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Lisa Marie Grasso-Hartly, the beloved daughter of the late Salvatore F. Grasso and the late Sheila E. (Heaney) Grasso, was reunited with her parents and born to eternal life on September 25, 2016. Only 35, Lisa accomplished much in her short life. She, like her father, was a gifted artist, a creative chef, an accomplished figure skater, a coach to many and a friend to all.
Lisa always tried hard. She gave her best. She always had a smile on her face and she helped others. But Lisa’s life was hard. Her mother died when she was 10. Her father had ALS, a disease, which, before it killed him, left him paralyzed and unable to speak. At the age of 15 the Romeri family of Sudbury adopted Lisa and made her family. Most importantly, they loved her. She graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury High in 1999 and Northeastern University in 2005 with a BA in Fine Arts. She also attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2011 she married the love of her life, Chris Hartly, whom she met in Boston while they were attending universities. They lived in Billings, Mont., and in 2014 the couple moved to North Reading, Mass. Lisa was smart and funny, giving and resilient. She will be long remembered and greatly missed not only by her family and many friends, but also by the hundreds of skaters, coaches and students whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her husband, Christopher John Hartly; her guardians, Michael and Betsy Romeri of Sarasota, Fla.; her sisters, Monica Romeri of Framingham, Fiona (Romeri) Oliverio of Boston, Sophia Romeri of Cambridge; and her brothers, Shawn Grasso of Gloucester, Mike N. Romeri, Jr. of Allston, Patrick and Niti Romeri of Sarasota Fla.; her sister-in-law, Jamie S. Hartly of Battle Ground, Wash.; brother-in-law, John Oliverio of Boston; her aunt, Ellen Grasso of Osterville; her many cherished cousins and close friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to her visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, Friday, September 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be held from Greely Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at 8:45 a.m., followed by a service in St. Ann's Church, 60 Prospect St., Gloucester at 9:30 a.m. The family also requests that everyone wear yellow to the service, Lisa’s favorite color, to celebrate her life. “She would want us smiling, not mourning,” her husband said. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Research Fund Massachusetts Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South-1st Fl., Norwood, MA 02062. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  September 29, 2016
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