Mary M. Madden

  • Died: August 8, 2016
  • Location: Dorchester, Massachusetts

James A. Murphy & Son Funeral Home

1020 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
Tel. (617) 265-9840

Tribute & Message From The Family

MADDEN, Mary M. In Dorchester, August 8th.
Beloved daughter of the late Edward G. and Mary M. (MacIsaac) Madden.
Loving sister of Virginia and her husband Hugh Mullen of Marshfield, Anne Fancelli and her late husband Dario, Robert Madden, Dorothy and her husband Robert Dunford, all of Dorchester, and the late Edward and his wife Barbara Madden, and Jack Madden.
Favorite aunt of Laura Ortiz, Kelly Collins, Christopher Mullen, Michael Mullen, Kevin Mullen, Julie Mullen, Beth Donovan, Dario Fancelli, Joseph Madden, Brian Dunford, Sarah Zaphiris, and Molly Murphy.
Survived by many grandnieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mary was a retired math teacher at Boston College High School for 29 years and part of the B.C. High family for almost 40 years.
Mary's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Compass on the Bay, the Bostonian Nursing Home, and Boston Medical Center, for their care and kindness to her and her family.
A celebration of Mary's life will be held with a memorial visitation at B.C. High, on Friday morning, August 12, at 9 A.M.
Followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 A.M.
Relatives and friends invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be made to Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA 02125.

Condolence & Memory Journal

In a school full of great teachers, Mrs. Madden was one of the best. Smart, kind, and totally in command of the room. I had her junior year, and she was especially amazing at looking out for a classmate and friend who was battling cancer.

Loved her class, and there she was remembering lots of us at our tenth reunion. She was the soul of teaching.

--Tom Sullivan '94

Posted by Thomas Sullivan - GREENWICH, CT - Student   September 03, 2016


My sincerest condolences to the entire Madden family. I didn't have the privilege of meeting Ms. Madden but I believe that I may know her brother-in-law Hugh Mullen who was my teacher at the William E. Russell Jr. High School from 1968-1969. He was the BEST! ! I will ALWAYS remember him fondly.
If I have the wrong "Mr. Mullen", please accept my apologies.

May God bless Ms. Madden and keep her and her entire family in his care.

Sandy Baker

Posted by Sandy (Santamarie) Listro - Dorchester, MA   August 26, 2016

We were so saddened to hear of Mary's passing. She was such a wonderful, funloving lady. She had an infectious smile. It was a blessing that she did not suffer any longer, she is in a better place.

Posted by Judy and Dick Fraser - Bradenton, FL   August 22, 2016


Mary was an exceptional human being. She silently stood by and smiled while I, unaware of her profession, berated Math teachers like only an ignorant 11-year-old can. She immediately changed my perception. She was so good for my Uncle Jack McGrath and brought out the best in him. We always did and still do consider her family. She is greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss, for it is a huge loss. Love, Kara McGillicuddy

Posted by Kara McGillicuddy - Winchester, MA - Friend   August 21, 2016


We have been blessed to know Mary and to have her as part of our lives. Our deepest sympathy to all. Love the Winchester McGillicuddys

Posted by Mary McGrath McGillicuddy - Winchester, MA - Friend   August 21, 2016

I was always a pretty good student and did fairly well with my grades, but math was my weakness and algebra was the toughest struggle of all. I remember feeling so frustrated and upset over the work... until I entered Mrs. Madden's class. She was a gifted teacher in so many ways. Yes, she had great command of the content, but she also had that unique touch. She could push you and motivate you, make you work harder than you thought you could, but do it in a compassionate, truly supportive way... and she was always ready to celebrate the eventual success with you. She was a special teacher, a special lady, and I know she will be deeply missed. Her gift to her friends, family, and countless students of BC high will live on for ages, though.

Posted by Mark McNulty - Pembroke, MA - Student   August 15, 2016

I loved my cousin Mary. Today I had the privilege of attending a gathering of her friends and family to celebrate her life. Just as she set the bar high for her students in the classroom,she set the bar high for all of us on how to live life to the fullest.Mary was the embodiment of the BC High motto: she was "a women for others". She spent her life doing God's work. Someone once said 'you only live once' . Well if you live your life like my cousin Mary once is enough ! Frank Madden

Posted by Frank Madden - Quincy, MA - Family   August 12, 2016

Mary was a dear friend and colleague. She was loved by all. She embodied the Jesuit spirit and motto for she truly was a "woman for others".
To all her family and all of us who are part of the B C High family a great void has been created boy we all know Mary will always be in each of our hearts and minds

Posted by Michael Moschella - BOSTON, MA - Coworker   August 12, 2016

Dear Anne,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear sister. I am so impressed with the heartfelt messages from her former students. What a wonderful tribute for a teacher to be remembered so fondly by so many.
Your sister Mary must have been a very special person and a gifted teacher. Needless to say, she will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.

Posted by Ellen Ahearn - Family Friend   August 11, 2016

Our deepest sympathy Madden Family. Mary's picture captures her bubbly personality..a warm smile which was followed a kind word. May she RIP

Posted by Jean and Jim Hunt - Dorchester, MA - Neighbor   August 11, 2016

To the Madden Family;

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Miss Madden affected many lives, whether she taught them or simply by her caring presence. Her infectious smile would light the halls of BC High and the lives of its students.

As in the movie a Wonderful Life, I would not have wanted to see the world with Miss Madden's impact. Likewise as in the movie a bell would ring when an angel got their wings -- the bell were ringing in heaven for Miss Madden.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Michael Sullivan
B C High 1978

Posted by Michael Sullivan - Cambridge, MA   August 10, 2016

Ms. Madden was my freshman year Algebra teacher at BC High. I was not a great math student. I had always struggled with math in general and it was no different in her class.

However, Ms. Madden was so patient, caring, and persistent. She never gave up on me or any of my classmates. She pushed us while still caring for us like we were her sons.

It's funny, what I remember the most was how I once went on a trip off-campus, for a friend's mother's funeral, but I didn't let her know that I was going. She didn't blink an eye to pull me aside to tell me that I had done something wrong. After she set me straight and let me know I needed to be more responsible, she softened and let me go back to class without incident. She said she valued my motivation and to not let it happen again. I don't know why I remember this but it's always stick with me.

When I became a teacher myself, I often thought of Ms. Madden both when teaching math and when remembering that I needed to be firm yet compassionate with my students.

I rarely use this term but I consider myself very blessed to have known Ms. Madden and to have been her student. May she rest in peace and be welcomed into heaven. My condolences to her family.

Thank you Ms. Madden.

Posted by Matthew Tosiello - Arlington, VA - Student   August 10, 2016

What a wonderful teacher and a great woman! She was my favorite teacher at BC High and I can still remember her broad smile vividly. My condolences on your loss...she really make quite an impact on my life at the time and I know she's in a better place now.

Posted by Jack Roma, Class of 96 - Student   August 10, 2016

I am so sorry for your family's. loss. I first met Mary when my oldest son applied for admission to BCHigh. he has since graduated and my youngest son will graduate next year. I became a teacher in the Eagles Nest Daycare at BCHigh in 2010 and Mary was always smiling and talking to the children and staff members. She comforted me when my oldest daughter passed away in 2011. She was truly a wonderful lady.

Posted by Diane dargon - norwell, MA   August 10, 2016

Dear Ann and family,

I am so very sorry to hear of your sister Mary's passing. What an amazing person she must have been. I am very moved by all of the testimonials to her goodness and patience. Holding you close in prayer.


Posted by Sheila Walsh - Hingham, MA   August 10, 2016

To Mary's loving family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of our dear Mary. I consider myself so blessed to have had her as a friend for all these years and I will always cherish the wonderful memories, the laughter, the generosity and love. Mary was truly one of a kind, may she now enjoy a place so richly deserved at the heavenly banquet.
My sympathy and love to you all,
Bob Peloquin

Posted by Bob Peloquin - Hull, MA - Friend   August 10, 2016

In the short time I knew Mary at Compass on the Bay it was easy to tell what a great person she was. She would always talk about her wonderful career of being a teacher and all the wonderful students she had. She always had a smile on her face and saw the good in everyone. Her presence will be missed dearly. We love you Mary.

Posted by Michael Wilson - South Boston, MA - Friend   August 10, 2016

Ms Madden was extremely supportive of me while I struggled during my first two years at BC High and especially when taking math courses. The transition to BC High was one of the most difficult in my life and I poured hours into finding a way through. Ms. Madden never let up - challenging me to do my best. However she always made time to meet with me and was extremely encouraging and taught me without judgement. It was always a pleasure seeing her when I visited the school as an alum. She will be missed for her high expectations and compassion. An amazing teacher, professional and person. Thank you Ms. Madden. God Bless her family, friends, colleagues and students.

Posted by Dudney Sylla - Boston, MA - Student   August 10, 2016

I first knew her as an amazing teacher, dedicated to her students and BC High. That, I learned, was who she was: someone who cared about others and the world. Feeling blessed to have been taught by such a great teacher and great woman.

Posted by Gerard Waggett - Dorchester, MA - Student   August 10, 2016

On behalf of the LaCourt/McGrath family, we would like to express our deepest condolences on Mary's passing to the Madden family. She was a dear friend and fixture at our family gatherings for many years. Her warm, glowing smile is etched in our memories.

Posted by Michael LaCourt - Weymouth, MA   August 10, 2016

While I never had her as a teacher, she was always very friendly to me at school and interested in how I was doing.
Further, I worked at the Fruit Center in East Milton during college breaks and law school, and she always offered me encouragement and belief that I was fulfilling God's purpose. Plus, she loved to talk about sports while waiting for her order (and she always had a great line or joke for the day.)
This is a tremendous loss. Ms. Madden was the embodiment of our faith and ideals. I will always remember her.

Posted by Patrick Butler - Milton, MA - Student   August 10, 2016

We will always remember Mary as a great neighbor and friend. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Bill & Betty Brackett 'OFD - Falmouth, MA   August 10, 2016

She was a wonderful teacher and cared deeply about all her students.

Posted by Gregory Tasonis - Peachtree City, GA - Student   August 10, 2016


so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Carol O'Donnell May - Winthrop, MA   August 10, 2016

To Mary's family, thank you for sharing her with all of us who were blessed to have known and loved her as students at BC High. In 1978 as a junior with a fear of math bordering on the pathological I begged my guidance counselor Jim Cotter to save me from being in Ms. Madden's class because I had heard she was a tough teacher. Instead he told her of my concerns and Mary called my folks and advised them that she would tutor, me one on one, at 7AM, 3 days a week and she "guaranteed" I would make it through Algebra II. She was as good at her word. She was what every teacher aspires to be; a gifted educator who inspired her students with her patience and commitment. Her expectations were high, but the pay off was even higher. It was impossible not to learn from and love her. She defined what it meant to be a woman for others. Thank you and thank God for the blessing of Mary.

Posted by Carroll Coletti - Milton, MA - Student   August 10, 2016

My sincere condolences to the family on Ms. Madden's passing. As one of those students who benefited from her knowledge, patience, guidance and friendship, I will never forget the impact that she had on me. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Doug MacNeil - Walpole, MA - Student   August 10, 2016

Over all the many years I spent in school, I don't think I've had a better teacher than Mary Madden. I wasn't particularly gifted at math at 16, but somehow she still got me to understand. Although she was good at her job, it's not her technical proficiency that made her so impactful, but rather her kindness; even her no-nonsense approach (which was the right approach in a room full of adolescent boys) came from a place of understanding. I still appreciate everything she taught me. Thanks Ms. Madden!

Posted by Matt Rusteika - Salem, MA - Student   August 10, 2016

One of my all time favorite teachers at BC High. She not only cared about seeing you succeed in her classroom, she was always interested in how you were doing outside of her classroom as well. I was fortunate to run into her from time to time since I graduated back in 1988 and she always greeted me with that same smile. It is a sad day - she will be truly missed. My sincere condolences to the Madden family.

Posted by Mike Feehily - Scituate, MA - Student   August 10, 2016

She was a patient caring teacher who helped many students to learn mathematics. Her contributions both inside and outside of the classroom helped to make BC High a special place to grow and learn. She will be missed.

Posted by Robert O'Connell - Springfield - Student   August 10, 2016

Many of us from the BCH class of 93 are sharing how sorry we are to hear this news on Facebook. "Wonderful," "greatest," and "favorite" is how she has been described there.

Her smiling face is one of the faces I see when I think of BC High. We were very lucky to have had such a great teacher.

I am so sorry for her family's loss.

Posted by Joseph Zaino - Watertown, MA - Student   August 09, 2016

To all the Madden family,
,My sincere sympathy to Ann, Dot and Bob, Bobby and all the extended family on the loss of your dear Mary, a very beautiful woman. Her smile was contagious and would spread wherever she was present.
Please know that my love and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.
Irene D

Posted by Irene Duff - Dorchester, MA - Friend   August 09, 2016

Sorry for you loss. I went to high school with Mary and remember her fondly. She was always very friendly to everyone. She was also a great basket ball player. When ever we had a reunion Mary was always there and seemed to remember everyone. Lovely person. I am sure God is welcoming her with open arms.

ACCH class of 57.

Posted by Claire Colman Mc Tavish - Mattapan, MA   August 09, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss . She was a pleasure to take care of , it was amazing how many people she taught at BC that crossed her path BMC . She will be missed , she left a wonderful legacy and such a lovely family . All our love and prayers during this difficult time , your staff and friends from 5 west Imcu

Posted by Julie Swain - Braintree, MA - Friend   August 09, 2016

Bobby; So sorry to hear about your sister. She was always a favorite of my sons at B.C. High. Best, Jim

Posted by Jim King - Dorchester, MA - Friend   August 09, 2016

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Mullen & Family-
I am saddened to hear of Mary's passing. She ALWAYS had a smile on her face and a beautiful story to share. She will be missed, not forgotten. Love, Toni-Jo Pescosolido Birk & Family

Posted by Toni-Jo Birk - Westhampton Beach, NY - Friend   August 08, 2016

To all of Mary's family I am very sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Linda Monahan - Humarock, MA - Friend   August 08, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear this. She was such a lovely and cheerful person. Sincere condolences from my Dad and me.

Posted by Stacey Coyne - Boston, MA - Friend   August 08, 2016

Sorry for your loss she was a lovely lady

Posted by Mary Noel Ritchie - DORCHESTER, MA - Neighbor   August 08, 2016