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Mary C. Pietryka

Retired Lowell School Teacher;

Mary C. (Cooney) Pietryka, 67, of Dracut, but formerly of Lowell and a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Saturday January 30th 2016 at Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was the beloved wife of John M. Pietryka, who survives her, and with whom she recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on October 5, 2015.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 15, 1948, the daughter of the late James L. and the late Bernice (Devine) Cooney, she attended both the grammar and high school at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, graduating with the Class of 1966.

Mary continued her education with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1970 from the former Cardinal Cushing College in Brookline.

She began her career in education as a school teacher in both the Wilmington and Dracut school systems. Mary then transitioned over to the Lowell school system where she taught for over 20 years as a kindergarten teacher at the Green School, the Molloy School and most recently at the Murkland School until her retirement in 2007

Among her many interests, Mary enjoyed travelling with her husband John and their family, especially to the coast of Maine and Cape Cod.

Besides her husband John, she is survived by her daughter Kathleen A. Pietryka of Tewksbury; her son James M. Pietryka and his wife Roxanne of Woburn; three grandchildren Timothy Gianelli of Brighton, Jake Gianelli and Eva Gianelli both of Woburn; her brother James L. Cooney, Jr. and his wife Susan of Tyngsboro; her two sisters Anne M. O’Brien and her husband Patrick J. of Portsmouth, NH and Kathleen C. Barry and her husband Brian P. of Lowell; and many dear nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 Pawtucket ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Her Funeral will be celebrated Wednesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Upper Church) at 12:00 o’clock Noon. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Autism Society of America, 4340 East West Hwy, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Condolences (12)
  • Jeanne (Maloney) Mason, NDA '6
    I'm shocked and saddened to learn of Mary's passing. The world is less. She added enthusiasm and laughter to whatever she did.
  • Margaret Gallagher Dorr  - Dear old friend
    Words can't express the shock I felt upon hearing of Mary's passing.Was unable to attend the services as I was away.To the Cooney& Pietryka family,I offer my deepest sympathy. Met Mary in 1st grade and our friendship took off.Remained in touch throughout our educational years.Mary made me laugh.She was very generous,kind,and always upbeat.I have many wonderful memories of times spent on Belmont Ave.with her family.Even though we lost contact,a brief encounter now and then and we would be laughing again. Rest in peace,Love,Margaret
  • Allison (Faggart) Marsden
    Mary was one of the best people I know. I hope her family can be consoled by my Irish grandmother's favorite saying: Her room was ready in Heaven My thoughts and prayers for her family
  • Robin melendez
    I'm so sorry to hear about Mary's passing , she was one of my favorite customers at Brite Kleen . I enjoyed our little meetings at dunking trying to help her with her iPhone . She would often talk about her family and her husband . She was truly a great caring soul . I will truly miss her she was always so happy and caring , always asking about my kids and bringing my little one stickers . I'm truly sorry to hear about her passing .
  • Rita McLaughlin  - A kind and thoughtful soul
    My condolences to Mary's family. Mary was a kind and generous woman, a Kindergarten teacher who nurtured and loved children while she taught them much more than letters and numbers. Praying that your warm memories bring comfort. God bless you.
  • Martha Webster Nawn
    Dear Jimmy, Anne and Katy, Sorry to hear about the loss of your sister, Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care! Martha
  • Pat O'Dea Currie  - from Florida
    Dear John and Family, Although Mary and I didn't get to see eacheother, we kept in touch.She would send me all the news of our family and friends. I will always miss her loving ways and kindnesses. Pat
  • Phil Jacobson
    Hello John !! Is this you from the old NEN days in Billerica ? Johnny, I'm very sorry for your loss. You may laugh, but I think of you often, old friend, and hope you are well. Drop me an email some time here . . . Jake Bako
  • Phyllis Meehan Sachar  - My Friend
    It is with a heavy heart that I write this note. Mary and I have known each other since we met on my first day at the Academy of Notre Dame in fifth grade. We have been friends ever since. I could fill a book with stories about our times, good and bad, together. Sorry I can't be at the services as I am in Florida. I will be there in spirit. So glad we talked last weekend. Little did I know it would be our way of saying goodbye. Rest in peace my friend. I will never forget you.
  • Deanna Twarog  - I'll miss you
    I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear, dear friend Mary. Thinking of others was her first priority. My day would be brightened when I'd hear her at my door ... always with a Dunkin Donuts coffee to share. Her spirit was bright and always lifted the spirits of others. I know she is in heaven now, but I wish she was still her with me. Thoughts and prayers to John, Katy and Jimmey at this difficult time. Mary we miss you. - Deanna Twarog
  • Kathleen Donnellon Dziadzio  - She will be missed
    Dear John, Katie & Jimmy, Marry was so good at keeping up with everyone, there will be a void now that she is gone. The one thing I always knew was that you three were her world. My thoughts and prayers. Love, diene
  • Cheryl Namay Castle
    To the dear family of my oldest friend Mary. May you be at peace at this time knowing your loving mother is beside you and watching over you for all eternity. She was the kindest woman I have ever known. My prayers are with you all.
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