Published in the November 23, 2020 edition.
WAKEFIELD — Marjorie Anne (Walsh) Harrington, 93, of Wakefield, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Marjorie was born in Malden in 1927 during the Roaring Twenties, but was shaped by her childhood during the Great Depression era that followed.
She grew up in a large household, loved and cared for by her mother Mary Agnes (Cotter) and father Joseph Henry Walsh. Of her seven sisters, she was predeceased by Marie (MacDonald), Bobby (Sister Mary Orontia, SSND), and Betty (Sister Miriam Joseph, SSND). She is survived by Patricia Comerford of Wakefield, Joanne Visconti of Stoneham, Marilyn DelCheccolo of Andover and Miriam Murray of Medford.
She attended local schools, including Girls Catholic and Malden High, and worked and volunteered at numerous small jobs during World War II as part of the war effort.
As a young woman, she became a teacher for several years with the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and later worked as an operator for New England Telephone. Her sister Pat introduced her to her future husband from Lexington, Joseph “Mickey” Harrington, and in 1957, they married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Malden. They were married for 58 years, until Mickey’s death in 2016.
For several years, she devoted her time and energy to raising a family of four in Wakefield: Dan Harrington of Cambridge, Kathleen Ravenelle of Wakefield, Jennifer Melanson of Duxbury and Joseph Harrington of Wakefield. She and her family were members of St. Joseph Parish, enjoying all the benefits and sharing in the work of that community, including the St. Joseph School, the Conquistador Band, and the parish CCD program. She returned to work at New England Telephone and eventually retired from AT&T.
In retirement and her later years, she enjoyed sharing in the lives of her children, their spouses, Linda Tarantino, Don Ravenelle, Edward Melanson, and Francene Harrington; her grandchildren, Kristin, Andrew, Matthew, Joseph, Abigail, Thomas and Jonathan; and her numerous nieces and nephews.
Many other activities brought her pleasure, such as chatting with her sisters, playing spider solitaire, reading novels, doing word search puzzles and singing popular tunes from her youth. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Atlantic Midwest Province, sent to the Villa Notre Dame, 345 Belden Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897.
Services will be private. McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave. Wakefield.