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Mary Anne (Kenney) Colo

July 29, 1934 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Mary Anne (Kenney) Colo Obituary

NEW SALEM, MA – Mary Anne Colo, 89, died Tuesday morning, December 5 at home with her children Anne and Tom by her side, holding her hands.

Mary was born July 29, 1934, in Athol, MA to Leo and Evelyn (Shovan) Kenney. She grew up in Orange on Dewey Conrad Avenue in a house located in right field of the town park. Mary attended Orange High School, class of 1952, where she participated in basketball, softball, and the band. After graduation, she attended Children’s Hospital School of Nursing at Simmons College in Boston graduating in 1955. She worked at Children’s Hospital as a surgical nurse with many world-renowned doctors, most notably with Dr. Robert Gross, a pioneer in pediatric heart surgery.  Mary’s nursing career fit her perfectly as it combined her love for children and her caring for others.  In addition, she was fortunate to have worked with wonderful colleagues many of whom were her very dear friends.

Mary lived in Boston for several years enjoying apartments along the Charles River, fine dining, sports, and all things Boston.  She hosted numerous hospital Christmas parties with colleagues and friends.  Mary was an avid and extremely talented skier who enjoyed skiing and camping with friends all over New England. Throughout her time in Boston, Mary would return on most weekends to her mother’s house on beautiful Lake Mattawa bringing countless friends from Boston on each visit.  In 1962, Mary ventured to Europe for a six-month vacation with friends. She purchased a car overseas and traveled to numerous countries throughout Europe.  Upon returning, she continued her nursing career at the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.  She loved Denver and skied at many of the resorts in Colorado.  After a few years she returned to Children’s in Boston.  On one of her weekend trips to Orange in 1967, she brought her dear friend Nancy Colo home and was introduced to Nancy’s brother Victor.  Victor and Mary were married on July 27, 1968. In 1972 they built their home which Mary was instrumental in designing.  They lived in this home in New Salem and raised their family. Vic and Mary were a happy, joyful, and fun couple. Vic knew he had the best of the best in Mary, and he was so proud of the person she was. Vic admired Mary for many things including her love and kindness for people, her strength, her sense of humor, and the joy she always brought to him and all of those around her.

Mary’s greatest gift was her loving, caring, and empathetic nature. While she had a gentle loving heart, she was also a strong, feisty woman who loved to lead and to be in charge.  Her extreme humility could easily mask her great gifts and capabilities, which included her amazing love of helping to care for and advocate for people. And while a bit of medical advice or a few words of encouragement would do for most, Mary would ensure any support needed was fully provided including transporting many friends to appointments in Boston for specialized medical care.  People instinctively approached Mary because they knew they would get her full attention and heart. 

Mary was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved her parents, and she took care of her mother Evelyn for many years providing loving care as only Mary could do.  She loved being a mother to Anne and Tom, and later to her daughter-in-law Sonia; her children were her greatest joy.  She was thrilled to have grandchildren and loved Luciana and Dominic so very much. Mary created a warm, inviting home always full of laughter, love, joy, and fun. She excelled at hospitality and could make even the most exquisite event look effortless.  The more the merrier was how Mary lived, always inviting and loving to all.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and placed great emphasis on fun and joy.  Mary was up for anything, easy to be with, quick to laugh, and able to see humor in most any situation.  She was so much fun to be with. 

Mary and Vic had a very social, joyous life.  Mary created much of this joy from their Christmas parties to their camping vacations, various trips, and their daily routine of Mass and breakfast.  They loved people and each other.  The Colos had many happy vacations in Wells Beach and Pine Point, Maine, Italy, Florida, and Arizona with their many friends.  These vacations always included joking and hilarious moments together.  These friends were like family.

Mary had a zest for life and had numerous hobbies including refinishing furniture and caning chairs, which she did in her own workshop.  She loved antiques, sailing, cooking, and hosting fabulous holidays for family.   Mary had a deep faith in God, church, and country. She was so grateful to be part of this beautiful community of Orange and St. Mary's Church and Women’s Club.  Both Mary and Vic were lifetime residents of Orange and parishioners of St. Mary's Church.
Over the past four years, Mary has had many kind and loving care givers who have made it possible for Mary to have a beautiful life for all her eighty-nine years and remain in her home.  Mary received the gift of loving care that she had given to so many.  To all the angels who have cared for Mary, we will never forget what you have done for our family. To Debbie Ailinger, Margaret Moore, and Rachael Gonzalez, and many others from Catholic Charities, we are eternally grateful for the love and kindness you gave to our sweet Mary.
Mary was predeceased by Victor her husband of fifty-five years, her parents Leo and Evelyn Kenney, her brother Martin Kenney, her sisters-in-law Mary Francis Kenney and Virginia Porcari and her brothers-in-law Michael Porcari and William Howell.   

She will be forever missed by her children Anne and Tom, daughter-in-law Sonia Colo and grandchildren Luciana and Dominic, her sister-in-law and friend Nancy (Colo) Howell, and her nieces and nephews Diane Porcari, Mike (Nancy) Porcari, John (Marggi) Porcari, Carol Porcari, Leo (Margaret) Kenney, Martin Kenney, Michael Kenney, Mary Theresa Kenney, and Jo Maire Kenney.
To experience unconditional love in one’s lifetime is the greatest gift one can receive.  Vic, Anne and Tom and many of the people in her life know unconditional love by being lucky enough to have been loved by Mary Colo.

People may donate in Mary’s memory to the Mary A. Colo Memorial Fund at TD Bank, 2156 Main Street, Athol, MA, 01331.  The proceeds will benefit people in the Orange community.

There are no calling hours.

A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be on December 30, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 19 Congress Street in Orange. Please go directly to the church.

Burial will follow in South Cemetery, Orange.

Family and friends are invited to gather immediately following the services at the Orange Legion, Daniel Shays Highway.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.

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Services

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
December 30, 2023

10:00 AM
Saint Mary's Church
19 Congress Street
Orange, Massachusetts 01364

Reception
Saturday
December 30, 2023

11:45 AM
Orange American Legion
40 Daniel Shays Highway
Orange, Massachusetts 01364

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
December 30, 2023

South Cemetery
585 South Main Street
Orange, Massachusetts 01364

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