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Lillian M. (St. Thomas) DiRico

Lillian M. (St. Thomas) DiRico
  • June 16, 1924 - March 27, 2016
  • Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Friends of the Marlborough Public Library, Attn: Tony Arruda, Treasurer
    42 Diana Drive
    Marlborough, MA 01752
  • Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars
    P.O.Box 296
    Marlborough, MA 01752

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“My sympathy's to the DiRico family for the passing of your mother I have very fond memories living across Essex St from you,all , it was a great...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Arthur Fontaine - Southport, NC

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Lillian at New Horizons. She was a very sweet lady. My condolences go out to her family. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: Sandi Beall - Marlboro, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you be comforted with memories of her love. Naomi & Peter Pavia ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Naomi Pavia - Thousand Oaks, CA

“Our heartfelt sympathy to the DiRico family & Loretta Hurleywith the passing of your Mother & sister.Sincerely, Paul & Colleen (Cosgrove) Gauthier,...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Colleen Gauthier - Family

“Our sympathy to the DiRico family. It was a great a great time and such a great neighbor. Ann and George McLaughlinnLY8C ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Ann McLaughlin - Centerville, MA

“So sorry to hear that your mother has passed on. I feel so privileged to have known her and to have had her and all of the strong, caring and...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Susan McLaughlin - Centervilke, MA

“Truly blessed to have known Mrs DiRico as a neighbor. My condolences to the entire DiRico Family. ”
7 of 26 | Posted by: Neil McLaughlin - Marlborough, MA

“Dear DiRico Family,Please accept my sympathy and sincere condolences of the passing of your mother. I am very sorry I was unable to attend the...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Pereira - Holliston, MA

“Our heartfelt sympathy Jo Ann to you and your family on the passing of your dear Mother. Love, Debbie & Jim ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Debra Smith - Coral Springs, FL

“To John,Very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You were fortunate to have her for such a long time. Memories you'll have.Wish you didn't live...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: michael carter - framingham, MA

“Dear DIRICO Family, Fran and I want to send our prayers to you. We have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad. Great People!!!!!Rhea&Fran Zanca ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Memory Eternal. Deepest Sympathy ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Peter & Patti Mountzouris - MA

“To the whole family thank you for sharing her it was honor to have met her ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: GIL SCHIAPPA. - ST CLOUD, FL

“Dear JoAnn and Family,Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Marie and John King - Killington, VT

“Dear JoAnn and Family ”
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“Dear JoAnn and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this...Read More »
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“Thinking of you JoAnn and your family Christine Monfront ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Christine Monfront - Paris France

“Dear Tina and family, On behalf of the Ferrecchia family, may I express our sadness on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Joanne Willis - Alpharetta, GA

“The Executive Board of the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni extends its condolences to Lillian's family and friends. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Alumni House - Framingham, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and keep you in this time of sorrow. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Grace Sheldon Lyons - Charlotte, NC

“Beth, Maria and family, My heartfelt condolences on the loss of you mom. I have always remembered the recipe for French Onion soup that she taught us...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Janet Frizzell Vigeant - MA

“What a beautiful, well-lived life! While we were never lucky enough to meet Lillian, reading the story of her life tells us why we love her daughter...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Rob and Donna Ross - CA - Friend

“Beth and family, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Mother. I have very fond memories or her from Jr. High School home economics class...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Bridget Ryan Tenney - Fort Myers, FL

“My sincere condolence to you and your family. May all the loving memories of your mother live for ever. Joe Lazaro ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“JoAnn, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Condolences to you and Patrick, as well as your extended family. It sounds like she had a full...Read More »
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Lillian May (St. Thomas) DiRico, 91, passed away in the arms of her loving family in Longmeadow, MA, on Easter Sunday, March 27th after a brief period of declining health. Daughter of the late Oscar and Loretta (Cosgrove) St. Thomas, Lillian was born in Worcester, MA and attended St. Peter's Catholic School and Worcester South High School. In1946, she graduated from Framingham State Teachers College where she earned her degree in Home Economics. Lillian was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Joseph DiRico,who passed away in 1997. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Thomas (Bud) St. Thomas,Robert St. Thomas and Oscar (Buck) St. Thomas and her sister Grace (St. Thomas) Plant, as well as her first grandchild, Christopher P. DiRico. She was the beloved mother of seven children, JoAnn Trautmann (Patrick) of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, John DiRico (Nan) of Euless, TX, Christine Lavendier (David) of Thousand Oaks, CA, Robert DiRico (Cheryl) of Newton, Maria O'Reilly (Michael) of Longmeadow, Joseph DiRico of Marlborough and Elizabeth Leonard (Mark) of Marlborough. She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, each of whom were special to her in their own way. She also leaves her loving sister, Loretta (St. Thomas) Hurley of Oroville, WA, her sisters-in-law Mary DiRico of Marlborough, Grace St. Thomas of Worcester and her brother-in-law,Harold Plant of Birmingham,England and many devoted nieces and nephews.
Upon graduating from college, Lillian married and moved to Marlborough where she and Joe raised their family on Essex Street, among many wonderful neighbors and extended family.She worked part time for the Worcester Gas Company, as well as substitute teaching to help support their growing family, until being offered the position of teaching Home Economics at the Marlborough Junior High School, where she was the cooking and nutrition teacher for twenty years.During those years, she taught countless students, many of whom still say, "Mrs. DiRico taught me how to cook." She enjoyed not only her students, but the many wonderful teachers and staff with whom she worked over the years. Lillian had many interests outside of work and family. A lifelong learner and avid reader, Lillian impressed upon her children and grandchildren the value of an education. Her Catholic faith played an active role in her life, and she was a devoted parishioner of both Immaculate Conception and the former St. Ann churches in Marlborough.She was a volunteer for the Framingham State College Alumni Association and looked forward to attending her class reunions.In her younger years, Lillian enjoyed a good swim in Coes Pond or the ocean, and later loved to walk daily at Ghiloni Park and did so well into her eighties. Her Saturday night cribbage matches were a highlight of her week. She and Joe were fortunate to visit Europe several times, in addition to traveling throughout the United States. She enjoyed their many visits to Bermuda as well as vacationing with family at the Cape and Maine in the summers.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church in Marlborough on Friday, April 1st at 9am, followed by burial at the National Cemetery in Bourne at 2:45pm. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 31st from 4-7pm at Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant Street, Marlborough.
Donations can be made in her memory to Friends of the Marlborough Public Library, Attn: Tony Arruda, Treasurer, 52 Diana Drive, Marlborough, MA 01752 or Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 296, Marlborough, MA 01752.