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Judith P. (DiTocco) Bellissimo

August 25, 1938 — October 12, 2023

Wayland, MA

Judith P. (DiTocco) “Judy” Bellissimo, 85, of Wayland, formerly of Weston and Boca Raton, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and grandchildren on October 12, 2023.

Wife of the late William J. Bellissimo, she leaves behind her six children and their spouses. William J. Bellissimo (Jean) of Gloucester, Cheryl A. Russo (Thomas) of Weston, Mark J. Bellissimo (Lucienne) of Wellington, FL, Joseph A. “Jay” Bellissimo (Kathleen) of Naples, FL, Dean E. Bellissimo (Erin) of Darien, CT, and Craig J. Bellissimo (Betsy) of Denver, CO. She is also survived by her 23 grandchildren. Billy, Ben and Joey Bellissimo; Ashley Cosentino (Joe), Ali Russo, Elizabeth Grasso (Josh), Thomas Russo; Matthew Bellissimo, Paige Nunez (Tristan), Nicole Jayne (Charles), Michael Bellissimo; Samantha Bellissimo, Marlene McDermott (John), Ryan, Rachel and William Bellissimo, Katelyn, Andrew, Maggie and Charlie Bellissimo, and Emily, Lucy and Sadie Bellissimo; one great-grandson, A.J. Jayne, former daughter-in-law Katherine M. Kaneb, and many loving nieces & nephews.

Born in Quincy on August 25, 1938 to the late Italian immigrants Anthony and Mary (Cella) DiTocco. She is predeceased by her ten siblings Virginia Giachetti (late Joesph), Robert DiTocco (late Ann), Lillian Cantrell (late Earl), William DiTocco (late Clara), Eleanor Bylaska (late Robert), John DiTocco (late Grace), Joan Flaherty (late Henry), Pearl Hickey (late Robert), Anthony DiTocco (late Marian), and the late Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Tempesta (Alfred). One of her favorite occasions was the annual DiTocco Family Christmas party, established by her parents in 1960 and still being held to this day. This gathering was not only a celebration of the holiday, but of “la famiglia” – one of Judy’s favorite expressions. She loved meeting the new additions to the growing DiTocco family each and every year.

She married her husband Bill at her home parish of Saint John the Baptist in 1958. Together they raised their six children in Natick and then Weston. Judy was a devoted and loving mother and spent countless hours driving her children to hockey rinks, football fields, and skating rinks. Once her children made it to college, she and Bill never missed one of their boys’ football or hockey games, or Cheryl’s figure skating competitions. She was an active member of the Natick and Weston communities, enjoying her time with the Community League of Weston, the Weston Garden Club, and the Natick Women’s League. She was also a member of the Weston Racquet Club and never turned down the opportunity to play in a tennis match. Judy remained a longtime parishioner of Saint Julia’s Parish in Weston. Following Bill’s death in 2001, she moved to Boca Raton, FL where she continued to stay active in the community, play tennis, and build many wonderful friendships.

The role of Judy the mother transitioned into Judy the grandmother, when she very affectionately became known as “Nana”. Despite her 23 grandchildren being spread throughout the country, nothing brought Nana more joy than the chance to visit with them. She never missed a special event- from Christenings to graduations. She cherished her role as Nana above all else, and never missed an opportunity to brag about her grandchildren. 

In her final years she lived at Carriage House in Wayland, where she made countless friends over the years. She received the most wonderful and loving care from the Carriage House staff, who loved Nana as if she were their own family. As her illness progressed, the staff at both Carriage House and the private aids from Roxana’s Senior Home Care treated her with dignity, kindness, and respect, almost as if she was their own mother. The love between Nana and her caregivers was mutual.

Family and friends will honor and remember Judith's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham, on Wednesday, October 18th from 4 to 7 p.m.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 19th in Saint Julia Church, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, at 10 a.m. Please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery, Weston.

Those wishing to view the livestream of Judith's Mass please visit

Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Judy to the Alzheimer’s Association through the following link:


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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

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