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Obituary for Mary Jasper

January 16, 2021
ROCKLAND, Massachusetts

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Mary Elizabeth Jasper passed away surrounded by her family on January 16, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Richard C. Jasper, her twin sister Ann Ita Golemme, and her parents Delia and Martin Walsh who immigrated from Ireland. She is survived by Ann Jasper of Rockland, Mary Boyle and her husband Jack of Marshfield, Roseann Potter of Pembroke, Sheila Horstman and her husband Scott of Clarksville, TN, Richard Jasper, Jr. and his wife Catherine of Rockland, John Jasper and his wife Cheryl of Rockland, and Lianne Jasper Gillespie and her husband Kevin of Pembroke. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

She was born and raised in West Roxbury Massachusetts, a city girl at heart. She loved skiing and was known to head skiing every weekend in the winter. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas high school, Bentley College, and studied 4 years at Boston College, and various other institutions including, Northeastern University, Stonehill College, and Massasoit Community College.

Mary, an eternal musician played the piano, the violin, the mandolin, the banjo and the harmonica and often entertained her family with her musical gifts. In her early years, she was first chair violinist in the West Roxbury Symphony Orchestra.

She and her identical twin sister Ann performed tap dance routines for the USO during World War II. She and her sister won an MGM sponsored contest for the movie 'Two Sisters from Boston' where they dined with Lucille Ball.

After finishing school, she worked for the Tribune Publishing Company, Harvard Business School for the Navy Department, Algonquin Club of Boston, and the Salada Tea Company of Boston. She loved to tell the story of her 'arranged marriage' because she met her husband Richard through his cousins and her sister. She became a certified Red Cross nurse's aid at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

She raised 7 children with passion and a fierce dedication. She and Richard were very committed to education and passed along this love of life long learning to their children. Mary was dedicated to developing the individual talents of each of her seven children. She was an accomplished cook and has passed down a collection of delicious and unusual recipes. She regularly enjoyed entertaining her family with fabulous dinners at 43 Butternut Lane.

Mary was a woman of great faith and was dedicated to her church and church community at Holy Family Church in Rockland throughout her life. She was a people person, loved to travel and meet new people. Mary was involved in the Mother's Club of Rockland and was named the 1968 Young Massachusetts Mother of the Year. After her children were in school, she started a career in special education by assisting mothers with special needs children, helping with the HeadStart and Exodus program in Rockland Public Schools and working at a private school for Exceptional Children.

She worked with the special needs students at Rockland Junior High. Some of her experience was with Autistic Children. Her last and most beloved position was working for Dr. Bill Simmons in the Special Education department of Easton public schools where she become a certified special education advocate and organized a network of women working in special education, called WISE.

After 18 years in Easton, she retired to a life of volunteerism. She served her community as a Eucharistic minister at Holy Family Church in Rockland, and volunteered at the South Shore Hospital where many community members would by greeted by her familiar smile. In retirement, she was an avid reader, piano player, played golf and tennis with her husband and greatly enjoyed her summers spent at Deer Park with her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their children.

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