1941 – 2016
Woodstock – Mary (Walsh) O’Leary, 75 of Senexet Village Rd., died Monday, September 5, 2016 in her home. She was the loving wife of Brian L. O’Leary. Born in Salem, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie (Karzmarek) Walsh.
Mrs. O’Leary graduated from St. James High School in Salem, MA. She went to work at the telephone company while taking classes at Salem State College and Boston College. After marrying, she settled in Marblehead, MA before moving to Wakefield, MA to raise her family. Mary worked as a clerk in the Assessor’s Office for the Town of Wakefield. She became involved in many community organizations, helping to found Friends of Lake Quannapowitt. She worked diligently with this group to not only beautify the lake, but make the lake accessible to all and to ensure the health of the lake. Her tireless work was recognized when she was awarded the Gertrude Spaulding Award in 2010. Mary recognized the importance of local libraries, joining and helping lead Friends of the Library groups in Wakefield and in Putnam, CT, as well as book groups, often being in the middle of three or more books at a time. Mary was an avid and accomplished quilter. It was through quilt guilds and civic involvement that Mary made so many wonderful and caring friends. They were a treasure to her. Mary’s greatest joy came from her grandchildren. She loved exploring the world again through her grandchildren’s eyes and experiences. They have beautiful memories of their grandmother and the adventures she shared.
In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her son, John O’Leary and his wife April of Tewksbury, MA; daughters, Gail Klanchesser and her husband John of Newington, NH, Joanne Listro and her husband Anthony of Woodstock; brothers, William Walsh of Newington, CT, and Jack Walsh and his wife Jean of Salem, MA; sister, Margaret Penney and her husband John of Hanover, MA; and grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, Nicholas, Rebecca, Linnea, Micaela, Ryan, Samuel, Benjamin, Jacob, Anthony, and Sophia.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Mary’s family from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Friday September 9, 2016 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Rd., Pomfret, CT.
Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Lake Quannapowitt, FOLQ, P.O. Box 517, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the Putnam Public Library, 225 Kennedy Dr., Putnam, CT 06260 or to the Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar Museum, 1-49 S. Main St., Putnam, CT 06260.
For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.