Judith Christine Leary

Judith Christine Leary NATICK Judith Christine (Coleman) Leary, 71, a resident of Natick for over 40 years, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. She was the beloved wife of John J. Leary, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Daniel Coleman (Ret. Sgt. BPD) and Mary (Downey) Coleman, Mrs. Leary was raised in West Roxbury. She attended the Boston Public Schools and was a proud graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Jamaica Plain. After graduation, she went on to study at Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and Boston State Teachers College. Mrs. Leary married her husband in 1959 and moved to the 1st Army Headquarters on Governors Island, N.Y., where she was very proud to be an Army wife, who raised her first two children alone while her husband served in Korea for 13 months. Moving to Natick in 1965, Mrs. Leary became an active community member volunteering at the Natick Food Pantry, as a communicant and serving as the bookkeeper for the Sodality of St. Patricks Parish, as a Cub Scout den mother and as the chairwoman of many Girl Scout Cookie campaigns. Professionally, she was employed by the Digital Equipment Corp. in Maynard from 1977 to 1992, as a contract administrator and then as a receptionist and member of the payroll department at the Framingham Heart Study from 1992 to 2007. She received numerous awards and accolades from both companies for her outstanding commitment and dedication. In addition to being dedicated and devoted to her family, Mrs. Leary also had a great fondness for cats. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Leary is survived by her devoted children, Kevin and Susan both of Natick, Christopher of Quincy, and Brian of Framingham; her cherished grandchildren, Hannah B., Sean and Colton; and her sisters, Patricia OBrien of Hyde Park, and Sr. Mary Coleman, OSF of Readville. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend her funeral at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. (at Natick Common), Natick, on Monday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m,. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m, at St. Patricks Church, Natick. Burial will follow in St. Patricks Cemetery. Visiting hours are today, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In memory of Mrs. Leary, donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services at www.crs.org. For online guestbook and directions please visit www.everettfuneral.com.

Published in The Natick Bulletin & Tab from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, 2010