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Di Vasta, Mario, of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, Jacksonville - Florida, and Gaeta - Italy passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 7, 2023.
Loving son of the late Nicola and Concetta (DeVellis) Di Vasta.
Beloved husband of the late Maria (Colaruotolo) Di Vasta.
Devoted father of Lynda Di Vasta, and Sylvia DiVasta, both of Chelsea, Anna Tejada of Maryland, and Mario V. DiVasta of Dedham.
Fond brother of Libera DeVellis and the late Benedetto and Vincenzo Di Vasta, Maria Teresa Solari, and Anna Newell.
Adored grandfather of Anthony V. and Malcolm A. Norman, Yameli and Cristian Tejada, Ava Jeannette DiVasta and the late Savannah-Maria O'Neill.
Precious great grandfather of Alexander James Norman.
Also survived by his many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mario was a man of strong community ties as an active member of the Italian American Club, the Sons of Italy in Jacksonville, and the U.A.W. He spent most of his working career at General Motors and retired in 2008. Mario liked playing golf and tennis, Boston sports, Italian soccer, loved the beach, swimming, hiking, walking, and the outdoors. He was a social butterfly with a great sense of humor and the life of the party. A game of tombola will never be the same without him!
Family and friends are respectfully invited to visiting hours in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home ~ North Shore Chapel, 10 Chestnut Street, Peabody on Friday, December 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. and again on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. before leaving in procession to St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Church Street, Peabody, for a funeral Mass honoring Mario's life at 10:00 A.M. Services will conclude with Mario being laid to rest with his wife at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. May they rest in peace.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Gift Processing, Office of Philanthropy, 529 Main Street, 4th Floor, Charlestown, MA 02129. Checks may be made out to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and indicate "Harpley Fund" on the memo line. You may also donate online at giving.lahey.org and choose to direct your gift to the Harpley Fund.
The Theodore R. and Betsy Harpley Endowment Fund was initially established as the Theodore Raymond Harpley Endowment Fund in 1992 by Betsy Harpley in memory of her husband. In 2021, their adult children changed the name of the fund to include their mother in recognition of the care both parents received at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. This fund helps patients with cancer and their families meet the expenses of needed care and services, for example: personal care attendants or home health aides, room and board at a hospice house, and/or other supplementary services that are part of a patient’s treatment plan.
Donations may also be made in Mario's memory to St Vincent dePaul. Donations can be sent to St John the Baptist Church, 17 Chestnut St., Peabody, MA 01960, made out to St Vincent dePaul.