Julia was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas C. Stefanilo, sweethearts since the age of 14, with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Deborah Adams and her husband Karl of Franklin, and Karen Petitti and her late husband William of Revere. Cherished grandmother of Julie Raez and her husband Joseph of Seekonk, Daniel Adams of Franklin, Nicholas Rudolph and his wife Lisa of Revere, Matthew Rudolph and his fianceé Sodaba Dadrass of Revere. Cherished great-grandmother of Jack, Brooke, Owen, and Connor. Dear sister of Angela Bertolino and her late husband Jerome of Littleton, Rose DeStefano and her late husband Albert of Tewksbury. Loving sister-in-law to Barbara Zona of East Boston, and Frank Moreschi of Yarmouth. Julia is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and friends.
Julia was born in East Boston, one of three children of the late Vincenzo “James” and Theresa Pasquariello. Raised and educated in East Boston, where she graduated from Girls High in 1945. Julia worked for 27 years as an accounting assistant and bookkeeper at Spir-it in Malden and Wakefield and was lauded as instrumental to the company’s success.
A true matriarch, Julia was humble and selfless, yet served as the rock of her family. Generations of family members relied on her genuine care and concern. She enjoyed bringing people together with her generous, kind, and unassuming way. She loved to cook and hosted many family holidays and events providing food and comfort for her family and close friends. Julia enjoyed traveling with her family, especially the annual trips to Cape Cod and Aruba. She also enjoyed quiet daily walks on Revere Beach with her sister-in-law Jo. An avid reader, Julia collected books and enjoyed reading electronic books from the library. She also enjoyed knitting and needlework and would often gift knitted dishcloths. Julia encouraged all to strive for the best in life, especially in their education. After retirement, Julia volunteered at a local school and taught her knitting skills to eager elementary school students.
Julia’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She was beloved by all, and enjoyed a life centered around providing love for her family. Julia will be deeply missed, but leaves a legacy of her selflessness and quiet strength that will continue in the hearts and memories of her family.
A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons ~ Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM. A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 11:00 AM followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. At the family’s request, masks are required. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Julia’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.