MARY B. (DOHERTY) CONTALONIS – in Woburn, unexpectedly, October 2nd. Beloved wife of the late George T. Contalonis. Devoted mother of George T. Contalonis, Jr., Mary H. Regan, and Thomas J. Contalonis and his wife Nancy, all of Woburn. Mother-in-law of John K. “Jack” Regan of Woburn. Dear sister of Kay Rybak of Lynn, James P. Doherty of Woburn, and the late Frances McNamara. Loving grandmother of James Contalonis, Carrie Arnott, Kristin Potamis, Thomas J. “Tucker” Contalonis, Jr., Barry Regan and the late Kevin Regan, and grandmother-in-law of Kristy Regan of Woburn. Also survived by 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, October 5th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143.
Mary B. Contalonis of Woburn, a longtime member of the Woburn School Committee and advocate for educational excellence in the city, passed away unexpectedly at Winchester Hospital Tuesday, surrounded by her family, after having been stricken late last week. The wife of the late George T. Contalonis, who died in 1984, she was eighty-five years of age.
Mary was born in Charlestown, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Doherty) Doherty. She moved with her family to Woburn at an early age and attended St. Charles School, graduating with the Class of 1940. For most of her life she resided in the South End of Woburn.
After working for the Woburn School Department at the cafeteria of the Golden School when her children were young, Mary went to work at Woburn High School, where she served as a matron from 1962 until the early 1970’s.
She maintained an active interest in education in the city throughout her life. When her husband George, a well-loved member of the Woburn School Committee and life member of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, passed away in 1984, Mary ran for his seat on the committee and was elected. Her tenure with the School Committee lasted twenty years until just last year, when she retired to spend more time with her family and friends.
Mary always ran on a platform of quality education, with the concerns of the taxpayers in mind. Over the years she received the accolades of Commissioner of Education David Driscoll on several occasions. She served on the Finance Subcommittee and was an active member of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Last October, Mary was a recipient of the Life Membership Award from the Mass. Association of School Committees. The prior year Mary was given the Distinguished Service Award by the M.A.S.C. for her years of dedicated service to the Association. This past May, Mary was honored at the rededication of the George and Mary Contalonis Commons at Woburn Memorial High School.
She took special pride in all of the accomplishments of her daughter Mary and sons George and Tom. Her family was her priority, and she took great delight in her grandchildren.
Another passion was her beloved Red Sox. She maintained telephone contact with a host of friends to keep abreast of local news and was always available to drive someone to an appointment or take them shopping.
Along with her husband George, she was preceded in death by her beloved grandson, Kevin Regan, and her sister, Frances McNamara.
Surviving are three children: George T. Contalonis, Jr., Mary H. Regan, and Thomas J. Contalonis and his wife Nancy, all of Woburn, her son-in-law John K. “Jack” Regan of Woburn, her sister, Kay Rybak of Lynn, and brother James P. Doherty of Woburn.
She was also the loving grandmother of James Contalonis, Carrie Arnott, Kristin Potamis, Thomas J. “Tucker” Contalonis, Jr., and Barry Regan, grandmother-in-law of Kristy Regan of Woburn, and great-grandmother of seven.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, October 5th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143.