Genevieve L.'s Story

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Mrs. Genevieve L. (DiFillipo) Griggs, 98, died peacefully on Saturday, May 20, 2017, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Robert C. Griggs, Sr., a fire inspector for the City of Lynn. Born on April 16, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Antoinette (Zambrano) DiFillipo, was raised and educated in Lynn, and was a life-long resident there.
Genevieve worked for many years as a shoe worker in several different companies. She was a volunteer at Salem Hospital from 1986 to 2008. She was also a member of the San Rocco Society, and a past president of the St. Francis of Assisi Church Sodality. Genevieve was a vibrant and active woman who enjoyed bowling, knitting and crocheting, reading, playing cards, the game of Scrabble, spending time with her family, and traveling. She just generally enjoyed her long life. Una bella vita!
She is survived by her daughter, Linda J. Richmond and her husband Daniel; her son, Robert C. Griggs, Jr. and his wife, Donna; five grandchildren, Daniel R. Richmond, Jr. and his wife, Angel, Antoinette Robinson and her husband, David, Elizabeth Richmond, Tara Barton and her husband, Charles, and Tanya Mateer and her husband, James; nine great-grandchildren; Louis Grande, Oriana Richmond, Daniel Richmond III, Anna Linda and Katherine Guido, and Ethan and Abigail Mateer, Lance Corporal Matthew Robinson, USMC, and Victoria Robinson; as well as one great-great-grandson; Noah Grande; and several nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Jennifer M. Richmond and sister of the late Vito, Antonio, Felice, Fiorey, Ruggerio and Fred DiFillipo, Rose Adamian, Viola Giamberardino, and Edith Toszkowski. The family would like to thank Genevieve’s favorite staff at Phillips Manor Nursing Home in Lynn for the exceptional care and love they gave to Genevieve.
Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Solimine Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Church, Lynn. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Those who prefer may make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Published on  May 23, 2017
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