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Funeral from the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home, 22 Oak Street, Hyde Park, MA. Monday (February 5) at 9:30AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Precious Blood Church, Hyde Park at 10:30AM. Visiting hours Sunday (February 4) evening from 5-8PM at the Funeral Home. Interment at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Relatives and friends invited.
Maria (Vertullo) DeLuca, a cherished mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2024, in Braintree, surrounded by her loving family. Born in the picturesque coastal city of Salerno, Italy, on May 29, 1948, Maria's journey through life was marked by an unwavering dedication to her loved ones, a passion for her craft, and a warmth that touched all who knew her.
Maria, known affectionately to those around her simply as Maria, led a life rich with love and laughter. Her formative years in Italy laid the foundation for a lifetime of strong family values, which she carried with her across all her endeavors. A proud graduate of high school, Maria channeled her creative talents into a successful career as a hairdresser, a vocation she devoted herself to for over 40 years. Her skilled hands and warm conversation became a staple in many hair salons, where she not only styled hair but also cultivated lasting friendships.
Her commitment to family was paramount. Maria was the loving mother of Christopher White and his wife Tina of Hyannis and Antoinette DeLuca and her husband Yoneysi Cruceta of Weymouth. Her role as "Nonni" to her adored grandchildren—Daniel, Brendan, Kyle, Edward, Giovanni, Joseph, Jayden, and Jonathan—was one she cherished with every fiber of her being. The joy and pride she felt for her family were evident in the way she spoke of them and in her tireless efforts to make every moment special.
Maria's siblings held a dear place in her heart. She was the cherished sister of Flora Buonora of Norwood, Pasquale Vertullo of Medway, Gilda Radosta of Hull, and she held fond memories of her late siblings Anthony Vertullo and Velia Caviasca. Her extended family of loving nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends will remember her as a beacon of kindness and generosity, whose presence made every gathering brighter.
Beyond her professional and familial accomplishments, Maria was a woman of many joys. She lived in Weymouth and was formerly of Hyde Park. Her weekends were often filled with the laughter of her grandchildren, whether she was taking them out to their favorite Sunday afternoon spots at Papa Ginos or Dollar Tree, or enjoying visits to see her son and his family on the scenic Cape Cod. Maria's love for cooking was legendary, and her kitchen was the heart of her home, where the aroma of traditional Italian dishes welcomed all.
Maria's zest for life extended to her circle of friends, with whom she shared many Saturday trips to the casino, a tradition that was less about the games and more about the camaraderie and shared stories. Shopping with her daughter was another cherished pastime, a simple pleasure that was less about the purchases and more about the precious one-on-one time.
To describe Maria as loving, kind, and friendly is to capture only a glimpse of the profound impact she had on those around her. Her infectious smile, her hearty laughter, and her genuine concern for others were her trademarks. Maria's legacy is one of unconditional love, a life lived with open arms and an open heart.
As we bid farewell to Maria (Vertullo) DeLuca, we are comforted by the indelible mark she has left on our hearts. Her spirit, a blend of Italian warmth and the resilience of a life well-lived, will continue to inspire and guide us. Maria's journey on earth may have ended, but her story—etched in the lives she touched—will continue to be told with love and admiration. Rest in peace, dear Maria; your memory will forever be a treasured part of our lives.