Rose Marie (Sellon) DiMattia

Rose Marie (Sellon) DiMattia, age 92, of Westwood, MA, passed away suddenly at home on March 16th. Rose was wife of the late Arthur P. DiMattia. She is survived by a daughter, Christine DiMattia Tupper and her husband, William Tupper, of Danvers, and a son, Paul DiMattia and his wife, Alison Mirman, of Newtonville. Much-loved “Nana” to Sarah, Hannah, and Molly Tupper, and Leo and Cate DiMattia.

Rose was born in Boston, daughter of the late Alford “Buddy” and Mary Ellen “Mae” (Kell) Sellon. Rose was predeceased by siblings William Sellon and his wife, Evelyn, Charles Sellon and his wife Clara, Bradford Sellon and his wife Patricia, and Diane Sellon Tape. Rose is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Rose graduated from Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester. She attended Boston University and was an member of the Newman Club. She maintained lifelong friendships with the friends she met there.

Rose proudly worked for the Boston Red Sox, including during the 1946 Pennant winning season, and later for Arthur D. Little, where she was an executive secretary.

Rose was a homemaker and avid volunteer with many community organizations including the Westwood Women’s Club and Westwood Garden Club, and Westwood Council on Aging. She was active for many years with the Norfolk County Cooperative Extension Program and was a Girl Scout leader for over 10 years.

Rose was an accomplished seamstress, quilter, and crafter, and bestowed beautiful handmade gifts to family and friends throughout her lifetime. She was a voracious reader and consumer of current events. Rose loved attending any performance or sporting event that involved her grandchildren.

A simple graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 10:30 A.M; New Westwood Cemetery, 877-881 High Street, Westwood, MA. Friends and family are welcome.

Plans for a celebration of Rose’s life are pending for later this spring when we can all gather safely outdoors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Town of Westwood Council on Aging, Meals On Wheels program, 60 Nahatan Street, Westwood, MA, 02090.


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  1. Lenore Goodwin on April 5, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  2. Paula DiMattia Shepley on April 7, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I have wonderful, fond memories of my Aunt Rose, and send all my condolences and love to my cousins Paul and Christine and the rest of the family.

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