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.