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Elaine A. “Honey” (Benedetto) Thomas

Elaine A. “Honey” (Benedetto) Thomas, died on Friday, April 17th, 2020 at the Katzman Center for the Living in Chelsea, she was 81 years old. Elaine’s death comes just 11 days after her husband’s passing on April 6th. The couple shared 53 years of marriage.

Elaine was born & raised in Chelsea. She was an alumna of Chelsea High School, Class of 1956. Elaine married to Lee F. Thomas, on April 16, 1966 and the couple made their home in Revere where raised their daughter Leigh Anne. Elaine was a dedicated wife, mother and daughter caring for her family throughout her life. She worked in the Guidance Department at Martignon High School in Cambridge where she valued the many friendships she made over the years. Elaine was affectionately known as “Honey”, a nickname that portrayed her personality for the loving & graceful ways she lived her life and through her faith. She was a cherished member of St. Mary’s Church in Revere. Elaine enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family and lunches with her friends.

She is the beloved wife of 53 years to the late Lee F. Thomas. Proud & loving mother of the late Leigh Anne (Thomas) Zarella. Devoted daughter of the late Anthony T. & Dorothy F. (McCarthy) Benedetto. Dear sister of the late Thomas G. Benedetto & his wife Evelyn Benedetto of Revere & Robert A. Benedetto, & his late wife Joan.  Adored surrogate grandmother of Mark V. & Michael R. Zarrella, both of Woodcliff, NY & the cherished aunt of Robin M. Brickley & her husband Craig of South Yarmouth, formerly of Everett. She is also lovingly survived by her loyal and kind caregiver, Guerdy Pierre of Medford and many lifelong loving friends, nieces & nephews. The family extends a heartfelt appreciation to the staff of the Katzman Family Center for Living for their kindness and care of Elaine as well as the Leonard Florence Memory Care staff for the years of care and kindness they afforded Elaine.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be to the Katzman Family Center for Living, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

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  1. Michael Zarrella
    Apr 22 2020

    Love you Elaine. Your positivity and care for others was something I always looked up to and appreciated. I look back on our memories with a bunch of joy and am happy you, Lee and Leigh Ann are together today. I wrote a song for Leigh Ann a while back but never recorded it. Here it is for you (Free Bird Take Flight – Your unconditional love I am sure helped Leigh Ann be the free and loving person she was, which we were lucky enough to enjoy and learn as well. Rest In Peace. Love you. – Michael

  2. Mark Zarrella
    Apr 21 2020

    Elaine –

    You were always such a selfless person, it was truly inspiring to be around. You did a great job with Lee and Leigh Ann. Thank you for all the memories you left with us.

    Love, Mark

  3. Ronnie Zarrella
    Apr 21 2020

    Just wanted to say that you were a very special and caring person from the first day I met you. You were a terrific mother-in-law and a fantastic grandmother to both Mark and Michael. I will always remember our times with Leigh An, you, Lee, and myself. We had so many fun times together and special times that I will always cherish. Losing Leigh Ann was a deeply painful experience for you and the whole family. It comes with a hurricane of emotions, processing, and reflection. Although, Leigh Ann was taken from us way too early, I was grateful for being part of her life, and yours. I love you all then, and I will forever. May you rest in peace Elaine. – Love always, Ronnie.

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