Mary (Uttaro) Stefanelli

December 21, 2016

Mary (Uttaro) Stefanelli

MARY (UTTARO) STEFANELLI- of Woburn, December 21st, at eighty-nine years of age. Beloved wife of Anthony Stefanelli of Woburn. Devoted mother of Karen Brown, her husband James of Woburn. Loving sister of the late Regina Pasciuto, her late husband Tony, Salvatore Uttaro, his late wife Anna, the late Cosmo Uttaro and the late Carl Uttaro. Dear sister-in-law of Mary Uttaro. Special “Gram” of Lauren Brown, her significant other Ryan Finn, Anthony Brown and Matthew Brown, all of Woburn. Also survived by many, many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass, which will be celebrated in St. Eulalia’s Church, 50 Ridge Street, Winchester, on Wednesday, December 28th at 11:30 a.m.. Please, at the families request, in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice,607 North Avenue Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive Suite 602 Boston, MA 02215. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.


Mary (Uttaro) Stefanelli passed away Wednesday December 21st at age eighty-nine surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in beautiful Gaeta, Italy. She was raised and educated in Gaeta before immigrating to the United States shortly following the war. Living in Boston, Mary had secured herself a position in the garment district as a seamstress. Mary’s talents as a seamstress were not only apparent in her work, but also in the amazing creations she made for her home and other family members, such as curtains, table cloths, and clothes.

When Mary arrived in the United States, she reconnected with Anthony Stefanelli, a friend whom she had met in Italy years before. The two were soon set to be married and the couple wed at St. Anthony’s Church in Somerville in April, 1961. The couple then spent the early years of their marriage in Somerville before settling in their beloved home of fifty years in Arlington. Ultimately, in 2008 Mary and Tony moved to Woburn to be closer to the family that they love so dearly.

Mary’s pride and joy was her daughter, Karen. Mary and Karen had such a special bond and were so close that they were truly best friends. Mary was so proud of Karen and all that she accomplished throughout life, but her highest achievement was marring her husband, Jim, and having three beautiful children. When Mary first met Jim over 25 years ago, she knew in her heart that he was the only person for her daughter. She thought of him as her son.

Mary lived for her family, but especially her grandchildren; Lauren, Anthony, and Matthew and Lauren’s boyfriend, Ryan, who she viewed as another grandchild. She wouldn’t go a day without bragging to someone that her grandchildren were the best. They were the best part of Mary’s life. Mary was pleased to know that they each were taking a different path in life, but each were determined to succeed. She loved to supply them with lots and lots of food like fresh baked cookies and homemade pizzas, which she always crafted to each of their unique tastes. Her grandkids loved spending time with Mary and Anthony especially when it came to trips to their Cape House.

Mary was a wonderful women who brought so much joy to those around her. Her infectious spirit and positive attitude made everyone want to spend time with her. She was the most selfless and generous person. Always offering a helping hand, homemade baked goods, fresh items from the garden to those around her, and made sure everyone was always welcome. Given her experiences, she was full of stories and loved sharing them with her family.

Faith was an important part of Mary’s life. You could catch her in the summer walking around her house (and in the winter walking in her house) with her rosary beads in hand praying. She had a strong and unwavering faith with God.

Mary and her husband were people of simple means. They had a great love of the ocean, and were able to provide themselves with a home at the Cape. Many wonderful memories were made fishing with her grandchildren, taking trips with her family, and celebrating summer holidays with lobsters at that house. Her sister Regina, cousins Nancy and Jennie both had houses down the Cape and she loved being able to spend time at each house surrounded by all of her family.

When they were not on the Cape, they were home caring for their five star garden in the back yard. They simulated the “Gardens of Gaeta,” by blending and growing flower beds into the landscape of their property. They tiered the levels of the land as they remembered from gardens back in Italy. Mary would then provide so many fresh vegetables to family, family friends and neighbors, that no one had to buy vegetables in the summer months!

An excellent cook and baker Mary made everything from scratch, the way her mother did, adding lots of love in every meal she prepared. She spent so much time in the kitchen teaching her daughter and grandchildren how to bake. Her family enjoyed their time learning from such a loving and caring teacher. Mary always made sure to sharing (in generous portions!) her delicious bake goods with everyone.

Mary was predeceased by her parents, sister Regina Pasciuto and her husband Tony, Cosmo Uttaro, Carl Uttaro, Salvatore Uttaro, and sister in law Anna Uttaro, .

She is lovingly survived by her beloved husband Anthony, of Woburn, daughter Karen Brown, her husband James of Woburn, grandchildren Lauren Brown, significant other Ryan Finn, Anthony and Matthew Brown, and her sister in law Mary Uttaro, along with many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Eulalia’s Church, 38 Ridge Street, Winchester on Wednesday, December 28th at 11:30a.m.

At the family’s request in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice 607 North Avenue Suite 17 Wakefield, MA 01880 or Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, Ma 02215. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.


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