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Rines, Mary E.

Mary Elizabeth (Sanseverino) Rines, a resident of Westwood since 1953, died Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 in Barrington, Rhode Island after a short illness.  She was 86.  Mary was born August 22, 1926 in Lexington, Massachusetts to Italien immigrant parents Gennaro and Palmina (DeVenezio) Sanseverino.  She graduated from Lexington High School and worked briefly until she married John Norman Rines.  Mary volunteered at Westwood High School where she helped teach elementary school children reading. She also worked for almost ten years as a waitress at the MacDonald’s on Route One in Westwood.   She was an avid walker, and she enjoyed bowling and activities of the Westwood Council on Aging. Her husband predeceased her in 2004.  She is survived by her two sons, Steven M. Rines of Medfield, and Scott F. Rines of Long Beach, California; her two daughters, Susan LeBlanc of Denver, Colorado, and Joyce Rines of Barrington, Rhode Island; her five grandchildren, Matthew Rines, Ryan Butler, Andrew and Nathan LeBlanc, and Ian Rines; her two sisters, Constance Del Principe of Waterbury, Connecticut, and Helen Sanseverino of Lexington; and her three brothers, Daniel Sanseverino of Las Vegas, Nevada, Joseph Sanseverino of Florida, and James Sanseverino of California.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, July 9th from 5-8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood.  Mary’s funeral will be held Saturday, July 10th at 10 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 59 Court Street, Dedham followed by burial in Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton.  Donations in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, 02472 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. James Sanseverino
    July 7th, 2010 | 8:43 pm

    At this time of sorrow,it is difficult to express my sadness at the loss of my sister, Mary. She was always such a joy to be with, and so full of enthusiasm. we will all miss her sense of humor and vivacious personality.
    I recall as a pest,brat and tag-a-long younger brother, she always always had kind words and an infectious smile for me. Mary’s love for her family and all around her was unbounded. She had a natural gift of caring which put all at ease. Mary lived a life of selflessness and her legacy to us are the positve examples she set as a devoted wife, loving mother, caring sister, and true friend.
    I am so fortunate to have had her as a sister. While our loss is great we have some consolation in our memories of Mary and the knowledge that she is with her beloved husband, Norman, and in God’s hands.

  2. Art Rotondi
    July 8th, 2010 | 10:36 am


    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your sister. If you will be in the area for a while, I’d like to hear from you – It will be 50 years next year that we were graduated from Tufts. We’re in the book in Wakefield.


  3. Helen Sanseverino
    July 10th, 2010 | 8:43 am

    I have many fond memories of my sister Mary. We always had fun playing cards and joking around together, especially when my sister Connie lost the game. I will miss her so much, but she will always be with me in spirit.

    Rest in peace Mary.

    Your loving sister Helen

  4. Connie Del Principe
    July 10th, 2010 | 8:54 am

    In memory of my sister Mary. Mary was a very caring and living wife to Norman. She was a devoted mother to her children, and adored her grandchildren. She always had a sense of humor, even in stressful times. Mary will always be with me in spirit and prayers. May you rest in peace Mary. I love you.

    Your sister Connie

  5. Ellen Kelly
    July 11th, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    I am so sorry that I just heard today that Mary has passed away. I wish the family my sincere sympathies and will remember Mary fondly. I was one of her bowling, walking, and bingo buddies. My prayers are with all of you and with Mary.

    A friend,

  6. Joan Sanseverino
    July 13th, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    Mary was a special person, a sister-in-law that I would love to have had as a next door neighbor. She welcomed me into the family with open arms. I recall her many folksy letters. I felt a closeness as if she was sitting across the table from me and having a conversation. She was so easy to share things with. She even shared her famous blueberry cake recipe with me…it has become my families favorite. We will all miss her bubbly personality and great sense of humor.
    Mary, may the peace of the Lord be with you and your family.

    Your sister-in-law Joan

  7. Dan Sanseverino
    July 20th, 2010 | 7:03 pm

    I have been in deep sorrow over the loss of my dear sister Mary. I know she can be in peace now with her loving husband, Norman, who she so dearly missed these many years. Being the youngest, Both Mary and Norman were like second parents to me, enjoying many happy years together. Both were instrumental in starting my musical career. Norman with a fife, and Mary with a trumpet. When fife lessons weren’t taught, Mary went out and, unknown to me, bought me a trumpet, which I played over 10 years. Rest in peace with Norman, Mary. I love you both. Your brother Dan.

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