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Judith A. Defino, 70

Shrewsbury - Judith A. "Judy" (Towns) Defino, 70, died at home Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 after her courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Her husband and best friend of 50 years, Robert Defino, died in January.

She leaves her daughters, Margaret Dell'Olio, Elizabeth McMullan, Kathy Couture and Diane Rutigliano; her siblings, William Towns and Norma Killeen; and her grandchildren, Brendan, Keegan, Claire, PJ, Carissa, Emma, Derric, Nicholas, Michael and Matthew.

Born in Worcester, the daughter of Chandler and Edith (Perron) Towns, she had lived in Shrewsbury for 50 years. She graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1955 and then attended the Elementary Education Program at Worcester State College.

Mrs. Defino was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and was extremely proud of her entire family. She enjoyed home décor and loved making her house into a home for her entire family and all her friends. She was also a very crafty person and loved knitting, needle pointing and making stain glass.

A member of St. Mary's Parish in Shrewsbury, she made time to be active in the Shrewsbury High School Alumni and the Shrewsbury Garden Club.

Mrs. Defino's children wish to thank all the doctors, nurses and medical staff at the Levine Cancer Center for all the compassionate care and concern for her and her family during her illness.

A funeral mass was celebrated Nov. 26 from St. Mary's Church, with burial next to her husband in Mountain View Cemetery. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home directed arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Care Network, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608.

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