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“Mrs. Cronin was my 5th grade teacher, 32 years ago. She was always so happy and loving. She encouraged me to do things I thought i could never do! ...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Rachel Baumert (Butler) - MA

“I worked with Marie at the Butler School. She was a very gracious lady. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Her laugh was contagious...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Rooney - West Rixbury, MA

“I never had the pleasure of working with Marie as I was in another elementary school in Belmont, but I always heard wonderful things about her....Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: gwen irish - Framingham, MA

“I worked with Marie at the Butler Schoo where she was an enthusiastic teacher,, faculty member and friend. I found it admirable that she always new...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Penny Hoarty - Mirror Lake, NH

“I have known Marie since High School. We went to Mount St Jpseph and Regis College together but I really did not know Marie well until we went to...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Mawn - Quincy, MA - Friend

“Have known and loved Marie since we were students at Regis College. So many years have passed and yet we were able to maintain our relationship...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Janice McCall - Winchester, MA

“My husband John and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Marie and are sorry we are not able to express our sympathy in person as we...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Liz Bilafer - Arlington, MA

“Marie was a coworker at Kendall School. She was a caring, outgoing person who always displayed such class.She dressed beautifully and was an...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Jeanne McCabe Hansen - Arlington, MA

“My deepest sympathies to Marie's family and loved ones and to all the members of Club.Marie lived life to the fullest with a spirit and effervescence...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Danny Morrissey - Hudson, OH

“Mrs Cronin was my 5th grade teacher at the Kendall School many years ago. I always remembered her and her strict nature. She was a tuff teacher but I...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Rima Malieswski (Mashni) - MA

“We have such fond memories of Marie as the 5th grade teacher at Kendall School in Belmont. Our children loved her. She always made extra time to...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Arlene and Paul McNulty - FL

“It's with extreme sadness that I find out that my favorite teacher ever has passed. Miss Cronin was my ultimate role model and kindest lady that I...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Helen Nomicarios Butler - Linden, VA

“Please accept my sincere condolences to Marie's family on her passing. Her friendliness, kindness and generosity will be missed. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Margy Santino - St. Cloud, FL

“Please accept our deepest sympathies on the death of Marie Cronin; simply put, an extraordinary woman. I learned so very much from this woman; her...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Tina Patsos - Naples, FL

“I met Marie at the Kendall School in Waltham where we were both teaching in the early 1970s. In addition to being impressed by her warmth, kindness...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Jerrilynn DeKriek - VENICE, FL

“Marie was a sweet and sincere woman who always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed. My sincerest condolences to her family and...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences to the family and friends left behind. May God strengthen and support them in this sad time. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: A friend


Watertown – Marie F. Cronin, of Watertown, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She was 79.

Marie was born on October 5, 1937 to the late Dr. Edward J. and Martha (Goulding) Cronin and was raised in Brighton. She was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and continued her studies at Regis College in Weston where she graduated in 1959. Carrying on what became a family tradition, Marie was the fourth of her sisters to attend the college.

Marie shared her love for learning through a gifted career as a teacher. Following her graduation from Regis she participated in a lay apostolate program of the Archdiocese of Boston that sent her to Hobbs, New Mexico where she and others attended to the needs, educational and otherwise, of native Americans. That program and others like it became the model for what later became the Peace Corps begun during the early years of John Kennedy's presidency.

Following her return home to Massachusetts she began a lifelong career teaching fifth grade in Belmont, mainly at the Butler School.

Marie moved to Waltham from Brighton more than forty years ago where she belonged to Our Lady's Parish. She served the church for many years as a lector. At home Marie delighted her family and friends with her culinary skills and was proud of the beautiful gardens she kept around her home.

Two years ago she moved to The Residence at Watertown Square where she quickly became part of the community and made many friends among residents and staff.

She leaves her sisters, Elizabeth Waldron of Waltham and Grace Godefroy and her husband, Pierre, of Del Mar, California; her sister-in-law, Jeanne Cronin, of Watertown and many devoted nieces, nephews and their families.

Marie was the sister of the late Dr. Edward J. Cronin and Martha Connelly.

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 Thursday, March 16th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Friday 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 follow in Saint Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury.