SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Minnie J. Savoca, 78, of Shrewsbury died in her home Sunday, Feb 5, 2012 surrounded by her family. Her husband of 46 years, Joseph Savoca Sr. died in 2004.
She was born in New Brunswick, NJ and lived there for many years. She also lived with her family in Woolrich, PA and Delmar, NY before moving to Westbrook Crossing in Shrewsbury in 2005.
She leaves behind three children, Joseph Savoca of Richboro, PA and his wife Alice, Nancy Young of Shrewsbury, and her husband Russell and Diane Dahlstrom of Southborough and her husband Todd. She also leaves behind a sister Josephine Catanese and her husband Rocco of Munroe Township, NJ and a brother Lawrence Bruno and his wife Sylvia of Punta Gorda, FL. Another brother Joseph Bruno predeceased her. Survivors also include eight grandchildren, Katherine and John Savoca, Robert, Joseph and Kristen Young, Sarah, Emily and Stephen Dahlstrom and many nieces and nephews.
Being a wife, mother and homemaker were the most important things to Minnie, but she also worked as a secretary for EB Squibb and Company in NJ and Woolrich Woolen Mills in PA. She enjoyed working with children and was a teacher's aide for many years with Schools Out Inc. in Delmar, NY. Known as "Mama Min" to her grandchildren who adored her, she enjoyed summer vacations on Cape Cod and Ocean City, NJ and spending the winters in Estero, FL. Her favorite times were spent cooking for family and friends with her husband "Papa Joe" by her side.
Services and burial will be held in New Brunswick, NJ. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary's Church in Shrewsbury on Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at Westbrook Crossing.
The family asks that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions can be made to The Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Shrewsbury is assisting the family with the local arrangements.
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