Family and friends will gather at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg for calling hours on Monday, December 19, 4-7pm. A funeral Mass will be held in Saint Anna Church, 199 Lancaster Street, Leominster on Tuesday, December 20 at 11am. A burial service will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery, 360 Lancaster Street, Leominster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Father’s Table, 40 Boutelle Street, Fitchburg.
Kathleen T. (Becrelis) Bilotta, 96, departed peacefully surrounded by her family on December 10, 2022. Born in Leominster on December 6, 1926, to George and Marion (LaPrade) Becrelis, she was a 1944 graduate of Leominster High School, serving as her class salutatorian.
Kitty, as she was affectionately known, was a true matriarch, committed to her large family and unwavering faith. She is survived by her 11 children: Lisa Bilotta Kunkel, James Bilotta and his wife Elena, Anthony Bilotta and his wife Mary Beth, Mary Bilotta Blackman and her husband Bob, Linda Harmon and her husband David, all of Leominster; David Bilotta and his wife MaryEllen of Fitchburg; Claudia Neithercut and her husband Jim, and George Bilotta and his husband, Michael McGrenra, all of West Boylston; Deborah Bilotta Caligaris and her husband Steven, Mark Bilotta and his husband Henry Ritter, and Vincent Bilotta and his wife Denise, all of Worcester.
She also leaves 26 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and her dear friend, Gilda Simeoni of Philadelphia, PA.
Kitty was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Vincent M. Bilotta II, and her five sisters: Frances Theriault, Alice Eickhorst, Irene Becrelis, Helen Gamache and Patricia Pothier.
She was all about family and faith. She wanted to be the first to arrive and last to leave a family gathering. Her children hold her accountable for all of them inheriting a sweet tooth. Her devotion to her faith in God guided her throughout her life, a deep faith passed down to many of her children. She was an active member of Saint Anna Church, serving as a member of the Charismatic Prayer Group, Women’s Aglow, and as a eucharistic minister and Cursillo Leader.
Kitty held a few jobs during her life. Growing up, she helped her father at his Boston Confectionery Store. During a short stint in Los Angeles with her new husband, she was a telephone company operator. And perhaps to get some respite from homelife, over the years she was a part-time transporter at Leominster Hospital, a clerk at R.H. White’s and served coffee at a local diner.
She loved the beach, especially Rye Beach; the warmth of the sun, whether from her living room window or her coveted glassed in carport. But perhaps her biggest smiles came from being surrounded by little children, most recently her great-granddaughter, Aria.
Home was where her heart was. She was able to stay in the home that she and her husband built in 1954 until her death with the support of her family, especially her daughter-in-law, Elena.