Of Malden. Passed away on September 19th at the age of 88 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Norina was born in the San Michelle section of the town of Pratola Serra, Avellino, Italy. After an idyllic childhood in Italy, she came to the US to pursue the American Dream in 1955. She settled and worked in Boston where she met the love of her life, Luigi Domenico Firmani. They shared a love for ballroom dancing and soon Norina and Luigi would go on to marry and settle in the Edgeworth section of Malden. They opened Firmani the Tailor in 1967 and ran the business for nearly 50 years before retiring in 2013.
Norina was an accomplished seamstress, an avid gardener and cook extraordinaire. Norina was very active in her community and beloved by all who knew her; she enjoyed hosting her family and friends for large Italian feasts and holidays.
She leaves behind her devoted husband of nearly 65 years, Luigi Domenico, her four children: Clara and her husband Ed, Marisa and her husband Dana, Ilda and her husband Sean and Filippo and his wife Lori, as well as nine beloved grandchildren: Alessandro, Antonio, Andrew, Gregory, Carla, Sean-Thomas, Cooper, Jack and Lilly.
Norina was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Antonietta Musto. She was the beloved sister of Maria Petruzziello and husband Antonio of Italy; Alessandro Musto and wife Fiorella of Italy; and the late Giovanna Musto and husband Vincenzo and Alessandra Petruzziello and husband Raffaelle. She leaves behind many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home, 865 Main Street, Malden on Monday September 25th at 10:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant Street, Malden at 11:30am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday September 24th from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers donations in Norina’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or Immaculate Conception Parish, 10 Fellsway East, Malden, MA 02148.