Mary G. Pascarelli, 88
Mary G. (MacPhee) Pascarelli, a 58-year Hull resident and a retired Hull Public Schools system employee, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Oct. 6, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born on July 1, 1931, Mary was the daughter of Joseph and Matilda (MacDonald) MacPhee of Clear Spring, Prince Edward Island, Canada. She grew up on her family farm where they grew their own vegetables and raised livestock. After her Mom died when Mary was young, she and her three siblings, led by sister Flo, managed the household while Dad tended to the farm. Mary came to the United States in 1949 at the age of 18 and lived in Brookline near many of her MacPhee family relatives. She became a proud American citizen in 1957.
Mary married her husband, Victor, in 1957 and started their family in Dorchester. They moved to Hull in 1961 where they raised their five children. Mary was a devout Catholic and a member of the St. Mary’s Parish of Hull for 58 years.
In Hull, Mary spent countless hours shuttling her children to various sporting events while also working at the Pilgrim Skating Rink snack bar. When her children were older, she began working in the Hull school cafeteria and made many good friends along the way.
After retiring from the school system, Mary kept herself busy visiting her grandchildren and traveling with her husband, including regular visits to Mary’s relatives on Prince Edward Island. She loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. She lived for the holidays when she could get the whole family together for one of her famous meals. She was known for her meatballs, and they were a “can’t miss” feature of most Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Her competitive spirt shined at home when she could convince children and grandchildren to join her in her favorite table games: Scrabble, cards, and puzzles were her specialty. She generously entertained family and friends while they spent time at the beach and returned to her home for summer cookouts.
Mary was the beloved wife of Victor, her late husband, for 48 years. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph MacPhee, and her sisters, Flora MacInnis and Anne MacDonald. She was the devoted mother of Diane, of Hull; Victor Jr., and his wife, Alison, of Holderness, N.H.; John and his wife, Gail, of New Fairfield, Conn.; James and his wife, Kathleen, of Hanover; and Michael, of Stoughton. She is also survived by her loving sister-in-law, Phyllis Marshall, of Hull, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, from 4-8 p.m., in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central Street), Hingham. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Hull, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hull Village Cemetery, Hull.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary can be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370. See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.
Mary G. Pascarelli, 88