Salem, MA — Mary Porcello, 89, passed away on Friday June 28, at the Lafayette Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility in Marblehead. Mary was a lifelong resident of Salem, having lived 87 years in the home she was born in on Pearl Street, until she moved to the Bertram House Assisted Living at the Salem Common. Mary’s family would like to thank both facilities for the compassionate care they gave Mary in the past few years. Mary made many friends among the residents and staff. In addition, Allcare Hospice provided Mary and her family with loving support at the end of her life.
Many people will remember Mary’s smiling face from the more than 30 years she worked in the curtain department of Ann & Hope at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.
The most important things in Mary’s life were her family and church. She attended Saint Mary’s Italian Church every Sunday until it closed in 2003, at which point she became a weekly attendee at Saint Mary’s Immaculate Conception. Being the eldest of 12 children and the aunt to three generations of more than 50 nieces and nephews, Mary was always attending a wedding, baby shower, baptism, birthday party, or other family event. She never said no to any invitation to attend a school play, dance recital or graduation. Mary was never too busy to play a board game, or watch a Disney video with her many “Favorite” nieces and nephews. Even though she hated to cook, you could always count on her to have cookies, brownies, pies and ice cream. She was the role model for being the perfect aunt, sister, in-law and friend.
Mary leaves behind her sisters, Emily Doucette Quirk of Salem, Theresa Bennett and her husband, Richard of Danvers, and Catherine Fish and her husband, Joel of Osterville; her brothers, Caesar Porcello of Peabody, Anthony Porcello and his wife, Edna also of Peabody, and Peter Porcello and his wife Carol of Salem. She also leaves behind her sisters-in-law, Ann Porcello of Salem and Rose Porcello of King of Prussia, Pa. Mary was predeceased by her mother, Catherine (Molina) Porcello, and her father, Joseph Porcello; her siblings, Rita, Edward, Rudolph, Joseph, and William; her sisters-in-law, Mary (Betty) Porcello and Marie Porcello; and her brothers-in-law, Francis (Buddy) Doucette and Leo Quirk.