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Mary J. Chiaravelotti
December 15, 2023
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Mary J. Chiaravelotti passed away peacefully on December 15 after a long illness, a few weeks before her 94th birthday. She was married for 63 years to her beloved husband, Anthony. Together, they were residents of Newton, Massachusetts, for 58 years, where they raised their three children.
Mary was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, during the Great Depression when times were tough. She lost her mother at an early age and had to play an outsized role in caring for her siblings at a time when money and resources were scarce.
After high school, Mary attended and graduated from Nurses Training Program at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. Her loving and caring nature led her to a career in pediatric nursing. Later, as a pediatric RN she relocated to New York City, where she continued her advanced training at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University.
In NYC Mary was courted by an old acquaintance who was from her hometown but living in Boston. After a short courtship, she married Anthony in 1960 in Our Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and relocated to Boston, where she continued her nursing career at Mass General. Following the birth of her first child, Anthony Marc, she became a full-time and dedicated mother of two more children, Carla and Bettina.
In 1965 the family moved from Boston to Newton Centre, where Mary helped guide the education of her children through the Newton school system. Her presence at school was evident. She was a lunch mother and attended and encouraged their participation in all their sporting events, school plays, etc. Mary believed strongly in higher education and made sure that all her children earned college degrees. She enjoyed spirited conversations covering a range of topics—from politics and current events to relationships, love, and human connection. She loved getting to know family and friends through questioning and hard listening. Family was everything to Mary, and this love extended to the many friends she treated like family. She loved cooking and feeding anyone who came to her house. She didn’t think twice about her own acts of kindness, but no good deed by another person was ever forgotten.
Mary had a love of country, believed in the American Dream, and never doubted that good things were just around the corner. She was a woman of faith who had a strong sense of the good and believed that good people were everywhere. She was selfless and generous, always thinking of her loved ones, trying to solve their problems, and gently guiding them.
When their two youngest grandchildren, Antonia and Juliana, came along, Mary and Anthony lovingly dedicated themselves to days filled with school plays, music lessons, horseback riding, and swimming lessons all over again.
Mary leaves behind her husband, Anthony; children Anthony M., Carla Murphy, Bettina and husband Nils Hoernle; grandchildren Catrina and husband Dan Magee, Leah Murphy, Antonia and Juliana Hoernle; three great grandchildren; sister Antoinette Turner; and many dear nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Mary and Biagio Cifizzari; her sister Angelina Martin; and brothers Philip and Ralph Cifizzari.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Church, 1321 Centre St, Newton Centre, on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 10:30am. Visitation will be held in the church on Saturday morning from 10 – 10:30am, prior to Mass.
Donations in her memory can be made to Sacred Heart Church 1321 Centre St, Newton Centre MA 02459.