Olivia was born in the North End of Boston in 1929; she was the cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Maria (Villa) Guarnieri. Olivia returned to Italy at the age of 2 where she stayed until she was 18. Olivia returned to Boston at the age of 18 and it was there she met the “love of her life” Tony Crupi at a dance.
Olivia and Tony’s love at first sight led them to marry and settle for most of their 61 years of marriage in the town of Nahant. It was in Nahant that Olivia and Tony raised their beautiful family of three; John, Carl, and Gracemarie, her children were her world and her love for them was unconditional.
Family was always first and foremost to Olivia; she was nurturing, the ultimate hostess, loving mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and Nonna.
Olivia was an amazing cook; she could take a can of tuna, an egg and a loaf of bread and somehow turn it into an amazing meal. Olivia was known for her famous homemade raviolis that her family is still trying to re-create, but the love she put into cooking for her family was her famous secret.
Especially during their days in Nahant, not a day went by when a friend or family member stopped by to visit. Olivia would put out a spread to rival any area restaurant she was serving polenta, carbonara, and risotto well before they became the high priced staples of many Boston restaurants.
Nonna, as she was affectionately called, was unwavering in her love for all her grandchildren; they were all her “Bella or Bello del la Nonna. Olivia beamed with such pride as she attended countless school concerts, dance recitals, sporting events, and was always their biggest fan. In the words of her favorite song she would say to her grandchildren…”You are my sunshine.”
Throughout her 61 years with Tony, she spent many happy days traveling to the Catskills, sailing the Caribbean on Costa Cruise Lines, and enjoying their winter retreat in Palm Beach. If the music came on, they were on the floor dancing. They waltzed with such perfection, as if watching figurines in a music box.
Of course, she handled all her domestic duties while also spending many years working outside of the home; whether it was driving the little school bus in Nahant, working at Loehman’s, with her sense of style a perfect fit for that job, or working at Carl and John’s Seafood store in Wilmington. Customers literally came back to the A-1 Fish and Lobster often just for time to chat with the kind and gentle woman behind the counter.
Social protocol was important to Olivia, not as a pretense but because she felt it made you a lady. Olivia was a woman of her word and she instilled that value in others. She felt we were the creators of our own destiny, that if you wanted things to happen for you in life, then you must follow your dreams and ambitions. This was not something she qualified by manner of degree, job description or ranking in society, but rather as a path to true happiness and success.
Without fail anyone who met my Olivia would describe her as a “True Lady”; she always led by example. Olivia gave so much of herself and her love to others and she will be greatly missed by all.
Oivia was the beloved wife of 61 year to Antonio Crupi, devoted mother of John Crupi & his wife Karen of Andover, Carl Crupi & his wife Maribeth of Wilmington and Gracemarie Niceforo & her husband Robert of Wakefield. Loving “Nonna” of Elena and the late Anthony Crupi, Carl Jr., Elizabeth, and Christopher Crupi, Christian and Olivia Niceforo. Cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Maria (Villa) Guarnieri, dear sister of Fedela Bardetti of Reading, Ida Nannini of Nahant, the late Guido Guarnieri and the late Bernardo Guarnieri. Olivia is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, December 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Olivia’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.