Pauline Mary Condron

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

1921 - 2019


Pittsfield, Massachusetts


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Pauline "Polly" Mary Condron of Lanesborough, MA - On Tuesday, October 22, passed away peacefully surrounded by her adoring family. Polly was born on August 5, 1921 in Montreal, Canada to Charles and Leah Towle. She was the 4th of seven children. Polly and her family lived in Montreal for a brief period of time before moving to Malone, NY where she attended St. Joseph's Ursuline Academy and later graduated from the Loretta Business Institute in Plattsburgh, NY. Polly returned to Malone where she took a position with F.W. Myers & Co., Inc. It was in Malone where she met her future husband, Joseph E. Condron who was attending Clarkson College and was a classmate of her brother Charlie. After a 6-year courtship Polly and Joe were married and headed to Lanesborough, MA in the Berkshires, Joe's hometown, where he was employed as an engineer for GE. It was in Lanesborough where they raised their four children and lived out the rest of their lives.

Polly loved sports. She was an avid bowler in her younger years and enjoyed playing tennis and skiing. Few people know that she excelled at ping pong, had a killer serve, gave up very few games and played into her 90s. Music was another love of hers. She especially enjoyed attending concerts at Tanglewood and Lessons and Carols at Williams College. Most important to Polly, however, was her family and faith. She taught CCD for many years and was a loyal parishioner at North American Martyrs and St. Mary's where she was a member of the Rosary Society. Most recently she had been attending St. Agnes Church. She was a gracious hostess and no one ever left her home hungry. Her classic line "Are you sure I can't get you another helping?" is known by all those who were lucky enough to experience one of her wonderful meals! Her bright eyes and contagious smile were her hallmark. She touched many people, friends and strangers, in a positive way and we are all better for having known sweet Polly.

Polly was predeceased by her husband Joseph, brothers, Leo Towle, Alec Towle, Charles Towle, James Towle, Alfred Towle and her sister Cecelia Hunkins. She is survived by her children Anne-Marie Herrick (Stephen), Patrick Condron (Katie), Eileen Shiffrin (Jeffrey) and Caroline Ryan (Jim); grandchildren, Katie Bugbee, Cara Herrick, Sean Condron, Christopher Condron, Taylor Shiffrin, Mikaela Shiffrin, James Ryan, Alexandra Ryan and Elizabeth Ryan and 5 great grand-children.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am, with preceding calling hours at 10 am , Friday, December 6th at St. Agnes Church, 489 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lanesborough New Ashford Dollars for Scholars fund - LNADS PO Box 377, Lanesborough, MA 01237, the Ursulines Retirement Fund, The Ursulines Provincialate, 1338 N. Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804 or HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc., 877 South Street Suite 1W, Pittsfield, MA 01201. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Gosh I am so sad to learn that Polly has passed. She was a great friend to my mother Phyllis Howard. I so enjoyed visits with Polly and my mom as well as a few drop ins I made solo when I passed by her house on my way over to Bedards.. Mom and Polly had a Malone connection and her family (Norman and DeeDee Towle) had a camp next door to us on Lake Titus for years. When my mom was hit by a car in 09 Polly was such a good friend and visited her many times in the hospital and in rehab. She was...

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Dear Ann Marie, Eileen, Caroline, PJ and

My deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your mom. Aunt Polly was such a beautiful woman inside and out and I thought the world of her I am so sorry that I am unable to show my respect in person.

As you keep your mom's love in you hearts, may all that love and wonderful memories you made with her help you get through this difficult time. Please know that warm thoughts of support and caring are also with...

I just found out today of your Mom's (Grandmother's) passing. She was such a gracious lady and I feel very fortunate to have known her. With all my sympathies, I am so sorry for your loss.
Doug Lolik

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PJ, Kate, Sean and all of the Condron families,
Our prayers are with you during your time of Loss.
The Martin Family,
Tom Adriane and the Girls

To the Condon families, our sincere condolences to you. We share many happy memories with you. Norman, Martha Durfee andfamily

My deepest and most sincere Condolences to the Condron Family at the passing of "OUR" Dear, Dear, Miss Polly.
(She is at HOME now.)
I was truly blessed to have had the honor of spending time with Polly. She was silly, kind, intelligent, loving, and she lived her life to the fullest each and every day.
Farewell to "OUR" Dear Polly .... she was a God Given Gift to this world! HEAVENLY ANGELS will surely be rolling out the Red Carpet for her arrival.

To everyone in the Condron family, I personally never met Polly, but I know her son, PJ and his wife Katie, and also have met her daughter Eileen. MY sincere condolences and prayers are with everyone of her family.

Jackie Schultheir-Owen