Deborah N. Mema Perruzzi

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Deborah N. "Mema" Perruzzi

September 29, 1934 - January 11, 2019

Deborah N. Mema Perruzzi Gloucester - Deborah N. Perruzzi, 84, wife of the late Richard Perruzzi of Gloucester, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Friday, January 11, 2019, at Addison Gilbert Hospital.
She was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on September 29, 1934, daughter of the late George W. Nute and Reitha (Whitehead) Nute.
Debbie was a graduate of Lynn English High School. After graduating, she worked in Boston in the banking field, and then at Salem Hospital in administration. After moving from Peabody to Gloucester in 1972 she helped found PMS with her husband and was the office manager until her retirement.
She loved telling stories of her childhood growing up in Lynn during the Depression; her youth spent at summer camp and her teenage years as a camp counselor. She was an accomplished swimmer and diver having excelled at the sport and was on track to go to the Olympic Games until a diving injury ended her hopes.
She delighted in reliving her days as a teenager working at Liggets drugstore, where she met the love of her life, Dick. They married on March 24, 1956, and were inseparable until his passing in July, 2018, which broke her heart.
She enjoyed traveling to her favorite gambling spot, Mohegan Sun, with her husband and daughter, and Saturday morning breakfasts with her family at Lobsta Land and Lees, as well as Friday lunch at the Pilot House.
She cherished family vacations to Disney World and weekend trips to Maine to visit cousins Bob and Barbara Perruzzi.
Blessed with the gift of gab, she would talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, about anything. Dick often joked she could talk the white off rice! She loved talking politics and would strike up a debate or discussion with anyone, prompting her family to lightheartedly invoke the "no politics rule.” She was adamant about voting in every election, and insisted on going as early as possible to the polls.
She took great joy in her husband’s passion for exotic cars and particularly liked being driven in his Bentley, likening herself to Ms. Daisy.
Affectionately dubbed "Mema" by her grandson Sam it was a moniker that would stick and soon she was everyone’s Mema. She was enormously proud of her grandsons who she affectionately referred to as "my boys," and took great pleasure in watching them play football, basketball, and baseball. She was an accomplished woman of many talents. Everyone’s life was touched and brightened by Mema, her compassion, kindness, generosity, sense of humor and zest for life will be greatly missed by her loving family and many friends.
Deborah is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Favaloro and her husband Sam (her favorite son-in-law) of Gloucester; sons, Scott Perruzzi and his wife Debra and Dayne Perruzzi, all of Gloucester, Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Sam Favaloro, Tyler Favaloro, Andrew (Aj) Perruzzi and Marae Perruzzi; great-granddaughter, Arielle Richardson; step-granddaughters, Brianna and Nicole Gerrior; step-grandson Chase Lakeman. Her brother-in-law, Ken Perruzzi and his wife Shirley of South Carolina; and nephew Roy Perruzzi of Connecticut; "second daughter" Robin Briand; grand-puppies, Sydney, Molly, Lola, Penny, Toby, and Georgie; as well as many nieces, nephew, cousins, and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents; and mother and father-in-law, Carmen and Esther Perruzzi; brother David W. Nute, special niece Dale Perruzzi; nephew Ronnie Nute; uncle Charles Nute and wife Gertrude; aunt Louise Parkhurst; and uncle John Whitehead and wife Louise; as well as step-grandson, Stephen Gerrior, USMC.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral services.
A Celebration of Life will be held on March 24, 2019, at Cruiseport Gloucester at 12 to 3 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For directions, information, or to offer online condolences, please visit
Published on January 16, 2019
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8 posts

Julie Ramsdell
Jan 22, 2019
Cheryl, so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was a wonderful kind hearted person. Please give my love to Big Sam, little Sam and Tyler. ♥️
Ed Unis
Jan 18, 2019
Always loved talking to her she always made you feel great . When I worked at the house always made you sit and have a break with her great talks will miss her special lady ..
John Kathy Quinn
Jan 18, 2019
We were so sorry to hear about your Mother, Cheryl
she was such a wonderful
Lady and we enjoyed her company over the years so much lots of laughs
She’s with your Dad now and I’m sure she’s smiling as usual 💕 God Bless both your parents and family
Our deepest condolences and love
Quinn family
Lisa white
Jan 16, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your mom, It sounds as though she left wonderful memories for you all to hold dear
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Lisa and Jack White.
David M. Perruzzi
Jan 16, 2019
Deb was a really good women, always made me laugh and was fun to be around. She will be missed. God Bless.!
Peggy Nicolosi
Jan 16, 2019
Deb is one of the nicest women I have ever met. Always so sweet to my kids. She will be so missed. Prayers to her family at this very sad time. Knowing Deb she is reunited with her husband and having fun and always going to be watching over her family. Heaven received another Angel.
Dear Dayne,
Jan 16, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She seemed like a sweet lady. I would like it if she was around right now for the gov. shutdown.

John Peterson
Jan 15, 2019