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Mary G. (Testa) Tata Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, 81.

LEOMINSTER Mary G. (Testa) Tata, 81, of Leominster, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Fitchburg, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mary was born in Fitchburg on April 9, 1929, the daughter of the late Dominic and Julia (Brasili) Testa. Mary was raised in Fitchburg, one of thirteen children. She married Anthony Tata and they raised their family, residing in Leominster for the past 60 years. In her younger years she worked at the Fitchburg Yarn Company. She enjoyed roller skating with her family and friends at Whalom Roller Rink. She later worked with her husband and ran the office at Blen Color, the family business.

Mary was amazing at so many things; she was a fantastic Italian cook, who enjoyed making large dinners with love, especially on the holidays. She could also knit, complete 1000 piece puzzles, and the most difficult crossword puzzles. She was able to fix anything around the house, and was even skilled in making curtains, hanging wallpaper, and keeping an immaculate garden. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to Atlantic City and Foxwoods Casinos, with her friends and family. She was a woman of great faith and also a member of St. Anna's Church in Leominster. Mary's husband and children were her priority, and that love has carried on to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her loving smile, great laugh, and kind personality. She was a friend to all who met and knew her.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Anthony D. Tata; three sons, Alan Tata and his wife Sandra of Leominster, Robert Tata and his wife Claudette of Sterling, Russell Tata and his wife Linda of Leominster; one daughter, Kimberly Shields and her husband Michael of Leominster; thirteen grandchildren, Jason Tata and his wife Lori, Gregg Tata and his wife Katey, Stephanie Smith and her husband Eric, Jill DeLucca and her husband Frank, Melissa Tata, Jessica Beaudoin and her husband Eric, Tabitha Tata, Tiffany Tata, Kayla Tata, Lucas Tata, Nicole Kinsella, Sara Kinsella, Christine Kinsella; a former son-in-law, Thomas Kinsella; seven great-grandchildren, Anthony, Angelina and Rocco Tata, Samuel Tata, Dominic and Gabriella Beaudoin, and John DeLucca; three sisters, Gloria Blair, Janet Mallard, and Rose Sambito, and one brother, Dominic Testa and his wife Claire; two sisters in law, Mary Tata and her husband Donald, and Evelyn Tata, and also many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Lydia Testa and Ida (Testa) Somma; her brothers, Ernest Testa, Edward Testa, Raymond Testa, Anthony Testa, Joseph Testa, and Louis Testa. She was also predeceased by her infant grandson, Craig Kinsella and her brother in law, John Tata.

The Funeral will be held from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg, on Monday, October 11, 2010, with a Mass in St. Anna's Church at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or

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Date:Oct 8, 2010
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