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Barbara Cocca

Barbara Theresa Cocca (Ascolese)

Thursday, October 11th, 1934 - Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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Barbara Theresa Cocca (Ascolese) of Newton Highlands, passed away on October 15, 2020 at the age of 86 surrounded by her loving family after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born on October 11, 1934 to the late Anthony and Josephine Ascolese of Newton Highlands. Beloved sister of Deacon Michael Ascolese and his wife Jean of Cincinnati, OH and her late brother Francis Ascolese of Venice, FL. Loving mother of Christine Fopiano and her husband Michael of Lexington, MA and Theresa Catino and her husband Steven of Stoneham, MA. Adoring grandmother of Melissa Fopiano of New York City, Sara Fopiano of Boston and Stephanie Catino of Stoneham. Dear Aunt Bootsie of Timothy Ascolese, Mark (Barbara) Ascolese, Christopher (Margaret) Ascolese, Richard (Robin) Ascolese, Kevin (Sofia) Ascolese and Jacqueline (Bill) Fiore. She will be greatly missed by her great and great-great-nieces and nephews and her loving cousins and friends. A retired registered nurse, Barbara graduated from Newton High School and Mount Auburn School of Nursing. She worked as a surgical nursing supervisor at several Boston hospitals for the majority of her career. She went back to school and received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emmanuel College. She spent the latter part of her career in the Departments of Public Health in Boston and Newton. Barbara was an avid Red Sox fan, had a magical green thumb, enjoyed the traditions of the holidays and loved to share her joy of baking with friends and family. She was a true warrior, caretaker and trailblazer. She built the foundation for her successes and those of her daughters and granddaughters with unwavering love. Barbara’s friends and loved ones always looked to her for support and guidance. She will remain present in the lives of many. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a Funeral Mass and interment in Newton Cemetery will be held at a later date. She was deeply grateful for the care she received from her team at Dana-Farber, 7th floor, especially Dr. Peter Enzinger, Mike Casey, NP and Maura Ferguson, RN. Gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Barbara T. Cocca to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or
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    791 Walnut Street
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Judith Kennedy

Posted at 02:55pm
Dear Christine and Theresa, I'm so sad to hear of your Mom's passing!! I loved her! I have sent you a note addressed to your Mom's address and hope it gets to you. There is more there. Love to you both!! Judy Blanchard Kennedy

Lorraine Butler

Posted at 10:49pm
Steve I'm so sorry to hear about your mother inlaw she is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in My prays always remember the good times you had with her

Bob Jampol

Posted at 01:04pm
Barbara was a colleague of mine at Newton South High School for many, many years, and she was a model of professionalism and concern. As a high school coach, I consulted with her on the health status of my players, and her demeanor was open, friendly, and kind. We all held her in the highest respect, and thus she will remain in our memories. My sincerest condolences to friends and family.

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