Published in the October 27, 2017 edition

NORTH READING — Marilyn T. (Cabral) Bozzuto, 82, a longtime resident of North Reading and licensed electrologist for over 60 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House.

Marilyn was born in Arlington on October 3, 1935, one of two daughters of the late George and Amelia (Diaz) Cabral. She was raised in Somerville, proudly graduating from Somerville High School with the Class of 1953 where she made lifelong friends. In the 1950s, Marilyn received training to become a licensed Electrologist at Eleanor Roberts School of Electrolysis in Boston. She founded Marilyn T. Electrolysis in 1959, and made house calls from her location in Malden. Marilyn loved her work as an Electrologist, and built a successful business through her hard work, and dedication to her customers.

Marilyn truly cared for her clients, and dedicated herself to making a positive impact in their lives. Marilyn grew her business to include her daughters, Lauren and Leigh, who both became licensed Electrologists and in 1982 opened a second location in Newton. She continued serving clients in Malden from the late 1950s until relocating to Melrose in 2014 where she continued her life’s work until two months before her passing. For over 60 years, Marilyn was widely respected in her field and served as past President and Advisor to the Massachusetts Association of Electrologists. At the age of 70, she furthered her professional development with a degree in cosmetology at Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics.

Outside of work and her family, Marilyn loved to sing. Continuing a tradition she started with classmates in junior high school, Marilyn and two friends made up the trio “Mellow Maids.” In the 1950s, they hit the Billboard’s Top 40, and continued performing together for years as “We Three Trio.”  Marilyn also performed in local theater in a number of roles in musicals, plays, and variety shows.

Marilyn was happiest at home with her family. She took great pride in her home, loved to garden, and was an exceptional cook. She loved hosting family holidays, or entertaining family and friends for dinner. With a skill for making things look nice, Marilyn also enjoyed redecorating or freshening up the house. She also loved ice cream, and no matter where she was, always knew where to find the closest Brigham’s.

Marilyn often said that she married her “hero.”  She and Mike enjoyed going to Nahant beach in their younger years, or later in life going out for dinner on Saturday nights. They were just happy to be together. With a love for shopping, Marilyn was always well dressed and looked beautiful.

Marilyn will be lovingly remembered for her love of family and friends. With her great sense of humor and timing, she never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh. Her family, and her friends meant the world to her, and she cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Michael A. Bozzuto with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Lauren T. Ward and her husband George of North Reading, Leigh A. Shine of Sherman Oaks, California, and Michael D. Bozzuto of North Reading.  Dear sister of Barbara Shellmer of Somerville. Cherished grandmother of Amelia and Riordan Dugan, and Ori and Amiel Shine. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Marilyn’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, Oct. 27 from 4-8 p.m., and again on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading for her funeral Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Gifts in memory of Marilyn may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Dr. Nadine McCleary, PO Box 849168, Boston MA 02884. For online tribute or directions: RobinsonFuneralHome.com