Mary E. Federico, "Bette", 89, of Winthrop, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Born in Saranac Lake, New York, she lived in Medford for much of her life before moving to Winthrop 35 years ago. She took great pride in her 40-year career as a receptionist and records clerk at Tufts Dental School. A physically active person all her life, she enjoyed camping, hiking and outdoor activities throughout New England in her younger years. She was a devoted member of the choir at St. John the Evangelist Church, where she was an active communicant. In recent years, she was an honored member of the Red Hat Society. She was a passionate Rummikub and Mahjong player, and more than anything, cherished the company of family and friends. Always upbeat, positive and caring for others, Bette was known for her bright smile and warm embrace. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Predeceased by her parents, James and Mildred (Ladue) Federico, her brothers Jim and Charley and sister Margaret (Federico) Lynch. She is survived by her beloved nephews Michael and his wife Patty Federico of Winthrop, Scott and his wife Mary Federico of Somerset, niece Susan and her husband Tony Tarascio of West Simsbury, CT, dear sister-in-laws Grace Federico and Shelia Federico, as well as several nieces and grand nephews and many treasured friends.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Services will conclude with the committal in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford.
Family and friends are invited to a luncheon at the Winthrop Arms 130 Grovers Ave., Winthrop, which will be held at 1:00 PM following the committal.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony's Shrine 100 Arch St., Boston MA 02110.
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