Lawrence — Santina “Sandy” (Mazzotta) Giuffrida, 88, a life-long resident of Lawrence, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
Sandy was the only girl born to Carmelo and Guiseppina Mazzotta. Her parents immigrated to Lawrence from Italy, and founded a dry cleaning business. Sandy attended Holy Rosary Grammar School, bringing much pride to her parents when she was awarded a Gold Medal and a trip to Italy upon graduation, for excelling in the study of the Italian language.
While attending St. Mary’s High School and McIntosh Business School, she worked at the family’s dry cleaning business. Sandy acquired a great interest in the art of dressmaking and tailoring. Her interest was nurtured and encouraged by a tailor who was employed in the business. This was the beginning of Sandy’s lifelong love of designing and dressmaking.
A stay at home Mom, Sandy never gave up on her dream. When her two daughters had grown, Sandy took courses at the School of Fashion Design in Boston, and later opened her own business in Lawrence: Sewing Arts Studio. Many students attended Sandy’s classes and had the opportunity to share her sewing talent. Each spring, her students would showcase their work in an annual fashion show.
Sandy attended Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, serving as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She was a member, and past President of St. Rita’s Sodality. In 1996, Sandy served as First Lady of The Order of the Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Sandy will be sadly missed by her husband of 66 years, Joseph; daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Nelson Mariano of Lawrence and Jo-Anne and Scott Corcoran of Methuen; grandchildren, Christina Mariano of Lawrence and Joseph Mariano and his wife Kelly of Lowell and great-grandson, Anthony Joseph.