Natalie D.'s Story
Natalie Dorothy (Serio) Lovasco, 89 years old, completed her arduous journey to be reunited with her beloved husband, Ambrose Peter Lovasco on Friday, January 6, 2017. All the love and kindnesses she shared with anyone who was blessed to know her was reflected in the heartbroken faces of her family and closest friends who never left her side until she reached her heavenly destination.
Born on July 25, 1927 she was the eldest child of Mary Palmisano Serio and Sebastian Serio. After high school, she worked at a local gift shop. It was there where she met her devoted husband, Ambie. They shared 56 years of marriage which was filled with much love, laughter and comedic scenarios which could rival the sitcom The Honeymooners starring Jackie Gleason. Together they raised their daughters and taught them the importance of family, faith, tradition, strength to deal with life’s unexpected surprises, respect, kindness, understanding, the value of hard work, generosity and love. Their welcoming home was filled with family, friends, great conversation and delicious food. Her joy of cooking took her to work in the cafeterias of local schools until her retirement. Many friendships formed in those kitchens and the memories made can still conjure up fits of laughter. Natalie enjoyed playing slot machines when she was able to travel to casinos and even though she never came home a winner there was always next time. Later the slot games on her tablet sufficed and listening to her screams of delight as she hit the jackpot was a pleasure to witness. She appreciated the beauty of Gloucester and her Italian heritage. Besides spending time with her family and close friends her greatest joys were simple ones feeding the birds in her backyard, admiring her garden, especially her prized hydrangeas, and simply eating a vanilla soft serve. She knew what was important in life and would often say she had a beautiful family, loving neighbors, and a best friend with whom she shared a special loving bond and who made the most delicious sandwiches in the world. She was grateful for everything they did for her. Truth be told she did and gave so much more to them on every level that her generous spirit could never be reciprocated nor did she expect it to be. She is at peace and finally home with her husband, whom she has greatly missed these last 5 years, frying the cutlets, stirring the sauce with a wooden spoon, and sharing a story. She will be missed but she will live on in our memories and in our hearts until we meet again.
Natalie is survived by her two daughters, Marie, wife of Leslie Kendall and Donna, wife of George Cross and their families which includes five grandchildren and their spouses and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her siblings, Theresa Serio, Angelina Alden, Joseph Serio and his wife Joanne, and Pasquale Serio and his wife Robin, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, parents, mother and father-in-law and her late husband’s siblings and spouses she was also recently predeceased by her brother-in-law, Calvin Alden.
Her funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Wednesday, January 11, at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Mass celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home are on Tuesday (today) from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. For online condolences, please visit .
James C. Greely Funeral Service