Marisa (Facchini) Diianni

August 26, 2016

Marisa (Facchini) Diianni

MARISA (Facchini) DIIANNI – of Woburn, August 26th, at eighty-two years of age. Beloved wife of the late William D. Diianni. Devoted mother of William A. Diianni of Boston and Linda Diianni of Nashua, NH and her always adoring and caring Manuel Rose of Woburn. Sister of the late Gil Facchini, Rose Bertazzoni and Lilliana Dannon. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 30th followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call Monday evening, August 29th, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Marisa’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Marisa (Facchini) Diianni passed away August 26th at her home, with her beloved family at her side. The wife of the late William D. Diianni, she was eighty two years of age.

Born in Italy she was the daughter of the late Armando and Carolina Facchini. One of four children she was raised and educated in Italy. While living in Italy she and her two sisters were trained in singing. As children they would sit on their grandfathers knee and he would sing Italian melodies to them. There “Papa” was an outstanding accordionist and a representative of the Vicardi Accordian Company. Well, they continued their musical studies with various professional teachers then began to sing together and became known as the DiMara Sisters.

They all came to the United States in 1953 and in 1955 began singing in Detroit, which was their first introduction to the American people . From there they began appearing in Clubs, Music Halls and television; then on to Carnagie Hall and from there to the Ed Sullivan Show, while having recorded twenty four albums.

Marisa moved with her husband William to Lexington where they made their home. They dedicated themselves to both their children following closely their academic and familial activities. While living in Lexington Marisa was an active part of St. Brigid’s Church there and had participated in the choir there for years. A woman of tremendous faith she also sang for Fr. Ralph DiOrio’s Ministry.

Marisa and her daughter loved to shop and spend time together. A very selfless, kind, caring and nurturing woman Marisa was always quietly there to assist whenever and wherever possible. Her very kind words, gentle spirit and proud Italian heritage are just a few words used to describe this very remarkable woman, who was so loved by so many. Sadly, in addition to her parents, Marisa was predeceased by her husband, William D. Diianni, her brother, Gil Facchini, and her sisters, Rose Pertazzoni and Lilliana Dannon. She is lovingly survived by her children, William A. Diianni of Boston and Linda Diianni of Nashua, NH and her always adoring and caring Manuel Rose of Woburn. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 30th followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call Monday evening, August 29th, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Marisa’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. My deepest condolences to the Diianni family. May you find comfort in the beautiful words found at Revelation 21:3 & 4, where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all pain, suffering and death. While we wait for this promise to be fulfilled may the fond memories of Marisa comfort you and ease your pain.

  2. To Billy and Linda; to all those beloved left behind…

    I am so saddened to hear of Marisa’s passing. I have so many fond memories of special times shared together as family. It was my personal privilege to record and minister in music with her. I will cherish her as a second mother and miss her (and Big Bill, Grandma and Grandpa, etc., etc.) so much already!

    Always Good Wishes and Many Blessings,

    Paul John Perla

  3. I was so sorry to hear of your mother Marisa’s passing. She has touched so many lives in her time here. You all are a testament to her memory and her love. Please know that me and my family will include her and you in our prayers.

    Anne LaSalvia

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