GOFFSTOWN - Marie Boyle passed away on Dec. 6, 2012, after a brief illness with her loving husband and children by her side.
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She was born Marie Loretta Guterl on Aug. 31, 1930, in New York City. She was nicknamed "Rookie" that day when her father commented "There's a rookie on the road to life." That name followed her through her 82 years.
Marie grew up in Bayonne, N.J., attending the public school system and always excelling in her studies, graduating from high school as the valedictorian. She was an active young lady, involved in sports, cheerleading, singing and drama. She attended Bayonne Junior College and received her associate's degree in secretarial science.
On Feb. 4, 1956, Marie married Henry (Hank) Boyle, whom she had known since childhood in Bayonne. During the course of the next five years, Marie and Hank crisscrossed the country, moving to Pennsylvania, Florida, California, and finally arriving in Goffstown in 1960, with three infants and expecting a fourth. She loved Goffstown and often said that she had come home.
Marie's lasting devotion to her family, friends, church and community defined her. She raised six children and was deeply involved with their schooling and activities. Den mother to band booster, she supported their interests and encouraged their hopes. She was an endless source of information, correcting homework with scientific authority or advising on trombone practice and needle work. All of her children know way too many show tunes from long rides in the car with Marie. She was extremely proud of all of her children and equally of her nine grandchildren.
Marie had many lasting friendships. As a young girl, she formed a bond with six other girls, nicknaming themselves the "Seven Forever." They remained close friends for over 70 years. She continued to make and keep new friends throughout her life.
Marie had deep faith in God and attended St. Lawrence Catholic Church and was an active member of the parish for over 50 years. Her commitment to her community was profound. She held many positions in the town of Goffstown, including, among others, executive secretary, deputy town clerk, welfare officer and town administrator. Marie worked for many years for the Goffstown News in many capacities, finally retiring as editor. She also produced and presented a weekly local news program for Goffstown GTV.
Marie was a passionate volunteer. The list of community organizations that she belonged to is endless: the Mother's Club, charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Life Member of the Goffstown Lion's Club, Goffstown Historical Society, and many more. She was currently serving as the treasurer to the Goffstown Village Water Precinct and in March was elected to serve as secretary to the Goffstown School District. She received numerous awards for her work, but, when asked, said that she did it all simply "because it needed to be done."
Marie's father, Cyril Guterl, mother, Marie Sywak, and stepfather, Eugene Sywak, preceded her in death, as did many of her close friends. Marie is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, Hank; her sister, Yvonne Pax of West Chester, Pa.; and the six children she proudly raised, Pamela Tuohey and her husband John, of Manchester, Michael Boyle of Williamsburg, Va., Christopher Boyle of Nashua, Matthew Boyle and his wife Karen, of Vashon, Wash., Patrick Boyle of Manchester, and Susan Donaher and her husband Jimmy, of Hooksett. Marie will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Alex and Michael Beecy, Galen and Emily Boyle, Gabrielle and Nicoleen Boyle, Lucinda and Daniel Boyle, and Hannah Alton; and her nieces and nephews.
services: Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at French and Rising Funeral Home, 17 South Mast St., Goffstown. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church in Goffstown. Burial will take place at Westlawn Cemetery in Goffstown in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice House, 210 Nanticook Road, Merrimack, 03054, or to
. For more information, go to www.frenchandrising.com.
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 9, 2012