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Barbara J. (DiBiase) Cafarella

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, September 10th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere for Barbara J. (DiBiase) Cafarella, who died at her Saugus residence on Wednesday, September 6th following a three-year battle with lung cancer. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, September 11th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 478 Broadway, Everett at 11:00 a.m.

Born & raised in Revere, Barbara was a 1979 Graduate of Revere High School. After spending time in the work force, she returned to school and received her Bachelor’s degree from the School of Communications at Suffolk University in 1984. In 1989, she began her career with Panalpina World Transport & retired in 2015, as an International Air Express Agent, after 26 years of service. An intrinsically petite person, she was complemented in life with a “larger than life personality”. Her persona drew people to her for her charm, intelligence and sincerity. All through her early diagnosis with lung cancer, she maintained her strength and will to win. Her absence will be sorely missed at all levels. She leaves her husband & very best friend, Frank G. Cafarella. Barbara spent the most part of her life in the Beachmont section of Revere, until moving to Saugus, eight years ago. For many years, Barbara was her Mom’s close confidant & companion. They held the same interests in early American antiquities as well as a passion for collecting & displaying all the many collectable dolls from the  late 1770s thru present day. They rivaled any Department Store in Boston & New York, as the holidays rolled around, with their displays at their Beachmont home, and sharing them with so many extended family & friends.

She is the devoted sister to Susan J. Aufiero & her husband, Joseph of Randolph, Ellen J. Brunelle & her husband, Stephen J. of Newton, N.H. & the late Thomas P. DiBiase, Jr. She was the dear daughter to the late Revere Patrolman, Thomas P. DiBiase, Sr. & the late Florence M. (Sullivan) DeBiase. She is also lovingly survived by Stephanie C. Cafarella & Frank R. Cafarella, both of Everett & Matthew J. Cafarella of Saugus. Many dear nephews & nieces also survive her. Interment will be held immediately following the funeral mass at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.



Visiting Hours

Sunday, September 10th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Monday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, EVERETT


Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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  1. Melinda DeFreitas
    Jul 6 2018

    It’s been months now that you’ve been gone – I will never forget the time we spent together at work joking and having a great time. I have so many great things you gave me from your desk when you left us – that hammer, I always wanted your super cool hammer and I was lucky enough for you to offer it to me along with other things that I still have. But, that hammer will stay with me forever!
    Every time i drive South St in Randolph to sister Susan’s house I think of you!
    I sure do miss your laugh and smile, you were so strong through it all
    I miss you Barb – until we meet again, I will always hold you in my heart!

  2. liz billcliff
    Mar 11 2018

    Barbara is home. We went to prom together with several other friends. I remember she was soft spoken, sweet, and funny. I am so sorry to hear she had been so sick. God bless her heart.
    It is only us who grieve, she is truly joyful in heaven.
    The reunions to come will be magnificent. Love u girlfriend.

  3. Al
    Oct 9 2017

    I just learned about Barbara’s passing while searching for a friend on this website. I graduate RHS with Barbara in 1979 and seen her at many class reunions. She was a great girl. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  4. Lori Webb VanCuren
    Sep 15 2017

    To Sue and Ellen,

    I am so sorry to hear that Barbara has passed away. May she rest in peace. Our Moms were very close. I have very fond memories of our trip to Prince Edward Island and many other events our families shared. God Bless

    (Gerri’s daughter)

  5. Melinda Donovan DeFreitas
    Sep 11 2017

    I have no words… it was a great pleasure to work with you for the years I did. Your personality and laugh always got me. Our awesome talks and laughs will never be forgotten
    Frank, his kids and Cooper
    I’m am so very sorry for your loss.

  6. Maureen Connolly
    Sep 11 2017

    Dear Frank and family,

    I am so terribly sorry about the loss. Barbara was the best!
    We will miss her! There are no words I can use to express to you that will help. I am very sadden by her passing, but I know she is in a better place. We will meet again.
    My deepest condolences,

    Sep 10 2017

    Dear Frank,
    Bev and I are terribly sorry to hear of your loss.
    No expression of sympathy-no matter how deeply felt-can help
    much right now, but we had to let you know that our thoughts are
    with you and your family.. Sincerely
    Bill & Beverly Greeley

  8. Corinne Nason
    Sep 8 2017

    My heartfelt condolences to Frank & his children, to Sue, Joe & the boys. Barbara was and will always be one of my dearest friends. One in a million, a beautiful person inside and out. Generous to a fault, forgiving of my many flaws, never uttering a harsh word about anyone. I don’t know how I will go on without ever hearing your voice on the phone again. I am comforted only in the fact that you will not suffer any more. Rest in peace. I know I will see you again.

    Love You, Corinne

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