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“Dear Lisa and Family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Sending you love and you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Diana Onishuk - Milton, MA

“Dear Lisa and Kristina,I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful woman and such a big part of my extended "family". I will...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Alison (Aronis)McCommas - Dracut, MA

“R.I.P always sweet Barbara, Lisa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You all were everything to your Mom and Grandmother and because of all of...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Linda Doherty - Peabody, MA

“Lisa, Andrew and Joseph.... words cannot express the loss you are experiencing. Find peace in knowing that each of you are her Legacy.... through you...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Amy Ragonese - Merrimac, MA

“RIP sweet Barbara.. I had the pleasure of getting to know Barbara and her family over the last 10 years. She and her daughters are some of the...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Erin Gould - Lynnfield, MA

“Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Keeping you close in heart and prayer for the loss of your beloved...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Robert & Elizabeth Monahan - SC

“RIP Barbara... I will forever remember the laughs we had at the shop and your great personality. God Bless ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Roberto D'Amore - Danvers, MA


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Barbara Witham, age 78, of Saugus died Friday, December 1 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle with illness.

Born in Cambridge on August 23, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Attilio and Mary (Guglietti) Donatio.

Mrs. Witham grew up in East Cambridge where she was blessed to have the love and care of her parents as well as her seven older sisters and brothers. She attended the Kelley Grammar School in Cambridge and was a graduate of the Cambridge High and Latin School Class of 1957. After school, Mrs. Witham was married and raised three children in Malden. While her children were in school, she made a career at the Almy's Department Store in Revere where she eventually became a Department Manager. After moving to Saugus in 1979, she worked for John Hancock Insurance in Boston before starting her own home cleaning business that she maintained into her early seventies. In her late forties and early fifties, Mrs. Witham enjoyed her Friday nights with her high school girlfriends. It was on one of these occasions that she met her husband Mel and they were married in 1991. The couple enjoyed 20 years of marriage together before Mel passed away in 2011.

Mrs. Witham's joy of her life was her family. She was the devoted mother to her three children, Douglas, Lisa, and Kristina and mother-in-law to Joan. She was the loving grandmother to her four grandchildren, Anthony, Andrew, Joseph, and Julia. She loved Cape Cod and was forever grateful for the summer house there that she maintained with her daughter Kristina. She was at her happiest when her children and grandchildren came together with her at her home in Saugus and on the Cape. Her Italian cooking was second to none and her calamari pizza and broccoli rabe were just some of the loves of the family. After she "retired" to run her cleaning business, she raised her grandchildren Andrew and Joseph while her daughter Lisa worked. The impact she had on her grandchildren is immeasurable and they are forever grateful for the love and wisdom she shared with them during their time together. In her final years, Mrs. Witham lived in her house in Saugus with her two daughters and her grandchildren Andrew and Joseph.

In addition to her daughters Lisa and Kristina, her daughter-in-law Joan, and her grandchildren Anthony, Andrew, Joseph, and Julia, Mrs. Witham is survived by her brother Albert Donatio and his wife Louise of Everett and many loving nieces and nephews and her lifelong friends. In her passing she joins her loving husband Mel and her son Douglas and her brothers and sisters, Angelina Parker, Americo Donatio, Joseph Donatio, Theresa Trigilio, Josephine DiTrapano, and Carmella Errico.

Her Funeral Service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Tuesday at 1PM. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home, prior to the service beginning at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.