Mary J. (Collins) Head

March 27, 2006

Mary J. (Collins) Head

Head – in Woburn, Monday, March 27th, Mary J. (Collins), beloved wife of the late James J. Head. Devoted mother of Major James M. Head of Glen Allen, VA and Linda M. DeAngelis and her husband Joseph of Burlington. Dear sister of James Collins of Needham. Loving grandmother of Michael DeAngelis, James L. Head and Kilian T. Head. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn , on Thursday March 30th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. A calling hour will be held Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to Catholic Charities of Boston, 75 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111.

OBITUARY:

Mary J. (Collins) Head, passed away quietly at the Briarwood Nursing Center in Needham, Monday, March 27th. The wife of the late James J. Head she was eighty two years of age. Born in Somerville she was the daughter of the late Michael and Annie (Walsh) Collins. She was raised in Somerville and attended St. Theresa’s Elementary and High School, graduating in 1942. SHortly after graduating, the United States entered WWII and Mary secured a position with the Army for the duration of the war. Following the war, she continued to pursue her education at Boston University In 1953, she married her husband Jim and together they raised their two children. In 1955, they moved to Woburn where they made their home for more than fifty years. Mary enjoyed being at home and tending to the needs of her family. They all had a special love for Newfound Lake in NH where they would vacation every summer. When they were at home during the summer, Mary would gather her children and their friends and go to Foley Beach for an enjoyable summer day. Holidays were particularly special in the Head household as Mary was happiest when she was with her family. In later years Mary was blessed with grandchildren and was especially close with her grandson who lived close by.

It was never a surprise to see the lights on very late into the evening at her home, as Mary was a veracious reader enjoying many different genres.

Mary always loved to shop, either at the Mall or often times to Rockport where she could meet with her friends and family and enjoy the beautiful waterfront. Mary so enjoyed the company of others that she would travel near and far to visit her friends. Prior to her illness Mary was a weekly communicant at St. Barbara’s Church.

Mary was predeceased by her husband James J. Head, who passed away last year.

She is survived by her children, Major James M. Head of Glen Allen, VA and Linda M. DeAngelis and her husband Joseph of Burlington, her brother James Collins of Needham and her grandchildren, Michael DeAngelis, James L. Head and Kilian T. Head. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn , on Thursday March 30th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. A calling hour will be held Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to Catholic Charities of Boston, 75 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111.

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