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Mary O. Eichenlaub
April 14, 1932 ~ August 23, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Mary O. Eichenlaub (DiSciullo), of Brighton passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. She was 91.
Beloved wife of the late Edward J. Eichenlaub. Devoted mother of Carl Eichenlaub and his wife Nancy Tokarz of MI, and Laura Kelly and her husband James of Centerville. Dear sister of Carmela McDowell of Brighton and the late Adorinda “Dorina” Correia and Carmine DiSciullo. Loving grandmother of Gregory Kelly and his wife Paulina of Westwood and Lisa Baker and her husband Walter of TX. Great grandmother of Evelyn and Sylvia Kelly, Abigail, Theodore, and George Baker.
Born in 1932 on Shawmut Avenue in Boston to Domenic and Vicenza DiSciullo, Mary married Edward Eichenlaub of Cincinnati, OH in 1955, and they moved to Brighton where they had two children. After her husband's untimely death in 1961, she received training as an LPN, and devoted herself as a working single mother to supporting a household in which to raise her children and to providing for their education.
Mary was a lover of writing. She wrote many plays and poems, some of which captured the rich and eclectic world where she grew up in Boston. Some of the plays were performed by the Players Platform group in Brighton. Mary spent her later years obtaining a degree from the Harvard Extension school, participating in cultural activities, and volunteering for local libraries and civic organizations. She even could be found protesting in Oak Square, Brighton to save the Boston Public Library Branch and the Presentation Foundation Building so that future generations of children would have a strong community in which to live. And they did save it!
Mary’s energy, confidence, sense of duty, and religious faith were evident to all who knew her. She single-handedly maintained a loving home, and took the initiative in engaging within an extended family in recreational activities that included beach and nature outings, cottage rental vacations and frequent trips to museums, theater plays and cinemas. She made sure that every birthday and holiday was an occasion of shared celebration, taught her children that the best things of this world were as available to them as to anyone, but that playtime always came only after work and chores were done.
Her family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Irani Otto, the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, and to all the employees of Saint Patrick's Manor for the loving care they extended to Mary.
Visiting in the Lehman, Reen, McNamara Funeral Home, 63 Chestnut Hill Ave. Brighton (nr. Brighton courthouse) on Wednesday, September 6th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Columbkille Church, 321 Market St., Brighton at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central St. Framingham, MA 01701, www.stpatricksmanor.org