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Mary McAuliffe


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Mary McAuliffe Obituary
Mary Ellen McAuliffe

WORCESTER - Mary E. McAuliffe, 95 years young, of Worcester and Auburn, MA died peacefully June 15, 2017 under the care of loving hands at Tatnuck Park, Worcester. She was the last of our family's "Greatest Generation".

Mary was born in Worcester on October 7, 1921 to Edward L. (dec. 1977) and Mary Agnes Deignan (dec. 1963) McAuliffe. She was a loving older sister to Jane Ann McAuliffe Dufresne (dec. 1974).

Mary was a life long resident of the Worcester area. She graduated from North High School in 1939, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Worcester State Teacher's College in 1943. She received her Masters in Education (MEd) degree from Boston University in 1950. She was a career educator in the Worcester City Schools system as an Elementary school reading specialist. As a longtime reading consultant for the City, she always had a love for children and continually showered her four nephews with books. In retirement, she was a Supervisor of Student Teaching candidates at Worcester State University.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and great nephew, Matthew McAulliffe Dufresne. She is survived by her four nephews and their spouses, seven great nephews and nieces and eight great grand nephews and nieces:

Stephen E. and JoAnne Dufresne, Nutley, NJ; Danielle and Brian LePage, Bellville, NJ; Stephen F. Dufresne, Ventura, CA.

Peter F. and Susie Dufresne, Marietta, GA; Andy and Jana Dufresne, Watson, Liam and Caleb, Johns Creek, GA; Anna and Christopher Shugart, Caroline and Ava, Mt. Pleasant, SC.

David and Kate Dufresne, Albuquerque, NM; Erin Dufresne and Carlos Ledesma, Auburn, WA; Tory Dufresne and Michael Terrell, Trinity, Adrian and Julian, Brown Deer, WI; Emilie and Joshua Stratman, Cedarburg, WI.

Paul W. Dufresne, Lindenwold, NJ.

With a grateful heart, the family thanks Mary's loving friends, Margaret (Peggy) Curran and Dorothy (Dot) McGauley and the family of John "Bud" and Anne O'Malley, father John Gee of North American Martyrs Church for their love and companionship over the years, the staff at Tatnuck Park, Worcester and Compassius Hospice Care.

Visitation will be at Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street Worcester, Sunday June 25, from 3 to 5 p.m.

A Memorial Celebration Mass will be offered Monday June 26, at 10:00 a.m. at North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, MA with burial to follow at the family plot in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from June 19 to June 23, 2017
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