In Our Care

Cipolla, Mary M. (Contrino) of Arlington and Falmouth, passed peacefully at the age of 95, surrounded by her loving family on May 10, 2013. Daughter of the late Luigi and Vincenza Contrino. Beloved wife of 68 years of the late Anthony J ”Gaetano” Cipolla. Devoted mother of Marie Blouin and husband Thomas of Burlington, Lois MacGregor and husband Charles “Bud” of Bedford and Elaine McKenna and her late husband John of Arlington. Loving grandmother of Christopher, David and Marisa Blouin of Burlington, Kimberly Drolette and husband James of Bedford and Charles “Chad” MacGregor and wife Jill of Nashua, NH. Cherished Great Grandmother of Daniel, Jayson, Skyla, Anthony, Isabelle, Matthew, James John and Evelyn. Sister of Josephine Maggiore of Winchester and the late Carmella Fuca of Arlington. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Mary loved life from an early age and excelled in all her endeavors. She was lead violinist for the Chelsea Jr & Sr High School Orchestras. They won numerous New England competitions & performed on Radio. She attended the LaMay Beauty Academy winning a gold cup for “Best Style” upon graduation. After marrying Anthony following WWII in 1945, she went to the Cowan School of Electrology. As a young ambitious mother, she started the Mary M. Cipolla Electrology Salon. A profession in its infancy, Mary soon became a Board member of the Massachusetts Association of Electrologists (MAE). She rapidly climbed the ladder to President and then went on to serve as a Board Member and officer on the American Electrology Association (AEA) for more than 22 years. Through the many years of her children’s schooling, Mary chaired & participated in numerous committees at St. James, Arlington Catholic and within the Arlington Community. Through her diligent efforts she raised enough money from the Italian/American Parishioners of St. James Church to purchase two large outdoor statues for the grounds. In 1977, Mary was a member of the first graduating class of the Eleanor Roberts School of Esthetics and Make Up Artistry. As her business grew and expanded to two offices & several employees, Mary remained active and was the first to be awarded Honorary Member of the AEA and MAE. Along the way, she was the only female in her class at the Dale Carnegie Course. Mary’s success and ambitions continued into her senior years. At the age of 87, she followed another creative passion by attending classes for jewelry making and began her signature one-of-a-kind, hand-made beaded designs. Mary was still creating and selling her pieces until shorty before her passing. Mary was truly an inspirational woman who was loved by many and will be missed by all. Quiet & unassuming, shy & reserved but was always a lady and the life of the party. She lived & loved life to the fullest. Funeral from The DeVito O'Donnell Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Avenue ARLINGTON Friday morning at 9:00 AM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM in St. Camillus Church (Rt 2) Arlington. Visiting hours at the DeVito Funeral Home Thursday 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Interment to follow at the Newton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to Catholic TV PO Box 9196 Watertown, MA or a charity of your choice. For directions or to send a condolence visit