OBITUARY: Carole A. (MacDonald) Pazyra, 83

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Carole A. (MacDonald) Pazyra, age 83, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2022.

Carole was born in Boston, MA, on November 9, 1939; she was the cherished daughter of the late Herbert and Mary (O’Brien) MacDonald. Carole was raised and educated in Chelsea, MA, and a graduate of Chelsea High School with the Class of 1957.

Carole married “the love of her life” Tom Pazyra in May of 1963; the couple shared over 60 years together, raised a wonderful family, traveled, and had a lot of fun throughout the years. Carole and Tom lived in the “3 Decker” in Chelsea for the first several years of their marriage before moving “up country” to Wilmington over 45 years ago. Carole and Tom bought their family home on Middlesex Ave. where they raised two great kids Tom and Kelli, welcomed their “in-laws” Tracy and Jim and adored being grandparents to Amanda, Danny, Jack and Joey. Carole and Tom enjoyed their new neighborhood and became fast friends with Dick and Catherine next door; the couples were great neighbors to each other and looked forward to the times they shared together in Florida. Carole loved to entertain her family and friends at her home. All were welcome and everyone always had lots of laughs and a great time together.

Carole showered her family with love and support; she was very devoted to her husband Tom, her children, and her grandchildren. Her family was everything to her. She was there for sporting events, plays, & concerts not only for her children but also for her grandchildren whom she adored. She had a special bond with each of her grandchildren. Carole was very proud of her family, she looked forward to all the times they shared together and treasured the memories that they made. Carole was also extremely close to her sister Marilyn and her niece Susan. They spent so much time together and had many laughs along the way. Her many nieces and nephews were so important to her, they all loved her dearly.

Carole and Tom had a large circle of friends; their “Friday Night Crowd” where they looked forward to their dinners out and then heading over to one of the couples houses where the laughter and fun continued. Carole and Tom also enjoyed traveling with friends and traveled extensively over the years.

Prior to retiring, Carole, worked at the Reading Cooperative Bank in the Wilmington Branch for more than 20 years, working her way up to be the Assistant Branch Manager. Carole made many long-time friends with her co-workers as well as her bank customers; she was very helpful, knowledgeable, and greeted everyone with a smile.

Following retirement, Carole and Tom became “snow-birds” for over 15 years as they headed South to Florida for the winter months. Carole again made many friends, she liked walking every day, going bowling, and enjoyed the warmth of the sun.

Carole will be fondly remembered for many things especially her devotion to the New England Patriots and “her Tom Brady”. Carole watched nearly every game and rooted on her favorite team; of course that was undisturbed in another room where no one could bother her. She enjoyed exercising and could be found out walking or heading to the gym most mornings. She completed the Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon Walk to fight cancer four times.

Carole was known to her friends and family for her playful jabs and feistiness. It was all in good fun and she had a big heart. She truly loved her family and friends unconditionally; they were her heart and soul and she will forever live in the hearts of those she touched.

Carole was the beloved wife of Thomas J. Pazyra, devoted mother of Thomas M. Pazyra and his wife Tracy of Tewksbury and Kelli A. Boyle and her husband Jim of Wilmington. She was the loving and adoring “Nana” of Amanda Boyle, Daniel Pazyra, Jack Boyle, and Joseph Pazyra, cherished sister of Marilyn Williams of Wakefield and the late Jean Nazzaro, dear sister-in-law of Charlie Pazyra and Laura Cazmay. Carole was also a very special aunt to her many nieces and nephews, a great neighbor, and a true friend to many.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, December 2nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 1st from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

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

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Carole A. (MacDonald) Pazyra

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