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Mary C. (A'Hearn) Vesprini

Mary C. (A'Hearn) Vesprini
  • April 17, 1930 - September 13, 2018
  • Peabody, Massachusetts

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“From seemingly disparate backgrounds, Mary and Mandy wrote a real-life Love Story. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Leo Pieretti

“Dear Vesprini Family, I knew your Mom from the neighborhood and Bellevue. She was a lovely woman, a beautiful person. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“Armando I am very sorry to hear about your beautiful wife. My prayers are with you. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Kim Whitworth - Melrose, MA

“Mary Vesprini was the kindest most loving amazing and beautiful woman who put others ahead of herself.. She will be missed every day ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: George Benedetto - CA - Family

“Fond memories of a wonderful friendship Mandy and Mary. Remembering the days carrying the tile up long flights of stairs. Remembering our days on...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Frontero - Lynnfield, MA

“So sorry for your loss. I played tennis in Mary's Sunday group in Winchester and was so happy when she started Golf at Salem. A bright light has gone...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Nelson - West palm neach, FL

“Thoughts and prayers to the family! ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ed & Jean Doherty - Marshfield, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob and Connie Munro ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: robert munro - salem, MA - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague Gately - MA


Mary C. Vesprini, 88, beloved wife and mother, passed away quietly on September 13th, 2018 at Brooksby Village in Peabody after a long period of declining health.

Born on April 17th, 1930, in Revere Massachusetts Mary was the only child of Cornelius and Cecelia (Hurley)
Ahearn.

On her mother's side, Mary hailed from the colorful Hurley Family, proprietors of many popular amusement attractions in the heyday of Revere Beach. She grew up riding on the flying horses of the Hurley's Hurdlers Carousel, the Tilt –a-Whirl, and the death-defying Cyclone, the first roller coaster ever to reach 100 feet.

After the untimely death of Mary's father, in 1941, Mary's mother joined her siblings on "the Beach" and opened up her own stand, Mary Ahearn's Frozen Custard, where Mary scooped up ice cream and stole the hearts of the young boys on the Boardwalk, many just back from the war, who waited in line just to see her smile.

Mary graduated with high honors from Immaculate Conception High School in 1948, and went on to Salem State Teachers College. In 1952, she achieved her girlhood dream of becoming a teacher when she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught at the Abraham Lincoln School in Revere where she shared her love of reading with her kindergarten and first grade pupils.

Mary loved to dance and spent many Saturday nights at the Wonderland Ballroom. It wasn't too long before she met the handsome young veteran from Everett, known to all as "Mandy," aka Armando Vesprini who became her favorite partner.

Mary and Mandy were married on November 20th, 1954. Their honeymoon in Florida was almost a no-go when Mary flatly refused to make the trip in Mandy's wreck of a vehicle. He happily purchased a 1955 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe and the rest is history.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother who shared her style, enthusiasm, and love with family and friends alike. This included "Lokpa," her faithful Lhasa Apso pup for the better part of 20 years. She was an avid tennis player, bowler, and golfer and was a member of the Bellevue Golf Club in Melrose and the Salem Country Club in Peabody. She and Mandy enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean and Europe and in 1995 purchased a condo in Juno Beach, Florida where she would spend the winter months practicing her swing in Hobe Sound.

Family was everything to Mary. In her later years, she absolutely adored her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen Vesprini of Newburyport, her son Michael and his wife, Alicia (Danti) of Topsfield, her grandchildren, Marcus and Michelina, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Wednesday September 19th from 4:00-7:00PM. Final viewing at the funeral home on Thursday morning at 9:00AM September 20th, followed by funeral Mass at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary's name to Catholic Charities, 275 West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 or @ www.ccab.org.