Louise M. Barbuzzi, 91
LYNN — Miss Louise M. Barbuzzi, age 91, of Lynn, formerly of Swampscott, passed away peacefully on Sunday, at the home of her devoted niece, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the daughter of Italian immigrants, the late Michael and Antoinette (Morizzo) Barbuzzi. She was born ninth in order of 10 children, and raised in Swampscott. She was educated in Swampscott and at the tender age of 16, she left school to support her family. She found employment in the shoe factories which helped to make the City of Lynn the once successful shoe mecca of the world.
In her earlier life, she enjoyed spending time in downtown Lynn, eating at Sasone’s Restaurant, shopping and watching movies at the Capital and Warner theaters. Louise was friendly, good-natured, easy to talk to, and always seemed to maintain a good-humored disposition. Her laughter was contagious, and a general good feeling illuminated from her affable presence everywhere she went. She loved to walk, and walking was her mode of transportation which provided her with her daily exercise, and led to her longevity of life. She enjoyed watching Westerns on television including Bonanza, or The Andy Griffith Show. Watching the Red Sox win was another favorite pastime of hers. Louise had a passion for playing the lottery only to share her winnings with her family, and favorite charities.
Louise always considered herself strong willed and lived independently. She never married, but was a true, very loving, loyal, and beloved “Auntie” to many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed babysitting for family members’ children, and for years was always on hand to supply a little extra joy on birthdays and Christmas.
She outlived all of her siblings as she was the youngest sister of the late Samuel, James, Daniel, Anthony and Joseph Barbuzzi, and Angela Mundon, Mary Wright and Minnie Chick, a brother Edward died in infancy.
Auntie Louise truly cared about everyone around her; her family, and her friends. She was everyone’s favorite “Auntie.” She leaves behind many nieces and nephews including Douglas, Donna, Daniel, David Chick, Ann, Carol, Michael, George, Anthony, Mary, Patty and James Barbuzzi, Janice Barbuzzi, Susan Barbuzzi, Jarred Keohane; and brothers, Kyle and Travis, and Douglas D. Chick; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Barbuzzi; her ex-brother-in-law, Alan Chick, and her cousin, James Dandreo.
The family wishes to give a very special thank you to her neurologist, Anna Litvak, MD, whom Miss Barbuzzi called “her savior.” Under Dr. Litvak’s care, she was able to remain independent for many years. A thank you, as well, to her caretakers, James Burbine and Olga Sarita, for their compassion, loyalty and friendship; and to her great-nephew, Michael Connors.
Service information: Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Lynn. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Those who prefer may make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 355 Lexington Ave., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.