Mary T. Nelson


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Ipswich - Mary T. (Nestor) Nelson, 83, of Skytop Road and wife of the late James A. Nelson, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Lahey Medical Center, Burlington, following her brief illness.
Born in Galway, Ireland, on October 19, 1935, she was one of the nine children of the late Patrick and Margaret (Flaherty) Nestor. Mary was raised in Galway where she graduated from public schools. At the age of 18 years she immigrated to New York soon relocating to Boston. As a young woman she was employed in the catalog division of Sears Roebuck Co. in Boston. Married in 1969 in Dorchester, the Nelsons soon made their home in Peabody where they raised their family. In 1988 they made their home in Ipswich.
Mary was an avid reader of fiction. She enjoyed tennis, her hours at Crane Beach, home gardening, and entertaining her family and friends. She was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Hope Church.
Mary is survived by her son, Lee B. Nelson of Niantic, Conn.; two daughters, Lynn P. Rynkowski of Woburn, Patricia A. Griffin and her husband Eric of Calif.; three grandchildren, Kevin Rynkowski of Fla., Julie Rynkowski of Woburn, Brianna Griffin of Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Hayden and Avery Rynkowski both of Fla., and Dexter and Beverly Hood, both of Woburn. She is also survived by a brother, John Connor of Ireland; five sisters, Ann Donovan of Peabody, Kathleen Darcy of Ireland, Ita Danehy of Peabody, Eileen Gildea and Noreen Mee, both of Ireland; many nieces, including Eileen Donovan of N. Andover and Laura LaChappelle of Freemont, N.H.; nephews and dear friends. She was the sister of the late Bernodett Connor formerly of Ireland.

Her funeral will be held 9 a.m., Thursday, April 18, from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed by a 10 a.m. service in Our Lady of Hope, Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Visiting hours will be 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday. Interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Friends of the Library, 25 North Main St., Ipswich, MA 01938. For directions or to send a condolence, please visit
Published on April 15, 2019
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Hubert & Breda Deane, Williamstown, Co Galway, Ireland.
Apr 17, 2019
So sad to hear of Mary Theresa's passing. We wish her family our sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.