Chelsea & Methuen — Mary I. (Piscitello) Lessard, 93, formerly of Lawrence and Methuen, Mass., died Saturday, July 5, at Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea, Mass.
Mary was born on June 21, 1921, to the late Domenico and Maria (Brucato) Piscitello.
She graduated from Lawrence High School, and continued to learn new skills throughout her life. Mary worked very hard by beginning in her early teens as a secretary in the law offices of her uncle, the late Judge Harold Brucato, then for the U.S. Department of American Affairs in Washington, D.C., during World War II, as the medical records librarian at Lawrence General Hospital, as secretary to the Administration for Mead Corporation in Lawrence, and as an agent for the Massachusetts State Department of Banking in Boston. Mary was a devoted wife to her late husband, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer, William S. Lessard, and a lifelong help to all her brothers and sisters and their children — especially to her late nephew, Domenic, and her surviving nieces, Jo-Ann and Mary. With her God-fearing heart and keen sense of humor, Mary used her intelligence to make people laugh amidst their difficulties, boosting the morale of all those she touched and usually at the times they needed it most.
She is survived by two nieces and nephews, Dr. Jo-Ann Merolla Sipple and her husband, Dr.William L. Sipple of Winthrop, and Dr. Mary Piscitello Mercer and her husband, Thomas McClary Mercer III, and their two children; grandniece, Isabel Janice Mercer and grandnephew, Samuel McClary Mercer of San Francisco, Calif.; as well as by her sister-in-law, Suzanne McHugh Piscitello of Lawrence. She was predeceased by her husband, William S. Lessard, who died in 1974; her three sisters, Angelina Piscitello, who died in 1971, Nancy Piscitello, who died in 1983, and Anne V. (Piscitello) Merolla, who died in 2005; her two brothers, Atty. Ignatius R. J. Piscitello, who died in 1999, and Victor J. Piscitello, who died in 2000; and by her nephew, Domenic V. I. Piscitello, who died in 2010.