Mary G. Palangi


WAYLAND — Mary Grace (Soc­corso) Palangi, a res­i­dent of Bayleigh Chase, died on Sept. 15, 2018, af­ter a long, mu­sic-filled life.

The daugh­ter of the late Cosmo and Stella (Fer­raro) Soc­corso, Mary was born in New York, N.Y., and grew up in Somerville, Mass.

Mary moved to Wayland, where she and her beloved hus­band Pasquale, “Pat,” lov­ingly re­stored their 300-year-old colo­nial home. For more than six decades, she worked full-time as a book­keeper for var­i­ous lo­cal Bos­ton com­pa­nies, fully re­tir­ing at the age of 85. Fol­low­ing over 50 years in Wayland, she moved to Eas­ton in 2010 to be near her daugh­ter, mak­ing new friends and find­ing new ad­ven­tures.

An ar­dent opera lover, Mary sur­rounded her­self with mu­sic and was known for break­ing out into song

at any given mo­ment.

She cre­ated beau­ti­ful gar­dens, had an eye for dec­o­rat­ing, and en­joyed cook­ing, col­lect­ing and reading. She was proud of her Ital­ian her­itage, tak­ing any op­por­tu­nity to teach some­one a few Ital­ian phrases.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Mary was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Pat, af­ter only 17 years of mar­riage, as well as her younger broth­ers, Louis and Pa­trick, and their wives, El­iz­a­beth and Mar­guerite. She is sur­vived by her lov­ing and de­voted daugh­ter, Lisa Hawkins and her hus­band Craig Hawkins of Eas­ton, Md.; grand­daugh­ter, Al­le­gra Hawkins of Jer­sey City, N.J.; and sev­eral nieces, neph­ews and

their chil­dren.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held on Fri­day, Oct. 12,

2 p.m. in the au­di­to­rium at Bayleigh Chase to cel­e­brate and honor Mary’s life. She was laid to rest on Sept. 24 at North Ceme­tery in Wayland next to Pat, two doors down from the home they shared and loved.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions in Mary’s mem­ory may be made to the Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, Attn.: Heather La­plante, Sym­phony Hall,

301 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Bos­ton, MA 02115 (on­line at, or to The Metropoli­tan Opera, Lin­coln Cen­ter, New York, NY 10023 (on­line at www. met­ to sup­port the mu­sic and pro­grams that brought Mary so much joy.

“Te voglio bene as­saje.” For on­line con­do­lences, please visit www.fh­n­fu­ner al­

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