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Obituary for Evelyn Grassetti

MONSON – Evelyn (Toro) Grassetti, 90, of Monson, died Monday, September 13, 2010 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Springfield on February 1, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Oreste and Edvige (Grandonico) Toro. A 1937 graduate of the High School of Commerce, Evelyn went on to become the executive secretary to the president of the Chapman Valve Company in Indian Orchard. As a young girl, she was a champion marble player, roller skater and loved to play baseball at Ruth Elizabeth playground. She married in 1941 and in 1957 moved with her late husband Carlo A. Grassetti to Monson. There she went on to work as a secretary in the Monson School System, retiring in 1983. With her husband, Carlo, Evelyn traveled throughout the country and spent winters in St. Thomas and Florida. Her wine importing business, Roxan, allowed her the opportunity for numerous trips to Italy. Evelyn was a communicant of St. Cecilia’s Church in Wilbraham and a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Carlo A. Grassetti who died on August 31, 2005; and by her brothers, Victor and Louis Toro. Evelyn is survived by her children, Carl and his wife Jessica of Cotuit, Richard and his wife Pam of New York, Tom and his wife Maureen O’Shea of Monson, Regina Acquista and her husband Victor of New Mexico, and Raymond and his wife Erin and Carolyn Strong and her husband Drew, all of Monson; her two sisters, Linda Anthony and Gilda Balboni, both of Wilbraham; her thirteen grandchildren, a step-grandson, her three great-grandsons; her former daughter in law, Susan Grassetti of Hyannis; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank her caregiver, Ewurafuah “Shine” Yiadom, for her kind and compassionate care of Evelyn during her illness as well as the staff of the Quaboag Valley VNA and Hospice. Calling hours are Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 4 to 7 PM with a memorial service on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 12 noon at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home, 21 Tinkham Road in Springfield. Burial will be private. Donations may be made in Evelyn’s memory to the Quaboag Valley VNA and Hospice, 40 Wright Street, Palmer, MA 01069 or the American Cancer Society, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA.

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