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Mafalda "Muffy" (Lazzari) Abruzzese
October 30, 1927 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Mafalda “Muffy” Abruzzese, a cherished member of the Beachmont community, known affectionately as the heart of Luigi’s Pizzeria, passed away surrounded by love. Muffy was the beloved wife of the late Robert Abruzzese and the devoted mother of her late son Robert and is survived by her son Anthony and his wife Linda.
Born into a family that valued tradition and community, Muffy’s early life was marked by her passion for people and taking care of them as if they were her family. She found skills in her cooking and broke bread with everyone. She truly found joy in preparing meals for others so nobody would ever go hungry. Mafalda had the giving, loving and patient heart of her Lord, Jesus Christ. She loves her God and went to praise him with a grateful heart at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for many years.
Her love for seeing others eat a good meal led her to Luigi’s Pizzeria in Beachmont, where she spent many years cooking dishes that warmed the hearts of all who visited. Her cooking skills were not just a profession but a way of sharing her love and joy with the world. You couldn’t visit Muffy and avoid eating, nor would you want to.
Muffy’s legacy is carried on by her son Anthony and daughter-in law Linda, her grandchildren Robert, Elizabeth, Corrie, Alicia, Tony, Ashley, and Michael, and her 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews who will remember her fondly for her warmth, wisdom, and the stories she shared.
Muffy was not just a cook but a “Noni to many. Her house was a gathering place where people came together, not just for the food but for the sense of belonging Muffy provided.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all those who have shown support during this time. Visiting hours will be held at Ruggiero Family Memorial Home ~ North Shore Chapel, 10 Chestnut Street, Peabody on Thursday, January 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and funeral Mass to be held at Saint Adelaide's Church, Peabody, on Friday, January 5th at 10:00 A.M. Please meet directly at the Church. Services will conclude with Muffy being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. All are welcome to share their memories of this remarkable woman.
Muffy will be dearly missed, but her spirit and the love she spread will forever be remembered.