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Margaret M. Delfino


1923 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Margaret M. Delfino Obituary
Margaret M. (DeBaggis) Delfino, 91, lifelong resident of Franklin, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. She was the wife of Alfred F. Chick Delfino, who passed away in 1996. Born November 22, 1923 in Franklin, she was the daughter of the late Romolo DeBaggis and Eda (DeLucchi) DeBaggis. She was educated in Franklin and a graduate of the FHS Class of 1941. She was the 11th of 13 children. During WWII, she worked at a local mill sewing jackets for the soldiers and also made bedspreads for the servicemen and women. While operating very large machines to make the jackets, she wasnt certain if she could manage but diligently kept with it. At times, she worked alone at the mill. Those experiences made her resilient, self-sufficient, and frugal. She also worked making mesh bags at Whiting & Davis Co, worked at Evans Case packing lighters, sewed lined drapes at The Mill Store in Franklin, and made flowers for hats at the Milford Hat Factory. While her children attended elementary school, she worked at St. Marys School in the cafeteria as a lunch preparer and server. For 16 years, Margaret was employed at Dean College as a housekeeper for the Pierce and Chapman House dormitories. Margaret was very industrious, creative and talented in home economics. She loved to sew her own clothes and enjoyed making clothing for her girls. She was very domestic and loved and enjoyed cooking and baking, knitting and crocheting, gardening, and the decorative arts where she stenciled many art projects and won awards and ribbons. She also enjoyed crossword scrambles and making puzzles. Margaret was a lifelong member of St. Marys Church and a member of the Franklin Sr. Center where she participated in line dancing, Bingo and traveling their scheduled trips, including Foxwoods Casino. Margaret was also an avid and enthusiastic Boston sports fan. She had fond memories of the familys bakery, DeBaggis & DErrico Co., located on Ruggles Street, where so many family memories were created. After her husband passed away, she began volunteering to shelf books at the Franklin Library which brought her much joy. She developed a newfound desire to read and learn, keeping her mind youthful and curious. She was fit and active, enjoyed her home to the fullest extent, and took pride in taking care of her beautiful landscaping, with a love of flowers. Her property won Franklin Yard of the Week Award which featured her landscaped yard in the local newspapers. Margaret found the secret to her longevity was accomplishing something every day. She would say, Through my faith, I never give up. She lived by her favorite Scripture, I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me. Margaret is survived by her children: Linda Rogers and her husband, Daniel of Warren, RI, Elaine Dinowitz and her husband, Mark of New York, NY, Cheryl Crowley and her husband, Michael of Franklin, MA, and son-in-law, Ron Flohr, Sr. She was the mother of the late Diane F. Flohr who passed away in 2009. She leaves her grandchildren: Lesley Rogers, Ronald Flohr, Jr. and his wife, Megan, Ryan Flohr, Michael Crowley and his wife, Elizabeth, Meghan Crowley, and Matthew Dinowitz. She was the grandmother of Melanie Dinowitz, who passed away in 2013. She leaves her great-grandchildren, Heather, Justin, and Kendra Lake and Gianna and Harper Flohr. She also leaves her great-great-grandchildren, William McGloin, Jr., Mateo and Indira McGloin and Ariana Campbell. Also surviving is a brother, Romolo DeBaggis, Jr. and his wife, Priscilla of Canton, MA, and a sister Eleanor Porcaro of E. Providence, RI. She was sister to the late Mary Celima, Elvira (Vera) Colalillo, Primo DeBaggis, Michele (Michael) DeBaggis, Gilda Chilson, Angelo DeBaggis, Rose Principessa, Joseph DeBaggis, Henry DeBaggis, and Michael DeBaggis. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 9:15 AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage Street, Franklin, with a funeral mass at St. Marys Church, Franklin at 10 PM. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Calling hours are Friday, October 2, 2015, from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be sent to Tri Valley, Inc. Respite Scholarship Fund, 10 Mill Street, Dudley, MA 01571 Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com.
Published in The Country Gazette from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9, 2015
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