Mary Altomare, 83, of Shrewsbury


Obit Mary AltomareShrewsbury – Mary Altomare passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at the Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Center in Worcester. She was 83.

Mary M. Magill was born Sept. 5, 1932 in Grafton. A daughter of the late Henry and Agnes (Diver) Magill, Mary was raised in Grafton and graduated from the former St. Stephen’s High School, class of 1950. She earned her bachelor’s degree from and graduated from Bryant College in 1954. She married the love of her life, Nicholas Altomare, Oct. 31, 1959 and together they made a lifetime of memories until his death May 24, 2009.

I Corinthians 13:13 reminds us that three things will last forever, faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love. Mary’s life was centered on these three things. Throughout her life she was mindful of the underprivileged and those born into life with disability and challenges.

Mary was one of the original pioneers of The Seven Hills Foundation, an organization now providing support and services to over 28,000 children and adults with disabilities and challenges. An organization close to her heart, she worked each day to promote its mission to help ’empower people with significant challenges so that each may pursue their highest possible degree of personal well-being and independence. She was involved in the Foundation on all levels from day-to-day operations to serving as its chairperson and director as various points. Perhaps Mary embodied Mother Teresa when she was quoted as saying “Not all of us can do great things…..but we can all do small things with great love.” Mary made a difference in the lives of many people.

In addition to Seven Hills Foundation, Mary was active in Christ the King Church and Friends of the Mercy Centre.

Outside of her time and dedication to Seven Hills Foundation, Mary could be found on a golf course, playing tennis or in the mountains skiing. She and her husband Nick enjoyed memberships at The International Golf Club in Bolton as well as Worcester Country Club. Mary loved the friendships she formed and the times spent with others after a round of golf or a social engagement at the clubs. Mary loved her family and took great pride and joy in watching her son Michael and granddaughter Brittany love and excel in the same passion she had for the game of golf.

In heaven, Mary joins her parents, her husband, Nicholas, and brother, John Magill. She is survived by her three sons, John, Thomas, and Michael Altomare, all of Shrewsbury; six grandchildren, Chris, Reegan, Caitlyn, Brittany, Jennifer and Mary Altomare; a brother, James Magill of Grafton; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered to honor and remember her life privately in Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors of Shrewsbury. Burial followed in Saint John’s Cemetery.

Honor her memory with a donation to The Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave., Worcester, MA 01603 or online at