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Filomena Orsalock

July 24, 1924 — October 15, 2023


With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Filomena (Testarmata) Orsalock. Born on July 24, 1924, in Fitchburg, MA, Filomena was a devoted homemaker known for her adventurous spirit, generous heart, and unwavering reliability. She was a beacon of support for her large family and friends, and her love for them was her greatest joy. Filomena always had a knack for making people feel loved and valued and had an innate way of turning even the simplest moments into special memories.

As a devout Roman Catholic, Filomena served her church and community with passion and faith. She devoted a number of years working in the St. Anthony's school cafeteria, where her supportive nature was felt by all.

Filomena was a lover of life, always seeking out new adventures and experiences. Her hobbies ranged from ballroom dancing to biking, and she had a particular love for traveling. She visited places as diverse as Italy (with her cousin Doris DeCicco) ,Hawaii (with her friend Pauline Sala), Japan, and Alaska. Her favorite destination was Martha's Vineyard, a place she held dear to her heart.

Filomena is survived by her children, David and Norie, grand-children Shelly Degagne, Shaun (Lee) Orsalock, Amy Orsalock, Kevin, Kathy, Dennis, and Samantha Morgan. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Davlin Degagne, Shaun Orsalock Jr., Brittany Zocco, Tayber Wilder, and Jaxson Jones. Also, a few great-great grand children . She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlo and Iginia Testarmata, her husband, Chester Orsalock, her siblings Nazzareno (Ralph), Joseph, Romolo (Pics) Testarmata and her twin sister Laura DiNardo.

We invite all who knew and loved Filomena to celebrate her life by sharing their memories and photos at Let us remember Filomena not for her passing, but for her adventurous and loving life, her unwavering faith, and her generous spirit.

A Mass will be held on Monday, October 23, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony de Padua Church 84 Salem St., Fitchburg. Burial will follow in St. Bernards Cemetery, Fitchburg.

A calling hour will be held on Monday, October 23, 2023 from 9 - 10:15 am in the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave,. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg is directing arrangements.

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor & Melissa A. McQuaid Directors.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, October 23, 2023

9:00 - 10:15 am (Eastern time)

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Monday, October 23, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St Anthony of Padua Church

84 Salem St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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