MARY LILLIAN (SILVA) PRECKOL

September 8, 2022

MARY LILLIAN (SILVA) PRECKOL

Mary Lillian (Silva) Preckol – of Woburn, died peacefully September 8th at the age of ninety-four. Beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Preckol. Cherished mother of Joseph P. Preckol, his late wife Maryann of Warren (NH), Michael P. Preckol, his wife Lois of Westford, and Mary J. Bicheler of Groton. Cherished grandmother of Joseph P. Preckaylo, Joy R. Smith, Michael P. Preckol, Alicia M. Bicheler, Amanda R. Bicheler, Rachel L. Silva, and Alexander J. Preckol and great-grandmother of Emily, Lauren, Lexa, and Max Smith, Aidan and Anthony Preckol, Annabelle, Joseph, Jr., and Brady Preckaylo, and Riley Silva. Dear sister of the late Manuel Silva, Aurora Silva and Anna Silva. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Thurs., Sept. 15th, at 10 a.m.  Interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a calling hours on Wed., Sept. 14th from 3-6 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

Mary “Lillian” (Silva) Preckol passed away peacefully at the age of 94 at the Lahey Hospital on September 8th 2022, surrounded by her family.   She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Preckol, and they were married for a joyous 61 years. 

She was born and raised in Boston and met her husband after he had served in the Marine Corps during World War II and Korea.  After living in Roxbury for a few years, Lillian and Joe moved to the west side of Woburn in 1961, where they bought a home and raised their three children.  

She loved cooking elaborate family meals during every holiday and other gatherings in between.  Lillian worked for several years at the Reeves Elementary School in Woburn while her daughter was in attendance.   She started a successful floral arrangement business which she enjoyed immensely.  Lillian was a longtime communicant at St. Barbara’s Parish and was steadfast in her Catholic faith.  She was also active as a Girl Scout leader, and a proud member of both the Marine Corps League and American Legion Auxiliaries.  

She and her husband loved to travel throughout their lifetime, and they visited Florida, Bermuda, Canada, Portugal, Italy, England, Scotland, and Switzerland.   Lillian was predeceased by his parents, Manuel and Alice Silva, her brother “Manny”, and her sisters Aurora and Anna. 

She is lovingly survived by her sons, Joseph P. Preckol and his late wife Maryann of NH, Michael P. Preckol and his wife Lois of Westford, his daughter, Mary J. Bicheler of Groton, her grandchildren, Joseph P. Preckaylo, Joy R. Smith, Michael P. Preckol, Alicia M. Bicheler, Amanda R. Bicheler, Rachel L. Silva, and Alexander J. Preckol and great-grandchildren, Emily, Lauren, Lexa, and Max Smith, Aidan and Anthony Preckol, Annabelle, Joseph Jr., and Brady Preckaylo, and Riley Silva. 

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, September 15th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Calling hours on Wednesday (September 14th) from 3 to 6 p.m. Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:30 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Thurs., Sept. 15th, at 10 a.m.  Interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a calling hours on Wed., Sept. 14th from 3-6 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

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  1. Preckol family,

    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

  2. Dear Mary , I so sorry to hear of your loss of your beautiful mom, I always enjoyed see her around town , her kindness and happiness I will always remember, whenever I saw her she would say “I stll have the picture of you and Mary from your First Communion “ my deepest sympathy Linda Landino

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