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Louise J. (McKinley) DeFazio

Born: Fri., May 2, 1930
Died: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021


Private Services

Location: Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)


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Louise Josephine (McKinley) DeFazio, age 90, wife of the late Joseph J. DeFazio, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday January 12, 2021. Born in Brockton on Friday May 2, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William and Louise (Belcher) McKinley.  Louise was a Brockton girl for the first half of her life until moving to Lakeville in 1978.  She spent her working years as a bookkeeper and her retired years were spent being “Nana Lou” to her cherished grandsons.  She loved jazz and classical music, loved to read and sharing those passions with her family.  Some of her favorite memories were of traveling to Europe experiencing all the different cultures and food.  She also enjoyed golfing for much of her life, loved history and was an amazing cook.  She was always cooking for people and her stuffed squid will be fondly remembered forever by her family and friends.  

Louise was a big Boston Red Sox fan and loved nothing more than watching or listening to a game and enjoying an ice-cold beer – as long as she could share it with someone.  She enjoyed sharing her love of Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts with her grandsons and will forever be remembered for making them carry empty horseradish bottles filled with water to the city because she was not spending money for water.  She was forever a child of the Great Depression.  Her favorite pastimes were telling stories of days gone by and talking history, politics, and how to choose the best produce with her family.  We laughed with her as she laughed at herself and those times together will be held close in her family’s hearts forever.  Louise is survived by her two daughters; Christina Wilson and her husband Christopher, and Danielle Dunham, four grandchildren, Alec Wilson, Aidan Wilson, Nicholas Dunham, and Nathaniel Dunham, her sister Carolyn Kwalick, and many nieces and nephews whom she adored.  Her family would also like to express their deep gratitude to her neighbors who watched out for her, adored her, and supported her independence in her last few years. Due to Covid-19, all services for Louise will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Louise may be made to her favorite charity, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or visit their website at www.dana-farber.org/gift.  

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Laurel Biasiucci Mathis
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
Danielle,

So sorry to read about your moms passing. You have your moms eyes. Hugs and prayers for you during this difficult time. May your loving me memories help ease your heartache.

Laurel

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