Donata Mercuro lived by her name, “gift.” On September 25th, 2019, her gift of love became a legacy that survives with her devoted husband of 56 years, Nicola; her children, Thomas, Anna Maria, and David; and her grandchildren, Sara, Nicholas, Rebecca, Stephen, John, Robert, Luca, and Amalia.
An Italian born in Aradeo, Lecce, to the late Giuseppe and Amalia Licci, Donata grew up with her 8 loving brothers and sisters. With the support of her sister Lucia, Donata became a professional seamstress. This work brought her to Switzerland, where she met Nicola. Their love crossed countries. In Italy, they wed and frequently visited family. In Switzerland, they fell in love and had their first two children, Thomas and Anna Maria. And in America, they had their third child, David, and raised their young family.
Donata and Nicola moved to New York in 1973. When they moved to Massachusetts, they settled first in Everett and later in Malden. Their store, International Fashions in downtown Everett, sold formal attire and provided exceptional tailoring. For 31 years, she worked stitch by stitch to make life beautiful for her husband and children, and then for her grandchildren. Her home on Maple Street glowed with her fierce, gentle, and often delicious affection; there was no leaving her table without a full heart and a full belly
The family is heartbroken after losing Donata to a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and grateful for the gift of her love in their lives.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave, Saugus, on Friday from 4-8pm; the Funeral from the Funeral Home on Saturday at 9am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 23 Oakes St, Everett, at 10am; and Entombment at the Holy Cross Mausoleum at 175 Broadway, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA at www.alz.org/manh.
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