Loved adventures, bowling and bingo

LYNNFIELD — Mary L. Kaliris formerly of Revere and a long-time resident of Lynnfield passed away peacefully on November 30 at the age of 89. “Grace was in all her steps, Heaven in her eyes and in every gesture, Dignity and Love.”

Born in Boston, Mary grew up in Chelsea and attended Saint Rose High School. Mary would reminisce about playing basketball, “three on three” she would say while showing off a picture of her in her uniform. After high school Mary worked as a telephone operator and rounded out her career as an executive assistant at Bell Atlantic now Verizon. Mary was a great adventurer and would never turn down an invitation. She had a witty way about her, loved life which made her fun to be around. She enjoyed excursions and traveling with her friends and family, runs to her favorite casinos, card games, bowling and let us not forget a good game of bingo. She enjoyed dining out always searching for the ultimate fried clam plate and lobster roll. Mary was an avid reader and a passionate fan of New England sports. “Even for an Irish girl” as her husband would banter she was a great Greek cook.

Mary was fiercely loyal and had unwavering faith in God and those she loved. Most importantly she was kind and best known for her caring nature and dedication and love for her family. She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, loving them unconditionally. Mary was the beloved daughter of her late parents William and Evelyn Dillon. She will be remembered as the caring and loving wife of the late Charles R. Kaliris with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. Devoted and treasured mother of the late Charles “Chuck” Kaliris and his wife Karen of North Reading; William Kaliris and his wife Denise of Melrose; and Christine Kaliris of Winthrop. Beloved Nana to Diane Kaliris-Velez and her husband Albert; Mark Kaliris and his wife Kaitlin; William, Dillon and Matia Kaliris. Adored Great-Nana to Charlie and Vincenzo Kaliris. Dear sister of William Dillon and his wife Phylis of Middleborough; and the late Evelyn Glowik, Margaret Concannon and John Dillon. Mary is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Mary on Friday, December 8 at Gately Funeral Home, located at 79 West Foster St., Melrose from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial Mass will take place on Saturday, December 9 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 17 Grove St., Lynnfield, MA . A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett following the mass. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. To sign online condolence visit