Obituary for Mary Kilcoyne
CLINTON – Mary (Hastings) Kilcoyne, 97, of Clinton, MA died on Wednesday, June 28th at the River Terrace Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Lancaster, MA after a brief illness.
Mary was born in Clinton, MA to Irish immigrant parents, James Francis Hastings and Julia (Duffy) Hastings, on July 6, 1919. She attended local schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1936. She went on to study French at Regis College, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1940. Returning to Clinton, Mary worked at the Clinton Trust Company on High Street for ten years as secretary to the president of the bank, and volunteered as a nurse aid at Clinton Hospital during World War II. In 1950 she married fellow Clintonian, John Michael Kilcoyne of “the Acre,” and later left employment to take care of their growing family. They raised four children – John, James, Julia, and Timothy – and enjoyed 58 years of marriage together. Mary was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of Saint John the Evangelist Church, where she taught CCD classes for several years. She participated in the local chapter of the Regis College Club, acting as its class secretary into her retirement years. Throughout life Mary was an avid reader and stayed up-to-date on current events and politics. She delighted in spending quality time at home with her family, who visited her every Sunday after church. She vacationed in Ogunquit, Maine almost every summer since the 1960s. Some of her favorite things were chocolate, baking, the music and dance of the 1940s, and the color blue. Mary will be remembered for her devotion to faith and family, her maternal wisdom, traditional values, dry sense of humor, and infectious smile.
She is survived by two sons, John Kilcoyne and his wife Mary Ellen of Sterling, and Timothy Kilcoyne of Clinton, one daughter, Julia Konola and her husband Jukka of Sterling, one daughter-in-law, Claire Kilcoyne of Westborough, eight grandchildren, Sarah (Konola) Chanler and her husband Andrew of Berlin, Mary Konola, Susan Konola, Timothy Konola, Meghan Kilcoyne, Julie Kilcoyne, and Michael Kilcoyne of Sterling, and Brendan Kilcoyne of Westborough, and two great-grandchildren, Ava and Isaac Chanler of Berlin. Mary’s beloved husband, John M. Kilcoyne, and son, James P. Kilcoyne of Westborough, predeceased her.
Funeral services are to be held on Monday, July 10, 2017 from the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:30AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held in the funeral home on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 3 until 5PM. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mary Kilcoyne to: St. John the Evangelist Church-Restoration Fund, c/o 149 Chestnut St., Clinton, MA 01510. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com