Mary A. (Pepe) Casey

May 15, 2012

MARY A. (PEPE) CASEY – in Woburn, Tuesday, May 15th. Loving mother of Laura J. Casey of Woburn. Dear sister of Lewis Pepe and his wife Yvonne of Newton, Patricia Berardi of Woburn and the late Paul Pepe and Mildred Brennan. Also survived by Casey Hunt, whom she loved like a daughter, and Casey’s children, Faith Hunt and Ethan Krstyen, whom she considered her grandchildren. She also leaves several nieces and nephews and their families. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, May 21st at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the The ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005.

OBITUARY:

Mary Ann (Pepe) Casey was called home to God’s beautiful garden on Tuesday, May 15th, her daughter Laura by her side, after a courageous struggle with ALS disease. Mrs. Casey was seventy-two years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn, Mary was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lucy Thelma (Miller) Pepe. She was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1957. Following high school she began working at Hanscom Field Air Force Base in Bedford. At the Electronic Systems Center there, she rose to the position of principal contract specialist, which supported the procurement of the PEACE SHIELD Program. This was a billion dollar foreign military sales program which provided a nationwide ground-air defense, and command control and communications system for the Royal Saudi Air Force. She retired from this position in 2003.

Throughout her lifetime, Mary remained very active. She and her daughter Laura would travel to Nova Scotia during the summer to join in the annual family gathering. This was a tradition that was enjoyed by all. She traveled all over the United States, Canada and Hawaii, but her favorite place of all to be was her home. There she would spend time with her animals, tending to her crossword puzzles, keeping a garden every summer, and often preparing delicious soups or stews. She was very creative when it came to crocheting. When family and friends brought new children into the world, Mary would get busy with her yarn and make beautiful blankets, outfits, sweaters and lots of different toys which were everyone’s favorite.

Mary had a tremendous love of animals. She would provide food, shelter or any assistance that was needed for birds, cats, squirrels, dogs or any other animal that she came across. Her sensitivity, kindness and generosity even went as far as Indonesia, where for years she has sponsored underprivileged children. Mary volunteered weekly at the Woburn Senior Center where she would help with the transportation, and did anything she could to help out.

Until two and a half years ago, Mary remained very active and had lived her life trying to make a difference in the world. When the diagnosis of ALS was made, she and her daughter, with whom she shared her world, took on a very devastating journey together. Knowing that presently there is no known cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease, they sojourned together through an aggressive and debilitating battle with this disease.

Mary had offered much during her lifetime. Her kind, thoughtful and loving nature provided much solace to many throughout her time here on earth.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Paul Pepe and Mildred Brennan.

Surviving are her daughter, Laura J. Casey of Woburn, a brother, Lewis Pepe and his wife Yvonne of Newton and her sister, Patricia Berardi of Woburn. She is also survived by Casey Hunt, whom she loved like a daughter, and Casey’s children, Faith Hunt and Ethan Krstyen, whom she considered her “grandchildren.” She also leaves several nieces and nephews and their families.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, May 21st at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the The ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005.

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  1. From: Bob &Anne Simonds

    Pat/Louie, Very sorry we were not around for Mary Ann’s services but our prayers go out to her. Her write-up was very nice and a wonderful tribute to her. I am glad we all have good memories of the old neighborhood and the times past. Our sincere condolence on Mary Ann passing.

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