Mary (Kelty) Ciccolo, 99, Former Walsh Middle School English Teacher, Emphasized The Preposition Song

FRAMINGHAM – Mary R. ( Kelty) Ciccolo, of Auburn, formerly of Framingham, died peacefully Sunday morning, August 5, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph P. Ciccolo.

Mary was 99 years old.

She was a teacher in the Framingham School system for 18 years where she taught English at Walsh Middle School before her retirement in 1985.

For many years, she also enjoyed working part time at Bailey, Banks & Biddle (Stowells) at their Natick Mall Store.

Mary was a 1940 graduate of Salem State University where she was a business major. After the death of her husband in 1967, Mary returned to her studies and received her Masters Degree in English from Framingham State University.

As an English teacher, Mary was known for being a “stickler” for proper grammar.

In a 1985 newspaper article, the school board recognized her teaching achievements, emphasizing how she used “The Preposition Song,” set the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy to inspire her students.  Over the years, many former pupils stopped her on the street to sing that very song.

Mary is survived by three children, Carol A. Kelly (Gerry Husted) of Falmouth, J. Laurence Ciccolo (Suzanne) of Auburn, and Anne C. McCullough (James) of Milford, She is lovingly remembered as “Grams” by eight grandchildren, Devin Kelly (Tricia), Tobin Kelly (Margaret), Joseph Ciccolo (Shirley), Anne Ziniti (Donald), Craig McCullough (Laura), Keith McCullough (Brandy), Jodie McQuillan (Patrick), and David Husted (Denise).  Her grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren will lovingly remember Grams for her Red Sox and Celtic passion, and delicious mint brownies.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mary’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln Street in Framingham, on Thursday, August 9  from 5 – 8  p.m.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday morning in St. Bridget Church, 830 Worcester Road at 9 a.m.

Interment will follow in St. Stephen Cemetery in Framingham.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mary’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105,  For directions and online tributes, kindly visit

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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