Mary V. Baiorunos
Mary V. Baiorunos
  • October 1, 1915 - June 5, 2017
  • Ellicott City, Maryland

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Mary V. Baiorunos of Catonsville MD (formerly of Quincy MA) passed away peacefully on June 5th 2017. She spent 101 years and 8 months on earth, and felt the love of God and family every day of her life.

Beloved wife of 46 years to the late John E. Baiorunos; Loving mother of Barry J. Baiorunos, John R. Baronas and the late Marilyn Baiorunos; Cherished grandmother of Rachael Tallerico, Renee and Jon Baiorunos, James and Merry Baronas and Julie Morgan; Great grandmother of 10; Dear sister to the late Alice Kenney, Dick Dobbyn, Ethel Twomey and Jack and Phillip Dobbyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Mae Dobbyn.

Her father, Papa, was a friend and business associate of Joseph P. Kennedy, and served as treasurer for JFK's political campaigns. "Papa" decided it best to instill confidence in his first born, as she was strikingly tall for her generation. He enrolled her in elocution lessons where she won competitive events.

Upon graduating from St Joseph's high school, Mary became one of the first registered dental hygienists in the world. She graduated from Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in 1934. She inspired both of her sons to become dentists. With compassion and skill she provided her patients with excellent dental care while working in the offices of Dr. Lewis, Dr. Paul Rathburn, Dr. Howard Paul and Dr. Vincent Trossello. Her pleasant demeanor and gentle touch created a large following of patients. She was a valuable asset to each of the dental practices.

Mary was a devote parishioner of St Ann's Parish in Wollaston, MA. At the request of Monsignor Leach she volunteered to teach 5th grade at the parish school. She was an avid bowler for the parish. When a fractured hip forced her to retire from the sport she became a big fan of bowling on TV.

She was an pro sprots enthusiast before the age of television. In her youth she loved attending baseball games. She saw Babe Ruth play in Fenway Park until he was traded to the New York. Papa switched allegiance from the Red Sox to the Yankees. The Boston Braves' however was Mary's team and for many decades she would recite the refrain "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain." Mary was very religious and could be heard praying at Suffolk Downs, Rockingham and Wonderland racetracks along with the rest of her family.

Is it any wonder she met and married a dashing football star from Holy Cross, who was attending Harvard Business School at the time? They were NY Giants fans in the days before the Boston Patriots. John and Mary lived in in the South Shore area until John's death. In addition to being exceptional parents, they delighted in playing competitive bridge. Her husband, John, would frequently say to his sons "I never met anyone who didn't like your mother." Every year he would present her with a gold charm for the bracelet that she wears today. Her favorite was the one that read "My Angel."

Having lost her husband/bridge partner in 1982, Mary moved to Catonsville MD to be near her son Jack. True to form she was running the front desk of Jack's dental practice. She was affectionately named "Chairman of the Board", and charmed everyone with the genuine empathy she was known for. When the office was computerized in 1990 she gave notice and moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community. She was active in the Catholic community serving as a lector as well as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also active in the Lamb of God community. After 11 years of contract bridge playing at Charlestown she moved next door to St Martin's. She spent 11 years with the wonderful Little Sisters of the Poor. She was a staff favorite and at the age of 101 she had her final graduation.

A viewing will be held at Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsille MD on Thursday, June 8, 4:30 to 7:30 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Catonsville MD on Friday, 9 June, at 10:00 AM. Mary will be buried at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton MA on Monday, 12 June at 11:00 AM. A brief graveside service will be held for friends and family who wish to attend.

For those who wish to honor Mary with a contribution, Mary has requested donations be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228.