Mary L. (Buonanno) Pepe

June 26, 2020

Mary L. (Buonanno) Pepe

Mary L. (Buonanno) Pepe – of Woburn, June 26th at ninety seven years of age.  Beloved wife of the late  John W. Pepe.  Cherished mother of Beverly Robinson, her husband Kenneth of Wenham, and Cathy Pepe of Woburn.  Devoted sister of Loretta Lentz, her husband Ralph and Ann Restivo, all of Woburn and the late Anthony “Tony” and Roger Buonanno.  Adored grandmother of Desiree Stevens along with her children Nathan, Camille, and Gianna.  Mary is also lovingly survived by several nieces and several nephews.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, July 1st at 10 a.m..  Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn Ma 01801

Mary L. (Buonanno) Pepe – of Woburn left this earth on June 26th at ninety-seven years of age but she left an enduring mark on all who knew and loved her.  She was the daughter of Carmine and Laura Buonanno and the wife of the late John W. Pepe, to who she was married to for almost 50 years.  In 1995, she lost her husband who was the love of her life.  She continued to live in the family home until the age of 94.  Blessed with two cherished daughters, Beverly Robinson, her husband Kenneth of Wenham, and Cathy Pepe of Woburn, she carried on.  Always supported by her two devoted sisters, Loretta Lentz, her husband Ralph, and Ann Restivo, wife of “Uncle Sammy” to all of the family.  She was the dear sister of the late Anthony “Tony” and Roger Buonanno.  

 

She was adored by her granddaughter, Desiree Stevens of Vermont along with her great-grandchildren Nathan, Camille, and Gianna.  Mary is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

A life-long resident of the “South End” in Woburn, Mary was well-known and admired for her captivating smile and her easily recognizable laugh. Always the ultimate hostess, everyone who entered her home, whether expected or not, family or not, was welcomed as though they were family. Mary’s energy was boundless, her home was always immaculate and she dressed so stylish.  She was often mistaken to be much younger than she actually was.

 

In her younger years, she worked at Sylvania and then Stop and Shop. When she retired, she continued to work.  She joined Sammy’s on Winn Street, a family -owned deli by the Restivo’s.  She worked until she was 92 years of age!  Even the high school students that worked there said she ran circles around them. 

 

In addition to working and staying active and social, Mary loved being with her family and she enjoyed traveling with them. They enjoyed several magical trips together to Italy and visited other places such as Aruba and the Dominican Republic.

 

Through the years, Mary survived a number of milestones, including lung cancer, a serious auto accident and even the Coronavirus. She was strong, always had a positive attitude and was a fighter, till the end. As her family sheds a tear at her passing, they will always keep with them, the indelible mark of her youthful spirit and unconditional love.

 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, July 1st at 10 a.m.  Presently, the church is allowing no more than 100 people to attend, and masks must be worn. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA 01801

 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, July 1st at 10 a.m.  Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

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  1. Jim & Joanne Byrne

    My husband and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mary’s family on their loss. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Mary at Stop & Shop many years ago. She was such a beautiful person inside and out.

  2. boyd N bowers

    So sorry to hear the sad news of Mary’s passing.She was one of my mother’s best friends and a great part of my life growing up.So many great memories and fun times she will be missed. thinking of you Beverly Cathy Loretta and Annie.Love to all.Nicky and Caroline

  3. Maxie & Elliott Hoffman

    We were so sorry to hear about Mary. She was a wonderful person and a wonderful friend. We havent been togother in many years, but we remember all the wonderful times we had together in NSB. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love,
    Maxine & Elliott Hoffman

  4. Sharon DiFronzo

    Dear Cathy, Beverly and Family,
    Sending our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear mom, and we will be thinking of you during the days ahead.
    With much love,
    Sharon DiFronzo, Camille Ozelis & Family

  5. Our condolences to Mary’s two daughters, which we met at the Nursing Home. Mary was a beautiful woman with a smile to match. Our mother passed in March, but we always thought about the people we could back to see, once the restrictions were lifted. Prayers to her family. Lynne (Miller) Cannon and Stephanie Miller

  6. Paul M. Pizzo

    I will miss, but I will remember our Sunday morning coffee together with you Mary, along with my mother….but it’s you I will miss the most….so many years, so many memories together…Love you Mary,

    Paul Pizzo….

  7. William Coveno

    Nickie & I want to covay our sorrow at her passing. We regret that because of C-19 we will not be able to attend.

  8. Beverly Robinson

    My mom was a wonderful woman. All of the loving messages I have been receiving proves her kindness, thoughtfulness and willingness to help others touched so many hearts. She would be right at the front of the line to help any family member moving into a new home or apartment, or to remove a stubborn stain from a nephew’s shirt. She worked her last job at Sammy’s Deli until she was 92 and very proudly told all who would listen that she could run circles around all the young kids.
    I was so lucky to have her in my life for 73 years and so proud to be her daughter. I will miss her every day.
    Beverly

  9. Many thoughts and love to you and your family, Desiree. I know how much you loved your grandmother. Hoping your memories help you (and your Mom) through this time.

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