Mary E.(Gildea) Connors

November 26, 2015

Mary E.(Gildea) Connors

MARY E. (GILDEA) CONNORS- of Woburn, Thursday, November 26th. Beloved wife of the late John H. Connors. Devoted mother of Julie A. Maher and her husband Michael , John H. Connors Jr. and his wife Pamela all of Woburn, Rick Connors of Arlington, Marybeth “Beth” Coppinger and her husband Kevin of Lynn, Ellen Gerke and her husband William of VT, and the late Thomas W. Connors. Dear sister of Sr. Julie Francis Gildea, of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and the late John F. Gildea and Rose H. Gildea. Dear Mother in-law of Maryann Cusack Connors. Cherished grandmother of Michael, Brendan and Kevin Maher, Gerald, Richard and John Connors, Eileen Connors Moriarty, Courtney Connors Garneau, Sean and Kevin Coppinger and William and Patrick Gerke. Loving Great grandmother of eleven great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, December 3rd at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call, Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Mary’s memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.

OBITUARY;

Mary Elizabeth (Gildea) Connors, a lifelong resident of Woburn, died on Thursday, November 26, at Woburn Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family. Mary was born in Woburn on July 4, 1924 to the late Ann (Andersen) and the late Francis Gildea. She attended Woburn public schools graduating from Woburn High School in 1942.

On June 25, 1949, Mary was married to the late John (Jack) H. Connors, Sr. Mary and Jack filled the small house on Russell Street with six children and often a menagerie of animals. They were blessed to celebrate 23 years of marriage before Jack’s sudden death in 1972.

Mary’s was a devoted Mother, proudly attending her children’s activities at school and various sports venues. Many happy times were spent gathering as a family to celebrate Mary’s birthday on July 4th. When the grandchildren began to arrive, she was always a willing babysitter and advisor. Her kind spirit, fondness for babies and sense of humor will be cherished memories.

A woman of deep faith, Mary lived it every day. As a dedicated member of St. Barbara’s Parish, Mary shared her faith with so many others as a religious education teacher, member of the Women’s Sodality and Eucharistic Minister.

Mary’s presence will be missed by her children, Julie A. Maher and her husband Michael, John H. Connors Jr. and his wife Pamela, of Woburn, Rick Connors of Arlington, Marybeth “Beth” Coppinger and her husband Kevin of Lynn, Ellen Connors Gerke and her husband William of Essex Junction, VT and the late Thomas W. Connors. She was the beloved sister of Sr. Julie Francis Gildea, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the late John F. Gildea and Rose H. Gildea. Dear mother-in-law of Maryann Cusack Connors. Cherished grandmother of Michael, Brendan and Kevin Maher, Gerald, Richard and John Connors, Eileen Connors Moriarty, Courtney Connors Garneau, Sean and Kevin Coppinger and William and Patrick Gerke. Loving great-grandmother of eleven great grandchildren.

A special thank you to the staff at the Woburn Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and care given to Mary over these last few years.

A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3rd. Visiting hours will be 4-8 on Wednesday at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Mary’s memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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  1. To the whole family
    I was always inspired and in awe of your wonderful family and how your mother had time to be involved in doing so much good for others. I know that you will miss her but should know that she is really with you and in you as you try to follow her example in life. She is happy now with your father and awaits the day when you will all be a family again. Peace. Fred Cartier

  2. Dear Julie and Michael,
    Fred and I are sorry to hear of the death of your Dear Mother. She was a woman with a strong Faith. We are sorry for your loss.
    Love and Prayers,
    Fred and Jean O’Connor

  3. Julie, Jackie, Rick, Beth and Ellen,

    So sorry to hear the sad news about your mom. Aunt Mary was a true treasure– always so cheerful and complimentary. Such a joy to be around! Our heartfelt condolences to you all. Take comfort in the many memories of wonderful moments shared.

    All our love Joanne and Jeff

  4. Thank you for all things, great and small, that you shared with Mom. Together we were able to give her much joy, to help her through the difficult times and to let her know that, always, she was loved! Thank you, too for always being there for each other. Strong roots and much love! Beth

  5. Julie/Mike and all my extended family,
    Mary was such a special part of my life. She would always introduce me as her “other” daughter .. what an honor. She was “Nana Connors to Jennifer & Philip and loved them and watched over them like her adopted grandchildren. I learned so much about family and the love of God. I so enjoyed our trips to NH and her love of all the beautiful trees. Thank you Mary for loving me.
    Love,
    Linda

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