OBITUARY: Mary T. Hartnett, 82

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Mary T. Hartnett, age 82, a life-long Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2022.

Mary was born at home in Wilmington, MA, on September 24, 1939; she was the cherished daughter of the late John F. and Mary T. (White) Hartnett. Mary, along with her brother John “Jack” were raised on the family farm where she developed her great work ethic, her passion for farming and gardening, and her love of animals, especially horses and dogs. Throughout her life, Mary enjoyed being outdoors, tending to the family farm and mowing the yard by hand.

Mary attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1956. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in education from Regis College and went on to complete her master’s degree in teaching. Mary started a long and rewarding career in teaching when she took a position at the Kennedy Middle School in Woburn. Mary spent more than 35 years teaching and mentoring students at the Kennedy Middle School and also making many life-long friendships with her co-workers.

Mary was a woman of great faith and a devout Catholic; she was an active parishioner at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington and later on at St. Theresa’s Parish in North Reading for many years. Mary was always one of the first to volunteer her time and talents to help out with church functions and fundraisers.

In her spare time, Mary enjoyed sewing, creating various crafts and heading to fairs; especially the Deerfield Fair.

Mary will be fondly remembered as a wonderful woman and a great caretaker to her parents and friends. Mary would go out of her way to make everyone around her feel comfortable and loved. She will forever live in the hearts of those she touched.

Mary was the beloved sister of the late John “Jack” Harnett and his late wife Janice, she was very special to the Fahey Family including April and John Fahey along with their children Shawn Fahey, Zachary Fahey and Amy Fahey (King). She is further survived by dear friend Maria Silvaggi and her late husband John.

All are invited to gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, August 31st for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by a Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Mary T. Hartnett

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