Loving wife and mother who treasured her family

STONEHAM — Gertrude “Trudy” (Mullin) Parece, 83, of Stoneham, passed away August 21, 2021. Trudy was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on November 28, 1937 and was the youngest child of James Joseph Mullin from Manchester, England and Gertrude (Mason) Mullin from Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Trudy is survived by her husband of 62 years, Warren Parece Sr.; her five sons, Warren Parece Jr. and his wife, Pierina D’Aiello Parece, of North Reading; Andrew Parece and his wife, Mary Splaine, of Wakefield; David Parece and his wife, Patricia Hardway-Parece, of Falmouth; James Parece of Wakefield and Kenneth Parece of Franklin. She is also survived by her pride and joy, 14 grandchildren: Julianne, Michelle and Jonathan Parece; Kiera and Emma Parece; Erin and Christopher Parece; Averi, Jay and Mason Parece; and Stephen, Matthew, Taylor and Corinne Parece. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law, Barbara Parece and Kelli Parece.

Trudy is also survived by her brothers, John Mullin of Tyngsboro and Lewis (Andy) Mullin of Lowell; and her sisters-in-law, Jill Mullin of Lowell and Lorraine Mullin of Pelham, N.H. Trudy is survived by over 50 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Peter Mullin, James Mullin and George Mullin, her sister, Lillian (Mullin) Wood as well as Lillian’s husband, John “Teddie” Wood, and her sister-in-law, Edna Mullin of Tyngsboro.

Trudy was raised in Lowell, attended Saint Michael School and Lowell High School. Warren and Trudy attending many dances in Lowell where they met, engaged, and married in 1959. Trudy worked many jobs, including in the Melrose School System as a head lunch mother at the Roosevelt School where her five boys attended; one year she had all five boys in the same school from grades K-6.

What she loved the most was the loving way she cared and raised her boys – much more than a full time job! She attended countless baseball games, hockey games, track meets, cross-country meets, music concerts, drum and bugle events, to name a few. She was loving it all and tirelessly cheering us all on!

After her job of raising the five boys was complete, her most joyful job came…caring and spending time with her 14 grandkids, or should I say…spoiling the grandkids. She had so much love for these kids. She would frequently take them away for a week at her Cape house, take them out for ice cream, mini-golf, bowling, the beach, play cards, games, and just love every minute of it! Her family was the job and life she truly treasured!

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Wednesday, August 25. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield, with an interment at Lakeside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Trudy’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.