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Vita Marie (Moceri) Ciarametaro, 87, wife of the late Capt. Vincent J. Ciarametaro of Gloucester, Mass., passed on Monday, December 5, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Vita died 14 years to the day after her daughter, Mary Rose.
Born and raised in Gloucester, Vita was the daughter of the late Capt. Matteo and Vincenza (Orlando) Moceri. After the sudden passing of her mother, Vita chose to forego her education to care for her younger siblings. Vita would have graduated Gloucester High School, Class of 1947. She was a dedicated homemaker, enjoyed cooking and daily phone conversations with her family and friends. She was also an avid reader of the Westerns. Vita could be found listening intently to Italian opera which she grew fond of alongside her dad in her younger days. After the passing of her husband in 1979, she raised her eight children alone. She enjoyed her Sunday family dinners, baking with her daughters and holidays get-togethers. Vita was very devoted in her faith and to her family. She was the backbone of the family and was dearly loved by all. Along with her husband, Vincent, they operated the family fishing vessels, Baby Rose and later the Vita Marie, for many years out of the Port of Gloucester. Vita later worked at Captain’s Bounty in Rockport, where she made many friends that she stayed in contact with for the rest of her life. Vita suffered a debilitating stroke in April of 2013, but she was able to remain in her home for the remainder of her life.
Vita is survived by her brother, Joseph Moceri of Gloucester; her children, Joseph and his wife, Kim of Gloucester; Peter and wife, Maureen of Largo, Fla.; Vincent, Jr. and wife, Susan of Largo, Fla.; Anthony and his companion, Marla of Essex, Mass.; Vincenza and husband, William of Marion, Ill., and Matteo and his wife, Irina of Beverly, Mass.; her sister-in-law, Mary Moceri of Levittown, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Vincent and wife, Marissa of Wakefield, Mass.; Haley Philbrook and husband, Stephen of Gloucester; Ryan Clancey of Largo, Fla.; Sarah Walker and companion, Anthony of St. Louis, Mo.; Nathaniel Walker of Marion, Ill.; and Chelsey, Yuko, Anya, Troy, and Paulina Ciarametaro, all of Gloucester; and her great-grandchildren, Cieara Rivas, Chase Clancey, Olivia and Emerson Philbrook, Vita Ciarametaro and Alexander Hultz; and, finally Vita had countless nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Rose (Ciarametaro) Lopez, granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Walker, and son, Salvatore T. Ciarametaro. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Grace and Blanche; and brothers, Salvatore, Peter, Sebastian, Carlo and Samuel Moceri. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Vita’s caregivers, Kayla, Marisol, Moira and her special friend and caregiver, Wendy Bishop, who could always put a smile on Vita’s face even on the worst of her days.
Her visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Her funeral service will be held from the funeral home on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with a Mass celebrated in St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish, 60 Prospect St., Gloucester at 9:30 a.m. Her burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Make A Wish Foundation, One Bullfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114 or American Diabetes Assoc., 10 Speen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  December 6, 2016
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