Marblehead, MA — Mary Dovidio, 93, died peacefully at Devereux House in Marblehead, on Sunday, August 4, after a brief illness. The daughter of Canio and Maria Santoliquido, Mary was born in Lynn and spent the majority of her life there. She graduated from Lynn English High School. Her passion was dancing and she became a local favorite, initially supporting the WPA efforts, and later during WWII, she performed numerous times in support of our troops.
Mary’s talents improved and she became a professional dancer with the stage name of Maria Lane. She performed for several years throughout New England, with the highlight being a performance in New York with Ted Mack.
Mary married Orlandino “Lundy” Dovidio on November 18, 1945, and gave up her career as a dancer to become a homemaker. Her passion for dancing did not end, however. She played a key role in producing several variety shows for the local Catholic churches for fund-raising purposes and often times performed. Later in her life, Mary devoted much energy to supporting senior citizens organizations in Lynn, Saugus, Salem, and Peabody. She performed frequently and assisted in developing shows for the communities to benefit seniors. She was a member of the Peabody Precision Drill Team, sponsored by the Peabody Senior Citizens.
Mary worked part-time for several years at The Stage Door Costume Shop in Lynn, sewing costumes primarily for local shows. Later, she worked and retired from the General Electric Co., in the medium steam turbine division where she was an engineering drawing clerk.
Mary’s husband, Lundy, died in 1982. Mary was predeceased by six siblings, all Lynn natives, Curby, Nick, Rose, Phil, Anne, and Louise. She was the loving mother of two sons, who she leaves behind, Mathew and his wife, Pamela, of Marblehead, and Daniel, who lives in Tennessee; and also four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Pius V Church, Lynn, at noon, with burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. To sign the guest book, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.