Annette M. (DiPanfilo) Riley

October 4, 2010

ANNETTE M. (DiPANFILO) RILEY – age 97, in Woburn, October 5th. Beloved wife of the late Harold F. Riley. Dear sister of Joseph DiPanfilo and his wife Anna, James DiPanfilo and his wife Kay, and Anthony DiPanfilo, all of Woburn, and the late Frank and Charles DiPanfilo and Ellen Murphy. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, October 9th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Annette’s memory to the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA 01890.

OBITUARY:

Annette M. Riley, 97, a lifelong Woburn resident, passed away Tuesday afternoon, October 5th, at Winchester Hospital following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold R. Riley, who died ten years ago.

Born and raised in Woburn, Annette was one of eleven children of the late Zopito and Giacinta (Carpenate) DiPanfilo. She was a graduate of Woburn High School and in early years worked at her father’s restaurant, Roman Gardens, in Woburn’s South End. She was later employed as a bookkeeper in Boston. For many years she was active in real estate and worked with her brothers and sister in the family business, Frank P. DiPanfilo Real Estate.

She and her husband Harold were married in 1940. Although they had no children of their own, Annette and Harold were devoted to their many nieces and nephews and their families, always taking part in family gatherings and visiting back and forth with her brothers and sisters. Annette loved life and was very active. She practiced yoga at the Jenks Center in Winchester, where she made many friends. She learned to swim at the age of 70, and at 97 she was still driving. In late August she traveled to Colorado to attend the wedding of her grandniece, Jo DiPanfilo Gower.

Preceding her in death, along with her husband of sixty years, Harold, were two brothers, Frank and Charles DiPanfilo, and a sister, Ellen Murphy.

She will be missed by all who loved her, and fondly remembered by her brothers, Joseph and his wife Anna, James and his wife Kay, and Anthony, all of Woburn, and her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, October 9th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Annette’s memory to the Jenks Center. 109 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA 01890.

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  1. May Almighty God of Tender Mercies Comfort the Riley Family (2Co.1:3,4),

    When the last enemy strikes grief may be great and make the heart yearn for Comfort,
    Almighty God gives HOPE and PROMISE at (JOHN 5:28, ACTS 24:15 and REVELATION 21:4)
    Almighty God HOPE and PROMISE SOON TO BE ATTAIN,
    May these thoughts be of some Comfort.
    gingerrobinson@bellsouth.net

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