Mary A. Boylan

mary boylan

February 24, 1937 ~ February 7, 2016

Mary Low Boylan of Fort Lee, passed away on Feb. 7, 2016 (two years to the day after the passing of her husband, Bob), at the age of 78. After moving from Jersey City to Fort Lee at age of 2, Mary remained a Fort Lee resident for the rest of her life. Mary was a beloved wife of 48 years to her husband Bob (deceased) and a loving mother to her son, Bobby. She is survived by her sister Winnie Derfus and brothers George (Laurie), John, Billy (Mary Ann), and Larry, as well as her treasured cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Marie and George O'Donnell/Low) and brother-in-laws, Joe Boylan and George Derfus. Mary gave selflessly to help those in times of need, often acting as a dear friend, companion, and aide. She will be remembered for her generous, giving spirit, and commitment to the community and to her family. Mary served the boro of Fort Lee in many capacities, including being instrumental, with her husband, in reactivating the Fort Lee Historical Society in 1982 and was a Trustee. She was inducted into the Fort Lee High School Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of her meritorious achievement and exemplary service to the children and citizens of Fort Lee. She was active in various service and social organizations including the Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge #1506, where she was selected as President of Emblem Club #101 in 2001; VFW Ladies' Auxiliary; Irish American Social Club; and Palisade Cliff Dwellers Camping Club. She also served as President of School 2 PTA and retired from the Fort Lee Housing Authority. The family will receive their friends on Friday 3 – 7 and Saturday 9 – 10:30 at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home, 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". The funeral will leave Saturday at 10:30 for the celebration of her funeral mass in the Historic Madonna R.C. Church on the Hill at 11 am. Although Mary loved, and spent many hours, tending to the beautiful flowers and plants that adorned her home, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge #1506, Special Needs Children Fund, c/o Ed Hillermeier, Sec., PO Box 297, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660 or Madonna Church, c/o Debbie Licsauer, 340 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Visitation at Funeral Home: February 12, 2016 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Mass: February 13, 2016 11:00 am

Madonna R.C. Church On The Hill
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Cemetery
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. I'm so sorry for your loss, She was a very close friend of my mom Carol Jeffery who passed away in 2014. Mary was a wonderful and generous woman and will be greatly missed. My Sincere Condolances to all her family. ~ Donna Cardell

  2. It's been a privilege and an honor knowing this wonderful, giving family. There are no words to express what a loss this is; or how much she will be missed. Mary's been a treasured friend and neighbor who brought so much beauty to the neighborhood with her green thumb! Our love and sympathies to Bobby and her wonderful family.

  3. i remember her and bobby from the elks, always great people
    never an angry moment and alwys helping other people, and may she rest in peace and
    be united with her beloved bobby

  4. Our prayers go out to our friends Billy and MaryAnn Low at this sad time. Billy, you were a wonderful brother to Mary. God bless… Mary and Tom Muller

  5. My sincerest sympathy to Mary's family. Mary & I met at Mutual of New York, our first job upon graduating. We have kept in touch through the years via email as recently as a few months ago. Living in Raleigh, NC for the past 10 years, when visiting my family in NJ, we always met for lunch.
    I will miss my dear friend.

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