Shrewsbury – It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness to announce the passing of Mary Davolio, a devoted mother, fierce friend, and a puzzling enthusiast.
Mary departed this world on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, surrounded by friends, family and her children, leaving behind a legacy of love, warmth and unforgettable memories.
Born in Worcester, raised in Shrewsbury, she graduated Shrewsbury High School in 1987 then attended Worcester State University graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration. She held a long career in banking, the latest of which is VP/Branch Manager at M&T Bank.
She is predeceased by her mother Kathleen (Sweeney) Duesberg, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, in 2002. She is survived by her beloved twins, Angelina and Dante, her siblings – Michael Duesberg and Kathleen Bass, both of Shrewsbury and Cecilia Finlay of Wells, ME, her aunt, Marion (Scanlon) McGinley along with many cousins, extended family, and neighborhood friends, lovingly referred to as “her tribe”.
Mary had a special talent for turning ordinary moments into extraordinary memories. Whether it was planning a gathering with high school friends when Sue came home from MI or a neighborhood cookout topped off with “fire-pitting” or decorating for each and every holiday, Mary had the unique ability to make everyone feel welcome and loved, turning these events into a celebration of togetherness.
Mary’s most treasured legacy is her role as a dedicated mother to her twins, Angelina, and Dante. She poured her love, wisdom, and strength into raising them, attending softball or baseball games with enthusiasm and later Old Orchard Beach vacations and visits were the highlight of her life, along with their beloved family dog, Chloe. Her impact as a mother is immeasurable, and her love will continue to guide Dante and Angelina throughout their lives.
Beyond her role as mother, Mary was a steadfast friend to many. Known to some as Piglet, she was quick witted, “tell-you-like-it-is” spit fire who also loved The Peanuts cartoon. In times of joy or sorrow, Mary was there, offering a listening ear or advice, a warm embrace or another glass of wine and a puzzle at the table to just unwind. Her departure leaves a void that cannot be filled, but her memory will live on in our hearts. As we mourn the loss of this beautiful soul, we should also celebrate her warrior strength and the enduring impact she had on all of us.
She learned a lot of humility through this process and appreciated the random acts of kindness shown by all friends, family, and caregivers who supported her through this journey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute (https://danafarber.jimmyfund.org) or to the Davolio College Fund, c/o Central One Federal Credit Union, 714 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
Family and friends are invited to honor Mary’s life by gathering for her funeral Mass on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury. Calling hours will be held privately.
The Britton Funeral Home of Shrewsbury assisted with arrangements.