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Ilona Sue (Goodman) Newton

Ilona Sue (Goodman) Newton
  • September 27, 1956 - December 30, 2018
  • Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to; Shrewsbury Special Needs Program or Thrive, Support and Advocacy, 65 Boston Post Rd., West, Suite 220 Marlborough, MA 01752

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“Our family is deeply saddened about the passing of our dear friend, Ilona. Over the years, she touched our family is so many, many ways. We will...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Marilyn Macleod Macleod - Milford, MA


2 of 24 | Posted by: marc russell - shrewsbury, MA

“My sincere condolences to Mike and all the kids. Ilona was such a loving and caring person. She will be missed by so many... ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Melinda Kement - Northboro, MA

“Sorry for your loss.Joe and Paula LaCroix ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Joe LaCroix - Marlborough, MA

“I will always remember you. You will always be in my heart. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Stephanie Leonard - West Newbury, MA

“Iolona was a wonderful person and she will always be in my ♥ and I will miss her smile.God bless you ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Leisa Cavanaugh - Marlborough, MA

“I had the pleasure of working with Ilona over the last few years on a couple of shared cases. She was always such a warm, friendly person who truly...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Caren Poulin - Auburn, MA

“In my entire life, I have never known anyone who always smiled that infectious smile, no matter what!! You were also one of the most giving people...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Trish McCarthy - Northborough, MA

“I was a special olympic athlete of illona favorite person. Im proud to have her as a coach. Im so so sorry about her. I was from shrewsbury.i will be...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Tiffany Nader - Shrewsbury-dudley, MA

“Dear Ilona,Your life was too short, but you sure lived it to the fullest with your 7 children, 2 grandsons, loving husband, Michael, Special Olympics...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Barbara Griffin - GROTON, MA

“Mike and Family ----My deepest condolences ! ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: larry bastien - FRAMINGHAM, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Newton family. May her amazing soul Rest In Peace. ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: Sussie Aikins - Millbury, MA

“My heart goes out to all of Ilonas family. She was a lovely, lovely person with a giving heart. Youre all in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Ilona&...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Cindy Woodbury - Hudson, MA

“Mike and family, my heart goes out to you all. May you find peace and comfort in God and each other. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Vicki Poore - Winston Salem, NC

“Ilona...my special friend, my partner in crime, my sister. My heart is broken but the memories I have of all the times we spent together is precious...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Diane Dixon - Shrewsbury, MA

“Sometimes life gets busy and we lose touch with some very special people. Ilona was one of those people. Although our lives took us down different...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Deb Griffin - Hudson, MA

“Ilona was a force for Shrewsbury Special Olympics. Already missing her smile and pure love for all the "kids". Many people stay on Earth longer, but...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Paula Collins - Shrewsbury, MA

“Sending love and prayers to the entire extended family, my heart is broken for everyone, Ilona was a super sweet big sister and I have many fond...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Maria Caira - Sudbury, MA

“Ilona was my booce Coach i am missing her a lot and i have lots fun times at Speaicl Olymplcs Partes at the kinights. ilona was my Number two Mother...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: ryan dixon - shrewsbury, MA

“What a wonderful woman you were. Rest easy Ilona! Love you! ❤ Thank you for the wonderful memories we made!! Especially that extra innings...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Matthew McCarthy - MA

“My sweet Sissy! I love you and miss You so much! Fly free with the angels! ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Maribeth Heishman - Carlisle, MA

“Ilona was a very kind hearted woman. It was a pleasure to know a wonderful woman. God bless ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Wendi Lepore - Providence, RI

“Lona you were one of the best people I know. (I used to call her Lona at work). You had the biggest heart you were a super woman till the end. You...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: JoAnn Desjardin - Oxford, MA

“To the Gallo and Newton Family. Your Mom always had a wonderful smile, and laugh. I will miss her. Peter ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Peter Stucchi - Hudson, MA


Ilona Sue (Goodman) Newton, 62, of Marlborough passed away, surrounded by loved ones on December 30, 2018. She fought a courageous 17 month battle with breast cancer. Ilona was born on September 27,1956 in Flushing, NY, and moved to Sudbury, MA in 1969. She was the daughter of James and Barbara (Terins) Goodman, of Carlisle, PA, and the wife of Michael F. Newton of Marlborough, whom she married on September 8, 2002. Ilona and Michael had 7 children between them.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Billy Gallo of Marlborough, Anthony Gallo and his wife Brittny of Warwick, RI, Jason Gallo and his wife Melissa of Allenstown, NH, Stephen Gallo of Fitchburg and Melissa Gallo of Marlborough, her stepsons, Eric Newton and Joshua Newton of Marlborough, her sister, Maribeth Heishman and her husband Jeffrey of Carlisle, PA, her 2 grandchildren, Damien and Franklin Gallo of Allenstown, NH, and her nieces, Terin Pazich and her husband Dan and Lydia Frohm and her husband Drew and their son Jase.
Ilona's passion was "Special Needs & Special Olympics". She devoted her life to helping individuals with intellectual disabilities. She volunteered for Special Olympics for 25 years and was a coach to many Special Olympics athletes. She always wanted her athletes to be brave in the attempt and for them all to do their very best. "Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." She was a coach in Track and Field, Bocce, Basketball, and Bowling. Her athletes attended both national and world games for Special Olympic competitions. Ilona also raised money and awareness for the Special Olympics by Freezing for a Reason (Polar Plunge). Ilona worked for Thrive Support and Advocacy in Marlborough MA.
Ilona and Michael loved to travel, especially to her favorite spot, Maui. They made a yearly trip to Hawaii where Ilona loved tropical walks on the beach, sunsets, volcano views, fresh pineapple, hibiscus and "Maui Splash".
Ilona was the rock of the family. She loved hosting family parties on her back porch. She had a passion for photography, Fire and NASCAR. She also loved her many grand doggies.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 5-7 pm at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant Street, Marlborough, MA.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shrewsbury Special Needs Program or Thrive, Support and Advocacy, 65 Boston Post Rd.,West, Suite 220, Marlborough, MA, 01752

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