Rita M. (Palmisano) Newcomb, age 84

of Bridgewater

Rita M. (Palmisano) Newcomb, age 84

Rita M. (Palmisano) Newcomb, age 84, of Bridgewater, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully, Friday, July 14, 2023 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Rita was born in Boston, to the late Michael and Mary (Mascari) Palmisano. Raised and educated in North Quincy, she was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1956. She lived in Bridgewater for thirteen years, previously in Braintree for over forty years.

Rita was proud to have served in the United States Navy as a Disbursing Clerk Seaman in the late 1950s.

She was employed as an accounting supervisor for the former New England Telephone Company and NYNEX for over thirty-five years, having retired in 1996.

Rita was a former longtime active parishioner of Saint Thomas More Church in Braintree where she volunteered in Christian ministry for high school students and with the youth group. She volunteered for South Shore Habitat for Humanity for over twenty years and was proud to be associated with so many selfless, dedicated people.

Rita enjoyed many friendships within the Stone Meadow community and served on the board there for several years.

She enjoyed vacationing to Aruba and Maine, and taking cruises with friends.

Devoted mother of Jeremiah E. “Jerry” Newcomb and his wife Dixela of Dover, N.H., Michelle Bayly and her husband Todd of Dennisport, and Diane M. Ciardi of Weymouth.

Loving grandmother of seven and great grandmother of four.

Sister of Joanne Hamill of Rockland.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, July 17, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy, on Tuesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Rita’s memory may be made to South Shore Habitat for Humanity, 77 Accord Park Drive, Unit D-7, Norwell, MA 02061 or www.sshabitat.org, or to the charity of your choice.


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  • We will certainly remember Rita fondly. She was a thoughtful and caring person. If I were seeking advice she was someone I knew would not rush to judgment, but gave a carefully constructed opinion. She was very much a part of our family. Love and condolences to all of you.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. May she rest in peace.

  • I remember my CCD classes taught with so much love and patience by Mrs Newcomb. I recall those days with fondness. Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray the faith your Mom had brings you comfort and peace in knowing she’s at peace.

    God Bless.

    Beth McMahon (Kinniburgh)

  • I worked with Rita at NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE many years ago.. she was a coworker and friend. We started with young families and both retired in the same year. Rita was fun loving, a hard worker and good friend. Unfortunately after we retired we lost touch. I. Moved to Florida and life got in the way. Over the years I would think of her and some of the things we did. R.I.P. Rita and my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss prayers and love to the family may she rest in peace

  • So sorry for your loss she was a beautiful person.I met Rita thru Marion Davidson, and enjoyed her company whenever were together. She was a fighter . God Bless.

  • Jerry, Michelle and Diane,

    I am so sorry to learn of Rita’s passing. She was a good friend to many. A thoughtful, caring and likable person who gave of herself in many different ways. I will cherish the memories and laughs we had in Aruba and when she lived in Braintree. She was a good cook and funny too. I wish I had known in time to attend the wake and see you all in person. Much love to you and your families.