Phyllis M. Penta passed away peacefully at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday, August 18th. She was 83. Raised in Medford, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Marietta (Addonizio) Penta. After graduating Medford High School, Phyllis earned her degree from Boston University and enjoyed a career spanning 40 years in banking. At her retirement she was Executive Vice-President for Mortgages with Bay State Federal Savings Bank, based in Brookline. There she oversaw both commercial and residential lending. She was also active in the charitable efforts of the bank. As the bank was assumed by Santander, she remained part of the charitable work of the bank and served as a board member of the Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation. She was proud to be part of an organization which surpassed ten million dollars in charitable giving. Phyllis was unshakably loyal to the New England Patriots and held season tickets since 1974. She also enjoyed all of the Boston sports teams. Most of all, Phyllis was entirely devoted to her family, especially her Godchildren. She enjoyed her time in Lauderdale by the Sea, where she lived the winter months and equally enjoyed taking cruises throughout the Mediterranean. She will be remembered with love for generosity, compassion and inner strength.
The dear sister of the late Carmine Penta and his surviving wife Jan Bolding Penta of Panama City Beach, Fla. and the late James Penta, she was the beloved Godmother of Kim Orsini Penta, Michael Anderson and Christine Anderson Lopolito. Phyllis was a devoted great-aunt of Sydnie and Samantha Lopolito.
Her funeral will be from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, Thursday, August 29th at 9 AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant Street, Malden, at 10 AM. Services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Wednesday 4 - 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Phyllis' memory by making a memorial contribution to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jean Jugan Residence, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.