Mary Dolores (nee Jubrias) Rannells
AGE: 89 • formerly of Martinsville
Mary Dolores (nee Jubrias) Rannells died at her Chatham, MA home, on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, just eight days shy of her 90th birthday, after a thirty-year valiant battle against breast cancer
. Born on October 20, 1922, in Leonia, N.J., she was the only daughter of Julio and Josephine Jubrias. She and her family moved to Havana, Cuba (1929-1940), during Machado's bloody reign and Batista's revolt. In 1936, after recovering from a bout of polio, Mary broke the Women's World Record for breaststroke and was invited to represent Cuba in the Olympics. In 1940, her family returned to the states, where she worked in New York City, as a secretary and Spanish translator for The Sun Rubber Company, McKesson & Robbins, and The Coca Cola Company. During this time, Mary took courses in Hospitality and Hotel Management, through Cornell University's Extension Program. In Martinsville, N.J., where Mary lived for twenty-six years (1951-1977), she was an active member of The League of Women Voters and the Martinsville Community Club Players, a volunteer at Martinsville Library, and a Cub Scout Den Mother. From 1963 until 1977, Mary enjoyed a career, first as a secretary in the Department of Urban Planning (Peace Corps training program), and later as the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Comparative Literature, at Rutgers University. In 1977, she and her husband of sixty-five years, retired to Chatham, MA, where she became a docent at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, a supporter of The Chatham A's summer baseball team, and an avid Paddle Ball player. Throughout her lifetime, Mary was a strong advocate of the healing properties of exercise and swimming, a voracious reader, a gourmet cook, a gardener, and a lover of all animals and Nature. She was not only the Matriarch of her family but also was a compassionate maternal figure to all who knew her.
Mary was predeceased by her parents; husband, John M. Rannells, Sr., and her brothers, George and Jack Jubrias. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Rannells Schmidtchen (Peer); her sons, Jack Rannells (Ellen) and Bob Rannells (Jennifer); her grandchildren, Sara Phillips (Brad), Lea Comrie (Gabe), Juli Schmidtchen, Jackson Rannells, and Emily Rannells, and one great-grandchild, Connor Phillips.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street, Brewster MA 02631 or to the VNA Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601.