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Pauline "Polly" Leavens
January 14, 2024
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Pauline Leavens of Squantum passed away on January 14, 2024, at the age of 96. Polly was the cherished daughter of Robert and Margaret (Rooney) Rupprecht. Her beloved husband of 75 years, Merrill Leavens, passed away just this past August.
Pauline was predeceased by her four sisters Midge Calvert, Patricia Harrison, Ruth Oberto, Regina Fitzgerald, and her brother Robert Rupprecht.
She is survived by her six adoring children: Deborah MacAllister of Marshfield, Jane Estabrooks of Hanover, Merrill E. Leavens of Guilford, CT, Nancy Skraback of Marshfield, Carole Comeau of Norwell, and Christopher Leavens of Squantum. She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren: Betsey Campbell, Meg Morrissey, Johanna Jones, Patrick Macallister, Emily Gatewood, Caleb Estabrooks, Adam Estabrooks, Jill Jones, Carolyn Ciucci, John Leavens, Ben Skrabak, James Skrabak, Merrill Comeau, Adrianne Henrichson, and Christian Comeau along with 28 great-grandchildren who will carry forward her teachings of love and compassion.
Polly was born and raised in the close-knit community of Squantum where she attended elementary school and graduated from North Quincy High in 1944. She was a devout parishioner at Star of the Sea Catholic Church where she was baptized, married and where her family worshipped.
Polly made many life-long friends growing up in Squantum. Their summer days were spent at Orchard Beach, marching in Fourth of July parades and in winter, skiing from the highest hills in Squantum. After graduation, she commuted into Post Office Square in Boston where she worked as a secretary.
She met Merrill after the war, and they married in 1948. Together, they built their home and raised a family. She devoted herself to the welfare and care of her family. Polly was a tremendous cook, famous for her hermits, apple pie and treasured holiday dinners.
Polly volunteered at the Polls every election for decades where she greeted many long-time Squantum neighbors and friends. She was a member of the Seaside Gardeners Club.
Alongside Merrill, she cherished their coastal retreat in Waldoboro, Maine weaving themselves into the fabric of the Dutch Neck Community and enjoying family gatherings and adventures.
In her final months, Polly’s home was a sanctuary of care, enveloped by the love of her six children and the gentle support of her aides. They ensured her days were filled with the comfort and dignity she so richly deserved. Her memory will be cherished by those she leaves behind and her legacy – the power of love, strength of family and the beauty of faith will never fade.
Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Thursday 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Friday morning at 10:30. Burial Cedar Grove Cemetery.