Maria Antonina Cusumano


Andover, MA - Maria Antonina Cusumano, Endicott College professor, interfaith devotee, gardener, artist, and poet/songwriter died on Saturday, August 3 at her home in Andover, Mass. At her bedside was her husband, Mark Towner, son Marco Cusumano-Towner and his fiancé Lisa Bashkirova, and her sister Flora Cusumano.
Maria was born on July 6, 1958, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Frank and Marie Cusumano. She married Mark Towner on July 12, 1986, and together they raised their son, Marco Cusumano-Towner, who was born on July 8, 1989. She is survived by her husband and son, siblings Flora, Frances, Theresa, Dominic, Vincent, and Frank Jr.
Her family will host a Celebration of Life on Sunday, August 11, with a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City.
Donations honoring Maria should be made to the Essex County Community Foundation designated for the Maria Cusumano Scholarship Fund.
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Jim Savoy Methuen,Ma.
Aug 16, 2019
God Bless her and family,
Aug 15, 2019
Mark and Family,
With sincerest sympathies to you all for the loss of Maria. I enjoyed the conversations I had with her over the years on her garden as I walked by with my dog each morning. She inspired me for my own garden although it is not as grand has Maria's. These are difficult times for sure but the love of family and friends will carry you all through. I end this with a wonderful poem that has brought me much comfort. "Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you plann'd: Only remember me; you understan
...d It will be late to counsel then or pray. Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad. "

Thinking of you all at this time. Your neighbor, your friend,
Janie Kopp
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Sandy Farrier
Aug 11, 2019
Very sorry for your loss. Hope you have lots of good memories of your life with Maria.