Obituary of Alfreda Maldari (1928 – 2021-11-26) – East Falmouth, MA

Former teacher at St. Anna’s and

Northwest Elementary Schools

Falmouth East

Alfreda Joseph Maldari, 93, received her Eternal Award and passed away peacefully at her home in East Falmouth, MA surrounded by her family on November 26, 2021.

Alfreda was born in Fitchburg, MA on August 17, 1928. A first generation American of Lebanese-Syrian origin, her parents were Katherine (Noory) and Louis Joseph. She was married to the love of her life, Saverio (Sam) Maldari, for 66 years. They raised five children in Leominster, MA before moving to East Falmouth and Estero, FL.

Alfreda has lived a fulfilling life as a wife, mother, teacher at St. Anna and Northwest Elementary School, and co-founder and business partner with her husband in their company, Opco Laboratory. Very young, she learned to play the violin and later became organist of her parish church. She achieved her goal of graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in education, while raising her five children. Faith was important and guided his life. Alfreda was a CCD teacher, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and enthroned “Lady” of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. She also had many talents which included cooking, painting, knitting and sewing elegant outfits and home accessories. With her husband, Alfreda traveled a lot and loved spending a summer vacation in Tuscany. While living in Cape Town, she cultivated new interests and friendships, especially the girls of the “Red Hat Society”.

Alfreda has placed her husband, children and grandchildren at the center of her life. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother and grandmother. She inquired about their interests and marveled at their accomplishments. Alfreda has always provided pearls of wisdom to her grandchildren throughout their developmental stages, from kindergarten to middle school and beyond. She was heard telling them to be safe, to stay out of trouble, to drive safely, to focus on your studies, to watch who you hang out with and to have fun at school (but not too much) ; as they let go of his embrace before heading to their next destination.

She is survived by her husband, Saverio, her children and their spouses, Tonia and Bill Spacciapoli, Frank and Michele Maldari, David and Laurie Maldari, Linda and John Sheehan, and Andrea and Bob Melvin. Alfreda is survived by 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter; her siblings, Elizabeth Heffron, Margaret Curran, Francis Joseph and Sandra Kidd; his sisters and brothers-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her brother, Nash Joseph, and her sister, Judy Malone.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for gifts to be given to St. Jude’s Hospital or Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Rheumatology to support rheumatoid arthritis research. Checks can be made payable to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with “in memory of Alfreda J. Maldari” in the memo line and sent to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116, or visit to donate online.

Family and friends are invited to gather for visiting hours at Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021. A funeral mass will be held at St. Anna Parish on Friday, 3 December at 11 a.m., 199 Lancaster Street, Leominster followed by a funeral in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Fitchburg. The family respectfully asks everyone to adhere to strict covid protocols, including wearing masks for all services.

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Posted by Sentinel & Enterprise on November 30, 2021.

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