Mary J. (Doherty) Pipia

January 31, 1936 ~ December 19, 2021 (age 85)


Please note- Out of an abundance of caution the Pipia family has decided not to have the funeral mass as planned.  In lieu of the mass, all are invited to attend a graveside service at Milton Cemetery at 12 noon.  


Mary J. Pipia (Doherty), age 85, of N. Quincy passed away December 19th at home.  Born in Boston on January 31, 1936 to Neil and Sarah (Harkins) Doherty, of County Donegal, Ireland, she grew up on Minot Street in Dorchester, Mass where she attended St. Ann's parochial school in Neponset, MA.  Mary went on to graduate from Cathedral High School in Boston, MA and Boston College Class of 1957, which was the second class to graduate women.

In her early professional years, she lived and taught in Germany including Bad Tolz, Germany.  While living in Germany, she loved to travel and see Europe before settling down and starting a family.

Mary lived in Boston, New York and California throughout her life. While living in California, she developed her love of decorating.

Mary was extremely devoted to her family, especially her son, John, who lived with her and took excellent care of her in her later years.  She was a devout Catholic with an unwavering faith and was a devotee of the Carmelite Nuns.

Beloved mother of Mary Sara Pipia of Dorchester, Kara (Pipia) Batastini and her husband Armand of Harmony, RI, and John F. Pipia Jr. of N. Quincy.  Grandmother of Lucien Batastini of Harmony, RI.  Sister of Claire (Doherty) Stanton of Braintree, Bernard Doherty and his wife Lois of Manchester, NH, Frances (Doherty) O’Toole and her husband Robert of Milton, Paul Doherty and his wife Patsy of Southport, N.C., sister-in-law Carol Doherty of Marshfield and brother in-law William Donovan of Dorchester. Mary also leaves many nieces and nephews and their children.

She is predeceased by her parents, Neil and Sarah (Harkins) Doherty, and her siblings Edward Doherty, Ann (Doherty) Hanwell, Cecilia “Helen” (Doherty) Lee, Neil F. Doherty, Catherine (Doherty) Donovan and brothers-in-law Albert Hanwell, Thomas Lee, Sr. and Joseph Stanton.  

Funeral Mass at St Ann’s Church Neponset Ave., Dorchester Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM.  Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Carmelite Monastery Boston, 61 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119.


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