Mary Lou (McDonough) McGondel

May 27, 2021

Mary Lou (McDonough) McGondel

Mary Lou (McDonough) McGondel –  of Woburn, May 27th, at fifty six- years of age.  Beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” McGondel.  Cherished daughter of the late William J. and Louise S. (Mawn) McDonough.  Devoted sister of William J. McDonough Jr., his wife Katie and  James M. McDonough, his wife Ellen all of San Antonio, TX.  Dear niece of Dominic and Mary Negri,  Joseph and Margaret McDonough, Mary and Robert Carey, Rita Mawn and Lee Staff.  Mary Lou is also lovingly survived by her nephews, Robert, Connor, James Jr., William McDonough III , all of Texas, along with many dear cousins and cherished friends.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, May 29th at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call Saturday morning 10:30-11:15 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Please, to honor Mary Lou, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105

Mary Lou (McDonough) McGondel, 56, died peacefully at home May 27, 2021 surrounded by her family members, after a long battle with scleroderma.  Born and raised in Woburn, she graduated from Woburn High School and attended Regis College where she obtained a degree in business.  After working briefly at Woburn City Hall, Mary Lou realized her calling and continued her education at nursing school.  As a registered nurse working for the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for 31 years, she was known for being compassionate and efficient.  Mary Lou dedicated her life to caring for others.  In times of illness, she nurtured her parents, William and Louise McDonough, as well as her Uncle Doe (Dominic Negri) and Aunt Mary (Mary Negri).  She loved to go to the Cape and enjoyed cooking meals, going out to eat with friends and having a glass of wine.  Mary Lou had a good sense of humor and never outgrew her love for Raggedy Ann and Andy.  Prior to being diagnosed with her illness, she was an avid runner, with The Pond (Horn Pond) being her favorite route.  Despite her medical challenges, she treasured precious time with her husband, who would often nurse her back to health before he succumbed to cancer far too soon. 

Mary Lou was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert “Love-bug” McGondel,  as well as her cherished parents, William and Louise McDonough.  She is survived by, and will be missed greatly by her brothers and their wives, William J. Jr and Katie McDonough and James and Ellen McDonough. Tia Lou Lou will also be missed by her nephews Jamie, Robert, Connor and Will McDonough.  Uncle Doe, Aunt Mary, Aunt Peggy (Margaret McDonough) and Uncle Scooter (Joseph McDonough) also greatly mourn the loss of their niece. Lou will be sorely missed by her cousins Robert Negri, Catherine Servaes (Negri) and Thomas and Kimberly Negri who considered her to be a sister.  She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, her many friends and coworkers. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, May 29th at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call Saturday morning 10:30-11:15 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Please, to honor Mary Lou, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105

 

.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, May 29th at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call Saturday morning 10:30-11:15 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday morning.  Please, to honor Mary Lou, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105

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  1. A friendship that lasted over thirty years. I will always remember our laughs and cries together. Knowing that you are now truly with Bobby you can feel peace and love. I am going to miss you tremendously.

  2. Paula Zandbergs class of 83

    When I heard of Mary Lou’s passing I was so saddened for all of us that knew her but comforted to know that I’m sure she was met by Bobby when she arrived she was such a special kind and sweet person it was a blessing to know her a gift from God

  3. A beautiful person has left to reunite with her husband, Bob! A greater collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy that I ever seen in my life! They sat on chairs on beds every room you looked in was the couple, her prized possessions!
    Mary Lou was a pleasant person to be around, but, taken way too soon! I’ll always remember the good times at Tanner
    Tavern with you and Bob! God bless all of us!

  4. jill and john siverhus

    may god hold you in his arms xoxo
    thoughts and prayers to your family

    jill sciascia siverhus

  5. Pamela DeMichaelis

    It was such a pleasure working with Marylou on 7west for many years. Always a bright beautiful smile and a wonderful nurse. May you Rest In Peace.

  6. So sad to hear this news. MaryLou always made me smile. Rest In Peace now with your beloved Bobby.

  7. Kathy Langhan

    Mary, Doe and family so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories ease your sorrow.
    Please stay safe and well.

    Kathy O’Brien Langhan❤️🙏

  8. Billy and Jimmy we are so sorry for your loss of Mary Lou, much too young. We are sorry we can’t be there with you today, as our niece (and granddaughter) is getting married today. You are all in our thoughts and prayers today. Love, The Carey’s

  9. I will always cherish the great times we had on 7 West. Marylou always lit up a room with her smile.

  10. We are so sadden to hear of Mary Lou’s sudden passing. We have the good fortune of getting to know her through he good friend Debbie. She was always so kind and loving to m sons Harry and Max. Spending time down the Cape with her was always a pleasure. Shi one of the people who lights up a room with her smile and we all send out warmest regards and sympothies to her famly and loved ones.

    Stacey,Harry ,Max and Rich Moran

  11. Charlie Culhane

    McDonough/McGondel families,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  12. I was so fortunate to work with Mary Lou when I was a nursing student on 7 West. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor. Rest easy, Mary Lou!

  13. Mare, I will miss our daily chats, out outings and our laughs. Rest easy with Bobby. You are now perfect ❤️❤️

  14. Tracie Whalen

    Marylou,rest in paradise, with your Love bug.With love,prayers and peace,Tracie

  15. Carolyn Riley

    Rest In Peace Mary Lou. ❤️ We had so many fun times together on the Cape where we first met on Bayview Beach. I will remember your humor and how you always made everyone laugh. By now you are in the loving arms of your parents and husband. I hope someday we will meet again on the other side of the rainbow. 💕

  16. Rest in Peace, with Bobby, Mary Lou. I’m so glad that I got to know both of you. We had so many funny, happy times.

    Jayne Lee

  17. Marcia Corsino

    MaryLou, you will be missed. So happy to have known you and so happy you were in our family. Also so glad we had the cousin get together a couple of summers ago, love and will miss you❤️ Marcia Corsino

  18. Debbie Kudish

    Marylou, you will forever be missed. You were an incredible friend and I will cherish our memories forever and ever, I will always hold a place for you in my heart. I love you ❤️

  19. margarette masotta

    Mary and Domenic So sorry to read about the loss of your niece. Take care of yourselves and each other. With prayer Margarette Masotta

  20. Janet McSheehy

    Marylou was a fabulous nurse & friend we had many fun nights on 7 west.. May she RIP with her love Bobby. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time..

  21. MaryAnne Ricciarelli

    I worked with marylou for many years. She was an absolute delight. The brightest smile. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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