Helen (Distasio) Dobbins

August 31, 2017

Helen (Distasio) Dobbins

HELEN (DISTASIO) DOBBINS – of Woburn, August 31st, at ninety-seven years of age. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Dobbins. Cherished mother of Marlene Tumbarello, her late husband Francis of Woburn and step-mother of Janice Quinlan, her late husband James of FL and Laurie Field of ME. Dear sister of Ida Roketenetz of Woburn, Emily Surette of Wakefield and Mario Dinallo of Woburn and the late Anthony, Daniel and George Distasio, Mildred Delong and Judy Valente. Adored grandmother of Daniel Tumbarello, his wife Barbara of Stoneham, Gary and Dana Tumbarello, both of Woburn, great-grandmother of Frankie Tumbarello, his wife Julie, Joshua Tumbarello and two great-great grandchildren. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are private and under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Helen (Distasio) Dobbins, passed away Thursday, August 31st at ninety seven years of age. Helen was the devoted wife of the late Thomas Dobbins.

Born in Woburn, Helen was the daughter of the late Marcello and Philomena DiStasio. A lifelong resident of Woburn, Helen grew up in North Woburn was raised and educated here.

After high school Helen began waitressing, which she did for many, many years. Helen’s most favorite place of was waitressing at the Everglades Restaurant in Billerica. In fact, this is where she would met the love of her life, Tom. They would spend the next 60 years together.

Helen truly enjoyed spend time with her family. She loved the family get together every Sunday, as well as going to Bath Maine, to spend time with the rest of her family.

Helen shared a very special relationship with her daughter Marlene. They spent many wonderful times together shopping, dining, and shared great conversations. Her grandsons were so important to her all throughout the years and they all kept a good eye on each other!

Living in the Hammond Square section of the city, Helen could be seen daily walking from her home on Chestnut Street to Masotta’s Variety, to play her daily numbers each and every day!

Helen will be remembered for her astonishing quick whit, fun loving attitude, as well as her truly great stories! She loved people and people loved Helen!

In addition to her parents, and husband Tom, Helen was predeceased by her siblings Anthony, Daniel and George Distasio, Mildred Delong and Judy Valente, and son-in-law Francis “Sharkey.”

Helen is lovingly survived by her daughter Marlene Tumarello, of Woburn step-children Janice Quinlan, her late husband James of FL and Laurie Field of ME. Dear sister of Ida Roketenetz of Woburn, Emily Surette of Wakefield and Mario Dinallo of Woburn. Adored grandmother of Daniel Tumbarello, his wife Barbara of Stoneham, Gary and Dana Tumbarello, both of Woburn, great-grandmother of Frankie Tumbarello, his wife Julie, Joshua Tumbarello and two great-great grandchildren. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are private and under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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