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“Mary was a fun person to be around. She always spoke with a smile on her face. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Suzanne archambault - boston, MA

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I enjoyed playing golf with her for many years at Putterham in Brookline. My condolences go to all her...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Mary was a wonderful person, nurse and coworker. Dawna ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Dawna Stamatos - Boston, MA

“Mary always had a smile on her face and always so excited about her dance class. Her favorite saying was Oh Dear! She will be missed. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Gail Wennemer - JP, MA

“So very sorry for your loss. Mary was a pleasure to know and work with. sincerely, Kathy McGrath ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Mary was loving person i loved working with her at va. She will be missed ex coworker christine garnes ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Mary, you made me, laugh, you helped me to enjoy life and take advantage of all the treasures here on earth, even Bloomingdale's returns! The...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Edward Kremer - Palm Springs,, CA

“We became friends soon after Mary's arrival at the Boston VA in the late 80's. I have many good memories of working together and our friendship...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Vickory - Lynn, MA

“I loved working with Mary. Her high spirits and excellent nursing skills made it a pleasure to be on her team. My sympathies to her family and...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Edward Kremer - Palm Springs,, CA

“Will miss your wonderful spirit and love of life. All of my family misses you. They were truly saddened by your passing. Rest in peace, Mary. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: ellen o'connell - wrentham, MA

“Mary I miss your smile love of life your energy. You were a poster child" for age is just a number".An age few of us knew or would have guessed ...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: virginia haviland (Ginny) - MA

“Dear Mary's Family,What a pleasure it was knowing Mary from working at the VA in Boston.She always had a caring attitude,smile and laugh for our...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: meg allen


HOLYOKE: Mary T. (Barrett) Zimmermann passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 with her family by her side, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born in Holyoke, to the late Myles and Bridget Barrett. Mary attended local schools and graduated from St. Jerome High School in Holyoke in 1953 and the Providence Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. A dedicated life-long nurse, Mary was a licensed RN for more than 50 years. She held positions at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, MA, American Red Cross in New York, Antilles Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, and over 20 years with the Boston Veterans Administration, retiring in May 2014. She lived and worked in Puerto Rico From 1961 – 1987 where she became fluent in Spanish. She resided in Chestnut Hill, MA from 1987 until 2014. Mary loved the outdoors, especially the ocean. An accomplished golfer, Mary represented the United States as a member of the Women's Golf Team at the 1979 Pan American Games in South America. She also held numerous amateur titles including the 1990 New York Life Championship, Dorado Beach - Puerto Rico. An avid supporter of the arts, Mary was actively involved with the Jeanette Neil Dance Studio in Boston, as both student and a patron. She travelled extensively throughout her life and leaves behind many cousins and friends in Boston, New York, Chicago, Florida, California, London, Ireland and Puerto Rico. Besides her parents, Mary is pre-deceased by her brother Myles Barrett. She is survived by her brother John "Par" Barrett and his wife Anita, her niece Karen Barrett of California, her nephews John Barrett and his wife Tracey of Connecticut, and Robert Barrett and his wife Cindy of Holyoke. Mary cherished her 3 grandnieces and 1 grandnephew, Katharine, Amanda, Megan and Jack. The Barrett Family is deeply grateful to the staff at the Renaissance Manor on Cabot for the excellent care and compassion given to Mary and also to Claire O'Connell for all the guidance and support she unselfishly gave. Also our heartfelt thanks to Mary's many co-workers at the Boston VA Hospital for their continued friendship and concern during this time. The funeral will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the Cross Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday prior to the service from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Donations may be made in memory of Mary to The Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.

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