie’s Luncheonette in Maynard. She was retired from the accounts payable department for the former Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, and was a member of the Maynard Emblem Club.
The Marianos moved to Groton in 1961, where Mrs. Mariano was active in the Groton Women’s Club, the Grange, the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered many hours annually for the town of Groton.
She was an involved member of Our Lady of Grace Parish, where she was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and until this past week, enjoyed delivering Meals-on-Wheels for the seniors in town.
Mrs. Mariano is survived by three children, John Mariano Sr. and Elaine Massarelli, both of Hudson, FL., and Joseph Mariano of Westford. She was the grandmother of seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren: Sarah (Mariano) Demers and husband Roland of Rochester, NH., and Sarah’s children, Michael Sawyer and the late Jason Sawyer; Jack Mariano and wife Michelle of Hudson, FL and children, Amber and Lauren Mariano; Marc Mariano and wife Mary of Framingham and children, Thomas and Mathew Mariano; the late Marcia Mariano; Fred Mariano and wife Karen of Walpole and children Allison and Mathew Mariano; Frank Massarelli and wife Jennifer of Pepperell and children Alex and Brynn Massarelli; and Sandra (Massarelli) Manion of Hudson, FL and children Cody and Cole Manion. She is also survived by one sister, Nancy Scribi and her husband Bruno of Quincy; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were Tuesday, July 13 at the Acton Funeral Home, Acton, with a funeral Mass celebrated Wednesday, July 14 in St. Bridget’s Church, Maynard, with burial following in Glenwood Cemetery, Maynard.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Mrs. Mariano’s name to the hospice organization of one’s choice.