Much loved matriarch who showed a strong interest in people’s lives

NORTH READING — Hope  M. (Mazzotti) Rabasco, 90, of North Reading and formerly of Roxbury, died suddenly at her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Born in Boston on February 10, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Urbano and Louise (Monticone) Mazzotti. Hope was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls, Class of 1948. She later attended Harvard University Extension School.

Hope has been a resident of North Reading for the past 63 years. She was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and the North Reading Senior Center.

Hope was the much loved matriarch of the family whose warmth, love, and caring for her beloved husband, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren were central to her long, beautiful life. She was very social, forming many connections with others, and would strike up conversations with so many in the town of North Reading, where she resided for over 60 years. She also maintained unique, life-long friendships with those she grew up with in Boston. Hope showed a strong interest in people’s lives, listening to their concerns and lending sincere advice.

Hope had a keen sense of humor, a wonderful sense of style, and was a fantastic host for many special occasions. Her cooking skills were beyond compare and were an expression of love for her family and friends. Hope enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, Cape Cod, and Italy. She also loved opera and all sports. Although Hope will be greatly missed, her love and spirit will always reside with all those who knew and loved her.

Family members include her beloved husband of 65 years, Alexander D. Rabasco; her loving sons, Daniel A. Rabasco and his wife Peg, Stephen M. Rabasco, and Alex D. Rabasco and his wife Joanne; six grandchildren, Ana Rabasco and her partner Rui Mascarenhas, Helena Rabasco and her partner Eddie Pilande, Clara Rabasco, Garrett Rabasco, Jorden Rabasco and Jillian Rabasco. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Gloria M. Carr.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 22 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rte. 62), North Reading. Calling hours and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Franciscan Friars, 2613 Highway 82 East, Greenwood, MS 38930 (662-453-0623) or to Open Medicine Foundation, 29302 Laro Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 (650-242-8669). Arrangements are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit