Cummings, Concetta M. (Tocci)|
Was born on July 4, 1924, in Newton, MA, the 11th of 14 children of the late John and Virginia Tocci. Growing up in the Silver Lake section of Newtonville, she was a precocious and attractive teenager who dropped out of high school to go to work at the Ark-Les Switch Company during World War II to support the war effort. She also, along with her brothers and sisters, helped bring resources home to support the large family during the Depression, the war years, and beyond. She met her future husband, James Cummings, also of Newton, a Marine Corp. Corporal, who served in the Pacific Theater of Operations, several years after the war and they were married on April 1, 1951. They were both exemplary members of what Tom Brokaw described as "the Greatest Generation," experiencing hard times throughout the Depression, four years of world war, but working hard, focusing on family and country, and she gave birth to seven children, all members of the baby boomer generation. They were happily married for 42 years until her husband's untimely passing in May of 1993. The family lived in Newton Center and then Newtonville. During those years, Mrs. Cummings worked as a Cashier and Manager at the Belmont Car Wash in Waverly Square, then as a waitress and hostess at Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Newton Corner, and finally as a waitress at Cabot's Restaurant where she worked for 18 years before finally retiring at the age of 80 in 2004. She was always an active participant in sports, participating in volleyball leagues, and was one of the founders of the Newton Women's Softball League. She played flag football in a women's league and participated for years in the Daughter's of Italy Women's Bowling League where she was a member in good standing for many years. She also served as a greeter at Our Lady's Help of Good Christians Catholic Church in Newtonville. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed her weekly poker nights with her sisters and older cousins up until her illness. She leaves seven grown children: Stephen, Mark, Matthew, Karen, James, Jr., Lois, and Shawn, and son, and daughters in law: Susan Cummings, Sandy Cummings, Linda Cummings, Brian McCabe, Evan Evans and Giovanna Cummings, respectively and eighteen grandchildren, as well as her sister, Anna Marzilli of Watertown, brother, Valentino Tocci of Salem, NH, and sisters, Esther Marchioni of Newton and Joan Romanelli of Watertown. Visiting hours in the A.J. Magni & Son FH, 365 Watertown St., Rt. 16, NEWTON, Thurs from 4-8PM and again on Friday morning at 9:30AM, before proceeding to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, for a Funeral Mass at 10:30AM. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery, Needham. In lieu of flowers, donations in Concetta's name may be made to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org.
Andrew J. Magni & Son FH, Newton www.magnifuneralhome.com
Published in The Boston Globe from June 13 to June 14, 2012