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Edith A. (Martin) Penzone
  • Memorial donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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“When words fail, God's love carries us through our deepest sorrows. May you find comfort in knowing that our loved ones will return to the days of...Read More »
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“Tony, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Brian Cavanaugh

“To the Penzone FamilyMy mother Josephine Furdon worked with yours in the Book keeping Department . She always spoke highly of her. Wishing your...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Furdon Baker - Waltham, MA

“Dear Karen, Anthony & Donna,I remember always being welcome at Aunt Edith's house when we came from New York for a visit. I remember enjoying her...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: John Penzone - Northboough, MA

“Dear Karen,Your parents created a beautiful family and the pictures that you shared are a testament to it....May your wonderful memories sustain you...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Sharon Carlino - Friend

“My Sweet Aunt Edith The World Is A Darker Place Without You In It. Wonderful Wife Mother an Aunt Proof of A Life Well Lived, Loved You All My Life...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Gemelli - Family

“Loss of a mother is difficult, sorry for yours. She looks like a whipper-snapper! ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: wendy hyland - Coworker

“To my beautiful Aunt Edith, I cannot begin to explain how much she was loved by my mom,sisters and I.she was the most lovable and sweet aunt anyone...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Januce DeJoy - Burlington, MA

“Dear Donna, Anthony, Baby Karen and the entire Family,I am so sorry to hear of Mom's passing. She was the most wonderful, beautiful and delightful...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Karen McGilvray - Waltham, MA

“To my favorite mother-in-law,Your strength, capacity for love and selflessness have impacted me in profound ways and made me a better person. It's...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Dawn Penzone - Hudson, MA

“Aunt Edith - A true Matriarch, elegant and strong! Rest In Peace lovely lady. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Michelle (Hardiman) Deraney - MA

“Aunt Edith, I loved you forever. I felt that we had a special bond. You allowed me to stay at your house for the summer when I has a young girl...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Ellen Zaniewski - Sandwixh, MA

“Words will not do - you will be missed everyday... ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Phil Riccio - Lancaster, MA

Barb & Edith at Shane and Jennifer's Wedding “To all of the Penzone Family -- Sharing your loss of such a remarkable woman and friend. I so admired Edith for her spunk, her inner joy, and how...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Menefee - Hudson, MA


Lancaster – Mrs. Edith A. (Martin) Penzone, of Lancaster, formerly of Waltham died Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at her home. She was 93.

Edith was born in Waltham on June 22, 1924, a daughter of the late Thomas and Delia (Egan) Martin, and was a graduate of Saint Mary's High School. On July 4th, 1948 she married her sweetheart, Brooklyn, New York native Anthony A. Penzone in Saint Mary's Church and the pair made Waltham their lifelong home.

Anthony and Edith were married just short of nineteen years when multiple myeloma claimed Anthony's life on January 4, 1967. Their marriage was short but happy and their devotion to one another and to their children was unrivaled.

And so, relying on her faith, her family, her instinct and her intellect Edith joined the workforce finding a job at General Wholesale in Waltham to support her kids and to keep her home. Shortly after the company moved to Chelmsford she left and took a position with the Waltham School Department as a secretary in the athletic department. Before retiring she'd become the supervisor of the school system's bookkeeping department long before computers made the job easier.

Ever the optimist Edith loved life, her family, and her friends. She was a source of inspiration, strength and grace to those around her. In retirement she loved to travel with her children and her grandchildren on trips across town or across the country. She always had her bag packed.

For years books were her ever present companions and she often read several a month. Every trip to the store meant at least one mystery novel in the cart. She also found time for fun puzzles and challenging crosswords almost every day.

She leaves her children, Donna M. Qualitz, Anthony A. Penzone (Dawn), all of Hudson and Karen A. Riccio (Philip) of Lancaster; her grandchildren, Adam Qualitz (Kasy), Jason Qualitz (Sashi), Matthew Penzone, Shane Penzone (Jennifer), Michael Riccio (Amber), Geoffrey Riccio (Justine) and Alexa Riccio; her sisters and brother, Mildred Bertolami, Thomas Martin, both of Waltham and Frances Buteau of Mashpee and many nieces and nephews.

Edith was also the mother-in-law of the late Joseph Qualitz and sister of the late Mary Maher, Frederick, John, Florence and Irene Martin.

Family and friends will honor and remember Edith's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, March 19th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning when her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.