Philomena King, 84


Philomena King, 84Worcester – Philomena “Phyllis” (Defilippo) King, 84 of Worcester and formerly of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Her husband of 39 years, Thomas J. King, passed away Sept. 7, 2001.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas J. King of Southbridge and Ernest E. King and his wife, Mary, of Worcester; a daughter, Lori King of Worcester; three sisters, Ann Bembenek of Webster, Dora Titchen of Quinebaug, CT, and Evelyn Defilippo of Charlton; a grandson, Thomas Pelletier of Dudley; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Theresa King; five brothers, Anthony, Dominic, Samuel, Alphonse, and Rocco Defilippo; and a sister, Mary Heywosz.

Phyllis was born in Grosvenordale, Conn., a daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinette (Alberti) Defilippo, and graduated from St. Joseph School. She lived in Shrewsbury and Worcester most of her life.

She worked as a cafeteria worker for the Shrewsbury School System for 15 years before she retired in 1990. After retirement, she worked at Au Bon Pain coffee shop.

Phyllis was a member of St. Stephen's Church. She enjoyed bingo, the casino, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Services for Phyllis will be held Friday, Aug. 10, from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St., Worcester. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park of Paxton. A period of calling hours will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Development Manager, VNA Hospice Care, 100 TradeCenter, G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

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