Vivian LaVita

Died: 2019-05-28
Resided in: East Boston, Melrose & Middleton
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2019-06-03 : 4pm-7pm
Service type: Prayers
Service date: 2019-06-04 :: 10am
Service location: Mackey FH
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Cemetery: Holy Cross, Malden
Contributions: To: Sawtelle Family Hospice, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867

Vivian LaVita, (Carrafiello), 89 passed away peacefully at the Sawtelle Family Hospice Home in Reading, MA on May 28, 2019 with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Pasquale (Pat) LaVita in 2004 after 51 years of marriage. Also preceded in death by her Son Richard, her Granddaughter Tara, as well as her brother Eddie and sisters Rose & Francis. She is survived by her Sister Lillie Dyer of Portland Oregon and her two sons, Stephen and wife Donna; Peter and wife Carrie. She also leaves 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Vivian grew up in East Boston where she met Pat and spent the early years of their marriage. In 1970 Pat & Vivian moved their family to Melrose, MA where they spent the next 40 years. She was a long time member of the Sons of Italy and worked and volunteered with young children in the Melrose school system. In 2011, she moved to Middleton where she established many close friendships with the ladies from Ironwood Condominiums. She enjoyed all the activities and socializing around the pool with them. She enjoyed playing cards and going on excursions with her sister in law, Fran as well as all the shared memories with their combined families. Vivian lived a long and full life and was a devoted Mother. She enjoyed being with her sons and their families, going on vacations together and spending time at the family home on Sebago Lake. She was extremely proud, to the point of being stubborn in her independence. Both her and her sense of humor will be sorely missed.

I’m so very sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. We developed a special friendship during the years when she volunteered in my first grade classroom. We enjoyed having blueberry pancakes together at Cappa’s Trackside Kitchen in Melrose. We hoped to get together again, and I’m so sad that it never happened. I’ll miss Vivian and hope that she’s at peace in a beautiful place. ♥️ Nancy Savarino
I'm so sorry to hear of auntie Vivian's passing. She's always been a ray of sunshine in my and my family's life and she will always be in my thoughts and all my prayers. I am forever grateful and honored to have her as my Godmother. Via Con Dios auntie. I love you. Love, Debbie and John Robinson. (Sanchez)
My Aunt Vivian was a sweet lovable person. Never saw her raise her voice or be angry. Just be there to help and always had a listening ear. She raised a wonderful loving family. Kept a beautiful home and was a considerate neighbor. Her three boys were similar in age to our family of 4 boys. Growing up we spent many summers and happy family times together all as one. The lasting memories of birthdays, high school graduations, weddings, parties, new born children and more happy times than sad. My Aunt had a very special friend. My Mother Frances. They were two young women from East Boston that married two brothers, Anthony and Pasquale. They became friends and kept it that way for over 67 years. That is a lot of scrabble games, card games, a fair amount of special dinners, drinks and unlimited amount of gossip. Moreover between the both of them, many new words were created. That in itself cannot be measured. On a few occasions I sat in and just watched them both enjoy hours of fun and friendship. I admired their relationship. After all, you can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family. This past January they both ended up in the Hospital. While not even planned, they were just 30 feet from one another. Both with the similar stomach alignments. It was sight to be scene. Almost comical but surreal. But sad to see, immortality catches all of us. The words expressed most. “What a revolting development”. Three months earlier they were still independently driving around and going places. A reminder to me, you must do the right thing and make every day count. While our family has lost all too many people and especially several very young. I know that God will welcome my Aunt and yes she will be with those that we miss so very much every day. It is with great happiness too watch my Aunt Vivian live a long fulfilling life. With dignity and ability to express herself. She did it her way. Our family will never forget her and often will be thankful. It is important to remember the sacrifice and work that goes into being a Mother, Wife, Aunt, and Sister in law, Grandmother and a friend. Aunt Vivian lived up to each of those roles. For me, I can still see her gliding across the water on skis and jumping from one wave to another. And then letting the rope go while she made a perfect landing. Walking out of her skis, with a big smile and her bathing suit dry. Aunt Vivian, you will be loved and cherished forever. Always, your nephew David.
Were so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She will always be with you thru your memories.. loveSue snd Mike Denahy

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