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Mary L. (Mahoney) Wilder
CTI Foster Grandparent. Volunteer, Secretary, Sister, Aunt, Great Aunt, Great Great Aunt;


Mary Lou (Mahoney) Wilder, 88, formerly of the Pawtucketville and Highlands section of the City died Tuesday January 12, 2021.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 28, 1932, the daughter of the late John and the late Eileen (Beedy) Mahoney, she attended St. Patrick Grammar school and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1950.

She was a secretary at AVCO, EG & G and Honeywell and was the first Special Education secretary of the Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Mary resided in Florida, Maine and Iowa, returning to Lowell in 2005. A proud member of Community Teamwork’s Foster Grandparent Program for more than 15 years, first at Pawtucketville Memorial Elementary school then at the J.G. Pyne Magnet school, she particularly enjoyed working with Pre-school and Kindergarten children.

Among her many interests, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting for family and friends.

Mary is survived by her brother John Mahoney and his fiancée Kathleen West of Orlando, FL; her nieces goddaughter Laura Corcoran , Jen Mahoney - Brum,  Mary Jo Santoro, Karen Gurney and Allison Chasse; nephews David and Thomas Mahoney, Patrick Mahoney, Paul Mahoney, Timothy Mahoney, Gregory Bohenko, Eric Bohenko, Joseph Bohenko, David Bohenko, Stephen Bohenko; a sister-in-law Lotus Wilder of Wawkon, IA; and many nieces, nephews and friends in and around Wawkon, IA where she frequently visited and was always welcomed.

She was predeceased by her sister Elizabeth Bohenko, her brothers James Mahoney and Richard “Dick: “Ratch” Mahoney and his wife Jan and her nephew Kevin Mahoney. She was also the wife of the late Marc Wilder who died in 2010.

Due to current gathering restrictions, a Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather with family and friends. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (4)
  • Sheila Stowell  - Condolences for Mary Wilder
    I worked with Mary in the Voke SPECIAL ED department until she left. She was a joy to work with and had Irish ☘️ twinkle in her eye. She ran a tight ship but would help the staff out gladly when we had questions. I loved chatting with Mary when we had questions , often with a funny remark . May God hold you in the Palm of His hand. Condolences to all of Mary’s family with special wishes for Mary Jo who was part of our early SPED family. May God hold Mary in the Palm of his Hand.Q
  • Sheila Stowell  - Mary Mahoney Wilder
    Mary- I cannot believe how many years have gone by since you were our Secretary in the Special Education department at the Voke. You always has twinkle in your eye and something up your sleeve. Although I have not seen you in years , I will never forget those years and all the laughs we had in the department. May God bless you and keep you safe in His Hands.
  • Esther Johnson and Mary Miserl  - Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
    Esther: I worked with Mary and even attended her wedding. She was a dear friend and was always wonderful talking on the phone. She always had so much to say and was very informative. She even visited me with Mark at one time here in California. I was saddened to hear of her passing. With talking to her I never had a clue that there anything wrong with her. I will miss you Mary and may you rest in peace. May your memory be eternal. Mary: Mary would come to Sunday Dinners every once in a while. She would also babysit my downs daughter Debbie whom she loved and Debbie loved Mary. They had a good time together. Mary was full of love and fun to be with. We all loved Mary. I will miss you Mary. May God Rest Your Soul.
  • Kim and Bob Gouveia  - Our thoughts and prayers
    She was full of life and as sweet as can be
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