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Demitra P. (Kautrakis) DiLuzio
March 10, 1924 ~ July 26, 2012 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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DiLuzio, Demitra P. (Kautrakis), age 88, of Needham, formerly of Cambridge, Boston and Highland Beach, FL. Beloved wife of the late Alfredo DiLuzio and loving mother of Richard and wife Patricia DiLuzio of San Anselmo, California. Beloved aunt of Rosalie and husband Jim Shane of Boston, Carl Ripaldi and Al Sanchez of Hollywood, California and Marcia Ripaldi of Sausalito, California. Beloved sister of Anna Karelas of Arlington and her late sisters Irene, Bessie, Nancy, Georgia and Helen. Devoted great aunt of Robin Shane and husband Jonathan Shandell, Nancy Shane and husband Mike, and Nathan Ripaldi. Devoted great-great-aunt of Cecily and Miranda Shandell. She is also survived by additional numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Raised in Cambridge, Demitra took an early interest in music and studied voice at the Boston Conservatory. Among her many musical accomplishments, she was the soloist at the Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street in Boston. After meeting her husband, a voice teacher and exceptional tenor, she also pursued a master's degree in education from Lesley University. She was a special education teacher in the Chelmsford Public Schools for many years before moving to Florida where she continued her teaching career. Upon retirement from teaching, she continued her practice of music and also spent much of her time on the tennis court. Demitra, known as "Auntie" or "Auntie Jean" to most people she met, had a love and zest for life and shared that with her family and friends. Always the optimist, she saw the best in people and brought life, love and laughter to everyone she knew. Interment will be private. A Memorial Service will be celebrated in September. In lieu of flowers, donations in Demitra's memory are encouraged to the Scholarship Fund at the Boston Conservatory.