Zena Massari

zena massari

October 1, 1939 ~ October 27, 2022

Born in: Manchester, England
Resided in: Atlanta, GA

Zena Massari, 83 of Atlanta, Georgia passed away peacefully Thursday, October 27 at her home on Beachhill Drive in the Northcrest subdivision where she lived for 55 years. Zena was born in Manchester, England on October 1, 1939.

She grew up in Dukinfield, near Manchester with her sisters Norma and Eileen and her brothers Paul, Robert, and the late Mark. Her parents were the late Robert William and the late Zena Evelyn Reeves.

In 1957, the entire family immigrated to Melbourne Australia where she met her soon to be husband, the late Mario Massari who was working at the immigration welcome center as a chef. It was love at first site and they were soon married. Their daughter, Grace Anne Massari, was born in 1959 in Melbourne. The young family soon got the wander lust and travelled to Italy to meet the Italian side of the family. Their son, Joseph (Giuseppe) Mario Massari was born in Naples in 1963. Shortly after Joe’s birth, the family travelled to the United States to fulfill Mario’s dream to live in the USA. They lived for a few years in New York then moved to Atlanta in 1967 where they lived for the next 55 years.

As many of Zena’s closest friends have said, she was one in a million. She was so talented in so many ways. She was a fantastic knitter, baker, cook, gardener and crafter. She even
dabbled in bowling and golf over the years. Zena had a love for all animals and had many dear cats and dogs as pets over the years. She was very proud of her diverse background and loved to travel with her family and close friends, especially to her beloved Italy. Everyone comments on how kind she always was to everyone and the unique perspective that she brought to any conversation. She also had a bit of a feisty streak at times and a great sense of humor.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Panoskaltsis and Dr. Papadantonakis and their teams at the Emory Winship Cancer Center as well as the teams at the Emory infusion centers at Emory University Hospital, John’s Creek and St. Joseph’s.

The family is planning a celebration of life gathering at her family home in Atlanta/Doraville and will communicate the details as they are known.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Zena to the Emory Winship Cancer Center, Alzheimer’s Association or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

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  1. Barbara McElveen says:

    So sorry for your loss, Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Lisa Moultrie says:

    SuMin and I will be thinking of you and Grace as we grieve. Everyone who knew Zena was fortunate. We’ll define miss her!

  3. Barbara Aldred says:

    Joe, I am sorry for your loss. She sounds like she had a great life and I know you made her proud. My prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Terry says:


    I am so very sorry for you and Joe and all others close to your Mom! It is so very hard! My heart is with you!

    Terry Garon

  5. Greg Floyd says:

    Joe, I am sorry for your loss my friend. After reading the obituary, I think you have a wonderful and adventurous family. I know your mom will be missed. I will pray for your family.

  6. David Reynolds says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. Bill told me last week that she was not doing good. My prayers are with you and Grace at this time.

  7. Megan Dooley says:

    Joe and Grace,
    I was so sorry to hear about your mother‘s passing. I was privileged to be her neighbor for 25 years. She will be missed.

  8. Mark Reimer and Casey Burns says:

    One of my many favorite memories of aunt Zena.
    Me, Being the bossiest & smallest kid in the neighborhood, I was always dragging Joe and my sister Annie out play some kind of sport whether it be baseball or football which happen to be played in their backyard one day.
    As I rounded the bases and allegedly scored I Declared..”I am Safe!!!”,
    To which Mrs. Zena replied.
    Mark Reimer! are you Always Right!… not any more
    Love and blessings to the family I’ve known the longest and Never stopped Adoring.

  9. Alice Dukes says:

    Joe and Grace,
    My condolences on the loss of your Mom. Blessings and comfort to your family.

  10. Libby Smith says:

    Joe and Grace. My heart and prayers go out to you in the loss of Zena. I know how very close you were. She seemed always up for a good time especially if it included her family. So glad I got to spend some time with her at dinners and our trip to Mississippi.

  11. Barbara Buchalter says:

    Joe and Grace, I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with your Mom for over 20 years. She was my friend. She was a talented knitter, always kind and patient. I think of her often and she will missed. You are both in my thoughts at this difficult time.

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