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Mary A. (Joyce) McFadden

September 15, 2022


McFADDEN -  Mary (Joyce), passed away peacefully on September 15, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Muckinagh, County Galway, Mary was the treasured wife of the late John McFadden (Retired BFD),  the devoted daughter of the late Kate and Patrick Joyce and the beloved twin sister of Kathleen Sullivan of Dorchester and sister to the late Michael Joyce and Bridie Leahy. She was the adored  “Auntie Mary” to many loving nieces and nephews. She is also survived by cherished cousins and friends in the U.S. and Ireland.

Like many Irish before her, Mary arrived at Ellis Island in the mid 1950s excited by the prospect of living in America.  She soon found work that fulfilled her and also found love inside the Hibernian Hall on Dudley Street in Roxbury where she met Jackie McFadden. He was a proud U.S. Marine who hailed from Charlestown, MA and would later become a firefighter. They married in September 1969. Theirs was a true love story of devotion to each other and their Catholic faith.

Mary served as a Eucharistic Minister at Saint Brendan’s Church in Dorchester as well as at the monthly masses at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton  – where she also enjoyed many events over the years.  The Irish Pastoral Centre was close to her heart as well. She volunteered weekly there and loved socializing with others who were passionate about the IPC mission.

Mary was an amazing, beautiful and fun-loving woman who was known simply as “Auntie Mary” to all of those who loved her ….and even to those who didn’t know her personally but knew of her! She was perpetually smiling and laughing her way through life. An eternal optimist,  with a great sense of humor and a sharp wit, she was enthusiastic about everything from an invitation to a kid’s birthday party or to a senior citizen bus trip. Mary always found the joy in life. She never said no to an outing especially if it involved listening to Irish or country music.

Mary’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. The highlights of which was traveling around New England to see the fall foliage or spending a Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth Rock with her beloved Jackie.

Mary’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all her angels who provided constant compassionate care and love over the last few years.

She was a loyal friend to many and a devoted family member.  Mary will be  missed beyond words.

Visitation in the John J. O’Connor & Son Funeral Home, 740 Adams St. (near Gallivan Blvd.) DORCHESTER, Monday morning from 9-10:30am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church at 11 o’clock. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s honor to the Irish Pastoral Centre, 540 Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester, MA 02124 Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery. 


September 19, 2022

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
John J. O'Connor & Son Funeral Home
740 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Funeral Mass
September 19, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Brendan's Church
589 Gallivan Blvd
Dorchester, MA 02124


Irish Pastoral Centre
540 Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester MA 02124


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