Judith C. (Chandler) Chute

May 24, 1938 ~ September 27, 2021 (age 83)


Judith Chandler Chute died peacefully in the company of her daughter on September 27 after a long illness at the age of 83. Judith was born on May 24, 1938 to Oliver Chute and Edith Bullock Chute in Worcester, MA. She grew up in Whitinsville, then Milton where she attended Milton Academy, spending summers in Princeton, MA with her younger brother and older sister. After graduating from Barnard College with a passion for theatre (and drama), She married fellow Columbia University drama student Robert Caruso of New York, father of Pamina. 


She returned to Massachusetts as a single mother, became an elementary school teacher in the Milton Public Schools, earned her masters degree in education and made Cohasset home. She also married Paul Cifrino of Cohasset. 


During her lifetime, she campaigned for peace, the Democratic Party, women’s rights, and strove to educate people on the importance of diversity in an effort to eradicate prejudice and make the world a better place. She was informed on many topics from art to politics, to design to history. She relished her daily New York Times. Artistic and a free spirit, she embraced life and loved traveling, family, opera, theatre, museums, and the arts. The family archivist, she traced the family tree back many generations to their English origins. She performed in plays at The Cohasset Town Hall and The Vincent Club of an era.


She was predeceased by husband Paul in 2009 and sister Nina Thys of Squaw Valley, California in 2019; and is survived by her brother Arthur Chute of Providence, RI; her daughter Pamina Brassey and her grandson George Brassey, both of London. 


A celebration of life will take place Saturday, November 6 in The First Parish of Cohasset at 1:00 pm. Please RSVP at for more information. In lieu of flowers, donations in Judith’s name can be made to Beacon Hospice at or The Alzheimer’s Association. Masks are required in the church.

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Celebration of Life
November 6, 2021

1:00 PM
First Parish Church Cohasset
23 North Main Street
Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025

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