Mary E. Doheny

  • Born: November 14, 1921
  • Died: January 24, 2021
  • Location: Newton, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Tel. (781) 894-2895

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mrs. Mary E. (Walsh) Doheny, of Newton, formerly of Waltham and Marshfield died on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Evans Park at Newton Corner. She was 99 years old.

Mary was born in Newton on November 14, 1921, the daughter of the late William P. and Mary (Hurley) Walsh. She was a graduate of Newton High School and after her marriage to Henry J. Doheny the pair made Waltham their home until 1973 when the family moved to Marshfield.

She was an accomplished gardener and history buff. She and Henry loved traveling throughout the United States and abroad.

She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Doheny and is survived by her children, William M. Doheny of St. Petersburg, FL, Charlene Fragala (Samuel) of Litchfield, NH, Brian H. Doheny (Hermie) of Marshfield and Neil P. Doheny (Lorraine) of Grafton and also leaves 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late Diane M. Doheny and sister of the late Phillip, William and John Walsh.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mary's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, January 31st from 2 to 5 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham on Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Those unable to attend may view Mary's Funeral Mass via this link at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 1st:

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit to the venue where they are held should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.

It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.

Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance. Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to have heard of Mary's passing. She was such a good friend to my mother, Bea Burns, and a wonderful neighbor to us on Wheelock Road. It's amazing she lived to 99! What a treasure! Our sincere condolences to all of you from Sheila (Burns) Callahan, and family, Kevin Burns, and family, and Tom Burns and family.

Posted by Sheila Callahan - Plymouth, MA - Neighbor   February 11, 2021

Thoughts and prayers for all of Mary's family. I had the pleasure of caring for her at Evan's Park. What a lovely lady she was. Always talking about the kids and grandkids...she loved you all so much.

Posted by Barbara MaxIntyre - Maynard, MA - Friend   February 08, 2021

I have fond memories of Mary's big beautiful smile. She was so easy to talk with and was loving and caring to her family.

Posted by Kristen Walsh (Doheny) - Vancouver, WA - Family   February 01, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Courtney and Brian Crowe - Family   January 31, 2021

My Great Nanny is the best i could ever ask for! Every Christmas and Easter I would get to see her and i had the best time with her. She lived till 99 but it seems like thats not enough time, i miss her so much. I hope that she has the best time in heaven and rests in peace.

- Caitlin

Posted by Caitlin Fedorowicz - Exeter, NH - Grandchild   January 31, 2021

Dear Bill, Charlene & Sam, Brian & Hermie, and Neil & Lorraine, Our deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom.

The video you made of Aunt Mary brings back so many wonderful memories - our visits as kids, the Cape, picnics at the house on Wheelock Rd., family reunions, shopping at the Christmas Shop, and trip to Ireland - all made so special with Mary's love, laughter, and sense of fun!

No wonder she was our Dad's favorite sister!

She truly lived a good life and will be missed by all of us. All our love, Barbara and Tom

Posted by Barbara and Tom Contos Walsh - Lexington, VA - Family   January 31, 2021

Travel advice. It is important to give your visitors time to put their teeth in.

Posted by John Walsh - Clonlara - Family   January 31, 2021

To the Doheny Family,
Sincere sympathies on the passing of my favorite first cousin, Mary. We will always remember our visits in Boston and County Clare, Ireland.
- John and Shannon Walsh, County Clare, Ireland

Posted by John and Shannon Walsh - Clonlara - Family   January 31, 2021

My NaNa was the best! I remember her playing ballerinas with me when I was little. She always made brownies when I came to visit and would let me have as many as I wanted. She was the kindest woman I've ever known. I will miss her dearly but, I at least have those memories. Love you, NaNa!

Posted by Whitney Payne (Doheny) - Woodstock, VA - Grandchild   January 31, 2021

Holding you all in the light with one memories of Aunt Mary.

Posted by Phil Walsh - Mechanicsburg, PA - Family   January 31, 2021

Mary was the original article! A real pleasure to be with and always a positive influence for everyone. We all loved her wit and humor. She will be missed!

Posted by Steve Walsh - Fredericksburg, VA - Family   January 31, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Aunt Mary's passing. I enjoyed so many visits with her and Uncle Henry. I will always remember her fondly. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Posted by Kathy Soderberg - Hyannis, MA - Family   January 31, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Uncle Henry and Aunt Mary. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Posted by Heather (Soderberg) Magan - Hyannis, MA - Family   January 30, 2021

Tp Brian,Neil and family
I have a lot of great memories growing up in Waltham
and had a lot of great times with you and Brian and your father and mother
over the years
I know that your mother Mary will be greatly. missed
Best wishes to you Neil and Brian
Your mother Mary will always be in my memory
Love always. Robert Young. (Bob)

Posted by Robert Young - Weston, MA - Family Friend   January 30, 2021



I never met your mother but have heard about her over the years from Lorraine who often told me of their outings and such. I'm so sorry for your loss. Love & Prayers to you both, Anna

Posted by Anna Anthros - Arkadelphia, AR - Family Friend   January 30, 2021

Neil, Brian, Bill and Charlene, I am so very sorry for your loss of your loving mother. She was such a warm person, always looking out for the comfort of others. One of my favorite memories is just sharing a cup of tea with her at her kitchen table. She was such a great person to talk to, and very kind. She joined the rest of the family to take me to Plymouth Rock, the Old North Church, and other historical sights. As we toured Boston, she pointed out streets and houses where family members had lived, buildings where the worked, churches where they worshipped. Her stories gave me a sense of family history I didn't have, and an understanding of the Boston of my father's and grandfather's day.

Posted by Barbara Doheny - Sunnyvale, CA - Family   January 30, 2021

Mary was loved deeply by all the Walsh Family. A loving compassionate woman. A gift

Posted by Eula Walsh - Family   January 29, 2021


Dear William.... I just read the boston obits only to see that your beautiful mother had passed! I kow how mjuch you loved her and did for her. I know the sadness ou are feelingat this sorrowful time in your l ife. I am so very sorry for ou and your family. Another beautiful flower in God's garden. Now in the arms of an angel. May your happy and beautiful memories see you throuhthis . And May your Mom rest in peace. No one can ever take the place of your mother. May God bring you His gracious solace iknowing that she is now at Home . God Bless you, your family and mom . May she rest in peace. Lorraine

Posted by Lorra9je Pelletier - Wayland, MA - Friend   January 28, 2021

Great memories of living across Wheelock Road from the Doheny clan. Bill, Charlene, Brian and Neil - hold tight to the memories; they will bring a smile to your face every day!
chuck mccullough

Posted by chuck mccullough - Mattapoisett, MA - Neighbor   January 27, 2021

I'm sorry to hear of Mary's passing. My mother and father, Jim and Doris Diggins, were very good friends with Mary and Henry. Our families often met at parties and other events. Henry and Jim were frequent golfing buddies, and Doris and Mary enjoyed getting together with a circle of their women friends. Henry and Jim died many years ago, and my mother and Mary remained close. We would visit Mary in Marshfield and later when she moved into the nursing home. Sometimes Mary came to visit Doris at her home in Arlington. I always enjoyed visits with Mary. She had a dry sense of humor, she was fun to be with, and she was easy to talk to. She will be missed by everyone. Fondly, Debora Diggins

Posted by Debora Diggins - Arlington, MA - Family Friend   January 27, 2021

So sorry to hear of aunt Mary's passing. I remember her as a kind person, she was funny and always upbeat.

Posted by Phyllis Doheny - Taunton, MA - Family   January 26, 2021

So sorry to hear about Mary. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Kim Doheny - Family   January 26, 2021

With deepest sympathy as you remember Mary.

Posted by Jessica Nugent - Marlborough, MA - Family   January 26, 2021

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My mom, Charlene, with my Nanny, and son Connor
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15 years ago
I loved grandma Mary! She was the absolute best!