Lunenburg-Mary Jeannette (Decato) O’Malley was born on May 8, 1943 the middle child and only daughter of Harry A. and Irene A. (LaBombard) Decato. She was educated in NH, at Sacred Heart Elementary School, was a 1961 graduate of Lebanon High School and later Plymouth State College, where she earned a Bachelor degree in Education with a major in Business Comprehensive.
Mary Taught three years in Henniker, NH, then moved to Milford NH, to teach at North Middlsex Regional High School in Townsend, where she met and married Patrick E. O’Malley. The couple then moved to Lunenburg. She left teaching to raise her boys while doing bookkeeping at home for S & K Trans, her family business. She later worked for Rick Starr Ford before returning to teaching. This time at Athol High School, Athol, MA after attending Mt. Wachusett Community College to obtain a certificate in Computer Applications to recertify for teaching. While Teaching at Athol High School she earned her Masters Degree from SNHU in Business Education.
When counting her blessings Mary would being with family, parents and brothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles who so influenced her values, her husband Patrick who shared her faith, making up for all the opposites in their lives, her sons Shawn and Kevin, who led her to a fuller understanding of God’s love for all of us and church, FB, Hampton friends and prison pals.
Then would come “Oh Lord, my God, When I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made,” Gods creations we’ve visited, friendships we’ve made, camping in Dad’s motor home, our pop up trailer, mini motor home and finally a permanent trailer in Hampton, NH. Camping took us from California to Massachusetts, to Montreal, throughout the Northeast and Atlantic States to Virginia and Florida.
Two big cruises, one to the Western Caribbean and a five day tour in the Canadian Rockies, followed by Inside Passage of Alaska with motor coach. Two river cruises, one on a Christmas Market and one on the Rhine.
While teaching at AHS, we were introduced to traveling abroad, traveling with students and other teachers to Italy, France, London, Germany, Austria and Greece of EF Tours. Mary became a group leader for Durgan Travel when she booked a group trip with them to Ireland and after retirement, the Christmas Market Tour, Trip to Rome, and Venice, and as a group leader took numerous tours here in the States. She took Pilgrimages with Fr. Dennis, 1st to Rome and Assisi and then to the Holy Land. “Then Sings my Soul, my Saviour God to Thee. How great Thou art, how great Thou art.” How very blessed we’ve been!
Shortly before retirement, Mary became involved in prison ministry at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, Shirley, MA where she was on of the Catholic Community for inmates who came to Catholic Services. If you had asked her what her favorite ministry or hobby was, this would have topped the list along with Prayer Shall Ministry and being a Eucharistic Minister with all that involves.
Mary was pre-deceased by grandparents, mom and dad Decato, mom and dad O’Malley, all aunts, all uncles, her older brother Dick Decato, brother-in-law, Jim O’Malley, older son Shawn O’Malley, cousins, nieces, grand nephew and too many classmates and friends to count.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick of 52 plus years, (who’d have guessed, and her 31st birthday gift, “Rainbow baby, son, Kevin and his wife Jacqueline, brother, Peter Decato and his wife Marge, Sisters in-law, Joan Decato and Gloria O’Malley, four grandchildren, Gage, Douglas, Lucas, and Rex aka Zoe; two great-grandchildren, Kaidyn and Dougie; numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
When this was first written it, grandchildren were not among her blessings, we can’t have everything can we? She delighted in following the lives of her grand nieces and nephews and great grands. However at about the same time as her stage four lung cancer diagnosis, Kevin introduced her to the love of his life, Jacqueline and he four children. In a heartbeat, she would become a mother in-law and gram to four, with no runny noses or diapers to change. God is good! My Grands brought joy and smiles to my life along with a desire to live.
Mary saw God’s hand in all. She never forgot her small town classmates and friends, special friend, Alice from the trailer park in Milford that she bumped into in NYC for a ballgame some 50 years later, teachers and students from Henniker, NMRHS in Townsend, Athol, Church Friends from OLL, Leominster, St. Boniface Lunenburg and OLMN, Hampton, NH.
“All I ask of you is remember me as loving you.”
You are invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday September 28, 2021 from 9-11AM in Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1400 Main St. Leominster, MA 01453. Her funeral Mass will begin at 11:30AM. Burial will be on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:30AM in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lebanon, NH.
The Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 763 Mass Ave. Lunenburg has been entrusted with the care of Mary’s arrangements.
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