Mary Ann Doherty

  • Born: December 8, 1933
  • Died: December 13, 2018
  • Location: Wakefield, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Ann Doherty, age 85, of Wakefield, died peacefully December 13 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center.

Born in South Boston on December 8, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Ignaz and Anna (Kevartas) Voveris.

Mrs. Doherty was raised and educated in South Boston. At the age of 16, she entered into the Convent and became Sister Perpetua at Our Lady of Sorrows and Jesus Christ Crucified Order. During her time in the Order, she taught religion in Cambridge, Lawrence and Norwood. She had a Bachelor's Degree from Stonehill College and also received her Master's in Psychology from Bridgewater State College. In 1965, Mrs. Doherty left the Convent and in 1970 met her husband, Herold F. Doherty. They were married in 1971. She continued her teaching career at the Franklin School in Wakefield where she was a well-loved second grade teacher. In 1981 and 1989, Mrs. Doherty was invited to and attended a scholarship program at the University of Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1995, she and her husband both retired and spent their time traveling. Together they loved to travel to Europe and Canada, and most especially enjoyed traveling to Bermuda every year for more than 40 years. Mrs. Doherty was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner at both St. Joseph Church of Wakefield and St. Theresa's Church of North Reading.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Herold F. Doherty, with whom she shared 47 wonderful years of marriage. She leaves behind her two brothers, James and Edward; as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother John.

Her funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10am. Interment, Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 12-3pm.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sad to read that Mrs. Doherty has died. She was both my sons ,second grade teacher, at the Franklin school in wakefield. She was such a nice lady and teacher. P

Posted by Diane Fowler - Wakefield, MA - Friend   December 17, 2018

Please accept our sincere condolences to the family
and friends. Losing a loved one in death is never easy. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time. (John 17:3).

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2018

Mary Ann was the personification of the words devoted and courageous.Despite her many health problems, through the pain she always had a smile, and loved to chat with people.Before she had to live at the Bear Hill Nursing Home, she would love to sit on her porch and watch over the neighborhood.I often kidded her about being the Mayor of Chestnut St...she loved it. When visiting her at Bear Hill, she loved to tell my wife and I about the many trips she and Herold had gone on. But her real pride came out when she would tell us about "her children".She had no children of her own, but she had hundreds of students who were "her children," and she proudly told of their many accomplishments. One student was a Lt.Comdr. in the Navy, another was an FBI Agent, and she would click off the names with pride and a wonderful smile. She was as devoted to her beloved Herold ,as he was to her.They both showed to each other and the world, what true devotion and love are. We will miss her very much...and don't worry Mary Ann, as promised, we will keep an eye out for Herold.

Posted by Tom Lynch - Wakefield, MA - Friend   December 13, 2018