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“Celia was a bright light in this world. Full of grace, unending charm and a biting sense of humor, she made me laugh with her understated wit. A real...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Nina Willner - Arlington, VA

“We are very sorry to learn of your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God collects our tears and is ready to sustain us during our time of...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: F&D

“I just need to say myself how sorry I was to hear about your Mom's passing.. She looked like a fun filled woman who enjoyed life... And a beautiful...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Lisa Cook - Northborough, MA

“To daughters Maureen & CeciliaWe were very sad to read about your Mom.We are sorry for your loss.Your mom and my mother shared the room at Newton...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Lisa, Mark & Mike Petricone - MA

“Dear Celia and Maureen,My condolences on the passing of your Mom. She and your Dad are in my prayers. Cherice your memories.Paula ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Paula Currie - Waltham, MA

“I had the honor of meeting Cecilia at MaristHill where she shared the table with my mother Mary (the junior at 96). She always had a bright smile,...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Edward Dooley - Waltham, MA

“Dear C.F. & Maureen,Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this special time. I have so many fond memories being with you 2 and Aunt...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Cecilia (CeCe) McMahon - Longview, TX

“Sam waited patiently these last two + years to be reunited with his beautiful, diminutive bride. They are together forever at last in the arms of...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Witham - Waltham, MA

“Dear Celia and Maureen:Aunt Sis was such a fashionable gal. With her signature hats and lapel pins she had her own style and flair. I'm lucky...Read More »
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Waltham - Mrs. Cecilia G. (Miller) Decola, of Waltham, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Maristhill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 98.

Cecilia was born in Southbridge on June 13, 1920, the daughter of the late Ralph and Cecilia (Walsh) Miller. After high school she attended Massachusetts State College in Amherst where she studied Fashion and Design.

Cecilia met a young soldier by the name of Louis "Sam" Decola while he was home on leave during World War II and it was love at first sight. The couple married on November 17, 1948 in Saint Mary's Church in Southbridge.

Shortly after their marriage they moved to Sam's hometown of Waltham where they made a home and raised their two daughters. They spent sixty-eight happy years together until Sam's death in November of 2016. Cecilia and Sam were loyal and faithful members of Saint Jude Church and she served in many capacities including belonging to the Altar Guild, Ladies Sodality and serving as a Eucharistic minister.

She leaves her children, Cecilia F. Viscardi of Northborough and Maureen Decola Harrison of Waltham; her granddaughter, Julie Viscardi-Smalley and her husband, Justin, of Shrewsbury; her greatgrandchildren, Charlie and Luciana Smalley and many nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late George E. Miller, Ralph E. Miller Jr., Edward W. Miller and Robert W. Miller.

Family and friends will honor and remember Cecilia's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, January 27th from 2 to 5 p.m. and again on Monday morning at 10 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Parish, 147 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02453.