Mary G. DiGiovanni of Truro died on May 29, 2019 at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla. She was 92.
She was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Daniel and Gertrude Queeney on Jan. 8, 1927. After graduating from Scituate High School, she graduated from Simmons College School of Nursing in 1949. Mary worked in New York City for one year as a nurse, then returned to Boston to work at Peter Bent Brigham and Robert Breck Brigham hospitals, now the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, where she served as head nurse of the iron lung unit for children with polio. She also volunteered as a nurse at her children’s schools.
A devoted mother and grandmother, she was a daily communicant of her church, loved saying the Rosary and was a member of the Guild of St. Irene at Saint Sebastian’s School in Needham, along with being a volunteer counselor at the Framingham women’s prison.
Mary enjoyed swimming, walking, reading, sewing and knitting, gardening, baking and cooking. She loved chocolate and spending time in Port St. Lucie.
Mary is survived by her children, Thomas DiGiovanni and his wife, Carol, of Chico, Calif.; Gemma Dundas of Orleans; Stephen DiGiovanni and his wife, Donna, of Truro; Clare Korzeniowski of Sudbury; Catherine Esposito and her husband, Joseph, of Weston; Matthew DiGiovanni and his wife, Fiorella, of Lexington; Maria DiGiovanni of Belmont; John DiGiovanni and his wife, Anne, also of Belmont; and Christopher DiGiovanni of Boston. Grandchildren Maria, J.D., Daniel, Wyatt, David, Mary, Joseph, Jade, Anthony, Cristina, Jessica, Giulia, Catherine, Lucia, Desmond, Eavan, Callin and Anthony also survive her, as well as her devoted caregiver, Sonia Perry of Port St. Lucie. She was predeceased by her siblings, Daniel, Blanid, John, Edward and Jerome, and by her former husband, Louis DiGiovanni.
A funeral Mass was held on June 12 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown, followed by a private burial.
Contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph After Care Program, 630 Potter Rd., Framingham, MA 01701; the Guild of St. Irene at Saint Sebastian’s, 1191 Greendale Ave., Needham, MA 02492; the Saint Francis House, 39 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116; or the Saint Joseph Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325.
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