Gloucester, MA — Phyllis (O'Maley) Curcuru passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Seacoast Nursing Home.
She was born in Gloucester on June 12, 1923, to the late Bertha E. (Corbiey) and Michael S. O'Maley. In 1943, she married her childhood sweetheart, John B. Curcuru, and they shared over 65 years of marriage, until his passing in December of 2008.
At the age of 11 years, her mother passed away and with the help of her dear father, she helped raise her brothers, Ralph (former Mayor of Gloucester), Russell, Paul, and 5-year-old sister, Marylu.
She graduated from Gloucester High School, Class of 1941. An avid athlete, she relished attending any and all sports that family members were participating in, whether it was her brothers when she was a teenager, or her children, and especially her grandchildren. You could always hear her whistling and encouraging them on the sidelines.
Her interests included reading, traveling, socializing, and listening to music, but most of all, she loved to dance. She found great joy in raising and babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She traveled to California, North Carolina and Florida to visit them and support them in their many endeavors through the years.
She was well-known about town in Gloucester for her loud whistle. There was many a time when she could stop a car, a bus, and of course turn many a head with that whistle if she needed to get someones attention. She was always cheerful, outgoing and a loving person who always found the good in everyone she met.
She was a former member of the St. Peters Ladies Auxiliary, and St. Ann's PTA. She was a lifetime member of the Madonna Del Rosaria Club. She was a member of the Holy Family Parish, a devout Catholic and had great faith and love of the Lord, the Virgin Mary and the Holy Family. A devoted matriarch, her family will miss her always.
She is survived by her sons, Philip and wife, Elizabeth Curcuru of St. Petersburg, Fla., Michael and wife, Joyce Curcuru of Charlotte, N.C., and Gloucester; her daughter, Paddy and husband, Allerio Brancaleone of The Villages, Fla., and Gloucester; her grandchildren, John Batista Curcuru III of Florida, Jay Curcuru of California, Joel Curcuru of Florida, Elisa and husband, Alex Mullen of Beverly, Mass., Gina and husband, Vincent Briguglio, John Michael Curcuru of Gloucester, Alicia and husband, Jon Brady, Joya and husband, Stefano Pavesi, Cristina and husband, Kenneth Davis, all of Charlotte, N.C., Angela Curcuru and fiance, Travis Seivers of New York, Nina and husband, Daniel Alves, and Philip Brancaleone of Gloucester; her great-grandchildren, Brittany and Haley Curcuru, Marisa and Daniel Alves, Jon Luca and Vivienne Brady, Lilianna Pavesi, Connor and Bailey Rose Davis.
She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Florence Curcuru, Phyllis (Holmes) Curcuru, Anita Curcuru, Nina Curcuru, Grace and husband, Sebastian Nicastro, Rosalie Backus, Mary and husband, Paul Fuhs, and Tina Nickerson; brothers-in-law, Anthony and wife, Janice Curcuru, Gerald and wife, Joan, and Robert and wife, Marsha Curcuru.
She is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews, dear friends and godchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her day-old infant twin son; her beloved son, John Batista Curcuru Jr.; her brothers, Ralph and wife, Betty O'Maley, Russell and wife, Lila O'Maley, Paul O'Maley; sister, Marylu and husband, Richard Gallagher; sister-in-law, Felicia Lowe; brothers-in-law, Sammy, Nicholas, Liborio, and Thomas Curcuru, Joe and wife, Josephine Curcuru, Philip and wife, Catherine Curcuru, and Jerry Ballenger.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Tuesday morning, July 16, at 8:15 a.m. followed by a Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home are on Monday (today), from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish, 60 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or to Friends of Seacoast, Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 292 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
To offer condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.