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Cecilia T. “Lee” (Butler) Liotta

Family & friends are invited to attend a visitation on SUNDAY, Nov. 15th in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), REVERE, for CECILIA THEDA “Lee” (Butler) LIOTTA, who died on Saturday, Oct. 31st at the Academy Manor Nursing Center of Andover, after a long illness. The visitation will be from 12 NOON to 1PM, followed by the Memorial Funeral Service in the funeral home at 1:15PM. Interment will be held privately at a later time.


Born in Boston, she lived almost 60 yrs. in Revere, before moving to Boston’s North End. She attended Revere schools & was a 1934 alumna of Revere High School. Cecilia, as a young girl she loved to sing and had a remarkable voice. She sang in the “OLD” IMMACULATE CONCEPTION” CHOIR, here in Revere & in other neighboring parishes. Most of her working career was as a hostess and waitress for many of Boston’s upper scale restaurants, Patton’s Restaurant, Marliave Restaurant & Mickey Doyle’s. Her career ended here in Revere, at the former Reardon’s Restaurant at Broadway & Fenno St. Her singing always followed her and in the 1960s, she joined the newly formed Barbershop Quartet”THE SWEET ADELINES”, based out of Lynn. “Lee” sang with them for many, many years, as they appeared around the country, for benefits, barbershop quartet conventions and privately for events, and shows. In Boston, “Lee” sang with the quartet at Boston Symphony Hall on many occasions. In her senior years, she began painting, mostly landscapes and nautical themes. Needless to say, she always kept busy, into her latter years. She was the daughter of the late Walter I. Butler & Mary (Martin) Butler. Her father, Walter I.Butler, a Revere native, was an infamous Boston light-weight boxer, known for his speedy delivery & slender stature.

She was the wife of the the late Joseph P. Liotta & the dear sister of the late, Mary (Butler) Doyle-Olivolo & the late Rose (Butler) Leavitt. She is the cherished aunt of James F.Doyle & his wife, Patricia of West Peabody & Benjamin Leavitt of Mississippi, & the late, Frances Doyle & Janice Hoffman. She is also lovingly survived by many grandnieces & nephews & great-grand-nieces & nephews.

Most interestingly, is that “Lee’s” middle name was THEDA, after the renowned  SILENT FILM ACTRESS THEDA BARA” who performed at the turn of the late, 1890s thru the 1930s. On July 8th, 2016, Cecilia “Lee” would have arrived at the age of 100 years, remember her with a prayer and a song in your heart.



Sunday, November 15th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Memorial Service

Sunday, November 15th at 1:15 p.m. in the Funeral Home


Will be held at a later date


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  1. Peter Liotta
    Nov 14 2015

    Dear Aunt Lee,

    I’ve compared you to Lana Turner and justly so.

    You always had a Katherine Hepburn (everything’s divine) outlook on…well…everything. We will miss your glittering laugh and joyous outlook (along with the Tia Maria gift sets) you brought whenever you came to visit. Rest easy and say “Hi” to Lana for us.

    Peter and George

  2. Megan L
    Nov 12 2015

    I have many wonderful memories of Great Aunt Lee, and I’m so very grateful that she was able to attend my wedding a few years ago. One in a million. She is missed.

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