Josephine DiCicco Donato

  • Born: December 21, 1927
  • Died: February 7, 2018
  • Location: Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Josephine "Rudy" (DiCicco) Donato, of Stoneham, passed away on Wednesday, February 7th at the age of 90. Beloved wife of the late Domenic Donato; loving mother of Domenic Donato, David Donato and his wife Susan, Jayne MacLean and her husband Don; grandmother of Dena Weick, Darla Donato, Stacey Woodbury, Kristin MacLean, Jared MacLean, Kevin Donato and Nicole Donato; sister of Emma Francione and Teresa Connelly and her husband John; aunt to many nieces and nephews and great-grandmother of eleven.

Funeral will be held at the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main Street (RT 28), Stoneham on Monday, February 12th at 11:00 A.M. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the family prior to the funeral service from 10am-11am.

Parking attendants and elevator are available. Private interment for family only will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Rudy to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or at

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Condolence & Memory Journal


Now I am sitting here trying to think what to say, tapping my pen, words of blankness rewriting my goodbye, ripping of paper trying to write those special words. I am missing you so much everyone will be writing such. Here goes Rudi I was proud to call you my friend. I remember when you were showing me how to plaster the hole in my wall you told me to roll a piece of news paper put it in the hole enough to plaster over. I was so proud I asked you to come look and you smiled and we laughed. Oh, remember when I was perming your hair and I was talking so much I put the wrong solution in I don't think you laughed that day. When you were talking about your family at the pool or you were talking about the Red Sox's and your love for Johnny Damon. During baseball season we never saw you but we heard you. I use to love when you were making your Anise cookies I would find any excuse to come to your door I will miss you yelling Lisa in the hallway because you weren't sure which door. Remember when I came to ask you if you had nutmeg and you stood on that old and rickety stool to look you told me just to use cinnamon. I want to tell you I have at least 4 bottles in my cabinet I was so proud to be invited to your 90th birthday party to spend those precious moments with you. You were so very happy! I know I will be thinking of more memories while I sleep but for now I need to say good night. To The Family I wanted to let you know Rudi was very special to me as I know she was to you I'm sadden to say goodbye. I also wanted you to know I made a Donation in Rudi's name to Johnny Damon Foundation. I wanted to put a smile on her face as she looks down on us.

Posted by Lisa McCarthy - Stoneham, MA - Friend   February 11, 2018


I will always remember Rudy. She was always so cheerful.
She was a good friend to talk to. I liked to crochet and used
to like to show her my projects especially around Christmas
when I needed help making Christmas presents for my family.

Posted by MaryAnn Quintal - stoneham, MA - Neighbor   February 11, 2018


My family and i send our deepest condolences .

Posted by Mary Lacey - Stoneham, MA - friend   February 11, 2018

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Rudy. What a nice woman and neighbor she was! ALWAYS smiling, always stopped to chat when I would see her in the hallway or laundry room. She was 90 years young! I was always surprised at how vibrant she was and when I found out she had just celebrated her 90th birthday, I was stunned! I thought she was much younger! She will be missed by all of us that knew her on the 2nd floor at Mountain View Apartments. RIP, Rudy.

Posted by Kym Casey - STONEHAM, MA - Neighbor   February 11, 2018