Teresa DeMalia


Teresa DeMaliaShrewsbury – Teresa Santa (Sabatalo) DeMalia, (Forever 21), of Shrewsbury, entered into eternal life surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She leaves behind her beloved, devoted husband, William A. DeMalia. They were married on May 10, 1952 and spent 60 wonderful years enjoying their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Along with her husband, she leaves her sons, William A. DeMalia Jr. and wife Patricia of Rockledge, FL, Michael A. DeMalia and wife Jeanne of Shrewsbury, and John A. DeMalia and wife Laurie of Hubbardston; and her daughters, Theresa M.A. Rocco and husband Frank of Worcester and Mary T. Farina of Shrewsbury. Her son, Andrew V. DeMalia, formerly of Oxford, and grandson/godson Vincent W. DeMalia predeceased her.

She was very blessed to have enjoyed her six children, 28 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was born on April 1, 1931 in Worcester, daughter of Florence (DePalma) and Angelo Sabatalo. She was predeceased by her brother, Angelo Sabatalo; her sister, Angela DiVirgilio; and her brother-in-law, Andrew V. DeMalia. She leaves her older brother, Joseph Sabatalo of Worcester, and younger brother Richard Sabatalo and wife Patricia of Auburn and their families, and her sister-in-laws, Jean Sabatalo and Elaine DeMalia.

Teresa was in the first graduating class of Venerini Academy. She will be sorely missed for her amazing Sunday dinners of macaroni, meatballs, homemade bread and apple pies all made with such love for her family. She had a smile that would light up the room and love in her heart that would warm the coldest day. “Grandmama's Beach” taught all her children and grandchildren how to swim.

She loved playing tennis, walking, traveling to Europe with her husband. She loved visiting the Vatican, the Swiss Alps, and Vienna to see the waltzes. Most of all, she loved children and they loved her.

She worked in her husband's accounting practice as his office manager for over 60 years.

She was known as “Mom, Mother, Mimi, Grandmama, and Gram” to her devoted family. “The girl with the gift of tears, and the smile of happiness.” A longtime member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Worcester, she loved her church and her pastor, Rev. Thaddeus Stachura.

Much gratitude to the wonderful nurses from the VNA that supported her and her family during this time.

Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours Friday, Jan. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. Her funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 from the funeral home with a procession to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St., where her Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent or memorial remembrances made to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Worcester.