Harrington, Mary A., 85, Formerly of Sudbury
- Deceased's name: Mary A. Harrington
- Age: 85
- Date: July 11, 2012
- Hometown: Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Natick, Holliston, Hudson, Southborough
- Survived by: Husband Hank; children Kathleen E. Heinecke, Sheila A. Harrington, Henry W. Harrington III and wife Maureen, all of Shrewsbury, Nancy R. Young and husband James of Northborough, and Michael D. Harrington and wife Nancy of Shrewsbury.
Mary is also survived by brothers David F. Lane of Ocala, Fla., Andrew J. Lane of Osterville and Richard T. Lane of Hudson; grandchildren Amy M. Walsh, Paul E. Lirette Jr., Kert W. Heinecke, Heather Collazo, Holly Young, Buddy Harrington, Christen Harrington, Matthew M. Heinecke, Jennifer Bauman and Michael D. Harrington Jr.; great-grandchildren Tiffany A. Lirette, John Debraga, Jeanie Debraga, Kelsie Heinecke, Jason Collazo, Jordan Cummings, Alissa Gonzalez, Jocelyn Young, Grant Walsh, Camilla Walsh, and Gianna Barthley Heineke; many nieces and nephews including Beverly DeBraga of Hudson and Richard T. Lane Jr. of Sudbury, whom she considered her own.
She was predeceased by her parents John J. and Margaret Louise (Kennedy) Lane; and siblings Ellen K. Lane, John J. Lane Jr., Willam F. Lane, Edward Patrick Lane, Robert Dennis Lane, Paul A. Lane, Catherine White, and Peter J. Lane.
Mary was born on May 15, 1927 in Quincy and was of one twelve children. She graduated from Natick High School in 1945 and later graduated from Wilfred Hair Academy in Wellesley. She worked in the office for Dr. Factor in Cambridge and later worked as an assistant teacher at her sister-in-law's preschool, Brentwood Hall in Hudson.
After marrying Henry W. Harrington on February 19, 1949, she stayed at home to raise and educate her children. They lived in the communities of Holliston, Hudson and Southborough before settling in Sudbury where they lived for over 30 years.
While in Sudbury, they maintained a farm in which they raised Appaloosa horses. She was active in the 4-H club and horse shows. They moved to Shrewsbury in 2001.
Mary loved to garden. She had a passion for her flower and vegetable gardens. She also created her own fishpond and waterfall in their yard. Working in her yard gave her satisfaction and it became a sanctuary for the many wildlife and birds. She and Hank also travelled extensively and Mary will be remembered as a fantastic cook. She took pride in teaching her grandchildren to swim and she loved to sing and dance. Often with family, close and extended, they would sing the wonderful ballads of ancestral music of their much loved and native Ireland.
Family and friends honored and remembered Mary's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors - The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, on the common, Shrewsbury center on Sunday, July 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:45 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, where her Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial followed in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.
Honor Mary's memory with a donation to The PanMass Challenge, in c/o Kert Heinecke, http://www.pmc.org/profile/KH0176 or my mail: Pan-Massachusetts Challenge ,77 4th Avenue, Needham, MA 02494 or to VNA Care Network & Hospice, 333 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772.
To view Mary's online tribute, share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.healdchiampa.com