Commentary: Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo
On Wednesday morning, I received a call regarding the tragic death of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo. There’s no doubt, Ersilia was a bright star from Everett who always greeted you with a warm smile on her face, always happy, upbeat and glad to see you. But on that morning, Ersilia’s bright star faded into darkness when I learned that she had been murdered in front of her parent’s home on Central Street, taken away from us much too soon.
Ersilia was all Everett from the day she was born, serving her community as she served her own family, with dedication and devotion as an assessor, a former school committeewoman and a former member of the Board of Registrars. Her community spirit was unwavering as a proud member of the Everett Kiwanis Club, its current vice-president, a loyal member since December 2001, where she was always present at its community events, usually with her family, especially her proud mom and dad, Giuseppe and Elvira. Ersilia was raised a devout Catholic, who, like her Deacon father, dedicated herself to serving St. Anthony’s Church parish.
Anyone who knew her would tell you, Ersilia was an easy-going person who never had a bad word to say about anyone. She had that special laugh that would cause you to smile even if you weren’t in on the joke or anecdote because you knew it wasn’t at anyone’s expense. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body.
Ersilia’s death, according to those who were close to her, may have been prevented had she reached out to someone after it was learned that she was in fear for her life, believing she was threatened by her estranged husband only last weekend.
Now her parents, having suffered the loss of their son many years ago, now must cope with the loss of their daughter. Her children, her siblings and parents will now mark Christmas, not as a happy and joyous occasion, but a dark time of remembrance.
I pray, just as all those who knew her and her family, that somehow they will find happiness knowing that their mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend is with God in heaven. Ersilia was truly an angel who walked the earth giving joy to all who knew her.
We hope and pray that her family knows that Everett mourns with them for the loss of their angel, Ersilia. May her family someday find peace – may Ersilia rest in peace. – JDM