Mary A. Harrington, 85


Mary A. Harrington, 85Shrewsbury – Mary A. (Lane) Harrington, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at her home, with family gathered by her side. She was 85.

Mary was born on May 15, 1927 in Quincy. She was of one twelve children born to the late John J. and Margaret Louise (Kennedy) Lane. She was a graduate of Natick High School, class of 1945 and later graduated from Wilfred Hair Academy in Wellesley. She worked in the office for Dr. Factor in Cambridge and later worked as an assistant teacher at her sister-in-law's preschool, Brentwood Hall in Hudson. After marriage to Henry W. Harrington on February 19, 1949 she then stayed at home to raise and educate her children. They lived in the communities of Holliston, Hudson and Southborough before settling in Sudbury where they lived over 30 years. While in Sudbury they maintained a farm in which they raised Appaloosa horses. She was active in the 4-H club and horse shows. They moved to Shrewsbury in 2001.

Mary loved to garden. She had a passion for her flower and vegetable gardens. She also created her own fishpond and waterfall in their yard. Working in her yard gave her satisfaction and it became a sanctuary for the many wildlife and birds. She and Hank also travelled extensively and Mary will be remembered as a fantastic cook. She took pride in teaching her grandchildren to swim and she loved to sing and dance. Often with family, close and extended, they would sing the wonderful ballads of ancestral music of their much loved and native Ireland.

Mary is predeceased by her siblings, Ellen K. Lane John J. Lane Jr., Willam F. Lane, Edward Patrick Lane, Robert Dennis Lane, Paul A. Lane, Catherine White, Peter J. Lane.

In addition to her husband of 63 years, Hank, who was the love of her life, she leaves her children, Kathleen E. Heinecke, Sheila A. Harrington, Henry W. Harrington III and his wife, Maureen, all of Shrewsbury, Nancy R. Young and her husband, James, of Northborough, Michael D. Harrington and his wife, Nancy, of Shrewsbury; her brothers, David F. Lane of Ocala, Florida, Andrew J. Lane of Osterville and Richard T. Lane of Hudson; her grandchildren, Amy M. Walsh, Paul E. Lirette Jr., Kert W. Heinecke, Heather Collazo, Holly Young, Buddy Harrington, Christen Harrington, Matthew M. Heinecke, Jennifer Bauman and Michael D. Harrington Jr.; her great-grandchildren, Tiffany A. Lirette, John Debraga, Jeanie Debraga, Kelsie Heinecke, Jason Collazo, Jordan Cummings, Alissa Gonzalez, Jocelyn Young, Grant Walsh and Camilla Walsh, Gianna Barthley Heineke; many nieces and nephews including Beverly DeBraga of Hudson and Richard T. Lane Jr., of Sudbury whom she considered her own.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mary's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Sunday, July 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and again at 8:45 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

Honor Mary's memory with a donation to The PanMass Challenge, c/o Kert Heinecke,, or by mail: Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, 77 4th Ave., Needham, MA 02494 or to VNA Care Network & Hospice, 333 Turnpike Rd., Southborough, MA 01772.