Eva M. Paliuca of Cotuit, a former resident of Waquoit, died at home on September 1. She was 97.

She was the wife of Dante H. Paliuca. They were married for 54 years at the time of his death in 2001.

The daughter of Alexander and Amelia (Litzi) Landi, she was raised and educated in Cambridge.

She graduated first in her class from Boston Calculator Business School, and then worked in the financial offices of the Commonwealth Grocery Co. and First National Stores Inc.

After spending summers on the Cape since 1950, she and her husband moved to Waquoit from Somerville in 1970. With her husband's business partners, they bought Dick & Ellie’s Drive-In restaurant in Mashpee in 1972, later changing the name to Dan & Bill’s. They sold the restaurant in 1984, and then divided their time between Florida and Falmouth.

Ms. Paliuca enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and playing cards; she was also fond of cooking and entertaining.

She leaves two daughters, Joyce M. Bourgeois of Cotuit and Linda A. Hays of Mashpee; a granddaughter, Jill Bourgeois; two grandsons, Thomas Bourgeois and William Hays; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas Andreottola and Aura Bourgeois; and many nieces and nephews.

Visting hours will be Thursday, September 5, from 4 to 8 PM at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road in Marstons Mills.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, September 6, at 11:30 AM at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee, followed by burial at 1:15 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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