Josephine M."Tootsie" (Aiesi) Farrell

March 2, 2018
Josephine “Tootsie” M. (Aiesi) Farrell

Josephine Marie Farrell, 85 of Fitchburg, MA, died March 2, surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness.

Born November 21, 1932 in Fitchburg, to Sicilian immigrants, Charles and Mary (Federico) Aiesi. She attended St. Bernard’s High School and Stevens Business College. Retired Office Manager of Rome Insurance after 50 years in the insurance business.

She is survived by her husband, Vincent R. Farrell, Sr., having celebrated 65 years of marriage last June, 2017, and her children Vincent R. Farrell, Jr. and his wife, Anna of Fitchburg; Diane Castelli, and her husband, Stephen of Fitchburg and Falmouth; Jean Kaddy, and her husband, Joel of Fitchburg; Carolyn Farrell-Bowers, and her partner, Christopher LaValley of East Falmouth; and Joanne De Filippo, and her husband, Roger of Glendale, CA; James C. Farrell, and his wife, Ronda of Fitchburg.

She also leaves 11 grandchildren, Anthony Castelli, Michael Castelli, Jennifer Farrell, Gina Zancewicz, Jesse Kaddy, James Farrell, Jr,  Catelyne Farrell, Connor Bowers, Giuliana De Filippo, Elisa De Filippo and Gabriella De Filippo.
Great grandchildren, Jack, Giavanna and Olivia.  

She leaves her sisters Catherine DiMarzio, Lucy Aiesi; her brother Paul Aiesi and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother Philip Aiesi; sister Jennie (Giovanina) Reichard; and grandson Jacob Kaddy.

Josephine was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish and the former Sacred Heart Church in West Fitchburg. Her love of God and the Blessed Virgin Mary helped her through life’s challenges.

She enjoyed her summer home in East Falmouth (Cape Cod) and her many camping trips with her family throughout the East Coast.  She made lifelong friends with other campers from as far away as Quebec, Canada.  Her many creative talents included her passion for crocheting afghans for all her family and friends, wedding cake decorating, and Italian cooking (from main dishes to her many cookies and pastries) and coordinating Aiesi family gatherings.

Known as “Tootsie” by family and friends a name that her father affectionately gave her.  She had an amazing presence and brought out the best in people.  For 40 years, she enjoyed playing poker with her close-knit Italian girlfriends on Monday nights.

The town of Pietraperzia, central Sicily, Italy was always mentioned as her father’s treasured family roots and her catholic faith, love, and honor of its principle patron the Madonna Della Cava and her belief in its miracle was constantly evident.

Josephine loved her family immensely, using daily phone calls and text messaging to keep track of her family and friends.  Her thoughtfulness and annual ritual of sending anniversary, birthday & Christmas cards to over 100 family members and friends will be sadly missed. She was generous, loving, and had a caring heart that will never be forgotten.

Family and friends are invited to a “Celebration of Life” and Mass to be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 49 Woodland St. Fitchburg, MA, on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:00am.  Condolences to family will be held 10:15am to 10:45am in the church vestibule prior to the mass, reception to follow.  A private burial will take place at St. Bernard’s Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers the family suggest a donation in her memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 33 Lyman St. Westboro, MA. 01581 or a charity of your choice.

The Lavery Chartrand   Alario  Funeral Home 99 Summer St. Fitchburg,MA is directing.
Michael S. Alario  Director – Owner.
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