Mary (Vetrano) Piantedosi of Winchester and formerly of Boca Raton, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 15, 2022. Born September 9, 1927, she was raised in Everett where she met her husband of 69 years, the late John Piantedosi. They were the devoted and proud parents of 6 children, Mary Ellen Margosian and her late husband Fred of Lexington and Chatham, John and Eileen Piantedosi of Bedford and Chatham, William Piantedosi of West Palm Beach, FL, Carol and Frank O’Brien of West Roxbury, Diane Piantedosi of Winchester, Joseph S. Piantedosi of Winchester and Laconia, NH and 9 grandchildren: Sarah (Jake), Victoria, John, Aris, Julia, Gregory, David, Rachel, and Joseph.
Mary knew a very happy life. She loved being John’s wife, and in turn, she was loved by a very fine man. John was the “breadwinner” in the family, meant both literally and figuratively, as both a founder and owner of the family business, the now 4th generation Piantedosi Baking Company in Malden. Working endless hours to provide for his family, she supported him in his work, keeping a beautiful home while simultaneously devoting herself to rasing their 6 childnren.
Mary and John were great partners in marriage and in life. When John started golfing in his 40’s, Mary knew that it was better to join him in his newly-found passion than to become a “golf widow.” They became avid golfers and were members of Nashawtuc CC, Winchester CC and Broken Sound CC, FL, collecting wonderful life-long friendships along the way.
She was renowned for her hospitality, cooking, golfing and walking, and all in the same order. Mary loved to move. She walked the Boston marathon in her 60’s with 2 of her daughters, finishing in 6 hours. Her love of walking never subsided. She believed it was the perfect exercise.
Mary was a gifted and skilled gardener. Inherited from her father, she had a vast knowledge of plants, trees, flowers and vegetables. There was even that one summer she tended to the marijuana plants her sons had planted in the backyard, not knowing what they were, but happy her kids were taking an interest in gardening, until a scene in the back yard between one son and the gardener, who did know what they were!
She had a curiosity for learning and other cultures that stayed with her to the very end of her life. She took many trips to Italy to visit friends and family and traveled throughout Europe. On one trip with a daughter to Italy there was a chance encounter with the world-renowned chef Julia Child. Julia and Mary had a spirited conversation about Italian cuisine and even shared recipes.
Mary’s life was always full, but it was with the arrival of her grandchildren that she was most fulfilled. To her 9 grandchildren and their friends she was known as “Grandma.” She never missed a school event, and participated in anything she was invited to share with them, even making the trip to college to move them into their dorms. She embraced all of life’s small and big moments with gusto.
Mary will be laid to rest with her beloved husband John in the Piantedosi family Mausoleum with his parents, brothers and their wives at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA.
Gifts in memory of her beautiful life can be made to The Children’s Room, 1210 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476. Childrensroom.org
A funeral mass will be held at 10 am on Friday, January 21, St. Eulalia Church, Winchester, and will be available live stream at https://sainteulalia.org/live-stream
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