Rose S.  Dillon
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Andover,MA - Rose Susan (Sacco) Dillon, age 89, a resident of Andover for seven decades, died peacefully on Thursday, September 12, at the home of her daughter, in the loving care of her family and her hospice caregiver, Shernett Neil. She was the beloved wife for 68 years of Henry D. "Hank" Dillon, who died on September 10, last year.
She was born in East Boston, the only daughter of Francis and Mary (McCarthy) Sacco, and raised in East Boston. After her marriage, she and Hank moved to Andover to raise their family. In addition to her duties as a mother and wife, she worked at Andover's CVS pharmacy store, where she was affectionately known as "the smiley lady." Later, she worked and retired from the Tewksbury Hospital's data processing department.
Rose always looked forward to making meals for her family and gathering together for the holidays. She spent family vacations at Harris' Inn Cottages on Harris Pond in Pelham, NH, and in her later years, Rose and her late husband were weekly supporters of the Thursday Tewksbury Knights of Columbus and the Tuesday Tewksbury-Wilmington Bingo nights. In recent years Rose enjoyed the little joys of life like sitting on the deck and watching the humming birds. Rose's smile could light up a room and her kind and generous heart will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of encountering her.
She leaves four adored children, John F. and his wife, Dorothy (Gardner) Dillon of North Reading, Paul D. Dillon of Derry, NH, Rosanne C. Dillon and her significant other, David W. Raffa of Templeton, and Susan M. Dillon and her significant other, Nicholas Raimondo of Coral Springs, FL; eight grandchildren, Sean Dillon of No. Reading, Tracey Dillon of East Boston, Michelle Clifton and her husband Charles of No. Chelmsford, Jennifer Dillon of Leominster and her significant other Walter Niemi, Bryanna Payne and Kendra Payne both of Lowell, Jose Marquez and Kimberly Raimondo, both of Coral Springs; a great-grandson, Tyler D. Clifton; sister-in-law, Carol A. Isabelle of Tewksbury; many nieces and nephews; and was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Anne C. (Dillon) Roux and her husband Vic, and brother-in-law, Ronald Isabelle.
A Celebration of Life and memorial visiting hours are Saturday, September 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Rte. 38) Tewksbury Center, Ph. (800 in MA or 978) 851 2950. Memorial Prayers will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Please omit flowers. Memorials to the Gardener V.N.A. 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440 are encouraged. Visit:
Published on September 13, 2019


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Eileen Larry
Sep 15, 2019
I worked with Rose at Tewksbury Hospital and considered her my friend. She always had a smile for everyone she met and was a super nice lady to know.
Sue Cyr
Sep 13, 2019
RIP Rose. I wish you peace always❤️
Judy and KenCulver
Sep 13, 2019
Dear Roseanne . We are so sorry for your and your family’s loss. A beautiful obituary for a beautiful lady. Your Mother was so fortunate to have you and your family’s care when she needed it the most.
Gina Agnelli
Sep 13, 2019
Thinking of all of you Rosanne. May you find peace in your memories and the love that all of you share.
Sara Welch
Sep 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss Rosanne and sounds like she was a wonderful lady and she left a legacy of love that will be remembered always.