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Mary (Agostino) Vir, age 93, of Salem, N.H., passed away on September 21, two months after the death of her beloved husband, Ralph.
Born in Boston, Mass., on September 12, 1924, she was the daughter of James Agostino and Isabella (Norris) Agostino. She met her late husband while he was serving in the Navy during WWII. They were married on August 24, 1944, and spent 73 wonderful years together. They were both longtime members of St. Joseph’s Parish. Mary dedicated her life to her family. She raised three children and enjoyed spending time with her six grandchildren. Mary and her husband were often found cheering on their grandchildren in many sporting events. She always carried with her pictures of her parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, spending time with family, and dancing with her husband.
Mary will be dearly missed by her children, Bruce Vir, Phyllis (Vir) Mertz and husband, Ken, Donna (Vir) Barbera and husband, Vincent; sister-in-law, Rachel Paquette; grandchildren, Chris Mertz, Kendra Mertz, Aimee Mertz O’Connell, Nicole Shorter, Heather Vir, and Jason Barbera; as well as nine great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, September, 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem, NH 03079. The funeral service will be at St. Joseph’s Church on Wednesday, September 27, at 10:30 a.m. with burial to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem, N.H. To send condolences, please visit www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.
Published on  September 24, 2017
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