Mary Theresa D’Elia, age 92, of Munising and longtime Woburn, Massachusetts resident was called Home on Thursday morning, September 17, 2020. She was born the only child of Joseph and Theresa (Doherty) Corcoran on July 25, 1928 in Woburn. Mary graduated from Woburn High School and worked at home before she married Ralph Vincent D’Elia in 1955. Together they raised their six children in Woburn. Mary was a devout Irish Catholic who was active in the church and activities of St. Anthony Parish in Woburn. She was a wonderful baker and her chocolate chip cookies were legendary in the neighborhood. Mary and Ralph love square dancing together and spent their weekends with friends dancing with the Woburn Apple Squares. They loved to dance and during their retirement enjoyed week long activities and even cruises where they “do-si-doed” over the seas. They were great partners in life and on the dance floor. Ralph preceded Mary in death in October of 2009. Nine years ago, she moved to the Upper Peninsula and enjoyed her family time in Munising. Mary was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Church. Her Catholic faith was integral to her life and even when her memory faded, she was able to say her prayers.
Mary is survived by five children – Michael (Lee) D’Elia of Munising, Claire Lambert of Chelmsford, MA, and Paul (Sharon) D’Elia, John (Wendy) D’Elia and Ralph D’Elia all of Woburn, MA; eleven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph, and daughter Mary Ann D’Elia in February of 2020.
There will be services in Munising on Monday, September 21, 2020 at the Bowerman Funeral Home. Due to Michigan’s executive orders, masks will be required, and the funeral home staff will assist with the social distance and compliance during the visitation which will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Father Michael Ocran will lead a Parish Vigil Service at 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Anthony Parish in Woburn and she will be buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Woburn, MA.