Obituary of Eleanor Macera
Eleanor (Marocco) Macera, 90, of Lathrop Road, Plainfield, Connecticut, transitioned gently out of physical form while in the company of her daughter and son in law on the evening of April 12, 2018.
Born one of two identical twins on October 19, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island to Angelo and Ermelinda (Spaziano) Marocco, she was one of eight children.
Eleanor/Nora/Lee, as she was known by various relatives and friends, was educated as a seamstress along with her twin sister Elizabeth, but was encouraged and supported by her husband to become a hair stylist which better suited her artistic nature. She was the owner of Lee’s Beauty Salon in Cranston for over 30 years where her customers were such regulars that they had standing weekly appointments and became good friends as well as clients. There, she helped train several nieces in the profession. She was an avid life long reader and thoroughly enjoyed being on a duckpin bowling league where she served as the team captain. Her artistic nature found expression in the beautiful ceramic pieces she painted, the items she lovingly crocheted, as well as many casual drawings she made in the evenings for relaxation. She was known for her cooking skill which rivaled that of her husband who was an executive chef and there were many interesting exchanges that took place in the kitchen of their home on Byrd Street in Johnston over the years! She valiantly took care of her husband for ten years at their new home in Plainfield through his long bout of Alzheimers with the support of her daughter and son in law. In the last thirteen years of her life, as she recovered from that long process of being a caretaker, she was determined to enjoy life in part by making her specialties, spinach rolls and ham rolls for her grandson, David. She delighted in preparing homemade pasta, cavatellis, wine biscuits, and pepper biscuits for her beloved family and their friends. There are many who say that her meatballs and stuffed peppers were surpassed by none. Beyond her normal life pursuits, she had a strong psychic link that started with her twin sister and grew as she opened to a greater reality after her Reiki attunement. With a loving and generous heart, she would send healing energy to any who asked and often to those who came “in front of her” in the night, unaware that they were asking!
She now joins her beloved husband, Joseph B. Macera, who passed on January 3, 2005; her twin soul, Elizabeth (Marocco) Comella; her loving brothers and sisters, Eligio Marocco, Egidio Marocco, Anna (Marocco) Peterutti, Esther (Marocco) Colardo, and Edna (Marocco) Ritoli, and many other dear brother and sister in laws, and cousins.
She leaves behind her youngest sister, Elena (Marocco) Pirolli and her loving children Diane and Hector Rodriguez of Plainfield, Connecticut with whom she and her husband resided for 20 years, and Gregory and Michele Macera of Westminster, Maryland with whom she acquired a whole new set of family and friends. She also leaves her adoring grandchildren to whom she was affectionately known as Mama, David Rodriguez of Plainfield, Connecticut; Drs. Alexis and Stephanie Rodriguez of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Meghan and Madelyn Macera of Westminster, Maryland. The absolute thrill of her final days came when she met her first great grandchild, Henry Biagio Rodriguez shortly before she passed.
A blessing ceremony of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 17th at 11:00 am at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, 1 Rhode Island Avenue, Johnston, Rhode Island, followed by burial. Share a memory at www.gagnonandcostellofh.com