Peabody — Maureen E. (Staples) Bettano, 77, wife of Robert D. Bettano of Peabody, died with her family at her side on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.
Maureen was born in Medford on February 26, 1936, daughter of the late Earl and Elizabeth (Crowley) Staples. She was raised in Medford and graduated from St. John’s High School in Cambridge in 1954. She then pursued her education at Felton Tarrington Business School in Boston. Maureen and Bob moved to Peabody in 1959.
Maureen was employed as a bookkeeper for 20 years at Booth Industries in Peabody and retired in 2003. While working, she furthered her studies at North Shore Community College. Maureen had a passion for family and enjoyed following her sons' achievements and later she was so proud of her four grandchildren whom she adored. She was very involved at St. John the Baptist Church as a Eucharistic Minister and scheduled the lectors for many years. She belonged to the Knitwits Club, enjoyed dancing, traveling with Bob and their friends for golf weekends, the ocean, and as a hobby, tending to her flower garden and shrubs .
In addition to her husband, Bob, with whom she celebrated 57 years of marriage, Maureen is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Michael A. and Joyce Bettano and Ronald R. and Mary Bettano, all of Peabody; her four grandchildren, Jennifer L. Bettano, Michael A. Bettano, Jr., Meaghan E. Bettano and Katherine G. Bettano, all of Peabody; her sister, Margaret McDonald of Arizona; a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Roy and Jean Bettano of Saugus and Joanne Bettano of Stoneham; and her nieces and nephews, Anthony, Stephen, Judy, Roberta, Paula, John and Richard. Maureen was predeceased by her son, Robert P. Bettano in 1987, and a brother-in-law, Anthony Bettano.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 16 Church St., Peabody. Visiting hours are Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Maureen’s name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for directions, on-line obituary and memorial guest book.