Camille A. (DeVito) Petersen

August 18, 2012

CAMILLE A. (DeVITO) PETERSEN – of Woburn, Saturday, August 18th. Beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Petersen. Devoted mother of Kathleen F. Walsh and her husband John of Lynnfield and Celia Buscemi of Woburn. Dear sister of the late Joseph, Michael, and Nicholas DeVito, Jean Petrelli, Mary Castiglione, and Frances Basso. Cherished grandmother of Caitlin Miaskiewicz and her husband Michael of Salem and Michael Buscemi and his partner Matthew McGovern of Stoneham. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, WOBURN, on Wednesday, August 22nd at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Petersen’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801

OBITUARY:

Camille A. (DeVito) Petersen passed away on Saturday evening, August 18th . The beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Peterson, was ninety seven years of age.

Born in Woburn’s south end she was one of seven children born to the late Louis and Auslia (Pizzano) DeVito. Raised and educated in Woburn, she was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1933.

Mrs. Petersen, at the age of fourteen, began working at the B&G as a seamstress. She continued working diligently in this field. At the age of nineteen she became the supervisor of her floor, which was quite an accomplishment for such a young age. When the War broke out they began making the hats and coats for the service men.

During the war she married her best and dearest friend Arthur Petersen to whom she was devoted to for over the next thirty four years. Together they brought two wonderful daughters into the world. She dedicated herself to her family for over the next seventy five years. Watching her children grow, achieve and have families of their own just filled her world with happiness and love.

Throughout her life Mrs. Petersen was a very hard worker. She had continued as a seamstress throughout her lifetime and also worked at Lohmans in Burlington, receiving many awards for her outstanding performance as a sales person there.

When the Senior Center began, Mrs. Petersen was right there helping to organize trips, working in the kitchen, the gift shop or wherever and doing whatever she could to help .

An immaculate housekeeper, fabulous Italian cook who would only have her own home made macaroni’s certainly devoted herself throughout her ninety seven years to her God, her family, and doing whatever she could to help make everyone else’s life a little easier and a lot happier.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Petersen was predeceased by her husband, Arthur J. Petersen, her siblings, Joseph, Michael, and Nicholas DeVito, Jean Petrelli, Mary Castiglione, and Frances Basso.

She is lovingly survived by her daughters, Kathleen F. Walsh and her husband John of Lynnfield and Celia Buscemi of Woburn, and her grandchildren, Caitlin Miaskiewicz and her husband Michael of Salem and Michael Buscemi and his partner Matthew McGovern of Stoneham.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, August 22nd at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Petersen’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. August 21, 2012
    My condolences to my cousins Kathy and Celia and their children, Caitlin and Michael. My mother, Jennie, and my aunt Camille were always good friends as well as sisters.

    Once, not long after my family had moved to Los Angeles, Aunt Camille, Kathy and Celia came to visit. Aunt Camille took Kathy, Celia and I on a bus trip to Tijuana. I still have a photo of the 4 of us in a donkey cart!

    The last time I saw Aunt Camille, was Christmas 2000, when she and my mom visited for the holiday. It was an incredibly foggy time in Vancouver and we kept wanting to show her around. Finally, we drove around Stanley Park. We kept saying things like, “If it wasn’t foggy, you could see…” Someone got a 3D puzzle in their stocking and everyone tried to solve it. We all gave up except Aunt Camille, who worked on it for ages and finally solved it!!! Sadly, she never did get to visit my new home in Victoria.

    My Aunt Camille was a truly good person and will be missed.
    ~  Cindy Swoveland, Victoria, British Columbia
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  2. Dear Kathy & Cecelia,

    It was a bitter sweet time for me to have to say my final goodbye to her.

    She was a very special person to me and I will always remember the wonderful times we had together living next door, sharing dinners, and how helpful she was to me especially when Justin was a baby.

    She will forever be in my heart as will both of you.

    Love Denise Parsons

  3. Kathy i was so sorry to hear
    about the passing of your Mom
    My mother and I will miss the
    visit we would have. I will
    talk to you soon

  4. Kathy, Celia and family,

    Your Mom was the best. She has touched all of our lives in someway. I have so many wonderful memories of her.
    God has sent another angel and an angel she is. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love,
    Marie and Tony

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