Viola Confalone

  • Born: March 12, 1920
  • Died: November 8, 2021
  • Location: Wakefield, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Viola Confalone went to be with her Lord on Monday, November 8, 2021.

She was born on March 12, 1920 and was the daughter of the late Angelo and Madeline (Bimonte) DeLisio.

Viola had five siblings including Genevieve Sabella who predeceased her on the same day, November 8, in 1970 and Frederick DeLisio who predeceased her on March 14, 2019. A brother and a sister died very young in Italy and a brother in the US during the 1917 pandemic, which was still going on when she was born.

She grew up in Revere and worked as a seamstress with her father and sister in the garment district in Boston, as well as after she married at the Robie Factory in Wakefield. She met her husband John A. Confalone at the Oceanview Ballroom on Revere Beach. They married on June 11, 1950 and were married until he passed in 1976. She leaves a son John S. Confalone of Wakefield as well seven nephews and nieces: Eva Perullo, Anthony Sabella, Frederick DeLisio, Mark DeLisio, Conrad DeLisio, Candace DeLisio DeCredico, and Alfred Confalone as well as many great and great great nephews and nieces and cousins.

Viola loved her church and was involved at St. Anthony's Church in Revere until 1950 and after she married, at St. Florence in Wakefield. She was past President of the St. Florence Lady Sodality as well as a member of the Legion of Mary and other church groups. She was involved with the Wakefield Senior Center as well as the Kosmos Club. Viola had considered becoming a nun when she was 19-20 but her sister told her you'll have to get up at 5AM to scrub the floors. She liked to sleep late so that may have been a factor in her decision. Viola was involved with her many charities, both religious and secular, especially St. Florence Church and PEERServants of Wakefield.

Viola loved her many friends and family and was involved in many activities. She loved to hang out with her friends during the summer at her cottage in Seabrook as well as many bus trips. In later years, Viola became politically active, and her and her friends were a major factor in her son winning an election to a town board. Viola was surprised to live as long as she did and endured many bouts with sicknesses. She relied heavily on her faith and looked forward to seeing her Lord and many friends and family in Heaven.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday November 12 from 3-7 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be held in St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield on Saturday November 13 at 10:30 a.m. Interment, Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield, MA 01880.

The family would like to thank Merrimack Valley Hospice for their care of Viola.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for your loss, John. Especially harder during the Holidays.

Posted by Susan Stys - NH - Coworker   November 23, 2021

Dear John,
Your mother was a wonderful women and I will always remember her and my mother laughing about the old days when Eva and I would take them out to lunch or a concert. She always had a young heart- She became our Aunt Vi. She was a great lady. I am sure she's keeping my mother company in Heaven.
I am sending you my sympathy from Florida.
Pamela Clenney

Posted by Pamela Clenney    November 10, 2021

I met John and Vi years ago at St. Florence Church!! It was an instant friendship. Vi was just the most loving and caring woman. John was a loving son, who was so kind to his Mom. I will miss her smiling face., God bless you dear, Viola and John if there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to call upon me. Love and RIP Vi!!

Posted by Elizabeth Defeo - Friend   November 10, 2021

A lovely lady and a good friend to my parents. Thoughts and prayers to you, John.

Posted by Florence Calore - Wakefield, MA - Family Friend   November 10, 2021

RIP Viola

Posted by Tony Gonnella - Apex, NC - Acquaintance   November 10, 2021

Viola - you were a great gift from God to many of us. You died with the grace with which you lived. Our prayers are with you, John, as you carry on this legacy of being such a blessing to so many.

Posted by Todd Engelsen - LYNN, MA - Friend   November 09, 2021

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