Victoria Vitelli Guilford passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family, on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the age of 96. Victoria was the loving daughter of the late James and Madeline Dalton Vitelli and predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years, Samuel H. Guilford.
She is survived by her beloved children: Mark Guilford and his wife Linda, Suzanne G. Lopez and her husband Richard, Sheila Guilford and Steven Guilford; grandchildren: Kristen B. Toomey and her husband Neal, Charles M. Burke, Jenna V. Burke, Ruth G. Evans and her husband Michael, Matthew W. Lopez and his wife Bridget, Christopher J. Lopez and his wife Kayla and great grandchildren: James, Stella, Vivian, Kylah, Luca, Clara, Rosalie, Sylvia, and Desmond. She was the dear sister to the late James A. Vitelli, Jr, Barbara Levine, Dorothea Vitelli, and Madeline Vitelli.
Victoria was born and raised in Newton, MA in a large family with her brother and 3 sisters. Her hometown of Newton remained a special place in her heart. After her marriage, she spent years living on Martha’s Vineyard with her young family and most of the remainder of her life in Cambridge, MA. She continued to return to Martha’s Vineyard over the years and reveled in its seaside beauty. Victoria was a reserved and proper individual who exhibited elegant style and grace and had many of the qualities of a “proper Bostonian”. She was a kind, loving, and strong individual who greatly impacted the lives around her.
She spoke warmly of her children, grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She always beamed with pride when she heard of their active lives and achievements, and viewed the many photos shared of her growing family.
After her husband passed away, she accepted a position at Lord and Taylor’s in Boston where she remained for 20 years until retiring at age 80. She thoroughly enjoyed her time working in the Boston area. She made many friends who continued to correspond with her after her retirement. She was humbled by the many customer letters and awards she received with praise for her kind and gracious demeanor with all customers. In her advanced years, she remained interested in current events, enjoyed old TV movies and mystery shows, and her half glass of wine or a cup of tea at the end of the day.
Visiting hour will be held in the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St. West Newton Thursday, September 21, 22023, from 10-11AM concluding with a prayer service at 11AM and followed by interment in Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Victoria’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society at https://donate.cancer.org/