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Lucy T. (Maiullari) Roberto, or “Lovey,” as her family and friends affectionately called her, passed away at CareOne in Lexington on Friday morning, February 19, 2021. Lucy was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Roberto and had just celebrated her 90th birthday in January.
Lucy was born, raised, and educated in Winchester. She was one of seven children born to the late Paul and Lucy Maiullari. It was in high school that Lucy would meet the love of her life, Samuel Roberto. They married in 1951 and lived in Arlington for several years before they settled in Burlington in 1961, where they would raise their five daughters.
Lucy was a stay-at-home mom until her daughters were out of school. She then decided to return to school and further her education. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and also pursued her master’s degree. It was a wonderful day for the Roberto family when Lucy graduated from college with her daughter, Laurie.
Lucy’s family was the center of her life. Her five daughters each married within a year of each other, and as a result, her house was brimming full with children, grandchildren, and in later years great-grandchildren. Every Sunday was like Thanksgiving for the Roberto family as they all gathered for a home-cooked meal by Lucy. Family game night was also a fun-filled evening of laughter for Lucy and her family. She had a unique and special relationship with each of her daughters. This past January, when Lucy turned 90, her family surprised her with a drive-by parade at her home!
Lucy was an athletic woman and was ahead of her time practicing aerobics; she was also a great swimmer. She followed all Boston sports teams, but the Celtics were her favorite. She never missed a game and would “suit up” in her Celtics gear!
Lucy liked to keep busy. She enjoyed her weekly visits to Panera Bread for lunch with her special seat at the window. She loved her “lunch dates’ with her daughters. Lucy worked in the Behavioral Health Department at Harvard Vanguard for over 20 years before retiring at age 79. When she was younger, Lucy's dream was to visit the island of Hawaii, and she did make her dream come true by taking multiple trips to the island. She also took several cruises with family and friends. Lucy will be remembered as a spunky, outgoing woman who was full of energy and had a great love for her family.
Lucy was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Roberto. She was the loving mother of Linda Vaccaro & her husband Stephen of Burlington, June Cauldwell & her husband Gary of Burlington, Luann Arsenault of Reading, Laurie Hadley & her husband Michael of Woburn, and Judy Putnam & her husband Gary of Billerica. She was the grandmother of the late Michael Reynolds. Lucy is survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Mary Orsillo, Anna Lee, Rose Champa, and Harold, Paul and Tony Maiullari. She was the dear friend of Mary Tarpey of Burlington. Lucy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be private. Friends are welcome to watch a live stream of the funeral by going to Lucy’s obituary on the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home website on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lucy’s name may be made to People Helping People, PO Box 343, Burlington, MA 01803.