Mary E. Batchelder

Passed away on January 24, 2012

Mary E. (Delahanty) Batchelder, of Fall River, died January 24, 2012 at her residence unexpectedly. She was the wife of Paul S. Batchelder, Sr. for the past 59 years.

Born in Fall River, daughter of the late Augustine and Lillian (Stowell) Delahanty, she was a lifelong resident of the city. Mrs. Batchelder worked in cafeterias for the Fall River Public Schools for 21 years, retiring in 1999. She was an active communicant of St. Williams Church - now Holy Trinity Church and a recipient of the Marion Medal in 1978 presented by former Bishop Cronin. She held various offices for the St. William’s Guild: president, vice president and secretary, was a lector and a travel and excursion coordinator. Surviving in addition to her husband: a daughter: Gail C. Birmingham and her husband Joseph of Fountain Hills AZ, a son: Paul S. Batchelder, Jr. and his wife Lori of Somerset, 2 sisters: Eleanor Demers and her husband Norman of Fall River, Claire Faria and her husband Manuel of Hampton, VA, a brother: John P. Delahanty and his wife Georgeanne of Seattle, WA, 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her brother Frank Delahanty and sister Ruth Delahanty.

Her funeral will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT CHERRY PLACE, 178 Winter St. Fall River followed by a funeral mass at 11AM in Holy Trinity Church, 951 Stafford Rd. Fall River. Visiting hours Monday 4-7PM. Contributions in her honor may be made to: Holy Trinity Church, for her church efforts, or Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 7669 Atlanta, GA 30357-0669. Entombment in Notre Dame Mausoleum. Directions, tributes:



  • Visitation Monday, January 30, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 31, 2012


  • Burial

Mary E. Batchelder

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Kathy Arruda

February 2, 2012

Dear Gail and family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy.

Kathy Arruda

January 28, 2012

Dear Paul, Gail, Steve, Eleanor and Claire,

We love you and wish we could be with you to celebrate Mary's life. We will miss her so much. We'll be keeping Mary and all of you in our thoughts.

John and Georgeanne

Cousin Kristine

January 27, 2012

Dear Uncle Paul and cousins Gail and Stephen, I am sorry to learn of Aunt Mary's passing. My mom always told me how smart she was and how active she was throughout her life. May she rest in peace.

Neil, Joan, Sean, Rachel Demers

January 27, 2012

We are deeply saddened to hear of Aunt Mary's passing. She was one of the most generous people we knew. A holiday, birthday or anniversay never went by without a card. My children will always remember her as the "bubble aunt". Our thoughts are with the entire family during this time.

January 27, 2012

I am sad that my boyhood friend has lost his loving companion. Attorney Kenneth L. Sullivan

Jim Wills

January 27, 2012

Paul Jr., and family,

Sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like your mom was a wonderful person. I am sure she will be deeply missed.

Bill & Betty Lavallee

January 27, 2012

We deeply regret that we am unable to attend the funeral of such a wonderful cousin. Mary will always be in our thoughts and in our prayers.