Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rob's Mom Passes : The Obituary



    On Dec. 28th Tom and I left for Massachusetts in a hurry as my mom lay in a comatose state. Over the next several days, I'll share the story, but the short version is that my (Rob) mom had a severe stroke on December 21st around 3:44 p.m. EST, 14 minutes after I spoke with her, and 2 minutes before my younger brother arrived at her house to find her immobile. We got to see her the day before she passed.
  During the week she was in intensive care, we knew she wouldn't survive, so I wrote the obituary and Tom edited it. That's a really hard thing to do for your parent. Anyway, here's the obit that appeared in the local newspaper where mom lived. The funeral home submitted it. (BTW, the photo used with it, was one I took of mom when I toured her around NASA in 2010).

OBITUARY: Norma G. (Tutela) Gutro
Norma G. (Tutela) Gutro, age 85, passed quietly from this life on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Norma was born in East Boston and spent the majority of her life in Quincy.
   A devoted mother and homemaker, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-three years, Edward J. Buddy Gutro. Devoted mother of Stephen G. Gutro and his wife Dawn of Marlboro, Robert J. Gutro and his husband Tom Williams of MD, Douglas S. Gutro and his wife Susan of Quincy. Cherished grandmother of Brian and Scott. Dear sister-in-law of Josephine Tutela of Quincy. Loving aunt of Carol Ann Marx and John Tutela both of Quincy. Cousin of Rosalie Tutela of Haverhill and Paul Strati of Burlington.
   Norma loved dogs, especially her late poodle, Gigi, and cocker spaniel, Penny. She was an avid seamstress, making her own clothes, draperies and bedding. She loved to draw and paint, other past times and interests included bowling, cooking and baking, gardening, playing cards, entertaining and taking long walks. Norma and her husband Edward loved to ballroom dance and took many trips together.
    Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, January 2nd at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Anns Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy at 10 oclock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Wednesday 3 | 7 p.m. Entombment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
    In lieu of flowers, donations in Norma's memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, 56 Broad St., Quincy, MA 02169 or to the charity of your choice . You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344. 

Norma G. (Tutela) Gutro, age 85, passed quietly from this life on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Norma was born in East Boston and spent the majority of her life in Quincy. A devoted mother and homemaker, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-three years, Edward J. Buddy Gutro. Devoted mother of Stephen G. Gutro and his wife Dawn of Marlboro, Robert J. Gutro and his husband Tom Williams of MD, Douglas S. Gutro and his wife Susan of Quincy. Cherished grandmother of Brian and Scott. Dear sister-in-law of Josephine Tutela of Quincy. Loving aunt of Carol Ann Marx and John Tutela both of Quincy. Cousin of Rosalie Tutela of Haverhill and Paul Strati of Burlington. Norma loved dogs, especially her late poodle, Gigi, and cocker spaniel, Penny. She was an avid seamstress, making her own clothes, draperies and bedding. She loved to draw and paint, other past times and interests included bowling, cooking and baking, gardening, playing cards, entertaining and taking long walks. Norma and her husband Edward loved to ballroom dance and took many trips together. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, January 2nd at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Anns Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy at 10 oclock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Wednesday 3 | 7 p.m. Entombment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations in Normas memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, 56 Broad St., Quincy, MA 02169 or to the charity of your choice . You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southofboston-ledger/obituary.aspx?n=Norma-Gutro&pid=168821704#sthash.v7yjX09X.dpuf
  • "Dawn & Steve, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts..."

Norma G. (Tutela) Gutro, age 85, passed quietly from this life on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Norma was born in East Boston and spent the majority of her life in Quincy. A devoted mother and homemaker, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-three years, Edward J. Buddy Gutro. Devoted mother of Stephen G. Gutro and his wife Dawn of Marlboro, Robert J. Gutro and his husband Tom Williams of MD, Douglas S. Gutro and his wife Susan of Quincy. Cherished grandmother of Brian and Scott. Dear sister-in-law of Josephine Tutela of Quincy. Loving aunt of Carol Ann Marx and John Tutela both of Quincy. Cousin of Rosalie Tutela of Haverhill and Paul Strati of Burlington. Norma loved dogs, especially her late poodle, Gigi, and cocker spaniel, Penny. She was an avid seamstress, making her own clothes, draperies and bedding. She loved to draw and paint, other past times and interests included bowling, cooking and baking, gardening, playing cards, entertaining and taking long walks. Norma and her husband Edward loved to ballroom dance and took many trips together. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, January 2nd at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Anns Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy at 10 oclock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Wednesday 3 | 7 p.m. Entombment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations in Normas memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, 56 Broad St., Quincy, MA 02169 or to the charity of your choice . You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Published in The Patriot Ledger from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2013
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southofboston-ledger/obituary.aspx?n=Norma-Gutro&pid=168821704#sthash.v7yjX09X.dpuf
  • "Dawn & Steve, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts..."

Norma G. (Tutela) Gutro, age 85, passed quietly from this life on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Norma was born in East Boston and spent the majority of her life in Quincy. A devoted mother and homemaker, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-three years, Edward J. Buddy Gutro. Devoted mother of Stephen G. Gutro and his wife Dawn of Marlboro, Robert J. Gutro and his husband Tom Williams of MD, Douglas S. Gutro and his wife Susan of Quincy. Cherished grandmother of Brian and Scott. Dear sister-in-law of Josephine Tutela of Quincy. Loving aunt of Carol Ann Marx and John Tutela both of Quincy. Cousin of Rosalie Tutela of Haverhill and Paul Strati of Burlington. Norma loved dogs, especially her late poodle, Gigi, and cocker spaniel, Penny. She was an avid seamstress, making her own clothes, draperies and bedding. She loved to draw and paint, other past times and interests included bowling, cooking and baking, gardening, playing cards, entertaining and taking long walks. Norma and her husband Edward loved to ballroom dance and took many trips together. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, January 2nd at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Anns Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy at 10 oclock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Wednesday 3 | 7 p.m. Entombment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations in Normas memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, 56 Broad St., Quincy, MA 02169 or to the charity of your choice . You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Published in The Patriot Ledger from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2013
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southofboston-ledger/obituary.aspx?n=Norma-Gutro&pid=168821704#sthash.v7yjX09X.dpuf
  • "Dawn & Steve, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts..."

Norma G. (Tutela) Gutro, age 85, passed quietly from this life on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Norma was born in East Boston and spent the majority of her life in Quincy. A devoted mother and homemaker, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-three years, Edward J. Buddy Gutro. Devoted mother of Stephen G. Gutro and his wife Dawn of Marlboro, Robert J. Gutro and his husband Tom Williams of MD, Douglas S. Gutro and his wife Susan of Quincy. Cherished grandmother of Brian and Scott. Dear sister-in-law of Josephine Tutela of Quincy. Loving aunt of Carol Ann Marx and John Tutela both of Quincy. Cousin of Rosalie Tutela of Haverhill and Paul Strati of Burlington. Norma loved dogs, especially her late poodle, Gigi, and cocker spaniel, Penny. She was an avid seamstress, making her own clothes, draperies and bedding. She loved to draw and paint, other past times and interests included bowling, cooking and baking, gardening, playing cards, entertaining and taking long walks. Norma and her husband Edward loved to ballroom dance and took many trips together. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, January 2nd at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Anns Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy at 10 oclock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Wednesday 3 | 7 p.m. Entombment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations in Normas memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, 56 Broad St., Quincy, MA 02169 or to the charity of your choice . You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Published in The Patriot Ledger from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2013
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southofboston-ledger/obituary.aspx?n=Norma-Gutro&pid=168821704#sthash.v7yjX09X.dpuf

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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