Elvira “Vera” Danesi, 1925-2020

Elvira M. “Vera” Danesi, 94, of Canton, MA, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at North Woods Village at Edison Lakes, South Bend, IN.

She was born in Boston, MA, on May 30, 1925, to Giuseppe and Rosalia (Barreca) Seminara.

Vera devoted a major portion of her life to creating, building and running Le Bocage Restaurant in Watertown, MA, with her husband. Vera enjoyed Nantucket basket weaving, traveling and knitting. She loved spending time with her friends and grandchildren.  Vera also had a fondness for animals and loved dogs, especially Koda. Vera lived a full life and she will be remembered for many things, but especially for her ability to make us laugh and enjoy life.

On Oct. 18, 1957, in Quebec, Canada, she married Enzo Danesi, who preceded her in death.

She was the beloved mother of Gioia Goodrum and husband Perry of McMinnville, OR, Maria Tedesco and her late husband James of Richmond, VA, and Marc Danesi and wife Leslie of Lakeside, MI. She also thoroughly enjoyed her role as grandmother to Leah and Olivia Tedesco, Madeline Danesi (Mitch Borrowdale), Nicholas Danesi (Amelia Guzik), and Isabella Danesi.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Joseph and Nino Seminara.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at St. Gerard Majella Church, 1864 Washington St., Canton, MA. Interment will follow at a later date. Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte, IN.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Grace Hospice, 5838 W. Brick Rd., Ste. 101, South Bend, IN 46628-8420.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at  www.cutlercares.com .

3 Responses to “Elvira “Vera” Danesi, 1925-2020”

  1. Nancy Beattie

    Jan 14. 2020

    Marc, Leslie and family, so very sorry to hear about your mom . She was such a vibrant and special lady who will be missed by all who knew her. So very sorry she will be a great loss.

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  2. Daniele

    Jan 14. 2020

    God Bless you Vera ! I will never forget how you, Enzo and your family welcomed me, a 10 years old kido, in your home, from 1976 to 1980, in your home, for four memorable summers which changed my life forever. Because of you I was inspired by this country and made it my permanent home, like your father and mother did almost 100 years before me. You cared so much for me and you inspired me to come back, study in one of those wonderful universities you were showing me around in Boston. You were taking care of everyone with incredible energy and I am glad that your wonderful children have taken good care of you over these years. I will never forget you and please continue to watch us from Heaven…


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  3. Sonja (GraceHospice)

    Jan 15. 2020

    She was such a special lady!!! She will be greatly missed!! Sending love to the family. ❤️

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