Mary W. Boccella
April 18, 1934 – May 6, 2021
Surrounded by the warmth and love of her family, Mary passed peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Born April 18, 1934, Mary was the third child of John A. Wilmer and Margaret R. Wilmer (née O’Neill). She is predeceased by her loving sister and brother, Joan Nichols and John Wilmer. She is survived by her five children, their spouses, and 12 grandchildren : Victoria and Christopher Haney (Megan, Ryan (Roxanne), Maeve); Jenna Boccella and Curtis March (Harry); Amy Boccella (Gregory Kaler Smith, Olivia (Quentin), Genevieve, Noah, Teddy, Sophia Smith); Christopher and Kerry Boccella (Leo, Felix and Tillie), and Maggie Boccella.
Mary carried herself with beauty, grace and wit. Her truth and wisdom were a guiding force to those who knew her, and once you knew her, you loved her. With the perfect scarf for every occasion, she made you feel that when you were with her, you weren’t just the ONLY person in the room, but the most important and wonderful person in the world.
A graduate of Little Flower High School, Mary was creative, focused and conscientious. Following a career as a runway model, marriage, and motherhood, Mary started an interior design practice and became a successful kitchen designer. She could turn any drab room into a comfortable living space, whip up a prom dress or a window treatment in the blink of an eye, and knew exactly what tools and hardware were needed for any project.
We are blessed beyond measure to have been raised by this beautiful person. Services and interment this week at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery are private. A Celebration of Life will follow in July. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to The Community Partnership School, Philadelphia, in Mary’s name.