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Marie (Marcella) Matarese

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Visitation in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere on Friday, March 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for Marie (Marcella) Matarese, who died peacefully surrounded by the love and care of her family on February 24th in Orlando, Florida, following a long illness. Following the visitation, a Celebration of Life will be held at Spinelli’s Function Facility, Route 1 South, Lynnfield from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Marie was a native of East Boston. She was educated & raised in East Boston and was a proud alumna of East Boston High School. Marie pursued to further her education at Hitchcock School of Business in Copley Square and was a proud graduate. She was a longtime employee at the East Boston Times, where she began with in-house publishing, and continued onto working in the News Department, as a reporter, a columnist, an ad illustrator, and finally, the editor. Marie’s personality was unstoppable, there wasn’t a thing that she couldn’t accomplish. Following her long career at the East Boston Times, she later worked at the Post-Gazette. Marie’s talents were endless. She was also the owner of her own decorating business in Winthrop, “Decorator’s Delight”, which she owned & operated for several years, then she worked as a private decorator on the North & South Shore. Marie also worked at Macy’s in the Men’s Fragrance department for 10 years. She also sold conversational pieces. She owned all sorts of fine things, especially jewelry. She owned & managed several Multifamily Buildings in East Boston & Revere as well as condominiums along Revere Beach. Marie was always dressed for any occasion. She was a beautiful and intelligent woman who had a flair for fashion, design, & business. She enjoyed traveling throughout her life. She traveled to Italy several times, South America, The Islands, Disney & Ft. Lauderdale. She especially enjoyed spending her winters in Florida. With all of her talents & skills, being a mother & grandmother was always most precious & sacred to Marie. She was most proud of her son & daughter, as well as their spouses, whom she loved as if they were her own. Her grandchildren were on another level. She kept friendships that lasted a lifetime and had lots of them together as they shared parties & life together.

She is the beloved wife of the late Joseph H. Matarese. Devoted mother of Loren M. Russell and her husband James of Salem, NH and Joseph Matarese and his wife Tracy of Windham, NH. Cherished grandmother of Derek Russell and his fiancé Ashley Gaughran of N. Andover, Adriana Bolduc & her husband Larry of Salem, NH, Isabella Matarese and Jake Matarese, both of Windham, NH. Dear sister of John Marcella of Malden, Gerry Weinert Revere and the late James Marcella. Dear friend of the late Louis J. Torrone. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces & nephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


Memorial Visitation

Friday, March 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebration of Life

Friday, March 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Spinelli’s Function Facility, Route 1 South, Lynnfield

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  1. Bruce Swartz
    Mar 14 2022

    My condolences to the Matarese family for the loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you.


    Bruce Swartz

  2. Joanne Bonura
    Mar 11 2022

    Marie and I were close friends; we met at the St. George Condo on Revere Beach. Our original friendship was formulated when I served on the Board of Trustees and the Board had decided to organize “A dinner event featuring favorite recipes of the unit owners.”
    I recruited Marie to submit her favorite recipe. I had been rather fortunate as I was an invited guest at some of her “famous dinner parties.” She was a magnificent cook as well as a delightful hostess. She told me she would think about cooking something for the condo owners dinner. The night before the condo dinner party event, she called me and told me to meet her in the Community Room. She said she wanted to show me how she made her personal “Italian Stuffed Pepper recipe” which she had developed over the years. Needless to say the peppers were delightfully delicious and I promised to keep the recipe a secret. She did however, give me permission to use it whenever I wanted. After that evening Marie and I hung out together quite often; we went to dances, clubs and events together. Folks used to ask us if we were sisters and we laughed and told everyone we were “distant cousins.” Eventually I moved to FL to live and left Revere. Prior to that departure, I was Marie ‘s realtor. She was “house proud” both of the condominiums she chose to live in were tastefully designed with exquisite furnishings and her personal “state of the art” decor. I returned to MA and of recent, Marie and I resurged our friendship and we again began to hang out together; we shared a lot of fun as she went about the City of Revere as a reporter for an East Boston newspaper i.e., “writing news about the City of Revere events.” I delighted watching her as she took this job very seriously and took great pride in her columns. The fun for me has ended much much too soon! I shall never forget her!!! Marie had a great “strength” as she endured difficult times but never would talk about her troubles, illness, pain or discouragement. She was always smiling and kept her spirits up…I will miss her and her “spunky spirit” but I will however make sure to cook those Italian Stuffed Peppers OFTEN in memory of her! Sleep in joyful peace Marie…….Luv ya…….

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