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Lillian Joan Raffael
  • John J. Raffael, Jr. Scholarship Fund
    c/o The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, Inc.
    PO Box 321
    Wakefield, MA 01880

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“Sheryl, Steve, and Family,I am saddened to hear of Mom's passing. Wishing you love & strength during this very difficult time.Love to all. ”
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“Lil was like another mother to me. I loved her. I spent many, many days of my childhood playing with Johnny on Overlake, and Lil would be cooking...Read More »
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“I remember Lil at the Hilltop Restaurant. Also when everyone was to get together and she always was full of life. She will be missed. Memories of all...Read More »
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“Bobby, Lisa, Cheryl I want to let you know your mom was loved by everyone she met. I am sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Lynn Sullivan - Woburn, MA

“Dearest Bobby,So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Aren't we lucky to have them around so long. My mom will celebrate her 90th birthday in...Read More »
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Lillian Joan Raffael, age 90, of Wakefield died Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Lillian was born on March 19, 1927 in Wakefield and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Angela (Pizzano) Capone.

Lillian was a lifelong Wakefield resident and was a member of St. Florence Church, the Italian Club, the Red Hat Society, and the Crystal Community Club. She had worked as a hostess at the Hilltop Restaurant for many years. Above all, Lillian loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lillian was the beloved wife of the late John J. Raffael, Jr. She was the loving mother of Robert A. Raffael of Gloucester, Lisa J. Raffael of Burlington, VT., Cheryl A. Butt and her husband Stephen of Middleton and the late John J. Raffael, III. She was the sister of Virginia Hopkins of Wakefield and the late Sylvia Vellante. She was the grandmother of the Kristen TenBroek and her husband Trampas, Brendan Butt and his wife Paula, Benjamin Gold, and the late Michael Butt. She was the great-grandmother of Dylan and Ella TenBroek and John Michael Butt. She is also survived by her beloved goddaughter, Patricia Dente of Reading, her aunt Dorothy Anastas of Wakefield, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield on Thursday, August 24 at 10am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Lillian's name to the John J. Raffael, Jr. Scholarship Fund c/o Wakefield C.S.F. P.O Box 321 Wakefield, MA 01880.