At nearly a century of life Elizabeth DiGiacomandrea experienced so much throughout her lifetime. Born at home in Belmont on June 13, 1922 she was a daughter of the late Italian (Calabria) immigrants Joseph and Teresa (Mantia) Greco and remained a lifelong Belmont resident.
She died at home on Sunday, May 16, 2021. She was 98.
In earlier years she worked as a clerk at Raytheon Corporation. She then was the friendly face at Anita's Donuts on Trapelo Road for over 20 years and had also worked at The Brick Oven Restaurant in Waverley Square.
She loved her family and friends and cooked countless meals to share with all of them through the years. Among her interest she loved dancing, card games and puzzle books and the many friendships from her membership in the Women's Auxiliary of the VFW in Belmont.
In addition to her husband, Louis, Elizabeth was predeceased by her children, William DiGiacomandrea and Elizabeth 'Betty Lou' LaRose (late Wayne); her siblings, Carmello 'Picollo' Greco, Francis 'Chick' Greco, Josephine Toscano, Mary Cannon and Patricia Boccino.
She leaves her grandchildren, Matthew W. DiGiacomandrea (Jody) of Waltham and Patricia E. LaRose (Thomas Bonn) of Belmont; her great-grandchildren, Courtney, Molly and Gia; her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth DiGiacomandrea-Rhodes (Arthur) of Sharon; also survived by many nieces & nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Elizabeth's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, May 21st rom 4 to 7 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday in The Church of Saint Luke, 132 Lexington Street, Belmont at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Belmont Cemetery, Belmont.
A note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:
During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.
Telephone your friend to offer words of love and support, give them a virtual hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.
These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.
When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.
It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.
Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in some places of worship may also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.
During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.
Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.
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