Massa, Maria

Maria Massa

Born Aug 20 1952

Passed away April 16 2020.

It is with regret and deeply saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Maria Massa. Maria departed peacefully with her family by her side and went to be with the Lord on April 16 2020. Maria was a devoted parishioner who strongly held true to her faith above all else, and attended Our Lady of Fatima Shrine church in Buffalo, New York for more than thirty years. Maria always put her family first before herself and never ceased to give love and care to everyone but most especially to her children and grandchildren. Maria loved to travel and she radiated nothing but kindness and love everywhere she went. She always said that it gave her more pleasure to cook and feed others before she ever thought of taking a share for herself. Maria had a heart of pure gold like no other and all remember just how funny, vibrant and full of life she was. Whether you were close or long distance, Maria could light up your room and even blossomed the flowers in the gardens she loved.

Predeceased by her father Giuseppe, Maria is survived by her mother Vittoria, loving husband Enzo, her children Piero, Loreta, Ricardo and Tammy, her grandchildren Dallas and Cole, her brother Salvatore, her sister-in-law Concetta, her sister Ersilia, her brother-in-law Alfredo, her brother Roger, her sister-in-law Isabella, and by all her relatives, extended family and friends.

You will be remembered by so many people every single day with your beautiful smile on your face and now God will guide you to a new journey with love. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts forever.

May the Lord be with you always Maria. We love you, Rest in Peace. Amen.

29 replies
  1. Helena (Gasparik) Jones
    Helena (Gasparik) Jones says:

    Dear Enzo, Piero and Loretta,

    Please except my condolences. Maria was my mother’s closed friend for many years. The last time I saw your mum was at Marta funeral in in 2016.

    Loreta – I am so sorry for your loss. I know what it is like to have your mother pass on. I have known you my whole life. I have held you as a baby, I attended your wedding. No words can express how sorry I am for your loss. May Maria rest in peace.

    Helena ( Uk)

  2. Claudia Cozzitorto
    Claudia Cozzitorto says:

    Our deepest condolences. We will always remember her outgoing and friendly nature. Our prayers are with your family.
    Claudia and Kent

  3. Claudia Cozzitorto
    Claudia Cozzitorto says:

    Our deepest condolences to Enzo, Piero, Loretta, and family. We will always remember her outgoing and friendly nature. Our prayers are with your family.
    Claudia and Kent

  4. Roger Noce
    Roger Noce says:

    My sister
    I’m Roger Noce the brother of Maria. My heart has been saddened by the loss of my sister, there will now be a big void in my life. It gives me comfort to know that she is no longer suffering and is reunited with our father Giuseppe Noce who passed away in 2002.
    My sister put up a brave fight against cancer, but like so many others lost the battle.

    Maria was a natural comedian, there is no other person that made me laugh so hard, not that she planned it, it just happened, made my stomach hurt from laughter and made wine come out of my nose a few times.
    You can say someone has a big heart, but Maria showed it every day , she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and wife. In times of need she was always the first one there for you. She had that ability to start talking to a stranger and would immediately become friends.
    So many memories have come back to me in the past few days that I could write a book. This is just one of them, I was about 10 years old and we lived directly across a playground, I was playing football with my friends and they piled up on top of me, well Maria thought they were hurting me, she came running with a broom and started hitting my friends with it, after that whenever they saw her they would run away. She was very protective of me.

    Her life was not an easy one as most of you know but she was always cheerful and made the most of it.

    Today I say my final goodbye to my sister. Death visits all of us, all I can hope for is that chance to be with her once again in that other place.

  5. Giancarlo Cozzitorto
    Giancarlo Cozzitorto says:

    Our condolences to Enzo, Piero, Loretta, and family. We will always remember your happy smile. We will miss you Maria.
    Giancarlo and Diana

  6. Lina Quaresma
    Lina Quaresma says:

    My dearest Maria,

    You left this earth way to young. I still feel your presence and laughter near me. You new how to change a quiet room full of people into a room full of happiness and joy. You shined with radiants and poise. My Dear Maria, I won’t forget our last conversation. I wished you a Merry Christmas. Before that Enzo, Loretta and yourself came to visit us in our home. Maria, you loved my home, Loretta made a special dessert. I made cappuccino with foam, I made it just the way you liked it; not to strong. ☕Remember when you were coming back from celebrating your Birthday last year. 🌹 You were so happy. Remember the times we sat on your veranda talking and smiling over 32 years ago. You were like my 2nd Mother. You and I celebrated many Birthdays over the years because we had the same day Birthdays in common. We have a lot of fantastic history together and wonderful memories. We loved each other’s company that’s for sure. I miss you Maria more then you’ll ever know. 😢 I’m very sad that I cannot go to your funeral. I cannot hug your husband Enzo or hug Piero or my sweet Loretta 💔 My heart aches to know that I couldn’t say good bye to you one last time. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

    Love Always, Lina, John & Gaetano Cannito ❤️

  7. Anna Palombi
    Anna Palombi says:

    My deepest condolences to Enzo and the entire family. Maria had a genuine good heart. I will always remember her kind words and wonderful smile. Please take comfort in knowing that although she is not physically with you, her spirit is always around you.

    Mother Mary, mother of consolation,
    embrace with your motherly love
    those who grieve on earth, and
    offer reassurance to the bereaved
    in this time of temporary separation.

    Saint Francis, humble and gentle friend, inspire us with your example.
    Help us to remain steadfast in faith,
    so, when the time comes, we may be reunited with our loved ones in Heaven.

    Jesus, our comfort and our hope, who died and rose again so we may live, in your precious name I pray.

    Big hugs,

  8. Wilma & Marino Lombardi
    Wilma & Marino Lombardi says:

    It’s with great sadness to hear of Maria’s passing.

    I have many wonderful childhood memories of Maria. She was such a fun loving person that could fill a room with laughter. She will be missed.

    Our most sincere condolences.

    Wilma, Marino & family

  9. Hazel Cook
    Hazel Cook says:

    I heard the news and couldn’t believe it. Our sweet Maria, the heart of Morley Crescent where we lived as neighbours for so many years. Sometimes we all sat outside in the sunshine and just chatted and laughed… until Maria got a phone call, her phone never stopped ringing and she always jumped up with a huge smile on her face to see who it was. Other times it was a knock at my front door and there she stood with a large jar of her home made pasta sauce. Often it was a meal freshly prepared and still hot. She was a mother figure and a friend to everyone. And that throaty laugh, I can hear it now when I sit still and listen. Nothing I can say will take away the heartbreak that you, her family, her life, is feeling… I lost a wonderful neighbour, but you lost a beautiful wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin and grandmother. A beautiful soul has left us and now resides in Heaven where God willing we will all meet again.

  10. Flora Paniccia
    Flora Paniccia says:

    Loreta, my deepest condolences for the passing of your mother. I know you were very close to her.
    May God strengthen you during this difficult time. I am very sorry for your loss.

  11. Elisa Bertocchi
    Elisa Bertocchi says:

    My condolences to the family may you all find peace during this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace💜

    Love Elisa and Phil

  12. Valerie Seales
    Valerie Seales says:

    Our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Enzo, Loreta, Piero and the rest of the Massa family. So very, very sad to hear of our friend Maria’s passing. Maria as we remember, was the life of the party, a great cook and entertainer. We miss those fun times. May it comfort you all to know that others care and share in your sorry. I pray that God will surround you all and comfort you at this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may Maria RIP until we meet again.
    God’s Blessings
    Val, Elan, Jason and Michelle Seales

  13. Marisa Palombi-Rossi
    Marisa Palombi-Rossi says:

    I wanted to extend our deepest condolences to Enzo and the family. I was so saddened to hear about Maria’s passing. She was an incredibly beautiful woman, who always was smiling, happy and spoke to highly of you all. Every time I would see her, she was always so loving and I enjoyed our conversations together. I want you all to know that even though we cannot be there with you all physically, we are all thinking of you. I pray that God brings you all the strength and courage to get through this time. God Bless you all. The Rossi Family

  14. Maria and Ken Frank
    Maria and Ken Frank says:

    We are truly sorry for Maria’s passing. Maria had a lot of love in her heart and will be missed dearly. Please accept our sincere condolences.

    With love,
    Maria and Ken

  15. Antonia Montalto
    Antonia Montalto says:

    Enzo, Loretta, Piero and family.
    God took Maria home much too soon. She will always be in my heart.
    Our deepest condolences .

    Antonia, Roberto,Livio and Gabriella Montalto

  16. Flaudilla Palombi
    Flaudilla Palombi says:

    Maria, mi hai lasciato un grande dolore.
    Mi mancheranno le tue telefonate sempre allegra quando dovevi fare qualcosa. Sempre “zia come devo fare questo o quello?”
    Ora mi manchi e mi ricordo le tue sofferenze, però sei stata anche una donna forte che hai sopportato e abbracciato la tua croce.
    Ora Maria spero che riposi in pace nella casa del Signore .
    Abbraccio tutti con le mie più sentite condoglianze.
    Tua zia Flaudilla

  17. Ruth
    Ruth says:

    Dear Loretta,
    My deepest condolences to you and family. May God give you peace and strength in this difficult moment.

  18. Franca Cozzitorto
    Franca Cozzitorto says:

    It’s hard to believe that Maria is gone. We spoke a few days before she passed but I never thought it would be our last.
    In our younger days we had so much fun and lots of laughs, memories that will always be treasured. We will never forget you.
    We are so sorry that we cannot come to your funeral and pay our respects in person and give comfort to Enzo, Piero, Loreta, Roger and family and to be together with all the people that loved you, to share stories and reminisce.
    Our deepest condolences and may God comfort you all.
    Rest in Peace dear cousin Maria.

    Giovanni & Franca Cozzitorto

  19. Sergio Palombi
    Sergio Palombi says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. It’s difficult to believe and accept that Maria is no longer with us. We will always remember her as the kind-hearted, loving, caring person that she was. She always filled a room with her big smile and laughter. It’s never easy to lose a loved one under normal circumstances and under these difficult times, not having family and friends with you, to offer love, support and condolences, must make it even harder.

    Our Prayers and love go out to all of you,

    Sergio, Anna & Jenna

  20. Corinne Palombi
    Corinne Palombi says:

    I have known Maria for roughly 20 years when I first came into the Palombi family.
    Maria was always so welcoming to me and I always felt comfortable with her right away.
    I have fond memories of her at family functions when she would often  make me laugh so hard .
    On a lighter note.  We would have fun conversations about over the border shopping and she would supply me with great information about which outlet malls have the best deals!

    Such a sweet,sweet lady💞

    I will cherish  our fun conversations and most of all I will miss you ,Maria.

    My sincere condolences to Enzo, Loretta, Piero and family,

    Corinne Palombi

  21. Marcello Palombi
    Marcello Palombi says:

    Maria my God we spoke days ago why are we here? So unfair and much too soon.

    What words can I we say now? I remember our family barbecue at our farm you were the first to arrive and the last to leave, you were dancing with our neighbor Giovanni and you didn’t want to leave. So much fun and memories that we now look back upon.

    Despite your health challenges you always were so full of life and happy.

    Enzo, Piero,Loretta,Roger and Family how terribly we feel being so close and yet we are unable to be there to support you and mourn with you.this is not fair or right.

    Please know notwithstanding we cannot physically be there we are there with you in spirit.

    We send you all our love and most sincere condolences, and know that we are all here for you.

    Your cousin
    Marcello Palombi


    A few days ago, God took home a beautiful soul. Maria. Just two days before you left us, I was lucky enough to tell you that I loved you, words we usually reserve for our kids or our parents, and yet I wanted to say them to you that night. I knew you were suffering and wanted you to know that I was thinking of you, that I was praying for you and that I Iove you. I’m so glad I said it as I would never have that opportunity again. I had no idea it would be the last conversation we would have. This isn’t real. It can’t be real. And yet I have to accept it.
    I want to remember and I will remember the smile that never left your face, the laughter that was contageous, the caring you showed others, the easy go lucky character that you had.
    I remember how much love you showed your dad when he was sick never leaving his side. You were strong and resilient even in your own pain. A strength to your mom and your family, you became their rock and took the lead and showed us all what it means to love a parent.
    You always wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves. I will remember how one very hot summer Francis and I were at your house and someone took the hose and drenched us on your front lawn halter dresses and all- we laughed so much. These are the memories I will hold dear in my heart.
    Maria you live on in your children and grandchildren, who you were so so proud of. And I know you are smiling down on eveyone in your family with great pride and love. They will surely feel you are watching over them. Enzo, Loretta and Piero, you were by her side night and day and by your selfless love you comforted her. May God comfort you now.
    Maria I can’t come to your funeral, I can’t hug and comfort your husband Enzo, your daughter Loretta nor your son Piero, nor hug your mom, zia Vittoria and cry with her.
    I can’t do any of that. I can’t even kiss you goodbye. But I can pray. I pray that one day we will be together again in heaven. I pray that God takes you into His loving arms and forgives your sins and comforts your loved ones and I pray that you are now at peace with your dad and all the saints and that there is no more pain, but just joy.
    Rest in peace my beautiful cousin. Till we meet again. I love you.😢😢❤💋💋💋

  23. Franco Palombi
    Franco Palombi says:

    Our condolences to the Massa family, Maria will be missed by all of us.

    Franco, Cindy, Armando and Arianna Palombi


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