Catherine M. ‘Tina’ (Tropea) Lancelotta

June 20, 2015

Catherine M. ‘Tina’ (Tropea) Lancelotta

CATHERINE M. “TINA” (TROPEA) LANCELOTTA – of Woburn, Saturday, June 20th. Beloved wife of the late Victor M. Lancelotta. Devoted mother of Joan M. Bianco of Stoneham, Maureen R. DelCore and her husband Philip of Woburn, and the late Victor M. Lancelotta, Jr. Dear sister of Michael Tropea of Woburn, Ann Gonsalves of Stoneham, Theresa Ford of Woburn, and the late Salvatore, Joseph, and Vincent “Jimmy” Tropea, Mary Pesaturo, and Josephine Tofuri. Cherished grandmother of thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and fifteen great-great-grandchildren. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, June 25th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Tina’s memory to Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730 or the Woburn Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.

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OBITUARY:

Catherine M. “Tina” (Tropea) Lancelotta passed away Saturday, June 20th at Winchester Hospital. The beloved wife of the late Victor M. Lancelotta, she was one hundred and two years of age.

Born in Barrafranca, Sicily, “Tina,” as she was affectionately known, was the eldest of nine children of the late Salvatore and Maria (Dovero) Tropea. At three months old, Tina and her mother boarded the Pricipe Di Piemonte and made the long journey to Ellis Island to join her father who was working in the coal mines in Pennsylvania at the time. When they first arrived, the family settled in Pennsylvania but then decided to make their home in the South End of Woburn, where they had relatives.

Tina attended the Highland School then went on to Woburn High, where she was an excellent student. Unfortunately, she was not able to graduate as she had to help her mother take care of her eight younger siblings. Tina began working at the Schraffts’ chocolate factory in Charlestown where all of her paycheck went straight to assisting her family. Later, as the oldest child, she was sent to help take care of her Aunt Lucy, as she had no children of her own.

When Tina was eighteen, she met the love of her life, Victor. The two married in 1934 and brought three wonderful children into the world. They made their home for a short time in Arlington then bought their first home in Billerica. A few years later, Tina’s aunt and uncle gave her a piece of land on Mt. Pleasant Street so that they could build a home in Woburn, which they did themselves. Always a hard worker, Tina became a stitcher at the B&G on Main Street in Woburn and in later years in the drapery department of Jordan Marsh to help provide for her family and stay busy.

Tina was truly devoted to her family and loved to cook, care, and dote on all of her children and later, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed having a full house and cooking big meals for everyone to share. Her specialties included meatballs and gravy, chicken soup, lasagna, and salads! Tina always had an “open house” policy and was delighted when family and friends would come over to visit.

A woman who lived for her family, Tina was the kindest and most loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, as well as friend to many. She lived a full life and will be missed by all.

In addition to her parents, Tina was predeceased by her husband, Victor M. Lancelotta; her son, Victor M. Lancelotta, Jr.; and her siblings, Salvatore, Joseph, and Vincent “Jimmy” Tropea, Mary Pesaturo, and Josephine Tofuri.

She is lovingly survived by her daughters, Joan M. Bianco of Stoneham and Maureen R. DelCore and her husband Philip of Woburn; her siblings, Michael Tropea of Woburn, Ann Gonsalves of Stoneham, and Theresa Ford of Woburn; thirteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; fifteen great-great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, June 25th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Tina’s memory to Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730 or the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Tina was my neighbor for over 50 years she was always out doing something in her yard she mowed her lawn until she was 85 years old and always had company at her home and loved to cook. The neighborhood will not be the same… Rest in Peace Tina 102 years young…. Love Paula & Jack King

  2. You will be forever in my heart may you rest in peace now all you have taught me I will always remember. You were the most kindest and loving and greatest grandmother a girl could have. I love you so much and will miss you I am greatful for the time we have had with you here on earth and I know you are dancing up in heaven with Grandpa once again. xoxoxo love you always Lucille

  3. Gram I love you and will miss you so much , I know grandpa was there to welcome you , at last after waiting 50 years to be with him your together again .heaven just got a very special angel. Rest in peace gram and thank you for everything you taught me in life.

  4. Such a great loss to the family. Auntie Tee Tee I will miss you dearly. You have been such a pleasure and I am so blessed to have had you in my life! Love you so, Annie.

    My love to Maureen, Phil Joan and her beautiful family for taking such great care of her all these years.

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