Lawrence, MA — Marilyn Catherine (Wolfendale) Hale, 73, of Lawrence, passed Friday afternoon at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after a short illness.
Mrs. Hale, the daughter of Ralph and Helen Wolfendale, was born on February 11, 1940, in Lawrence. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1957. In addition to her late parents, Mrs. Hale was predeceased by her husband John, her brother Ralph and sister, Ellen. She is survived by her sons, Matthew of Amesbury and Sean of North Andover and daughter Catherine of Lawrence. She was particularly close with her daughter, with whom she lived for many years after her husband died in 1994, and to whom she was a devoted companion. Matthew and Sean will forever be indebted to their sister for the love and care she extended their mother.
Other survivors include six grandchildren, Kelsey, Lauren, Alyssa, Matthew, Brandon and Mariska; daughters-in-law, Melanie and Karla and former daughter-in-law, Lisa; sister-in law, Eleanor; two brothers-in law and several nephews.
After raising her children Mrs. Hale embarked on a two decade career in the Lawrence School system, most of which was in a variety of capacities in school libraries. Her lifelong love of children and reading came together in the years she spent in the Arlington Street School and Lawrence High School libraries. It was at the latter that she also struck her friendship with MJ Kowalski, another longtime school department employee. Marilyn was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick's Parish in S. Lawrence. Mrs. Hale's other interests included her many pets and the fortunes of the Red Sox, whose recent misfortunes were a source of aggravation.
The Hale family would like to thank the staff and doctors of Beth Israel Hospital, who extended Marilyn extraordinary care over a pair of recent hospitalizations.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, S. Broadway, Lawrence, MA. A burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre cemetery, North Andover. Please see www.cataudellafh.com, for directions or to leave a condolence.