Obituaries 06-23-2021

Mary (Doherty) Hickey

DPT MPH

Loving wife, mother, sister and aunt

It is with profound sadness to share that Dr. Mary (Doherty) Hickey DPT, MPH passed away on June 17 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was the beloved wife of Andrew Hickey of Dracut to whom she was married for 34 years and an incredible mother to her twin daughters, Julia (Hickey) Kapp and her husband, Christoph Kapp of Reading and Kathryn Hickey and her fiancé, J.T. Minto of Arbuckle, CA.

Mary was born in Everett on July 29, 1961 to the late William Doherty and late Athene (Grey) Doherty. She was loved by her wonderfully large family: her siblings, Patrick Doherty and his wife, Claire of Winthrop, the late Thomas Doherty and his former spouse, Kathleen Ford Doherty of Winthrop, Michael Doherty and his wife, Judy of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Timothy Doherty and his wife, Ann Marie of Lawrence, Janice (Doherty) and her husband, Mario Mancini of Melrose and Kathleen Doherty of Hudson. She is also survived by 26 nieces and nephews.

After family, Mary’s  second love was her career as a Professor of Physical Therapy at Northeastern University. Mary was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University where she began her career as a professor. This fall would have marked 25 years of dedicated service to her students at Northeastern.

In 2015, she was the recipient of the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopedic Physical Therapy award. This esteemed award is a nationally recognized for excellence in instructing orthopedic physical therapy principles and techniques with exemplary teaching skills. Mary thoroughly enjoyed helping students navigate their own paths, no matter how obscure or less traveled the path may be.

Mary was a foodie and an excellent cook with a special talent for scaling up any gathering to include whoever needed a delicious home cooked meal. With a large extended family, she enjoyed hosting a big crowd.

Mary was a force of nature in the best way possible. She commanded a room, was a fierce advocate and mentor. She made an impact on the world. Her husband affectionately describes her as “occasionally wrong but never in doubt.”

She rescued several golden retrievers, the latest, “Queen B” was her loyal companion. Mary had a special appreciation for a fabulous pair of shoes, gathering quite the collection and always letting others know her shoe admirations.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute who helped guide Mary and her family through several years of  treatment.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mary’s Life Celebration today, Wednesday, June 23 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday morning, June 24, at 10 a.m. at  the St Francis Parish, 115 Wheeler Rd, Dracut, MA 01826. Kindly meet at Church. Services will conclude following Mass.

In honor of Mary, the family encourages gatherers to wear their most fabulous/favorite shoes.

In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Northeastern University Physical Therapy Centennial Scholarship fund number 621222 in honor of Dr. Mary J Hickey: https://giving.northeastern.edu/ways-to-give/memorial-honorary-gifts/

Gifts may also be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Mary at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For directions or condolences, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com.

Ann Mandatori

Verizon Retiree

Ann (DiGregorio) Mandatori was born in Boston on December 24, 1943 and passed away Sunday, June 13 after a long-term illness at her family’s home in Peabody.

Ann worked for Verizon for 45 years and was a loving aunt, great aunt and a wonderful friend to many.

Ann was married to the late Michael Mandatori of Revere for 46 years. She is survived by her nephew, Paul A. Serino, his wife, Jeanette and their three children; Zachary, Alec and Sarah of Peabody and her brother in-law, Paul J. Serino of Revere. Ann was the daughter of the late Anthony and Phyllis DiGregorio of Revere and sister to the late Patricia Serino of Revere.

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Tuesday, June 29 from 6m to 7:45 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Ann was a patient of Care Dimensions for the past year and a half and the family would appreciate donations be made to Care Dimensions in lieu of flowers. How to Give – make a donation by check payable to Care Dimensions mailed to 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Donate online by using our secure online service to charge your donation to your credit card. Download our form and mail with your check or credit card information. Your Support is Important – Care Dimensions https://www.caredimensions.org/giving/your-support-is-important.cfm.

Diana Wilhardt

Longtime Cherished Revere IHOP Employee Who Also Ran a Karaoke Business

Diana (Fruciano) Wilhardt of Malden passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on June 15 at the age of 67.

Diana had a large extended family and many loving friends. The Great Eight will never be the same. Diana enjoyed working her karaoke business for many years with Michael at local clubs. Diana was a long time cherished employee of IHop Revere. Diana had a huge sparkling personality and will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Born in Revere on October 1, 1953 to the late Giuseppe and Maria (Fazio), she was the beloved wife of Michael Wilhardt, devoted mother of Saramarie Durgin and her late twin brother, Sean, Joey Wilhardt of Leesburg, VA, and Michael Sanders of Phoenix, AZ; cherished grandmother of Makayla, Sean, Michael, Cody, and Alysa and dear sister of Joseph Fruciano of Rowley, Sarah Fruciano of Malden, and the late Frank Fruciano.

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Monday, June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diana’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or at www.stjude.org. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

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