Mary ( Murgo) DiSilvestro, 96, a fixture of the Shrewsbury St. neighborhood and Our lady of Mt Carmel Church, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
Mary was born in Worcester, one of nine children of Italian immigrants Domenico and Maria ( Pellegrino ) Murgo. Raised on DeMarco Terrace off Shrewsbury St., Mary attended Worcester public schools and graduated from Girls' Trade School. She was an exceptionally gifted couture seamstress as well as a fine furrier and leather worker. Her beautifully crafted , heirloom quality wedding gowns, baptismal gowns and formal wear have been worn by generations. Over the course of her long career she taught fine sewing, worked at Charles Kay and Pronuptia Bridal and selflessly gave of her own time and unsurpassed skills to family, friends, schools, church and community.
Mary was a devout Catholic , a Eucharistic minister and lifelong member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. She was an active member of Golden Years and The Ladies' Guild. She was also a member of Our Lady of Sorrows and the Worcester Lodge 168 Order of Sons of Italy in America. Mary was proud of her heritage and was a very active member of the Shrewsbury St. Neighborhood Association.
Mary married Joseph "Joe Tops " DiSilvestro and settled with him on DeMarco Terrace, then moved to Lyon St. where she has lived ever since. Joe passed away in 1994. Mary is survived by three children, James DiSilvestro of Athol, Stephen DiSilvestro of Hardwick and Mary Ann DiSilvestro of Worcester; a granddaughter Kristina Donahue; twin grandsons Dominic and Damian Rossi; a sister Antoinette "Ginger" Rinaldi; sister-in-law Florence " Flo " Murgo and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Mary's six sisters, Susa Falco, Angelina Yannone, Libera Ferdella, Michelina Gentile, Jenny Valarioti, Josephine Masiello and a brother, Anthony " Tony " Murgo all predeceased her.
A period of calling hours will be held on Tuesday, July 12, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM followed by a prayer service in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME AND CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances in her name may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Loretto , 37 Massasoit Rd., Worcester, Mass. Donations in Mary's name may also be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, 450 Brookline St., Boston, Mass. COVID restrictions in the form of masking and social distancing are respectfully requested.
The family wishes specially to recognize and thank the entire staff of the Notre Dame du Lac Long Term Care Center for their meticulous and excellent nursing care and for their unfailing kindness to Mary and those who loved her.