Mary P. Barysky

November 12th, 2020

Mary P. Barysky (Castronovo), age 82, of Wilmington, passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, on November 10, 2020, with her three daughters by her side.

Mary was born on March 17, 1938, in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine Castronovo. Mary was raised in a large and loving Italian family in the North End of Boston. She attended Boston schools and was a graduate of English High School.

In 1956, Mary married the “love of her life” Peter Barysky; the couple resided in Boston for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1965. Mary and Peter were married for 51 years and shared many wonderful times together with their family before he unexpectedly passed in September of 2007. Mary and Peter raised three wonderful daughters, Patricia, Marie and Deborah; they were the light of her life. Mary loved to spend time with “her girls”; she was a very attentive and loving mother. Mary kept her home and her children impeccable; her devotion to her family was unwavering.

When Mary became a “Nana” it was a role she looked forward to; she adored each and every one of those kids. Mary loved to spoil her seven grandchildren and she never missed an opportunity to attend a gymnastics meet, dance recital, sporting event, school play or anything they were involved in; she was always so proud of them.

Prior to retirement, Mary worked as an Office Manager for Building 19 1/2 in Burlington; she had a great work ethic, endearing personality and wonderful customer service skills. Mary made many life-long friends with her co-workers as well as her customers.

Mary had many talents, hobbies and interests; in her spare time she enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Mary designed and created many beautiful gifts that will be forever treasured by her family and friends. One of Mary’s favorite places to go was Cape Cod with her family. Mary loved going to the Senior Center where she was very involved in their many activities and socialized with her friends. Mary loved to go shopping with her daughters and enjoyed going out to lunch with her girlfriends. She was also known to be a “Major” WWE fan and hardly ever missed an opportunity to watch a wrestling match with her grandson Jonathan.

Mary will be fondly remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was kind, caring and generous to everyone she met. Mary loved her family with all her heart and she will forever be missed.

Mary was the beloved wife of 51 years to the late Peter P. Barysky, devoted mother of Patricia M. Ritchie & her late husband Steven of Lawrence, Marie J. Mason & her husband William of Wilmington and Deborah A. Moussalem & her husband Charlie of Methuen, loving “Nana” of Peter, Patrick and Philip Ritchie, Olivia and Jonathan Mason, Gregory Barysky and Ava Moussalem. Cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine (LaGrassa) Castronovo, dear sister of Concetta Castronovo and Joseph Castronovo and his wife Christine all of Wilmington, the late Carlo Castronovo and his wife Kathleen of North Reading. Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 14th at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary P. Barysky”

  1. Scott smith says:

    I am very sorry for loss your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Joyce O'Dea says:

    Dear Patricia, Marie, Debby and family, I’m so sad to hear the news of your mom, she was a great neighbor and she was a sweet woman! Love and prayers to you all! I know she will be missed. Love from Pumpkin head and family! hugs to you all!

  3. Jeanne & Jerry Mace says:

    Pat, Marie, Debbie,
    We send our deepeat heartfelt condolences on the passing of your sweet Mom, Mary. A daughter losing her mother is a pain like no other. May your memories and stories of your Mom & Dad keep them alive in your memories and the memories of your children & family.
    Love, Jeanne & Jerry Mace

  4. Lisa castronovo says:

    I am so sorry for you loss. Auntie Mary was such a wonderful aunt and a beautiful woman.I send my deepest heart felt condolence to you and your family

  5. mary barry emerick says:

    Patty, I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.

  6. Karen Wolley-Palmer says:

    Oh Patty, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family, and sending you a big hug.

  7. Sandra Scholten says:

    So Sorry Marie, Pat and Debbie. She was a very special Woman. She will always be remembered. This is not an easy thing to go through, just take it One Day at a Time.

  8. NUreen Famolare says:

    I just received notice of Mary’s passing and wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. Mary certainly was a special lady, I know she made my life at Building 29 lots easier. Special lady, she will be missed by many!

  9. Carl and Joyce Manne says:

    Patricia, Marie and Debbie,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your families. Hold on to your memories and smile when you remember all your good times together. May she Rest In Peace. Stay strong and safe.

  10. Peggy Russo says:

    Patty I am so sorry for your loss. Keep your memories close to your heart. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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