Zita BoardmanOctober 14,2013
BARRE — Zita (DeVittori) Boardman, 91, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013, at her son and daughter-in-law’s home in East Montpelier. As her high school yearbook quote revealed, from a young age, Zita was “A Little Friend of all the World.” These words defined her life’s journey; she was loved by all who knew her and was a constant inspiration to her family. Until the end, Zita demonstrated the same class, dignity and values she embodied every day of her life.
Zita was born June 15, 1922, the youngest of Antonio and Teresa (Fontana) DeVittori’s four children. She was raised and educated in Montpelier, graduating in the Class of 1940. After high school, Zita worked for over 44 years at National Life. During that time and well into her retirement, she waitressed local functions and events and was a very active volunteer in the community for the American Red Cross, the Central Vermont Hospital and the CVH Benefit Shop. Her lifetime of dedication to others was officially recognized in 2010 when she received “The Outstanding Community Service Award” from Governor James Douglas. At 88, at the time of her award, Zita was still doing volunteer work for RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Vermont), who nominated her for this honor. Zita was a member of the National Life Quarter Century Club and the Catholic Daughters of America #976. She enjoyed bowling, dancing and the Boston Red Sox. Zita especially enjoyed playing cards, “31” with her great-grandchildren and Skip-Bo with her many friends at the Barre Manor.
Zita married Stanley “Shake” Boardman on May 27, 1950, raising their son, Michael, on Berlin Street in Montpelier. Later, they moved to Sandy Pines Trailer Park in East Montpelier and most recently, Zita resided at the Barre Manor. Stanley predeceased her in February 1997.
Besides her parents and husband, Zita was predeceased by her three siblings, brothers Angelo and Aglio “Al” DeVittori and sister Eride Bai Rossi, as well as sisters-in-law Esther (Bizzozero) and Rita (Baker) DeVittori and brother-in-law Ernest Bai Rossi.
Zita is survived by her son, Michael and daughter-in-law Maryse Boardman of East Montpelier; granddaughter Kimberly and her husband, Nathan Bowles, of Germantown, N.Y.; and grandson Thomas and his wife, Lauren Boardman, of Fredericksburg, Va. Her great-grandchildren, Dylan and Jackson Bowles and Jacob and Isabella Boardman, held a special place in her heart. Zita is also survived by sister-in-law Pearl Davis and nieces and nephews throughout Vermont and around the country.
Arrangements will be made by the Guare & Sons funeral home, and online condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com. As per Zita’s request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Church on Barre Street in Montpelier. A fellowship will follow at the Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT, 05641 or to www.cvhhh.org. Her burial will occur at a later date at the convenience of the family.
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