Mary “Sue” Schiavone

November 13th, 2016

Mary S. Schiavone, “Sue” (Franchitto), age 94, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2016.

Sue was born in Brighton, MA on August 16, 1922. Sue was raised and educated in Brighton and graduated from Brighton High School.

Sue married Gaetano Schiavone on August 16, 1942. They moved to Wilmington in the 1960’s where they raised their beautiful family. She was a wonderful and devoted mother to Carole, Carl, Guy, and Valerie. Sue was very proud of her children and of all of their accomplishments throughout the years.

Sue also had a beautiful home of which she was very proud. She had a green thumb when it came to indoor plants and gardening outdoors. Every spring, she worked tirelessly in her yard, which was always beautiful and colorful, as she lovingly decorated the yard with a new crop of pansies, cosmos, and tulips in her garden. She loved her roses and tended to them with care.

Sue very much enjoyed creating with her hands. As a seamstress, her talents were endless. She made clothes for both herself and her children. She could sew, knit, or crochet almost anything for her family and friends. Her three-season porch was her pride and joy. She painted all the furniture as well as the floor, and spent the spring, summer, and fall months relaxing there with her plants.

Sue appreciated Classical Music, especially opera. Each Saturday afternoon she tuned into the local station which broadcast her beloved opera. She had a passion for reading, which she shared with and instilled into her children. She loved the classics, and her favorites were Gone With The Wind and Anne of Green Gables.

Sue watched classic movies with her family and treasured the time they spent together.

Sue will be fondly remembered as a hard worker. At age 58, when she and her husband divorced, she had to find work outside the home for the first time in her adult life. She took a job as a chambermaid at Howard Johnsons Motor Lodge in Woburn. She was a valued employee who excelled and took pride in her job. During her tenure there, she was recognized with an excellence in service award. This job she held until she retired at age 70.

At the end of 2014, she moved to the Tidd Home in Woburn. Here, she was able to relax and was well cared for by the Tidd Home staff. Sue enjoyed exploring the historic home, visiting with fellow residents and entertaining the staff with her dry sense of humor.

Sue was a sweet, friendly, quiet, hard-working woman; every adversity or challenge was met with tenacity.

Sue loved her family and friends unconditionally and with all her

heart. She inspired her children and she will be greatly missed by neighbors, friends, and her children, all who cherish her in return.

Sue is the devoted mother of Guy Schiavone of Franklin, NH, Valerie Schiavone of North Reading, the late Carole Bernstein and the late Carl Schiavone. Sue was the dear daughter of the late Nicholas and Felicia (Volando) Franchitto, dear sister of Esther & the late Rocky Franchitto of Arlington and the late Larry & Lillian Franchitto. Several nieces and nephews also survive Sue.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 14th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Sue’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire (, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary “Sue” Schiavone”

  1. Annmarie Hrycaj says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Jamie says:

    sending my condolences to you on the loss of your mother.
    I hope this poem gives you some comfort.
    With sympathy,
    Jamie (old CVS coworker)

    My Mother kept a garden,
    a garden of the heart,
    She planted all the good things
    that gave my life it’s start.

    She turned me to the sunshine
    and encouraged me to dream,
    Fostering and nurturing
    the seeds of self-esteem…

    And when the winds and rain came,
    she protected me enough-
    But not too much because she knew
    I’d need to stand up strong and tough.

    Her constant good example
    always taught me right from wrong-
    Markers for my pathway
    that will last a lifetime long.

    I am my Mother’s garden.
    I am her legacy-
    And I hope today she feels the love
    reflected back from me

    ~Author unknown~

  3. Valerie says:

    Thank you, Jamie and Annmarie !!

  4. Joan says:

    So sorry for your loss Guy!

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