Francine (Pilato) Avila
Loving wife, mother and grandmother
LOWELL Francine (Pilato) Avila, 64, of Tewksbury, died after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Lowell General Hospital. She was the wife of Richard Avila, with whom she celebrated their forty-fourth wedding anniversary last January.
Born January 21, 1944, in Lowell, she was a daughter of Rose (Lambert) Pilato and the late George Pilato. She attended the local schools, and graduated from Lowell High School.
Mrs. Avila enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and gardening. She also enjoyed the company of her family, especially shopping with her sisters, and spending time with her dog "Bogie".
A resident of Tewksbury for over thirty years, she was a communicant of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Andover.
Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by a son, Kevin J. Avila Sr., and his girlfriend, Mary Farrah, of Tewksbury, a daughter, Gina M. Avila, and her boyfriend, Lane Holder, of Hawaii, four sisters; Georgine Walsh and her husband, John, of Pelham, Diane McCarthy and her husband, William, of Lowell, Joanne Souza of Lowell, Jacqueline Dolan and her husband, Brian, of Lowell, a brother, George Pilato and his wife, Lisa, of Lowell, a grandson, Kevin J. Avila Jr. of Dracut, a sister in law, Gloria Boyle and her husband, William, of Avon, a brother in law, Gerald Avila of Lowell, former brother in law, Kevin Souza of Chelmsford and several nieces nephews and friends.
She was also the sister of the late Joseph Pilato, and daughter in law of the late Fred and Ethel Avila.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HER CALLING HOURS FROM 4 UNTIL 6 P.M. ON SUNDAY. On MONDAY, HER FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9:30 A.M. AT THE McDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978 OR 800) 458-6816. HER FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE CHURCH IN ANDOVER AT 10:30 A.M. BURIAL IN ST. MARY'S CEMETERY. E-CONDOLENCE SITE WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM