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Marie A. (Bartsch) (MacDonald) Ray

Marie A. (Bartsch) (MacDonald) Ray
  • February 13, 1930 - July 23, 2019
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

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“Auntie Marie, We can only imagine the welcome you received in Heaven! You and Uncle and Mom and Dad ...all back together again having a ball! You...Read More »
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“Ma ,I miss you already, you are not only my mother you are always my best friend. I don't know how we can even imagine you not here with us. This...Read More »
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Waltham – Mrs. Marie A. (Bartsch) (MacDonald) Ray, of Waltham, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at her home. She was 89.

Marie was born in Boston on February 13, 1930, a daughter of the late Paul and Alice (Dailey) Bartsch, and was raised in West Roxbury and in Jamaica Plain.

She lived in Ormond Beach, Florida before moving to Waltham thirty years ago where she was an active member of Our Lady's Parish and a CCD teacher in the religious education program. Marie lived a simple, virtuous life and her greatest joy came from her family, faith and friendships.

Marie was the wife of the late William G. MacDonald and the late Flori "Larry" Ray and mother of the late Kevin W. MacDonald and Paul R. MacDonald.

She leaves her children, Lawrence M. Ray of Searsport, Maine, Denise A. Della Selva (Robert) of Mendon, Elaine M. Alden (Daniel) of Waltham, Richard L. Ray (Janet) of Cumberland, Rhode Island and William J. MacDonald (Carla) of Charlestown, New Hampshire; her daughters in law, Laraine MacDonald and Diane MacDonald, both of Franklin; sixteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will honor and remember Marie's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, July 29th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be in The Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery, West Roxbury.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org