Rita G. (Venezia) Mercurio
Rita G. Mercurio
1923 – 2021
Born Rita G.Venezia in East Cambridge MA. She was the youngest of three children born to Lawrence and Margaret Venezia. Rita was proud of her second generation American Sicilian Italian heritage. Her father was a fine furniture creator and carpenter. A gentle, strong man that loved to dote on his family. Rita attended school in Cambridge, afterwards, she worked customer service in the food industry. During the war years she worked making parts for a company supplying iron lungs for the military. At that time she met a co-worker, Joseph Mercurio, who became her husband of 59 years. Joseph retired from MIT where he was a machinist for 40 years. They made their home in Acton, MA. The marriage produced two beloved children, Charles and Margaret (aka Peggy Bellwood) and one grandchild, Rachael Bellwood.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Lawrence Venezia (1995) , Edna Raymondi (2009) as well as her husband, Joseph Mercurio in 2003
Miss Rita, as she was popularly known, was a charismatic, clever, artistic woman that had a passion for life. Stylish and petite she loved fashion and art. She and Joseph traveled extensively throughout the USA and Canada. Entertaining was her joy. A great homemaker with a flair for cooking and decorating, she had a welcoming spirit displayed to all visitors. Her final years were spent at both her childrens’ homes where Rita was an active presence guiding and supporting their steps. Miss Ritas’ love of celebrations and holidays was infectious so she left a vault of fond memories for passing on to future generations. Rita passed away at 98, peacefully, of natural causes, at home surrounded by family. She is survived by her daughter Peggy Bellwood, granddaughter: Racheal Bellwood, son: Charles Mercurio, daughter in law: Andrea Mercurio, several nieces and many well wishers / friends. Ritas’ ashes will be spread through the White Mountains of NH.
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