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Louise Oteri

d. March 21, 2024

Louise Oteri

Louise (Jones) Oteri 

It is with great sadness that our family says goodbye to Weezie the last of the “hairpin” girls.

Annie Louise Jones was born in Montgomery, Alabama, daughter of the late Morris and Annie Jones of Jefferson County, Alabama.

After moving to Texas, the family toured the south throughout  Weezie’s childhood as her Dad traveled for work. She became a true southern girl with a great attitude. The family finally settled in Weymouth Landing. 

As a freshman at Weymouth High class of ‘48, Weezie met her lifelong best friend Barbara Grounds, she married Jim Oteri and with Barbara’s help, Louise met the love of her life, Tony at his family’s variety store. They married in 1949, at Sacred Heart Church, a beautiful double wedding with Vic and Helen Jacobs, followed by a fabulous honeymoon in New York City. The marriage to Tony meant Weezie and Barbara were now sisters in law. They built a home across the street from Jim and Barbara, forever best friends in a close knit South Weymouth neighborhood. Along with Barbara, Weezie and six other best friends from Weymouth High dubbed the “Hairpins” met religiously every Tuesday night at each other’s house which they called “Club”. This kept Weezie and the girls together like sisters for life.

Louise and Anthony had four children, Jeanne, Paul, David, and Tony Jr. Once the youngest went off to school Weezie went to beauty school. There she learned the skills and obtained a license to open her own hairdressing business before working as a wig styling specialist for south shore beauty supply. In her free time Weezie was an avid bowler for 20 years, joined a league and won every trophy the league awarded. One week was awarded a trophy for “low score”, the next week she won a trophy for “high score”, a testament to her persistence. You would never catch Weezie with a hair or pin out of place, truly living up to the “hairpin” name. 

In 1977 Weezie and Tony bought “Kae’s” in Jackson Square and started Anthony’s Restaurant.The family operated the restaurant together for over 26 years. Breaking gender roles for her time, Weezie was an active business owner and served on the Merchants Association, organized the Annual Herring Run fish fry and spearheaded the Korean War Memorial project. Weezie was never one to feel dated, so after retiring from the family business at the age of 60, big Tony drove her to college classes so she could study computer science. Weezie couldn’t stay retired for long so she went to work at The Irish Cottage.  Weezie always loved to party, she was overwhelmed with joy at their 25th and 50th anniversary surprise parties that are lifelong memories. Louise was a dedicated wife to Tony and stood by his side for 56 years of marriage until his passing in 2005. Later in life Louise was a member and volunteer of the Weymouth Historical Society, where she reconnected with a fellow Weymouth High classmate, Kenny Gerrish. Kenny and Louise remained friends as they worked on various projects, including their high school reunion committee.

Louise passed away peacefully Thursday night, singing a song, surrounded by her surviving children. 

Ma will be dearly missed by her daughter Jeanne, son David and his wife Kate. Grandchildren Christopher, Colleen, Paul Jr. and his wife Shannon, Corrine and her husband Shaun, Adam and his wife Jenny, Felicia and her husband Bryan, Michael, Kathryn and Nevaeh. Daughters-in-law, Kathy and Dee. Nephews “Jimmy and Stephen” and Adam Graves. Fourteen great grandchildren and a great-great grandson. Weezie is predeceased by her husband Tony, sister Patty Graves,sons Paul and Tony Jr., grandson Ryan and her great grandson Anthony.

Also “Club”

Barbara Oteri, Jackie Pitts, Vondelle Bates, Jeane DeLuca, Barbara Eldridge, Peggy Hackett and Laura Driscoll.

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Visiting Hours

Thursday, March 28, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

McDonald Keohane Funeral Home - South

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 29, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

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809 Main Street, Weymouth, MA 02190

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Burial

Friday, March 29, 2024

Starts at 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

Massachusetts National Cemetery

Connery Avenue, Bourne, MA

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