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Patricia Ellen (St. Hilaire) Mahoney, 94, wife of the late Mathew L. Mahoney, died on Feb. 13, 2017, at Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers. Born in Beverly on July 22, 1922, she was the daughter of Antonio J. and Helen A. (Cummings) St. Hilaire. Married for 52 years, from 1946 until Matt’s death in 1998, Pat and Matt raised four sons.
Pat is survived by three sons, Bro. David P. Mahoney, CFX of Kenya and Danvers; John L. Mahoney of Woodford, Va.; Michael and his wife, Elizabeth Mahoney of Marlborough, Mass.; and by Patricia W. Mahoney of Allendale, N.J., widow of Brian Mahoney; and Peggy Mahoney of Fredericksburg, Va. She leaves four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Whelan J. and his wife, Kristin Mahoney and their daughters, Lucy and Alice of South Orange, N.J.; Kyle W. Mahoney and his fiancée, Mandy Wilson of Butler, N.J.; Kelly M. Mahoney of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Mathew C. Mahoney of Fredericksburg, Va. Pat was aunt, grand-aunt, or great-grand-aunt to 35.
Pat was predeceased by her beloved granddaughter, Caitlin A. Mahoney of Marlborough; by three sisters and their husbands, Ruth and Paul Butler, Marian and Mac McKenzie and Joan and John Welch; and by her sister-in-law, Elena, Sr. Marie Emmanuel Mahoney, SNDdeN.
In 1939 Pat graduated from Beverly High School but continued there in a one-year secretarial program before studying at Burdett College, Lynn, where she met her future husband. Pat left her studies to work at “The Shoe” in Beverly until her marriage. In 1951, Pat and Matt moved their young family from Salem to a new home in North Beverly, where she lived until her death. The couple was active in St. John the Evangelist Parish from its foundation in 1955, and Pat served as Prefect of the Sodality of Our Lady.
Having sons at St. John’s Prep with few interruptions from 1961 to 1978, Pat became prefect of the mothers’ club, the Guild of St. William, in 1968. For many years, she compiled North Beverly items for the Salem News. From 1969 to 1992, Pat worked at Appleseeds, primarily in Customer Service for catalog sales, earning praise for her graciousness and effectiveness. For many years she was a board member at Girdler House Retirement Home in Beverly.
Matt and Pat shared a love of music that included big band, classical and opera, and they frequently enjoyed live performances as well as broadcasts and recordings. On three trips they visited Ireland, England, Belgium, and France. As a widow, Pat took cruises to Nova Scotia and the Caribbean with cousins and friends. Pat participated in many annual, informal reunions of the BHS, Class of 1939.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch Street, Beverly, Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Xaverian Brothers Retirement Fund, 50 Spring St., Danvers, MA 01923; the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938; the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts, 181 Park Ave. #12, West Springfield, MA 01089; or Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  February 16, 2017
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