Maria Lisa (Masucci) Cesarini, 87, of Cheshire, passed away March 13, 2020. For almost 63 years, she was the beloved wife and best friend of Joseph Cesarini. They were true soulmates that did everything together, setting a wonderful example of what love and marriage should be.
Maria was born in Alife, Italy on April 22, 1932 to the late Giovanni Giuseppe and Elizabeth (Bove) Masucci. She came to America with her family on the S.S. Constitution in 1966. Maria was the loving mother of her son, Louis Cesarini of Delray Beach, FL; daughters, Brunella (John) Granatelli of Cheshire and Dorian Cesarini of East Hampton; the best Nonna of Brianna (Nick) Conetta, Andrew Narcisco, Joseph Granatelli, Jacob McElroy and Wyatt McElroy. Maria was the sister of Genesio Masucci of Litchfield, Vincent (Lina) Masucci of Orange and the late Virgilio Masucci, Olindo (Giovanna) Masucci, Irma Masucci and Joseph (Antonietta) Masucci. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.
Maria will be fondly remembered for her humor, thoughtfulness and selflessness that had no end. She was a talented seamstress, having studied dressmaking and pattern making at Istituto Moda Italiana in Naples. Maria was a remarkable cook and baker and showed her love through her meals, especially during the holidays. Some of our most cherished memories always revolve around her delicious Italian cream cake. Maria worked at Matlaw’s Foods, Rocco’s Bakery, North Haven School Food Service and DeVylder Florist but the job she was proudest of was Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She spent many years caring for her eldest grandchildren every day. She enjoyed her family, the beach, gardening, dancing, swimming, walking, cards and watching tennis and UCONN basketball. The love and bond she had for her family was so strong that she remembered them all until the end. We would say “Love You” and she would always say, “Love You More”.
Due to the current Coronavirus concerns, a celebration of Maria’s life will be announced at a later date.