MaryAnn Esparo, 76, resident of Boston’s North End passed away on June 11, 2015. She was born in New Haven, CT and was the daughter of the late Dr. Vincent James Grillo and the late Mary Agnes Grillo. MaryAnn was the beloved wife of Louis J. Esparo of Boston, MA for over 55 years. She was the loving mother of Mark B. Esparo and his wife Lynne of Somerville, MA and Alicia M. Whitehead and her husband Eric of Plainville, MA. MaryAnn was also the caring and proud grandmother of Marley Mae Whitehead and to Miles M. Gallagher. She was the endearing sister of Vincent J. Grillo Jr. of Texas, Jeanne Reichenbach of Florida, the late Patricia Nanda of Connecticut, and the late Peter Grillo of California. MaryAnn will also be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews.
MaryAnn was raised in Hamden, Connecticut and graduated from University of Bridgeport’s Fone School of Dental Hygiene. She went on to work as a periodontal hygienist, in Farmington, Connecticut. and Simsbury Connecticut, and resided in Torrington, Connecticut and Avon, Connecticut up until her retirement in 2002.
Following retirement, she and her husband Louis moved to the North End in Boston, MA to enjoy the vibrant city life. While living in the North End, MaryAnn became the chairperson of the Horticulture Committee on the Board of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park that was responsible for the rebirth and continued maintenance of the Rose Kennedy Memorial Rose Garden. She found satisfaction and peace working in the rose garden and made many treasured friendships with the women she volunteered with. This group of women would get together once a month at different venues for Ladies Night. MaryAnn looked forward to these gatherings and loved laughing and sipping chardonnay with these special women. Her other passions included visiting art museums, attending lectures, reading and fine dining. MaryAnn’s greatest joy was being with her family and sharing her love, knowledge, humor and tenderness with them.
MaryAnn touched the lives of many people with her beautiful soul, lively personality, strength and wit. Her contagious smile and sparkling eyes were inviting and everyone blessed enough to be around her felt her joy and love for life.
Friends and family are invited to calling hours at the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons Waring-Langone 580 Commercial Street Boston, MA on Thursday, June 18 from 4pm – 7pm followed by a Celebration of Life ceremony at 7:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200 Manhattan Beach, CA.