Mary Grace Palangi

WAYLAND: Mary Grace (Soccorso) Palangi, a resident of Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Maryland, died on September 15, 2018 after a long, music-filled life.

She was the daughter of the late Cosmo and Stella (Ferraro) Soccorso. Mary was born in New York, New York and grew up in Somerville.

Mary moved to Wayland where she and her beloved husband Pasquale “Pat” lovingly restored their 300-year old colonial home. For more than six decades she worked full-time as a bookkeeper for various local Boston companies, fully retiring at the age of 85. Following over 50 years in Wayland, she moved to Easton in 2010 to be near her daughter, making new friends and finding new adventures.

An ardent opera lover, Mary surrounded herself with music and was known for breaking out into song at any given moment. She created beautiful gardens, had an eye for decorating, and enjoyed cooking, collecting, and reading. She was proud of her Italian heritage, taking any opportunity to teach someone a few Italian phrases.

In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband Pat after only 17 years of marriage, as well as her younger brothers, Louis and Patrick, and their wives, Elizabeth and Marguerite. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter Lisa Hawkins and her husband Craig Hawkins of Easton, MD, granddaughter Allegra Hawkins of Jersey City, New Jersey, and several nieces, nephews and their children.

Visitations will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 am followed by a funeral home service at 11:00 am at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland.

Mary will be laid to rest at North Cemetery in Wayland next to Pat, two doors down from the home they shared and loved.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Attn. Heather Laplante, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (online at, or to The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023 (online at to support the music and programs that brought Mary so much joy.

“Te voglio bene assaje.”
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