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MARY E. TRANK


1920 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
MARY E. TRANK Obituary
Trank, Mary E. 93, of Shrewsbury, formerly of Waltham, passed away on Sunday, June 15th, 2014 after a short period of declining health. Mary was born on August 10th, 1920, the first of six children born to William H. Trank and Annie H. (Mullen) Trank. Mary leaves her sister Anne B. (Trank) Perry of Bellingham and her brother Francis R. Trank of Austin, Texas. Mary also leaves nineteen nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mary was also predeceased by her sisters: Helen I. (Trank) McKinley and Natalie L. (Trank) Marshall; and her brother William G. Trank.Mary grew up in Westborough and graduated from Westborough High School in 1938. She then went on to Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Boston. After graduation she worked for a short time at the former Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company and WMEX Radio. In 1946 she began a 30+ year career with the Boston Red Sox. Mary worked in various positions culminating as Executive Assistant/Secretary to General Manager, Dick O'Connell and Owner, Tom Yawkey. In this exciting and challenging position, Mary was often referred to as "the brains behind the Red Sox", "she pulled the strings behind the curtain", "no operational move was ever made without her approval", etc. etc. Working for the Red Sox allowed Mary the opportunity to meet and become friends with many players, coaches, managers, and owners. She was able to travel with the team during Spring Training and she got to visit many ballparks across the country. Mary's family also benefited from her Red Sox employment – a telephone call to her, requesting a seat in Fenway Park, enabled us all to grow up with the Red Sox. Thank you Mary! Mary's family would like to thank the great staff at Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Southgate at Shrewsbury, Inc., and the JHC HomeCare Hospice. A very special and heartfelt thank you to the amazing "Lisa" and "Rose" from Care With A Heart, for their loving and compassionate care of Mary. Mary's Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at 9:30 AM at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main Street, Westborough. Burial in St. Luke's Cemetery will be private. Online guestbook www.brownandhickey.com Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 617-484-2534. 617-547-1500
Published in The Boston Globe on June 22, 2014
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