Shrewsbury – Wendy Rielly, 83, of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Wendy adored her beloved husband John R. Rielly (86), who passed away on July 22, 2020. Wendy and John celebrated 64 years of marriage in December 2019.
Wendy leaves behind two children, John Scott Rielly of Milford and David A. Rielly of Upton; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, Sally Vasco and Walter Vasco.
Wendy was born in Boston on April 10, 1937 and she moved to Natick as a young child. Wendy graduated from Natick High School in 1955 and attended Mount Ida Junior College. Wendy and John married on December 10 that same year. They relocated to California for three years while John was in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the U.S. Navy, Wendy and John settled in Natick, where they raised Scott and David. John joined the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked at the main office in downtown Natick for 30 years, while Wendy worked with local physicians in the Natick area as an administrative assistant.
Wendy was an active volunteer in Natick as a Sunday School teacher at the Albanian Orthodox Church, a Boy Scout Den Mother, and a Natick Little League and Natick Pop Warner Football volunteer. Wendy was also active in the Natick Women’s Club and would often volunteer for the Natick politicians, Joe Connolly and Lou Nickinello.
In 1997, Wendy and John retired to Cape Cod and they settled in Mashpee. Since Wendy and John’s parents and other family members had lived on Cape Cod, retiring there was always their goal. On the Cape, Wendy continued to volunteer with Hospice of Western and Central Mass, the Mashpee Citizens Police, and St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
When she was not volunteering in the community, Wendy could be found reading a book on the beach, cooking delicious Greek food in her kitchen, or playing the slots at Foxwoods with John. She loved the Mashpee beach and would often walk along the beach while John would fish. Wendy and John spent the winters together in Englewood, Florida, where they enjoyed the beaches, warm weather, cookouts, sunsets and being with friends. Wherever she went, Wendy was socializing with neighbors and strangers alike, making many friends along the way.
In early 2017, Wendy and John moved to Shrewsbury to be closer to their immediate family. They both enjoyed being very close to the family, which allowed everyone to enjoy holidays, birthdays, and gatherings together.
Wendy will be remembered most for her vibrant personality, and as a loving and caring mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend.
Scott and David would like to thank the staff of Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehab Center and the Compassus Hospice team for their dedication to Wendy. A special thanks to Wendy’s nurses Holly and Linda.
Graveside service will be held Friday, October 23, from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m., at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Wendy’s name may be made to the Military Veterans Association, 59 South St., Shrewsbury, MA.