Eva Rose Lupo passed away peacefully on Saturday April 19, 2014 with her daughter Annette and niece Priscilla by her bedside. She was born Eva Rose Boccuzzi on March 8, 1924 to Angelo and Mary (Farenga) Boccuzzi in Stamford Connecticut. Eva was the fourth of nine children. She leaves her brother Lester Boccuzzi, and sisters Candida Scharf, and Stella Sorrentino. Also her sons Stephen, James and wife Carole, daughters Annette Grissom and Elisa Lupo, two step granddaughters Kaydell Murphy and Bridget Kathary and her husband James, one great grandson Kienen, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband David, her brothers Joseph, Edmund and Mario and sisters Guida Boccuzzi, Pasqualrina Geriak , Annadora Austin , and son-in-law Rickey Grissom.
When she was 12 years old, Eva began taking care of her younger siblings and cooking for the family during times when her mother was ill. After high school Eva worked as a seamstress sewing whole garments for department stores. Later she worked as a bookkeeper at a plumbing supply office where she met David Lupo. She and David were married on July 12, 1953 and were together for 58 years before he passed away December 25, 2011. They began raising their children in Stamford, Connecticut and moved their family to Vermont in 1971. When David retired in 1990, they moved to Texas to live with their daughter. Eventually, because of health issues, they returned to Vermont in 2007, and lived with their niece, Priscilla, and her husband, Rick, before moving in to an apartment with their son and daughter. Eva’s Alzheimer’s progressed to the point where she needed the expert care of the Birchwood Terrace Special Care Unit.
Eva had become a student of the Bible and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1961. Because of what she learned about the Bible's promise of a future paradise on earth under God's heavenly Kingdom she spent a great part of her life teaching others the Bible truths in Stamford Connecticut, Burlington, Vermont and Conroe, Texas. She really enjoyed this activity and was as active as she could be even after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Dementia in 2003. She made many friends along the way and has many spiritual children who she loved very much including Irma Davis, Anita Perry and Barbara Berry. Each of her four children had a share in the full time ministry. Many people will remember Eva for her generous hospitality along with big spaghetti dinners and her Italian knot cookies. She was always kind to people and ready to share. She always had a hearing ear for her children and anyone else who needed it. Their four children miss her very much and look forward to the future that Eva used to teach people about: that she had learned that the Bible says that the dead are sleeping, and that it promises 'she will hear [Jesus'] voice and come out of the memorial tomb' to a life here on a cleansed earth where sickness sorrow and death will be unheard of. (John 5:28,29) She had a picture hanging on her wall with her favorite Scripture on it, Isaiah 33:24 “no one will say ‘I am Sick’”, which she taught would be the case at that time.
Her family would like to thank all those who had a share in caring for her the last few years of her life, Bayada nurses and care givers, the VNA adult care attendants, Stacey and Ron Clarke and others, those who worked for PACE when she was enrolled there along with Doctors Landry, Berry and Marco, ALL the RNs LNAs, CNAs, Caregivers and EVERYONE on A wing at Birchwood Terrace, and everyone who helped make her life more enjoyable, also Stephen C Gregory for taking care of Funeral arrangements.
A memorial talk will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 610 Main St., Colchester.