Julia Mariano Testa, age 91, of Needham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 5, 2021. She was predeceased by her parents Angela (Frattura) and Vincent Mariano, her sisters Rickie (Mike Ponticelli) and Gloria (John Holt) and her husband, Gene Testa. She is survived by her brother Joseph (Mary) Mariano of Bridgewater, children Carrie (Steve) Jelfs of Natick, Bob Inguanti of Needham, Susan (Bob) Gorog of Medfield and Steve (Nicole) Inguanti of North Easton. Also survived by grandchildren Katie, Emily and Sammi of Natick, Allie, Matthew and Marissa of Medfield, Ana, Nicholas and Sophie of North Easton, and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, all of whom love her as she loved them. Spending time together with family and friends was one of Julia’s greatest joys along with gardening and traveling.
Julia independently raised her four children in Canton and served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a social worker for many years. Holding firm to the belief that education is a life-long process, she went back to college and, at the age of 65, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Massachusetts.
Shortly after receiving her degree, and with her kids settled in their adult lives, she was fortunate to find love late in life. She married Gene Testa in 2002, and they enjoyed many happy years together in Needham and Orleans before he passed in 2016.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 1360 Highland Avenue, Needham. Burial to follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Roslindale. Visitation will be held Tuesday morning from 9:45a.m – 10:45 a.m at Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham.
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