Marie F. Smith
October 1, 1931-July 2, 2021
Marie F. Smith, (nee Alessandro) passed away peacefully on July 2, 2021. She was a beloved mother,
grandmother and sister who held family close to her heart. She was born October 1, 1931 in Boston MA
to Antonio and Felicia Alessandro. She raised three sons originally in the North End of Boston, and then
in Florida and California before settling back in the Boston area in the early 1970’s.
She is survived by her son James R. Smith and daughter-in-law Diane Farraher-Smith of Saugus, MA who
cared for Marie over many years; her son Richard T. Smith and fiancé Stephanie Arii of Honolulu, HI;
grandchildren, Cheralyn MacDonald of FL, Lindsey Nicholson and her husband Scott of Melrose MA,
Jonathan Smith and his fiancé Jeni Magana of Los Angeles CA and great grandchildren, Regan and Logan
MacDonald of FL and Juliette and Henry Nicholson of Melrose MA. Marie also leaves her brothers
Rinaldo “Dickie” Alexandria of PA, Roger Alessandro of MA and her sister Annette Salvaggio of Boston, MA as well
as many nieces and nephews.
Marie was predeceased by her son George M. Smith, a Vietnam vet who suffered injuries while on active
duty resulting in quadriplegia and who Marie gave up her career and devoted herself in providing full
care to him for over 15 years; and siblings, John, Vito, Tony, Joseph, Connie (Russo), Susan (Sweeney),
Carlo, and Rico.
Services are private. Arrangements by Boston Cremation, Malden MA. The family thanks Bear Hill
Nursing Care Center and Merrimack Valley Hospice for the wonderful care and love they provided to
Marie. Donations in Marie’s memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street,
Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01803.
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