Phyllis M. (Barbato) Caristo

August 28, 2016

Phyllis M. (Barbato) Caristo

PHYLLIS M. (BARBATO) CARISTO of Medford, recently of Woburn, August 28th at ninety-nine years of age. Devoted wife of the late Carl J. Caristo. Treasured mother of Linda Crescenzi, her husband Adam of Concord, Mary Ann Hickman, her husband James of NC, and Nancy Drinan, her husband Kevin of Woburn. Beloved sister of Louise Frederico and Mary Pasqualetto both of CA and the late Gerry, Josephine and Archangelo Barbato and Anthony Pondrell. Cherished grandmother of Jean Crescenzi Patterson, her husband Randy of Cohasset, Gregory Crescenzi, his wife Kristen of Sudbury, Marianne Crescenzi Balfour, her husband James of Concord, Stephen Hickman, his wife Carole of Singapore, Alex Drinan, his wife Christy of Woburn and the late Richard Hickman. Her much loved great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Caroline Patterson, J J, Ben and Jake Hickman, Colin and Cooper Balfour and Isabelle Crescenzi. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Wednesday, August 31st at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call Tuesday, August 30th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Phyllis’ memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House,78 Liberty Street,Danvers, MA 01923.

OBITUARY:

Phyllis M (Barbato) Caristo passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House late Sunday evening, August 28th, after a brief illness. The devoted wife of the late Carl J. Caristo, she was ninety-nine years of age.

Born in Boston, she was one of seven children born to Italian immigrants the late Luigi and Maria (Dell Isola) Barbato. Having moved from the North End of Boston to Medford at an early age, it was in Medford that she was raised and educated. Here she was also surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins that were a major part of her life. Phyllis resided in Medford for almost ninety years. It was there that she and Carl had their three daughters to whom they were devoted. Phyllis loved the seashore and looked forward to the summers on Cape Cod with her family.

As the children grew and they became parents themselves, “Nana” was right there to welcome them. She and Carl traveled to Switzerland and England. While in her eighties Phyllis visited Italy and had the opportunity to visit her parent’s birthplaces.

For over forty years, she hosted Sunday family dinners. Holidays were typical Italian feasts.

A very warm, kind and compassionate woman she was very strong in her faith. A parishioner at St. Clements Parish in West Somerville for over sixty years. Later at St. Joseph’s Parish of Medford she was a member of the Ladies Sodality. She became a parishioner at St. Charles after having moved to New Horizons in Woburn eight years ago. She was fortunate to spend these last years at New Horizons surrounded by wonderful people and where she made many new friends. There she enjoyed many activities among her favorites were bingo, cross words and trivia.

As the Matriarch of her family, she always reached out to help and care for those whom she loved dearly throughout her lifetime.

In addition to her parents, her husband Carl, siblings Gerry Barbato, Arcangelo Barbato, Josephine Barbato and Anthony Pondrell and grandson Richard Hickman predeceased Phyllis.

Phyllis was the treasured mother of Linda Crescenzi, her husband Adam of Concord, Mary Ann Hickman, her husband James of NC, and Nancy Drinan, her husband Kevin of Woburn. Beloved sister of Louise Frederico and Mary Pasqualetto both of CA. Cherished grandmother of Jean Crescenzi Patterson, her husband Randy of Cohasset, Gregory Crescenzi, his wife Kristen of Sudbury, Marianne Crescenzi Balfour, her husband James of Concord, Stephen Hickman, his wife Carole of Singapore, Alex Drinan, his wife Christy of Woburn. Her much loved great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Caroline Patterson, JJ, Ben and Jake Hickman, Colin and Cooper Balfour and Isabelle Crescenzi. The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Wednesday, August 31st at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 10:30 a.m. followed by interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call Tuesday, August 30th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Phyllis’ memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

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  1. Auntie Phyllis was a sweet and kind lady. I remember so well all the fun times at holidays and special occasions. We either gathered at Auntie Mary’s house or my grandparents house in Arlington. She will be remembered always in my heart. I hope all your treasured memories will help you all during this difficult time. Love to all. Barbara Martori Mathews and Keith Mathews

  2. What a wonderful elegant lady. Phyllis you will be missed by so many. I only met Phyllis in the last couple years, but found such a warm and graceful person. She would greet me with a big smile and a welcoming hug.
    Either at Wee bowling or Sunday Trivia she was always ready for a good laugh and lots of fun.
    I’m so glad I got to meet you. Thank you for all the love…

    Sincerely,
    Claudia Dahill Hughes

  3. Our heart and prayers go out to all of you. It seems like it was only yesterday that we would gather at Nonni and Papa Martori’s house in Arlington for Holidays.

    Auntie Phyllis has found her way home. May all of your memories live forever in your hearts.

    With love,
    Jean Martori-Cram and Brian Cram

  4. Phyllis was a wonderful mother-I -law who was a compassionate, loving and a true Lady. She is loved and will always be loved and remembered.
    “Mother” may you rest in peace be enjoy life ever after with Jesus. Adam

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