Palmina F. Cawley, 94, of Shrewsbury


Palmina CawleyShrewsbury – Palmina F. “Pam” (Frabotta) Cawley, 94, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully at Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester, on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

Pam was born in Madison, Maine on March 25, 1923, and lived a full and adventurous life. Born to Vincenzo Frabotta and Antonietta (DeTiberiis), she was raised in Uxbridge. She was predeceased by her sister, Elsie Osterman.

An excellent student, Pam graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont, where she studied chemistry. Later, she received a master’s degree from Worcester State College. Pam was married to Thomas Cawley, a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, from 1967 until the time of his death in 1985.

Pam’s career began as a chemist in New York City. She later taught at the secondary level and as an adjunct professor of chemistry and math from 1965-1989 at both Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State College. Always wanting to remain active, Pam worked for five years at the United States Postal Service before retiring in 1994.

Pam was very active in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, where she served as a greeter and member of the Health Council. She was also active in her community and served as Secretary for the Shrewsbury Senior Club, as well as Finance Chair for the Guild of Our Lady of Providence.

Never one to slow down, Pam continued to travel, was a member of a bowling league and practiced Pilates late into her life. She enjoyed spending time with her nephew and five nieces and their children. She especially enjoyed dinners with her dear friend, Lisa Sousa, her husband Joe and their children, and spoke often of their kindness and generosity.

Pam was always interested in hearing updates about the lives of her family and friends. She will be remembered for her inquisitive mind, her fashion sense, and her love of sharing stories about her family history.

Pam is survived by her nephew, Vincent Osterman, and nieces Rebecca Williams, Ruth Osterman, Leah Osterman, Mary Landolfi and Martha Berry.

A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m., at Saint Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury, followed by burial at Saint John’s Cemetery in Worcester.

Pam requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Saint Mary’s Church Renovation. Saint Mary’s Church, 20 Summer St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

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