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Barbara Curreri

November 13, 1931 ~ December 5, 2021 (age 90)

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Barbara M. (Brescia) Curreri   November 13, 1931 - December 5, 2021


Barbara, having just turned 90, passed away peacefully, with her loving family by her side, on December 5, at the Kaplan Hospice House, in Danvers.


Barbara was born and raised in Malden, MA. She was predeceased by her parents Anthony Brescia and Celia (Meuse) Brescia, her husband Franklyn Curreri, brother John Brescia and sister Molly Cessford.


She was the proud mother of three children, her late son Frank Curreri, daughter, Corinne Curreri-Moore, (her husband Craig Moore) of Rockport, MA, son Paul Curreri and grandson Paul Curreri Jr. of Peabody, MA, and her late grandson Frank Curreri Jr.

and her beloved Jack Russel, Kato.


It’s difficult to summarize someone’s entire life. Yet, if there was one word that would capture Barbara’s life, it would be selfless. Her complete unwavering love for her late husband Frank, and her loving children and grandchildren, and extended family, was demonstrated on a daily basis, right up to her final days. Barbara made strong and lasting impressions even among her doctors and nurses, as her doctor who loved her, came to visit her at home, while she was on hospice. Since her passing there has been an outpouring of love and sympathy from all corners of her life, where she made instant friends that lasted a lifetime.


Her quiet and compassionate personality made her a real joy and pleasure to be around, you always felt that you had her support. She was not one to pry or impose her opinions onto others.


Barbara was incredibly stoic, and yet she displayed such warmth. Her strength and courage made you feel safe when in her presence. The true matriarch of her family.


Known for her Italian cooking, her generosity and kindness were poured out with lovingly made dinners of delicious sauce, meatballs, and lasagna, just to name a few.


The Holidays, especially Christmas, were always a special time. Her thoughtful and carefully chosen gifts were beautifully wrapped, and elegant house decorating, made each holiday feel magical. In doing so, she created an atmosphere of joy and giving, something that we will all cherish and remember.


Barbara was very artistic and musical. She and her husband shared a common love and passion, for dance and big band music. Dancing in clubs, and jitterbugging their way from Boston to New York.


One of her cherished memories was working playing piano for guests dining at a local restaurant. She played the organ and piano beautifully, revealing her more sensitive and soulful nature. The family music room became a gathering place for her children to explore and nurture their own talents and musical gifts.

Barbara’s mother’s family came from Nova Scotia, where she spent portions of her childhood summers, visiting family. She so enjoyed her trips to Rockport to visit her daughter, and spend time sitting in her backyard, drenched in flowers, buzzing bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. These times were very special to her.


Barbara’s deeply devoted love for her children and grandchildren was her life force that kept her strong and courageous, cultivating a mutual environment rich in love and admiration. It is undeniable that Barbara left a permanent mark on all those who knew her, and for this, she will be forever loved and missed.


To send flowers to Barbara's family, please visit our floral store.


December 19, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Middleton, Mass
128 S Main St - Rt. 114
Middleton, MA 01949

Graveside Service
December 20, 2021

11:00 AM
Locust Grove Cemetery
Gloucester / Rockport
Gloucester, MA 01930

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Cemetery: Locust Grove : Gloucester/Rockport
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