Philomena A. "Mena"'s Story

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Philomena A. “Mena” (Curcuru) Middleton, 90, wife of the late Edward “Gint” Middleton, passed away in the Golden Living Center in Gloucester on Friday morning, May 6, 2016. Philomena was born in Gloucester, Mass., on December 12, 1925, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Josephine (Orlando) Curcuru. She attended and graduated from St. Ann’s High School with high honors and also received the Sawyer Medal. She married and raised her children with loving care. “Mena” worked as a cafeteria worker at St. Peter’s High School until their closure. She then continued on with the Gloucester School Dept., working in their Fuller School cafeteria for over 35 years until her retirement. She was passionate about her work and loved seeing the children every day. Many will remember her, as well, from her 13 years working at The Liquor Locker. A very smart lady, she could be found doing the New York Times crossword puzzles. Mena was a fantastic cook. She loved cooking anything and everything. Her “Club Girls," whom she met through the school system, looked forward to their weekly meeting get-togethers, and her mouth-watering meals. She always looked forward to seeing her grandson and loved spending time with him. She will be lovingly missed. She is survived by her sons, Tom Middleton and his wife, Kathy, and Stephen Middleton; her sister, Mary Nicastro and her husband, Jerry; and her grandson, TJ Middleton, all of Gloucester. She was predeceased by her husband, Gint; grandson, Zachary Edward Middleton; sisters, Felicia Ciaramitaro and her husband, Joseph, Josephine Orlando and her husband, Sam, Rosalie Brancaleone and her husband, Bob, Antonina Ciulla and her husband, Frank; brothers, Salvatore Curcuru and his wife, Annie (Parisi), John B. Curcuru and his wife, Irene (Nunes), Charles Curcuru and his wife, Margaret (Cunningham), Philip Curcuru and his wife, Barbara (Amero) and Joseph Curcuru and his wife, Marion (Asaro). The family would like to thank all her wonderful and loving caregivers, CNAs, nurses, and workers at Golden Living. They did a terrific job! And a very special thank you to Dr. Candace Thompson.
A graveside service will be held at a later date. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Golden Living Center, Activities Fund, 272 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  May 9, 2016
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