Rita (Seminatore) Surrette

September 2, 2019

Rita (Seminatore) Surrette

Rita (Seminatore) Surrette –  of Woburn, September 2nd at ninety years of age.  Beloved wife of the late John Surrette.  Loving mother of David Surrette, his wife Cheryl of Woburn and Darlene Fabrizio, her husband Anthony of Burlington.  Dear sister of Ruth Turner, John Seminatore, Jean Seminatore, and the late Grace Cummings, Evelyn Rankin, Virgina Nowosielski and Michael “Sonny” Seminatore.   Cherished “Grammy” of Caroline, Johnathan, Hannah Surrette, Ariana, Anthony, Nicolas Fabrizio. Rita is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, on Saturday, September 7th, at 10:15 am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St. Woburn at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours,  Friday, September 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m.  Please, at the request of the family in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in honor Rita to the  Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Rita (Seminatore) Surrette passed away at the Lahey Clinic Monday, September second, with her loving family at her side. The beloved wife of the late John Surette, she was ninety years of age.

Born in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Virginia (Champa) Seminatore who had immigrated here from Italy. They brought nine children into the world, where they had all grown up in the Central Square section of the city. Rita attended Woburn Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1947.

Following high school Rita began working at MITRE Corp., where she remained until she married and began having children. John and Rita lived over in the West Side where some of her sisters and brothers had established their homesteads .

Rita was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She stayed home until her children were in Junior High School, at which time she returned to work. MITRE was very happy to welcome her back as her work ethic was quite commendable.

Every year while the children were growing up they would take two weeks in the summer time, where they would head off to the mountains and camp. Hiking, camping, fishing and swimming were always looked forward to. Other than that the Surrette’s truly enjoyed their home and honestly had no need o travel.

Rita had learned a great deal from her mother about cooking. What a “cooker” she was! Everything was made from scratch. The pasta, sauces , breads, apple pies, and blueberry muffins, meat balls, salads were made from all home grown veggies from Grandpa’s garden along with all of the other vegetables which were preserved! They enjoyed it all and many very special recipe’s were passed along from Rita’s mother to her and now to her daughter, daughter in law and granddaughter! And she did an excellent job of teaching them!

Rita was a very dedicated and loving mother. When it came to her grandchildren the sky was the limit! Hockey games, soccer games, if they were on the field or on ice Grammy was there ! When they were a little older they shared the fun and academic successes together, and the different festivities of high school, including an elegant visit prior to a prom! She loved being a part of it all.

Rita’s life was full! Family and faith were first and foremost in her life, and throughout her ninety years, it never wavered.

Sadly, Rita was predeceased by her husband John , her parents, Michael and Virginia along with her siblings Grace Cummings, Evelyn Rankin, Virgina Nowosielski and Michael “Sonny” Seminatore. 

Loving mother of David Surrette, his wife Cheryl of Woburn and Darlene Fabrizio, her husband Anthony of Burlington.  Dear sister of Ruth Turner, John Seminatore, Jean Seminatore .  Cherished “Grammy” of Caroline, Johnathan, Hannah Surrette, Ariana, Anthony, Nicolas Fabrizio. Rita is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, on Saturday, September 7th, at 10:15 am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St. Woburn at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours,  Friday, September 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m.  Please, at the request of the family in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in honor Rita to the  Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, on Saturday, September 7th, at 10:15 am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St. Woburn at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours,  Friday, September 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m.  Please, at the request of the family in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in honor Rita to the, Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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  1. Thinking of you David and Darlene & family
    You are in my prayers.

    I’m remembering the special times and wanted to share them with you.

    In her quiet way she could always bring a smile of love to the day.
    It could be in a timely visit, a sewing surprise!
    She simply had a way to cook up a smile.
    Oh how she loved to pray and in her loving heart she kept us there to stay.
    She was a gentle soul and someone special to know.
    I’m so thankful she was my God Mother.
    God Bless her soul.

    I love you
    God Bless You

  2. Miss the times picking blueberries with you, and of course knitting. So sorry to David, Darlene, and their families.

  3. Dear Darlene, David and extended family. My sincere condolences on your loss of your Mom. Sending my love, thoughts and prayers.
    Cousin Mary J.

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