Di Re, Virginia (Cotone) of Mashpee, formerly of Winchester, MA passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. She was the beloved daughter of the late Anthony and Agnes (Duncan) Cotone and sister of the late Phyllis Cotone. Virginia was the cherished wife of the late Anthony Di Re, for over 67 amazing and remarkable years. Loving mother of Debra Donnell and her husband John of Melrose, Paul Di Re and his wife Donna of Winchester, and Brian Di Re and his girlfriend PK Heron of Woburn. Treasured grandmother of nine grandchildren, Anthony Di Re and his wife Samantha, Kate Merrill and her husband Brian, Michael Di Re, Ryan Donnell and his wife Stephanie, Amanda Di Re, Kyle Adragna and her husband Sal, Brandon Di Re, Remi Di Re, and Dylan Di Re. Three precious great grandchildren Hunter Rose Merrill, Brody Merrill, and Jackson Donnell. Dear sister of Rita Hutchinson and her late husband Gardiner, sister in law of Mary Coffey and her husband James, Robert Di Re and his late wife Patricia, Richard Di Re and his late wife Barbara, the late John Di Re. Devoted Aunt of Carole Campano and her husband Tony. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Virginia grew up in Watertown and spent summers during her youth in Claverack, NY on her aunt’s farm riding horses. During her teenage years she loved summers on Arlington Pond in NH having fun with family in a cottage built by her father. In 1950 she married the love of her life and had three beautiful children. In her late 30s she moved to Winchester where she began a job as a traffic guard and established lifelong friendships. She then worked for Skyr until her retirement at age 62. She moved to Cape Cod where she enjoyed going to the beach, playing cards with friends, and spending summers with her family. During the winter months she escaped the cold to Florida until she was in her early 80s.
She loved to bake, and her chocolate chip cookies were the best and could not be matched. She enjoyed traveling to Europe and throughout the US, but her greatest joy was being surrounded by family at home. She was always quick to lend a listening ear and was known for recognizing the best in people. Virginia loved being silly and her laugh was infectious. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Her family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the wonderful caregivers at Woburn Nursing Center who for the last year and a half showed her kindness, compassion, respect, and dignity. And to the kind hearted staff of Compassionate Care Hospice for their unconditional support
A funeral will be held from the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main Street (Rt 38) Winchester, MA on Tuesday July 10th, at 9AM. Followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Church of Winchester at 10AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Monday July 9th from 4-7PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Breast Cancer Foundation.