Mary L. (DiFloures) Amidio, 96, Made Bows for Shoe Industry

Mary_ AmidioMary L. (DiFloures) Amidio, 96, of Methuen and formerly of Haverhill, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Amidio was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Haverhill, daughter of the late Louis and Julia (Kapella) DiFloures. She was one of nine children born to her Italian and Polish immigrant parents. She attended Haverhill Schools and, as a young woman, made bows for Haverhill shoe factories. She had been a lifelong Haverhill resident and was employed by the New York Cleaners and Imperial Dye House in Haverhill as a seamstress and presser shortly after marrying the love of her life, the late Giacamo “Jack” Amidio. Amidio also dedicated 32 years working as a repair engineer for AT&T before retiring.

Amidio enjoyed knitting, needle point, crocheting and often shared her work with family and friends. Her children loved to wear the hand-made clothing she created and her work was so admired that it won a blue ribbon for first prize at the Topsfield Fair. She used her talents to knit hats and scarfs for hospice patients, the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute and many others.

She is survived by two daughters, Jackie Paynter and husband Stephen of Haverhill and Tina Byron and husband Thomas of Methuen; two sons, Richard Amidio and wife Nancy of Groveland and Joseph Amidio and wife Joyce of Newton, N.H.; seven grandchildren, Becky Anderson and husband Michael, Jenny Garby and husband Thomas, Christopher Paynter and wife Chrissy, Lisa Soucy and husband Sean, Erica Riopelle and husband Jonathan, Matthew Amidio and fiancé Amber Beane and Christina Byron; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers; Bernardo DiFloures and wife Mildred and Anthony DiFloures and wife Jean; and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. She was predeceased by six sisters, Nancy Rembis, Helen Tidd, Florence Fogel, Louisa Chabot, Josephine Matthews and Irene DiFloures.

Calling hours are Tuesday, April 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home 129 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. Service will take place at the Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, Wednesday, 11 a.m., followed by butial at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery in Haverhill. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to The Merrimack Valley Hospice 360 Merrimack St. Building 9 Lawrence, MA 01843