Mary V. Franchi

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, "Auntie Mary," a long time Newton resident, passed away at the age of 90.


Mary was born on September 27, 1930 in Gallinaro, Atina, Italy to Luigi and Giovanna (Tullio) Franchi, the fourth of five children and the only daughter. The family left Italy and immigrated to America, settling in Nonantum among many other Atinese, where she would live most of her life. She graduated from Newton High School and took her first job across the street at the Ucinite, doing administrative work. She went on to work for her brother, Pasquale, in various capacities, including managing The Bull Restaurant at the Somerset in Boston, managing Bass Point Apartments in Nahant, assisting with activities at Braeburn Nursing Home in Waban.


Mary was one of a kind, sociable and charming, generous to a fault. She brought her enthusiasm, dedication, strong work ethic and love of beauty wherever she went. She was dedicated to her family and lovingly cared for them, putting their comfort and needs before hers. She was an avid and passionate gardener, enjoying both the planting and the harvest. Her yard was filled with flowers, butterflies and birds. She loved cooking and baking almost as much as she enjoyed generously sharing her creations with others. She loved animals, and especially her pets throughout the years: birds, cats and dogs. She was also a passionate world traveler.


Mary is predeceased by her parents, Luigi and Giovanna, her brothers Antonio “Jerry” and Domenic, her sister-in-law Madeline, her nieces Debra, Patricia and Suzanne, her nephew Gerard. She is survived by her brothers Pasquale and Anthony, her sister-in laws Carmela, Olga and Connie, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday January 9 at 10:30 am at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington Street, Newton. The Church will follow State of MA Coronavirus guidelines including the wearing of a mask and social distancing. Burial and visitation will be private. Auntie Mary was much loved and will be missed by all who knew her. She will be forever in our hearts and memories. Mary’s memory can be honored through a donation to Our Lady’s or the charity of your choice. Arr. by Magni FH, Newton.

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