Caterina (Iencarelli) DeVito, age 82

of Quincy

Caterina (Iencarelli) DeVito, age 82

Caterina (Iencarelli) DeVito, age 82, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at South Shore Hospital, in the comfort of her loving family.

Caterina was born in Amaroni, province of Catanzaro, region of Calabria, Italy, to the late Saverio and Maria (Coroniti) Iencarelli. Raised and educated there, she immigrated to the United States in 1965, settling in Cohasset for several years. She lived in Quincy for over fifty years and was a beloved friend and neighbor to all.

Caterina took great pride in being the matriarch of her family. She was a dedicated homemaker, wife, mother and nonna. Her true passion was taking meticulous care of her family. She was a talented knitter, baker and cook and, as a young woman, a skilled trained weaver. For her small stature, she was incredibly strong, brave and showed great perseverance in the face of any hardship. She loved to laugh, possessed a wicked sense of humor but was always devoted and grounded in her faith.

Beloved wife for fifty-eight years of Francesco “Frank” DeVito.

Devoted mother of Lucia Rita Pinho and her husband Gary of Norwalk, Conn., Franca Maria Alberti and her husband Joshua of Weymouth.

“Best Nonna Ever” to Matthew, Veronica and Lila.

One of four siblings, Caterina was the dear sister of Giaconda and was predeceased by Nicola and Antonietta.

Caterina is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, July 16, from 2 – 4 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy, on Monday, July 17, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Caterina’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281 or by visiting


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  • I never knew Caterina but I do know Franca, her daughter. She must reflect all the charm, humor and graciousness of her Mom. Franca, you now have your own special Guardian Angel. Sweet memories of your relationship with her.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. She was the best Mom.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Caterina. I absolutely loved them both. Such a beautiful couple. I remember them coming to my wedding 56 years ago. Those are the memories I keep close along with sitting underneath the huge chestnut tree with Uncle Steve and Zia. Not really sure that chestnut tree was that huge, but it certainly was in my mind. I have a plate that was my mothers. The design on the plate always reminded me of the Cohasset house. I cherish that plate. I still have it in my china closet. It had nothing to do with Cohasset or the farm, but the design of the farmhouse on the plate always, always, brings back wonderful memories. My love and sympathy to the entire family. Patty

  • Dearest Pinho family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Nonna. Over the years we could see how close you were and the role she played in your lives. Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time. Love, the O’Connors

  • Our sincere condolences to Frank, Franca and Lucia on the passing of Cathy. She was a lovely person and very kind neighbor.
    Keeping you all in our prayers.
    Ray, Ann, Fiona and Chris

  • Cathy was one of the nicest friendliest person I have ever had the privilege to know. If more people were like Cathy the world would be a better place. Her name is synonymous with sweetheart 💕