Mary E. (Washburn) Walsh

October 7, 2018

Mary E. (Washburn) Walsh

Mary (Washburn) Walsh of Woburn, October 7th, 2018 at eighty five years of age.  Beloved wife of Bernard E. Walsh of Woburn. Devoted mother of Maureen Walsh Sakakeeny, her husband Stephen of North Andover and Brian Walsh, his wife Alyssa of Burlington.  Dear sister of Guy Washburn, his wife Helen, of FL and the late Barbara A. Piper and Ruth Washburn.  Loving “Mimi” of Bryan, Luke, Jeffrey, James “Jamie and Sean. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  A Funeral will be held Friday, October 12th at 9 a.m. at the Graham Funeral Home,  3 Arlington Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  A Funeral will be held in St. Anthony Church, 850 Main Street, Woburn, MA at 10.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Thursday evening from 4 – 8 p.m., at Graham Funeral Home.  Remembrances, in honor of Mary, may be made to the Boston Catholic Television, 34 Chestnut Street, P.O. Box 9196, Watertown, MA 02471.   For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.       

Mary (Washburn) Walsh passed away at the Francis Street Nursing Center, Sunday, October 7th, 2018. The beloved wife of Bernard Walsh, she was eighty five years of age.

Born in Woburn, Mary was the daughter of the late Guy M. and Helen (Tanton) Washburn. One of four children, Mary was raised in Winchester and educated at St. Charles in Woburn where she was a graduate of St. Charles High School with the Class of 1950. Mary continued on her educational journey and attended Hickox Secretarial School in Boston. Following her completion of secretarial school, she pursued her career as a secretary for a high profile attorney in Boston, before she married in 1958.

After her marriage to Bernie, she was blessed with two children, Brian and Maureen, of whom she was so proud. Mary was a stay at home Mom, and when the children began school, she returned to working part time as a receptionist and medical transcriber over the years in Woburn and Winchester.

Mary thoroughly enjoyed her family, good food and scenic travels to New Hampshire, Vermont, Gloucester, Rockport, and Cape Cod. Over the years she had visited with her sister Barbara and her family in the California Bay area which became a favorite place to visit.

Mary’s warm personality, great sense of humor gained her many friends. A faith filled woman, Mary had joined many of the Church groups, also served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Saint Anthony Church. This was also the Church and Parish where Mary and her husband worshiped together and as a family over the years.

Mary met her best friend, confidant, and husband of sixty years, Bernie, on a blind date that was set up by a dear high school friend, and also Bernie’s cousin! Their upcoming sixtieth wedding anniversary would have been celebrated on the 25th of October this year. Their last 13 years together were spent at New Horizons retirement community in Woburn, where she made many lasting friendships.

Mary was predeceased by her dear parents and sisters Barbara A. Piper and Ruth Washburn.

She is most lovingly survived by her dear husband Bernard E. “Bernie” Walsh of Woburn. Devoted mother of Maureen Walsh Sakakeeny, her husband Stephen of North Andover and Brian Walsh, his wife Alyssa of Burlington. Dear sister of Guy Washburn, his wife Helen, of FL . Loving “Mimi” of Bryan, Luke, Jeffrey, James “Jamie” and Sean. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Funeral will be held Friday, October 12th at 9 a.m. at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, followed by a funeral mass at St. Anthony’s Church in Woburn, at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Thursday evening from 4 – 8 p.m., at Graham Funeral Home. Remembrances, in honor of Mary, may be made to the Boston Catholic Television, 34 Chestnut Street, P.O. Box 9196, Watertown, MA 02471 or a charity of your choice. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Service arrangements pending, please check back soon.

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  1. It is with deep sadness for my beloved Uncle Bernie and dear cousins Maureen and Brian that I send my love of farewell to my loving Aunt and Godmother. My Aunt Mary was more than any title, she was my confidant and kindred spirit. We were “soul sisters” who loved to laugh, comfort and share our faith. She was my Mom’s “little sister”, whom she admired and adored more than words can say. My strength comes home knowing they are reunited in Heaven and the three sisters are together again. How blessed I am to know we will once again be united in Our Lord’s time. Till then Rest In Peace my beloved Aunt. ❤️❤️❤️

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