Marlena P. (Leavitts) Olivarius

October 4, 2008

MARLENA P. (LEAVITTS) OLIVARIUS – in Burlington, formerly of Woburn, Saturday, October 4th, beloved wife of the late Lawrence H. Olivarius. Devoted mother of Annette Mandarano and her husband Thomas of Nashua,NH and Danielle Kassou and her husband Babr of Medford. Dear sister of Leon Leavitts of No. Andover, Barbara Steelman of New Orleans, Cindy Mercogliano of Charlestown and the late Edward and Paul Leavitts. Loving grandmother of Heather, Holly, Aviana, Michael and Olivia. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, October 7th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Donations may be made in Marlena’s memory to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3400, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Marlena P. (Leavitts) Olivarius of Burlington, formerly of Woburn, passed away at home on Saturday, October 4th , surrounded by her family. The beloved wife of the late Lawrence H. Olivarius, she was fifty-nine years of age. Born in Everett, Marlena was the daughter of the late Edward and Barbara (Butters) Leavitts.

Marlena worked as a hairdresser at Stevens Salon in the Back Bay for thirteen years, before embarking on a career in real estate. She became a licensed realtor with Jerry Wolson Realtors in Medford. Marlena especially loved children and taught CCD at St. Charles Church in Woburn and assisted with the third graders Christmas pageant.

Marlena was a long time member of the Secular Order of Franciscans in Medford and the Sons of Italy, Women’s Lodge.

In addition to her parents, Edward and Barbara Leavitts, Marlena was predeceased by her brothers Edward and Paul Leavitts.

She is lovingly survived by her daughters Annette Mandarano and her husband Thomas of NH and Danielle Kassou and her husband Babr of Medford, her siblings, Leon Leavitts of No. Andover, Barbara Steelman of New Orleans, Cindy Mercogliano of Charlestown and her grandchildren Heather, Holly, Aviana, Michael and Olivia. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, on Tuesday, October 7th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Chruch, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Donations may be made in Marlena’s memory to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3400, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Should you go first and I remain
    To walk the road alone,
    I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear,
    With happy days we’ve known.
    In spring I’ll wait for roses red,
    When fades the lilac blue,
    In early fall, when brown leaves call
    I’ll catch a glimpse of you.

    Should you go first and I remain
    For battles to be fought,
    Each thing you’ve touched along the way
    Will be a hallowed spot.
    I’ll hear your voice, I’ll see you smile,
    Though blindly I may grope,
    The memory of your helping hand
    Will buoy me on with hope.

    Should you go first and I remain
    To finish with the scroll,
    No length’ning shadows shall creep in
    To make this life seem droll.
    We’ve known so much of happiness,
    We’ve had our cup of joy,
    And memory is one gift of God
    That death can not destroy.

    Should you go first and I remain,
    One thing I’d have you to do:
    Walk slowly down that long, lone path,
    For soon I’ll follow you.
    I’ll want to know each step you take,
    That I may walk the same,
    For someday down that lonely road
    You’ll hear me call your name.

  2. Barbara Hurley
    My thoughts and prayers are with Marlena’s family at your time of loss. I was saddened to hear of her passing, the short time I did get to spend with such a wonderful women at Hampton Beach I hold dear. I’m truly sorry for the loss of Marlena, she truly was a special person.

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