Helen A. DelTorto

February 7th, 2013

Helen A. DelTorto, 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and of Lincoln, ME, wife of the late Joseph DelTorto, died peacefully Feb. 6, 2013, at her home.
Helen was born December 7, 1920, in Boston, the daughter of the late William and Katherine (Mateiunas) Witkum.  Helen was raised and schooled in Wilmington, Mass. After graduating high school, she moved to New York, where she married Joseph DelTorto, a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. For the next few years Helen lived in such places as Cape Cod, Mass., and Wildwood, N.J.

While her husband continued to serve our country overseas, she established a home for her family in Wilmington, Mass. She then became a civilian employee for the U.S. Coast Guard, and served in such a capacity for 29 years. Helen and her husband Joseph were the owner/operators of General Knox Hotel and Restaurant, in Thomaston.for more than 20 years.

Helen dedicated her time to volunteering and teaching CCD at St. Thomas Church, Wilmington, Mass. In late 1980, Helen accepted the position of executive secretary of Boston Marine Society. Helen went above and beyond her role as executive secretary, and quickly became known as the “go-to” person. Seemingly, every desk in the maritime industry from the Coast Guard, maritime academies to shipping companies, had Helen’s number and knew her as the one to call to get things done. Helen remained a loyal employee for more than 27 years. Helen retired from the Marine Society in 2008 and moved to Lincoln, to be close and cared for by her granddaughter, Elizabeth.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Elizabeth DelTorto Lujan of Lincoln, ME,  Joseph A. DelTorto of Wilmington, Mass., and Katherine H. DelTorto of Cape Cod, Mass.; and seven great-grandchildren, Haylea Lujan, Theresa Clifford, Courtney Lujan, Devan Lujan, Brayden Lujan, Michael Ravech and Joseph Pyle. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; and her son, Anthony DelTorto.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 14th 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 13th from 5-8 p.m.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Helen A. DelTorto”

  1. Tom & Betty Foster says:

    Our prayers are with all of you.

  2. Elizabeth DelTorto - Lujan says:

    Gram- I love you and miss you beyond words xoxoxo – Elizabeth

  3. The Nelson family says:

    Our family sends our condolences and love to the DelTorto and Lujan families.

  4. Charlotte Grasso says:

    My family and I will miss our dear friend Helen; but we will always remember
    the wonderful times we shared. Our walks through Harvard yard and the
    plays we attended together, dinners on Easter and our wonderful friendship that we shared. Helen, you were a beautiful, elegant lady, a wonderful
    role model to us younger women. I, Charlotte, will truly miss you.
    Rest in peace, my friend. Love, Charlotte and Gennaro Grasso

  5. Captain Jeff Havlicek - Boston Marine Society says:

    For many years our dear Helen was a guiding light for the Boston Marine Society. She was missed when she retired and is now sadly mourned. Yesterday at our February membership meeting, as President of the Boston Marine Society, I conducted along with the members a moment of silence for Helen. In May at Annual Ladies Dight Gala, at the Boston Copley, we will be sure to remember her to the members and their wives. Our most sincere sympathies go out to your family.

  6. Jessica Rainsford says:

    Elizabeth, Joe and Katie:

    My sincere condolenses to you all. I loved Gram like my own and know how much she was loved by you as well. I’ll always have fond memories of visiting she and Aunt Jenny. She also was always full of words of wisdom and I know has passed that along.
    Elizabeth – you are a kind and gentle soul you cared deeply for her and treated her with so much love and respect.
    Her loving memory will be passed down through generations. My thoughts nd prayers are with you all. All our love; Jessica, Marc, Luke and Sammy~

  7. Linda Arsenault Hall says:

    My deepest condolences to the Del Torto family. One of my earliest memories of growing up on Dell Drive, was of Joe, Helen and Anthony riding their horses (Major, Lady and Gypsy) around the neighborhood. She was a very kind and elegant lady.

  8. Beverly (Mercer) OConnell says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Del Torto family. As Linda says above, many of my best memories were growing up on Dell Dr., in a home her husband Joe built. At 4 years old, I remember looking across at a field of daisys, where houses now stand, and the three horses grazing peacefully. Gypsy, the oldest was a survivor of the Great Chicago Fire, Lady and Major. Helen let us “catch a ride” if we could jump on and was always smiling. As a teenager, I remember attending the CYO dances, where Helen guarded her “girls”. She watched out for us all and nobody got in or out without her watching that they were picked up safely and that the boys didn’t have a chance to even hold our hand. Quite a woman! Always looked beautiful and a role model for many.

  9. Katie DelTorto says:


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