Judith (DeMonaco) Vedrani, 72, Nurse: ‘Gone to the Big Shopping Mall in the Sky’

Obituary written by Judith (DeMonaco) Vedrani:

If you’re reading this, it means I’ve gone to the big shopping mall in the sky!

I was born in Lawrence on Aug. 21, 1946 to John DeMonaco and Jane (Garfi) DeMonaco. I graduated from Holy Rosary Grammar School in 1960, St. Mary’s High School in 1964 and from Northern Essex Community College in 1978 with an associate’s degree in nursing. My nursing career was spent at Hale Hospital in Haverhill, Lawrence General Hospital, and Home Health Care of Greater Newburyport. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend several winters in Naples, Fla., where I worked in home care, Naples Community Hospital and Naples Endoscopy Center.

My proudest accomplishments are my two wonderful sons. I leave James A. Chasse and his wife Beth of Haverhill and Michael P. Chasse of Worcester, my grandchildren Jon and Sarah Chasse, my stepdaughter Lisa Pearson and her husband David of Salisbury and their children Zachary Pearson (Sabrina) of Brentwood, N.H., and Lexie Pearson (Mason) of Swansea, S.C.

I also leave my wonderful siblings, Gerry Willging and her husband Richard of North Hampton, N.H., and my brother John DeMonaco and his wife Marjorie of Webster, N.Y., my niece Lisa O’Keefe, her husband Steven and their children Christopher and Ryan of Amesbury, and my nephew Joseph Pulvino and his significant other, Kristine Castay of Amesbury.

I also reluctantly leave the love of my life, my husband, John Vedrani of East Kingston, N.H. Thank you, Johnny Boy, for being my rock and just the best person I know for all these decades and especially in our most challenging time in the past few years.

I must also say goodbye to my two cats Benny and Molly who have brought me more joy than I ever could have imagined.

It would please me so much to know that all my family and friends are together remembering the wonderful times we all had together, instead of being sad. I have been blessed beyond what anyone can expect in this life: Born in the United States of America, good health for many decades, a loving family—the one I was born with and the family I married into—my wonderful husband and so many friends. I don’t want to start naming names as I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out.

Thank you all for enriching my life and bringing so much joy and happiness to this grateful woman.

Everyone is invited to share in memories on Sunday, May 13 from 4-8 p.m. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury. A funeral mass will be held Monday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church of Holy Family Parish, School St., Amesbury. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider contributions to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm St., Salisbury, MA 01952.