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Mildred A. Etro
May 26, 2019


Etro, Mildred A. of Needham formerly of South Boston, May 26, 2019, age 86. Millie has joined her beloved husband Henry in heaven. After a fulfilling 86 years, she has gone home. We who remain mourn what we have lost: a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, aunt, and dear friend. Millie’s five children, Jerry, Chris (Kenney), Mark, Jeanette, and Judy (McCaffrey) will miss their mother’s strength and guidance. Her ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren will miss her unconditional love.

Millie grew up in South Boston and lived there for 70 years. She worked at Bank of America until she retired. A self-taught seamstress, knitter, and avid reader, Millie loved caring for her large extended family, friends, and animals, and always put others before herself. Whether it was a baby blanket, homemade sauce, or a book, Millie had something to meet anyone’s needs, even if it meant a forty-five minute bus ride followed by a fifteen minute walk. Millie’s life was one well-lived, and she taught through example. May those who loved her always remember and honor her by emulating her selflessness, high morals, and deep love.

Visiting hours at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 1305 Highland Ave. Needham on Wednesday, May 29, from 4-8pm. Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, Needham on Thursday at 11am. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at or the MSPCA-Angell, 350 S. Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

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George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home - Needham
1305 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492