Benita Rose Festa, of Orient Heights, East Boston, passed away in her 103rd year after a brief illness.
Loving daughter of the late Mark and Felicetta Corrado, of East Boston, originally from Avellino, Italy.
Beloved wife of the late Albert Festa Sr.
Devoted mother of Barbara Holden and her husband Fred of Delray Beach, Florida, Beverly Pacheco and the late Richard Pacheco of Marshfield, Elaine Festa of Saugus, Albert J. Festa Jr. and his wife Arline of Winthrop.
Dear sister of Stella Polcari of Belmont and the late Henry Corrado.
Cherished grandmother of Cheryl Holden Cuddy, Rick Holden, Robert Bagley, David Bagley, Kristin Mackenzie, Albert Festa III, Jennifer Festa Buono and Stephanie Dunbar.
Adored great-grandmother of 12 great-grandchildren.
Benita was a graduate of Boston’s Girls’ High School in 1935, and then went on to secretarial school. She met her husband to be, Al, in 1936 and married two years later. Benita worked for City Service Oil Company (CITGO) in Kenmore Sq. as an executive secretary. After CITGO relocated, Benita was offered a position at White Fuel Oil Company in Braintree where she worked until retirement. She was passionate about her work and loved her career. She would often share stories about her experience in the oil company industry. After retiring, Benita went to work at East Boston District Court, as an administrative assistant, in the Juvenile Court Department. She was 73 when she left her job to care for her loving husband. She was an avid reader and a fan of every Boston sports team. She also had a strong interest in fashion and loved shopping for herself and her family.
Family and friends will honor Benita's life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston, MA 02128 on Monday from 3:00PM to 7:00PM and again on Tuesday morning at 8:30AM before leaving in funeral procession to St. Joseph - St. Lazarus Church for a funeral mass in celebration of Benita's life at 10:00AM. Services will conclude with Benita being laid to rest with her beloved husband Al at Woodlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at Boston Wounded Vet. Run - ATTN: Vet Ride ITAM Post 6, 60 Paris Street E. Boston, MA 02128.
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