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Carol V. (Girkout) DiGiovanni

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, November 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), REVERE, for Carol V. (Girkout) DiGiovanni, who passed unexpectedly on Saturday, October 28th, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. The funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 2nd, followed by the Funeral Service in the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. and immediately followed by interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass.

Born in Oklahoma, Carol came to live in Revere as a young girl, graduating from Revere High School, Class of 1972. She would enter the Chelsea Soldiers Home School of Nursing & completed her education in 1976. Twenty-eight years ago, she began her career, at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, working until her untimely death. Carol always worked the night shift, and thrived on the schedule and the incessant drive. She was a Beacon to many and a mentor to so very many nursing students. Carol enjoyed an unusual relationship with her colleagues. Not only was she highly respected, but her presence was sought after socially as well as professionally. No commentary would be complete without mention to the simpatico she shared with her patients and their families. It is most evident that Chelsea Soldiers Home will long mourn Carol’s passing.

She is the beloved wife of 40 years & best friend to Steven DiGiovanni. Daughter of the late Lt. Col. Thomas J. Girkout Jr.& Stella (Carpinto) Girkout. She is also the sister of the late Thomas J. Girkout, III and the cherished sister-in-law of Nicholas J. DiGiovanni & his wife, Georgette of No. Reading, & Jamie Clabaugh & her late husband, Michael of Everett. She is the dear aunt to Adam N. DiGiovanni & his fiancĂ©, Amanda Wanyo of Haverhill, Danielle C. Sullivan & her husband, Lester of Billerica & the late Michael C. Clabaugh, Carol’s Godson who passed unexpectedly on April 22, 2017.


Visiting Hours

Wednesday, November 1st, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Service

Thursday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home


Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne

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  1. Penny L.
    Nov 12 2017

    So sorry to hear about Carol, I did not work with her but knew her from the CSH, she was a very sweet and kind lady. May she rest in peace with the angels above!

  2. Patti Gilleberto Kelley
    Nov 2 2017

    Dear Steven,
    Paul and I are deeply saddened to hear of Carol’s sudden passing. As a classmate of hers, I knew her as a sweet loving girl who wore the diamond necklace that you gave her everyday with pride (and it was indeed as beautiful as she was). She will be missed as a classmate of 1972 as I’m sure she will be missed by so many.
    With warm regards and our deepest sympathy
    Patti (Gilleberto) and Paul Kelley

  3. Wayne Terminello
    Nov 2 2017

    Our project family is forever bonded and Carol was our little sister. My own sister Donna and Carol were best friends and I saw early on what a warm, funny and wonderful person Carol was. But while visiting one of our project brothers at the Soldiers Home and seeing Carol work first hand did I truly see what a saint she was to those patients. I will never forget how much they loved her and how much she loved them back. She brought happiness on a daily basis to very sick and old soldiers. She makes us all proud. RIP little sister!


  4. Kevin Roscoe
    Nov 1 2017

    I worked with Carol years ago and she was beautiful inside and out. She always had a smile and she will be missed. God bless.

  5. Donna Meunier
    Nov 1 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss

  6. karlene quigley
    Nov 1 2017

    I have worked with Carol for over 11 years and she has been my mentor, my teacher, but most importantly she is my friend. She was always there for me when I had questions, concerns or just to talk.
    I always made it a point to wish her Happy Mother’s Day because she was a mother to a lot of us here.

    She was the glue to the Soldier’s Home and it will NEVER EVER be the same without her and I will miss her every day.

    Please accept my condolences for your great loss.

    Karlene G. Quigley

  7. Kevin & Diane McGrath
    Nov 1 2017

    Kevin and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your loving wife Carol. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Diane & Kevin

  8. Selina Giordano
    Nov 1 2017

    I miss you already & I love you forever <3

  9. Rhoda Salemme
    Oct 31 2017

    I was so sorry to hear of Carols’ passing….I remember her well from high school….she was a beautiful, kind, and happy friend to me in High school…..Please accept my deepest condolences.

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