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BRADFORD - Mary Charlotte (Kearns) Kothman, 85, of Bradford and formerly of Needham, passed away on January 30, 2018 at the High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, with her loving family by her side.
She was born in Boston on February 23, 1932, beloved daughter of Alice and William Kearns of Needham. Cherished wife of the late John Kothman who passed in 2003, which they were the love of each other's life.
Mary was employed prior to her marriage by Bell Telephone as a Chief Operator in Needham and was later employed by Bixby Box Toe of Haverhill. She was an avid bowler, belonging to several leagues at Academy Lanes in Bradford, were she bowled for 47 years and held several titles and leaves behind many dear friends from her bowling leagues. She was a devout Catholic, and longtime parishioner of Sacred Hearts Parish and a very fond attendee of Fr. Ben's Masses. Her Rosary was her strength and life.
Surviving family members include her four loving children, John F. Kothman Jr. of Haverhill, Kimberly Merritt and husband Walter, II of Haverhill, Cheryl Fanaras and fiancé Mark Sydlowski of Bradford and Allison Boisclair and husband, Robert of Haverhill; 10 grandchildren, Lauren Merritt and fiancée Emily Hastings, Meghan Mary Merritt-Schaffer and husband, Jeffery, Tiffany Kothman-Riccio and husband Fred, Sean Kothman and wife, Brittany, Alicia Fanaras and Nick Dobbs, Mark Nathan Fanaras, Adam J. Fanaras, Robert Boisclair, Danielle Boisclair and Steven Boisclair; five great-grandchildren, Freddy Riccio, Dante Riccio and Vincent Riccio, William Roman-Ovares and Eliza Ann Merritt-Schaffer; siblings, Barbara Barr of Needham, Marylyn McCallister of Plymouth, Richard Kearns of Pompano Beach, Fla.; her twin brother James Kearns of Hudson, NH and Paul Kearns of Hudson, NH; also leaves one of her most cherished friends and neighbor, Fran Hanagan of Bradford. Mary was predeceased by her son, Michael James Kothman and siblings Norman Kearns and Virginia Kearns Kelly.
The Kothman Family would like to thank all of those who took such wonderful care of Mary during the last days of her life.
Arrangements: Visiting hours will be held on Monday, February 5, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill from 2 to 7 p.m. Services will begin Tuesday in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 So. Main Street, Bradford at 11 a.m. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the High Pointe Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For guestbook, please visit www.driscollcares.com.
Published on February 1, 2018
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