Vita Orlando Sinopoli

March 18th, 2014

Vita Orlando Sinopoli, age 89, of Wilmington and Dennis, MA, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2014.

Vita was born in Fitchburg, MA, on December 11, 1924; she was the cherished daughter of the late Peter and Lucy Orlando. Vita was raised and educated in the North End of Boston, following her graduation from High School; Vita continued her education at Boston Clerical School earning a secretarial degree.

Vita married the “love of her life” William J. Sinopoli on October 2, 1949; Vita and Will shared more than 56 years of marriage, enjoyed a wonderful family, and made countless memories to share with generations to come.  Will’s passing in 2005 left a void in her heart; he was truly her best friend.

Vita and Will moved to Wilmington in 1958 where they raised their three children; Vita Marie, Donna, and Bill.  Vita was a very devoted mother who loved her family unconditionally and was always so proud of their accomplishments.  When Vita became a “mother-in-law” and then a “Nonnie” and finally a “Great-Nonnie” she couldn’t have been prouder.  Vita loved expanding her family and she welcomed everyone with open arms.

Vita was an amazing cook and baker; she enjoyed sharing her favorite dishes and recipes with her family and friends, and always had a house full for a Sunday dinner. Vita cherished every moment spent with her family, she enjoyed family holidays, vacations, or just getting together for a summer weekend on Cape Cod; she just loved being with her family.

Prior to retiring, Vita worked for the Wilmington School Department and was the secretary at the North Intermediate School for more than 18 years.  Vita was much more than the secretary; she was a “second mother” to a student in need, a taxi driver if they missed the bus, a banker if they didn’t have lunch money, and the “go to person” for every teacher, custodian, and Principal. Vita had a great work ethic and she was very well loved and respected by the faculty as well as the students.

Vita and Will retired to their home on Cape Cod in 1983 where they enjoyed a slower pace at life.  Vita spent time writing and painting.  Vita became a well-known author throughout the North End of Boston when she published her book “From My Bakery Perch”; which captured her life growing up in the North End and sharing some of her family’s favorite recipes.

Vita and Will returned “home” to Wilmington in 2001 to be closer to their family and especially their grandchildren, whom they adored.

Vita will be fondly remembered for her kindness and consideration of others.  Vita’s love and devotion for her family and friends was always evident and she was always there to lend a hand.  Vita was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, nonnie, friend, and neighbor who will be dearly missed by all.

Vita was the beloved wife of the late William J. Sinopoli, devoted mother of Vita Marie Graham and her husband Ric, Donna Meuse and her husband Ken, and William Sinopoli and his wife Darlene all of Wilmington.  Loving “Nonnie” of Michael and Patrick Graham, Kristina Meuse and her husband Al Alpuerto, Matthew Meuse, Bridget Haranas and her husband Mark, Bill and Bob Sinopoli, Great-Nonnie of Brett Skipper and Makaela Meuse, Rose-Vita and Amelia-Hope Alpuerto, and Summer Haranas.  Cherished daughter of the late Pietro “Peter” and Lucia “Lucy” (LaGrassa) Orlando, dear sister of the late Peter Orlando.  Vita is also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 20thfrom 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Vita’s name may be made the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472.


19 Entries in Guest Book for “Vita Orlando Sinopoli”

  1. Chaplain Cyndi Chancholo says:

    Dear Vita,

    I am sitting many miles away from you reflecting about our similar journey as daughters whose mothers battled Alzheimer’s. In the midst of it all, I am remembering the “good times” and the fun memories I have of your mother. OK, she was a saint!! She was the one who made my costume for the Bridge of Angels play and if I had a say, she would have gotten a Tony Award for costume design!! She helped to create the stars we are to this very day!!! I also remember how delighted she was when I would gobble down her awesome Italian pastries, which just for the record was not exactly a sacrifice on my part. She was always welcoming and genuinely happy to see me as she greeted me with a great smile. It is the memories that will bring peace to you in the days ahead. Know that I am here to listen if you need me…..after all kiddo, we go back about 50 years.

    Peace in Christ,

  2. Corrine Castrini says:

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Vita, but I read and enjoyed her book. I offer her family my condolences.

  3. Nancy (Marden) McGrail says:

    I have fond memories of Mrs. Sinopoli allowing me to help her out in the office at the North Intermediate in the 70’s. She was always so kind and nurturing..and patient! She will be missed.

  4. Corinne Dellanno says:

    Dear Vita, I am so going to miss you. I loved everyday going to work and seeing your beautiful smile. I loved holding your hand and giving you hugs when you were sad. I loved your stories growing up and your book you wrote. Im still trying to learn to cook with the help of your book. Me and you walking up and down the hallways. I am so honored to have met you. I will always remember you and your wonderful family. I love you Vita. God has got a wonderful angel.

  5. Cathy Cochran Thigpen says:

    I was saddened to read about the passing of Mrs. Sinopoli. She was such a sweet and kind woman, whom loved people and loved cooking. Mrs. Sinopoli always had a smile, and a kind word to share. I am sure she will be missed by her family, she was always involved in their lives. May she be joined with the love of her life, waiting for her in Heaven.
    Love, Cathy

  6. Jim Ingram says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Vita’s passing, in the 10 years that I taught at the North Intermediate School I knew Vita as a kind and caring person ready to help anyone when needed. She will be missed.

  7. Justin Strem says:

    Sorry to hear of Nonnie’s passing. She and Papa always welcomed me with open arms on the Cape when the Graham’s brought me along in the summer. She was a very sweet lady. And what a cook–she got a Scottish kid to like Italian food! Condolences to the Grahams, Sinopolis, an Meuses.

  8. Karen Kichton says:

    Darla and Bill, I am so sorry for your loss,my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Remember all the good times and cherish those memories.

  9. John Gerhartz says:

    Vita, Rick and Family, So sorry to hear of Vita’s passing, I have great memories of her as the secretary at the Norh Intermediate when I was a student there, she was always smiling and welcomed everyone into her office no matter what the problem. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time, May she rest in peace. John

  10. Carolyn Blair says:

    Vita, we were so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing, please accept our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy as we won’t be able to attend the services. We are keeping your entire family in our thoughts and prayers at this time and in the difficult days that lay ahead.
    The Blair Family


    Dear Bill, Darlene and Family, I am so sad to hear about Nonnie, I will always be here if you need anything, just call. I will miss her smiling face and good cooking. love your best friend, Terry LOVE YOU

  12. Corey Waters says:

    Beautiful obituary honoring a beautiful person. Thinking of you, Bill and Darlene. Sorry for your loss.

  13. Terry Gilligan D'Arcangelo says:

    Bill and Darlene, I’m so sad to hear of your loss. I remember your mothers smile, and her warm and caring nature. She will be sorely missed.

  14. Lorraine (King) Spaulding says:

    Mrs. Sinopoli was a truly wonderful woman. I was lucky enough to be the student that got to help her in the office at the North Intermediate when I was there. My condolences to her family and a thank you for sharing her with so many others.

  15. Patty, Charlie & Tyler Russell says:

    Dear Vita & Ric: What a beautiful woman and person. Nonnie welcomed everyone including us like they were family. She had such pride when the apartment was done to show it all to us and the book going through the pages showing us things. The woman she was makes you the woman you are. You have taken on her tradition and have made such great memories for Charlie and I and now my son being with your family for the last 46 years we have seen the good and the bad together. Now we share in your grief knowing she is no longer suffering and in a better place.

  16. Kevin Ness says:

    Billy & Darlene and the rest of your family, so sorry to read about the passing of your mother. I remember her well and such a nice person. You’re in my thoughts.

  17. Leeann Sadowski says:

    Dear Vita, Ric, and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I hope the wonderful, loving memories that you have help you get through this difficult time. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Frank West says:

    Sinopoli Family-

    I am saddened by the loss of Mrs. Sinopoli. I remember her from the North Intermediate School and always remember her warmth and smile to the students. With Deepest Sympathy – Frank West

  19. Michele Bouvier Dickeson says:

    Was so saddened to see Vita’s obituary. She was such a lovely lady. I thoroughly enjoyed her book, From the Bakery Perch. I used to see her at St. Dorothy’s faire…She had a wonderful enthusiasm for live. She will be missed.

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