Catherine F. (Dattilo) DiPanfilo

August 5, 2016

Catherine F. (Dattilo) DiPanfilo

CATHERINE F. (DATTILO) DIPANFILO – in Woburn, August 5th, eighty-nine years of age. Beloved wife of James C. DiPanfilo. Loving mother of James C. DiPanfilo Jr., and Jeanne E. Granfield and her husband Michael Sharpe all of Woburn and Jay P. DiPanfilo and his wife Megan of NH. Dear sister of Larry Dattilo and his wife Lou of RI, and the late Angie Tuttle, John and Frank Dattilo. Devoted “Gram” of Jamie Lucal of FL, Jacquie Hoskins of Melrose, Jeff Granfield of Beverly, Christie Benson of Southborough, Maggie Lannon of Melrose, Julie DiPanfilo of NH, Michael DiPanfilo of CT, and Brian DiPanfilo of NH. Also lovingly survived by six great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, August 8th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Sunday, August 7th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Catherine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

OBITUARY:

Catherine F. (Dattilo) DiPanfilo passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice Home,with her loving family by her side early Friday morning August 5th. The beloved wife of James C. “Jim” DiPanfilo eighty nine years of age.

Born in Winchester, Kay was one of five children born to the late Frank and Laura (Tranfaglia) Dattilo. Raised and educated in Winchester, Kay was a graduate of Winchester High School along with the Class of 1945.

Following high school on Christmas Eve, a friend of Kay’s had arranged for her to join them on a blind date to the movies with a friend. After walking her home in the snow following the movies, they made another date and they married in 1949 and have had the wonderful pleasure of each other, for sixty eight years.

Shortly after they married they found the “perfect” home down by Horn Pond where they nestled right in for over the next fifty seven years. They brought three wonderful children into the world to whom they have been devoted too. They all had the pleasure of spending their summers in Mashpee where the summer months were thoroughly enjoyed by all the family and friends too!

After her youngest child was in school, it was time for Kay to put her organizational abilities to work! So Kay secured a position at Woburn City Hall where she had served as the secretary to the City Solictitor for over thirty years.

Kay’s home was always decorated beautifully for all the holidays. On Christmas Eve there was the traditional Italian celebration in the DiPanfilo home with the feast of the seven fishes and and all the family gathered around the dining room table. Easter was also celebrated in the same fashion throughout the years, truly all about family.

When “Gram” began her journey as a grandmother she delighted in all that there was to do and be!! For all eight of the little ones, she played a very significant part in their lives. “Weekends at gram’s” was always fun for all! She always had more than one grandchild at a time for these weekends and always changing up the activities each time. Time spent with “Gram” was always special.

Kay and Jim also shared sixty eight wonderful years. They travelled often, be it overseas to many of the different countries or out to Colorado to visit with his brother and family, they had a ball! Walking the pond was always on docket for each day for over twenty five years and for quite a few years she thoroughly enjoyed bowling by herself, with the grandchildren, in a league or with friends, she was a firm believer in being active.

Kay never really asked for anything for herself. She always felt that she had everything she needed in life, her strong faith and loving family, she had it all.

Sadly Kay was predeceased by her parents Frank and Laura Dattilo, her siblings Angie Tuttle, John and Frank Dattilo.

Kay is lovingly survived by her husband James C. DiPanfilo, children James C. DiPanfilo Jr., and Jeanne E. Granfield and her husband Michael Sharpe all of Woburn and Jay P. DiPanfilo and his wife Megan of NH, her siblings Larry Dattilo and his wife Lou of RI. Devoted “Gram” of Jamie Lucal of FL, Jacquie Hoskins of Melrose, Jeff Granfield of Beverly, Christie Benson of Southborough, Maggie Lannon of Melrose, Julie DiPanfilo of NH, Michael DiPanfilo of CT, and Brian DiPanfilo of NH. Also lovingly survived by six great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, August 8th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Sunday, August 7th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Catherine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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  1. Jay, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Linda Dowd & Family.

  2. Jeanne so very sorry for the loss of your Mom .. Be comforted knowing she is in a much better place .. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Mary Scimeca

  3. To the family my deepest condolences. The death of a cherished loved one is so devastating. At times it seems unbearable. Please know that there are those who care and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that God is near to those who are broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. My thoughts are with you and the family.

  4. Dear Jeanne & Family
    I am so sad to see your Mom passed on. You’ve posted some really nice pictures on Facebook recently of both your parents enjoying their family. I will always remember your Mom she was a lovely lady. Thinking of all of u at this sad time.
    Jeanne Pacios

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