Marie Cuccaro, 96, of Shrewsbury

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Marie CuccaroShrewsbury – Marie Antoinette “Toe” (Cusanello) Cuccaro, 96, of Shrewsbury, passed away in the early morning hours Jan. 8, 2019, while surrounded by loving family. Her loving husband of 48 years, Robert A. Cuccaro Sr., predeceased her in October 1994.

Toe, as she was lovingly called, is survived by three children, a daughter, Ann Marie Bodge and her husband Gary; two sons, James F. Cuccaro and his wife Shirley and Robert A. Cuccaro Jr. and his wife Christine, all of Shrewsbury; eight grandchildren, Matthew Cuccaro, Mark Cuccaro, Leigh Ann Olejnik, Bonnie Almeida, Julie Dowling, Amy Welch, Nicholas Bodge, and Michael Bodge; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother and three sisters, Victor Cusanello, Ann Cusanello, Rae Genatassio, and Connie Shea.

Toe was born in Worcester, daughter of the late, Vincenzo and Frances (Perchiacca) Cusanello. She graduated from Commerce High and from Becker College, and lived many years in Worcester, before moving to Shrewsbury.

Toe was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Shrewsbury, and was a former member of the Sons of Italy Princess Maria Gabriella Lodge, now Sons of Italy Lodge 168, and the Shrewsbury Women’s Club. Throughout her life, she was very proud of her Italian heritage, her home, and above all else her family, they were her main priority; and found great joy in the life achievements of her children and grandchildren.

Toe’s family would like to thank Family Tree Homecare, the owners and staff at Oasis of Dodge Park, and the JHC Hospice for their compassionate care and kindness offered to Toe and her family.

Relatives and friends will gather for calling hours Friday, Jan. 11, from 4-7p.m., in Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. Her funeral will be Saturday, Jan. 12, departing the funeral home in procession at 9:40 a.m. for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Entombment beside her husband will follow in Notre Dame Mausoleum of Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Why Me-Sherry’s House, 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 or by visiting www.whyme.org.