Philomena F. Anzalone

February 13, 1932February 13, 2021

Phyllis Anzalone February 13, 1932 – February 13, 2021

Phyllis (Philomena) Anzalone of Boston, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on her 89th birthday, with her devoted husband of 68 years, Fred Anzalone, at her side. Phyllis was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Carmelo Garufo and Francesca DiTavi Garufo.

Phyllis was a graduate of Girl’s Latin School and the Katherine Gibbs School. She worked for several years as an administrative assistant in the firm of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, Architects, and later was administrative assistant to the Executive Vice President and the CEO of the John Hancock Company in Boston. After her retirement, she volunteered for many years at the welcome and help desk of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

We all knew Phyllis as an energetic and vivacious person who celebrated and lived her life with enthusiasm and kindness toward others.

In addition to her husband, Phyllis is survived by her daughter Lisa, brother Carmen Garufo and spouse, Jane Garland Lucas; sister-in-law Marie Anzalone, nieces Susan and Maria, nephews Stephen and Chris, and the many dear friends with whom she grew up in the North End of Boston.

Due to COVID restrictions, private services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to the : Alzheimer's Foundation at

J.S. Waterman-Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109 is entrusted with her arrangements. For more information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit


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Philomena F. Anzalone

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claire holzman

March 2, 2021

One of my favorite persons I knew. Phyllis and I worked at Shepley Bulfinch for alot of years. She was so dedicated in her work and fast to help any of the other secretaries. But, most of all I remember her humor. She would have me laughing at any given time. So witty, quick and thoughtful. I have missed her for a long time, but I will never forget her. She was great. Love to you Fred, Lisa and all the family. Claire Corsini Holzman

Susan DiFraia

February 28, 2021

Auntie Phyllis, I will always remember our conversations, the stories of your life, the places that you worked, the people that you knew! Mostly I’ll just remember how much you loved all of us, and how very much we loved you in return. My brothers and my sister and myself, as we’ve been talking about you these last days since you’ve passed, we feel as though you always remembered us as young children; the way you would smile at us, say our names when you saw us, pinch our cheeks and just stare right into our eyes with that beautiful smile, we could feel the love. We will never forget you, Auntie. It would be impossible. May the Lord surround you with His peace and love throughout eternity, until one day we’re all together again. I love you. Susan.❤️