Mary J. (Pollard) Paruti, 94, of East Falmouth has died after a year of declining health due to cancer. Ms. Paruti died November 5 at Heritage at Falmouth.
She was the wife of Joseph C. Paruti; they had been married 66 years at the time of her husband’s death in 2015.
She was born in the Irish section of Lowell known as “The Acre” and was proud of her Irish heritage. After graduating from St. Patrick’s School in Lowell she worked as a switchboard operator for New England Telephone.
During World War II, she worked the switchboard at Cushing Military Hospital in Framingham. Although she worked long hours during the war, she would work around the clock during and around Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day.
She met Joseph C. Paruti, also of Lowell, on a blind date; they married on September 11, 1948. The couple moved to East Bridgewater, where they raised three children. After their children were grown, she and her husband traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including several trips to Ireland and Italy, the countries of their heritage.
In the 1970s, Ms. Paruti became a nurse’s aide and worked for many years at Brockton Hospital.
She was a member of the Massachusetts Catholic Women’s Guild and taught CCD at St. John’s Church in East Bridgewater. After moving to East Falmouth in 1978, Ms. Paruti was a member of the Couples Club at St. Anthony’s Church and was the “sunshine girl” responsible for sending cards to parishioners who were sick. She was chosen for that position in part because she had beautiful handwriting.
At St. Anthony’s she volunteered at the annual Country Fair and also at the Holly Sale at the church, and she stuffed pillows to bring to nursing homes and hospitals. In the Falmouth community, she made quilts for AIDS babies, knit afghans for the sick, volunteered at Royal Falmouth Rehabilitation & Retirement Center and worked at Around the Table for many years, serving hot meals to the needy in the parish house at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
For the last three and a half years, Ms. Paruti had lived in an apartment at Heritage at Falmouth.
She leaves two children, David M. Paruti and his wife, Jean Paruti, of Yarmouthport and Naples, Florida, and Donna M. Paruti and her husband, Mark Dugan, of Framingham; three granddaughters, Anne M. Paruti of Milton, Tricia M. Dicker of Milton and Marybeth McCabe of Somerville; two great-grandsons, Henry Dicker and Miles Dicker; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her son Kenneth J. Paruti, who died in 2005.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, November 20, at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth.
Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.