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Rita E. (O'Neil) Bennett

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Rita E. (O'Neil) Bennett Obituary
BENNETT, Rita E. (O'Neil) It is with sadness we announce the passing of Rita E. Bennett. A lifelong resident of Malden, she passed surrounded by her family on December 10th, 2011. Daughter of the late John J. and Catherine M. O'Neil. Rita graduated from Cheverus High School and worked at the Cuticura Soap Company of Malden, Seilers Caterers of Braintree and the Bon Saison of Everett. She was a life long member of Sacred Hearts Parish. Rita is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Malcolm J. "Mac" Bennett (retired Malden Fire Dept.). Loving mother to Ann Marie and Richard Tilley of Malden, Kathleen and Robert O'Keefe of Oakham, Barbara Bennett and Susan Packard of Arlington, Colleen and Anthony Chiccuarelli of Malden, Kevin and Janine Bennett of North Reading, and Christopher and Erin Bennett of Wakefield. She was a loving "Nana" to Michael Tilley and his wife Colleen, Brian Tilley, Kristen (Tilley) D'Amico and her husband Michael, Daniel O'Keefe and his fiancée Jessica Perez, Maura O'Keefe, Patrick O'Keefe (active -USMC/Afghanistan), Cailyn, David and Bailey Chiccuarelli and Caroline and John Bennett. Extended family includes sisters-in-law Lillian O'Neil of Connecticut, Nita Enwright of Malden, brothers-in-law John Downing of Needham and William "Inky" Enwright of Malden. Rita was a cherished aunt to many nieces and nephews. Special people in her life include Marie Iacoviello, Peg Moriarty, Pauline Valway, Jean Cuniffe and cousins Ann LaCourt, Jack McGrath and Mary McGillicuddy. She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Courtney and Kathleen Downing, and her brothers John O'Neil and Francis "Buddy" O'Neil. She was also predeceased by sisters-in-law Barbara O'Neil and Claire Jones, brothers-in-law Michael "Buddy" Enwright and Daniel Enwright. Please join our family in a celebration of Rita's life. Relatives & friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Breslin Funeral Home, 610 Pleasant St., Malden on Friday, December 16th at 9 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Sacred Hearts Church, 297 Main St., Malden at 10 AM. Services will conclude with interment in Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, December 15th from 4-8PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests honoring Rita with a donation to the Dutton Adult Day Health Center, 1117 Main Street Wakefield, MA 01880 or the , 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 13, 2011
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