Caiazzo, Louise I. (Cafasso)

September 24th, 2011

Louise I. (Cafasso) Caiazzo, age 81, of Wilmington formerly of Everett, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on September 24, 2011.

Louise was born and raised in Everett, MA, she came into the world on February 24, 1930 and was the cherished only daughter of the late Angelo and Michelina Cafasso. Louise was educated in the Everett Public Schools and was a graduate of Everett High School in 1948.

In 1949, Louise married Thomas S. Caiazzo, she was the “girl next door” and he was the “love of her life”. Louise and Tom were married for over 46 years, they raised eight children including two sets of twins, and made many memories to share with their family throughout the years. Louise was a devoted wife and a dedicated caretaker for her husband when he became ill and was at his side when he passed in March of 1995.

Louise was always a hard worker, as a young girl she helped her mother in the family grocery store every day after school, it was here that Louise learned the value of hard work and the importance of family. She also worked hard at raising her children and providing a loving and supportive home. Louise was very active in her children’s lives and their activities, she was insistent on them getting a good education and to be well rounded. Louise was always helping out at St. Anthony’s School in Everett, where her children attended, she was active in their CCD program and was a basketball coach for the girls team. She was also involved in the Catholic Women’s Club and volunteered at bingo.

In 1975, Louise and Tom moved to “the country” otherwise known as Wilmington, they did live in Ft. Lauderdale for a few years but when the grandchildren started to come along Louise had to return “home” to Wilmington to be closer to her family.

Louise soon became lovingly known as “Nanny” not only to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren but also to their friends because she had a way of making everyone feel special and loved.

Louise loved her family “traditions”, she passed them from generation to generation, she loved teaching the grandchildren about holidays, cooking, gardening, nature, and the changing seasons. She was also a woman of great faith, she loved her God and rarely missed an opportunity to attend or listen to Mass.

Louise will be fondly remembered for her devotion to family and friends, her special way of making people feel loved, and her “class”. Louise was a true “lady” in every sense of the word, her kindness and generosity to others will never be forgotten, she will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Louise was the devoted mother of Thomas S. Caiazzo, Jr. & his wife Nan of Andover, Janet Reddington & her husband Dennis of Oviedo, FL, Judi Diamond & her husband John and Jean Caiazzo all of Tewksbury, Jayne Scanlan & her husband Michael of Louisville, KY, Joan Gillespie & her husband Robert, Joyce Delaney, and Juliann Robarge & her husband John all of Wilmington, loving “Nanny” of Angela Caiazzo, Marisa Petrie, Matthew Caiazzo & his wife Lori, the late Jianna Caiazzo, Anthony Caiazzo, Cara DeNapoli & her husband Russ, Colleen Labbadia & her husband Chris, Courtney Konradt & her husband Dave, Adrianne Diamond, Kristen Mantel & her husband Mark, Kevin Gillespie, Kim Gillespie, Keri Gillespie, Brian Gillespie, Deidre Scanlan Smith & her husband Kyle, Marie Scanlan and her fiance Peter, Joe Delaney and his fiance Amy, Jon Delaney & his wife Michelle, Jackie Robarge, Danielle Robarge, Tom Robarge, Meghan Robarge, and great-grandchildren Jared, Aliyah, Isaiah, Boston, Christian, Christopher, Michele, Ashley, Ava, Ryan, Andrew, Caylee, Emma, Cate, Brendan, Evan, Jillian, Kaylin, Sean, and Elise, dear sister of Carmine Cafasso of East Boston and the late Angelo Cafasso.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, September 28th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours Tuesday, September 27th from 3-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Louise’s name may be made to a the Wilmington Community Fund, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Caiazzo, Louise I. (Cafasso)”

  1. Janet Reddington says:

    To my dearest mother – life will never be the same without you. You were and always will be the “rock” that held this family together. It truly amazes me how much you were loved not only by your children but how you touched each and every grandchild and great grandchild in such a special love. You were my mother, my friend and my confidant. You taught all of us how to respect and obey and like Nanny Michelina you were always full of wisdom.
    I am so happy you left us with a sense of tradition which will be continued through the holidays. My heart will never be the same and there will always be an emptiness inside me. I will always love you and I know I will think about you every day. I know you are happy now but I am going to be selfish when I say I wish you were still here. I love you so much. Your daughter Janet

  2. Rose cafasso Merenda says:

    Dear cousins,,

    My love and prayers are sent to all of you. I remeber youe mom as a little girl with a twinkle in her eye and a very sweet smile. I am happy to reaD HOW WONDERFUL A MOM SHE WAS TO ALL OF YOU. SINCE I have lived away from the area for many years sadly we lost touch. however, memories are important and childhood ones especially great. Rose Cafasso Merenda

  3. Laurie Borkowski says:

    Dear Jeannie,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers.

    Love you,


  4. Rick Masiello (god son) says:

    Cousin Tom and the J sisters,

    Life has a way of sending people on their own journey as it did with our many cousins, aunts and uncles. The memories that I carry with me of our childhood will never fade and Auntie Louise will always be in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Cousin Ricky

  5. Stacie says:


    So sorry for the loss of your Grandmother….you and the family will be our prayers.

    The Witkus Family

  6. Elaine Maninos says:

    I am so sorry to hear that your Mother has passed on. I wish I could have been there to say goodbye. I have been away and unfortunately just heard this morning.

    What a lovely lady she was. I will always remember her wonderful smile when she would come to see me. People do come into our lives for a reason and I am a better person for having her in mine.

    God Bless you all — may your memories and faith sustain you through this very hard time.

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