In memory of
Phyllis A. DiPalma
Phyllis A. (Kowalski) DiPalma, 82, of Northbridge, formerly of Braintree, passed away October 16, 2016, after a brief illness, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of William Mello; loving mother of Edward Schastny and his wife Karen of Everett, Patricia Dowd and her husband Kevin Dowd of Mendon and the late Donna Schastny of Chelsea. She was "Nana" to Kailey and Shannon Dowd, Alyssa Schastny, Ryan and Julie Shaw, William, Gina, and Anythony Mello, Maria, Antonia, and Matthew Mello; stepmother and friend to Jennifer and Richard Shaw, William and Joanne Mello and Matthew and Lauren Mello; sister to Susan Kowalski and the late Wayne Kowalski of Florida. Phyllis was an active member on the Braintree Retirement Committee. She was committed to retirees and seniors, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and the Shine Program. Her hobbies included cooking, quilting and knitting. She was an avid traveler, and would recount her adventures to her family and friends. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Clare, 1244 Liberty St., Braintree Highlands. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit the McMaster Funeral Home, 86 Franklin St. (Rte. 37), Braintree, prior to the Mass 8:30-11 a.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family sincerely requests that contributions in her name may be made to a charity of one's choice. For information and directions, please visit www.mcmasterfh.com .
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