Mary Jo Montani, age 61

of Dorchester

Mary Jo Montani, age 61

Dorchester, Mary Jo Montani, age 61, formerly of Milton and Braintree, passed away, peacefully, Monday, April 8, 2019, at The Boston Home, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Jo led a life exemplified by faith, laughter, and perseverance.

She was a graduate of Thayer Academy, Class of 1975, and Merrimack College, Class of 1979.

Mary Jo was an avid artist, baker, and talented pianist. She was a Boston Red Sox fan and also enjoyed the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her deep faith was a gift she shared with members of Saint Agatha Parish in Milton, Saint Thomas More Parish in Braintree, and The Boston Home in Dorchester where she resided since 2006. Mary Jo inspired those she met with her smile, positive attitude, and infectious laugh as she lived with grace and dignity in the face of Multiple Sclerosis. Prior to her illness, Mary Jo worked in the marketing industry as a buyer for Christian Dior Jewelry and was the representative for the Northeast region.

Beloved mother of Michael D. Montani and his wife Danielle of Armonk, NY.

Cherished Nana of Matthew, Kayla and Ashley.

Devoted daughter of David G. Montani, Sr. and the late Christine M. (Antonelli) Montani. Step-daughter of the late Mary E. (St.John) McDonald Montani.

Granddaughter of the late Larry and Josephine Antonelli and the late Frank and Irene Montani.

One of ten siblings, Mary Jo was the dear sister of David G. Montani, Jr. and Frances Malames, Frank L. Montani, Loretta M. Porter and her husband Timothy, Larry A. Montani and his wife Mary, Daniel E. Montani and his wife Patricia, Christopher J. Montani, Theresa R. Montani, Anthony P. Montani and his wife Diane, and the late Michael F.L. Montani.

Mary Jo is also survived by several aunts and uncles, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and goddaughters, Christina Sousa and Christine Montani.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, April 12th at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Agatha’s Church, 432 Adams Street, East Milton at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Thursday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment Milton Cemetery.

Those attending the funeral are invited to wear jewel tone clothing in celebration of Mary Jo’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Jo’s memory may be made to The Boston Home, 2049 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124.


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  • I am so sorry for your loss.

  • To the entire Montani Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mary Jo. Mary Jo was always a lot of fun and a gorgeous girl. I know you will miss her tremendously. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • What an inspiration Mary Jo was when I met her for the first time. She had a beautiful smile and was so kind. I was with my sister, Augusta Brannen, when I was introduced to her for the first time. Prayers for your loss during this time.
    Maralu Craven

  • Dear Montani Family,

    My deepest sympathy with the loss of Mary Jo. I wish you a lot of strength in these sad days.

    Sigrid Kingma

  • In recent years I have visited Jodie Parsons at the home with Jodie’s mother and after her passing. During those visits it was my pleasure to meet and speak with your beautiful mother, daughter, and sister. She was always kind , thoughtful and caring in spite of her own long suffering. I also heard and observed how faithful and caring you all were not only to Mary Jo but to Jodie. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. I am also grateful for the important lessons your family has displayed to Jodie and to me. God bless each of you.

  • Dear Michael, We join in grief with you. And we join in celebration with you through this transition of your Mum from earthly body to Heavenly Star!! – You are loved and supported.

  • From God we are made man. To God we shall return in Glory when our work on earth is complete.

    Dear Michael and Family, We extend our deepest sympathy. Continued prayers and blessings we offer to you and your family.

    Charmaine & Camela

  • I am very sorry for your loss. May you always remember her smile.

  • To Dave & the Montani Family,
    Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. Truly sorry for your loss.

    Rob Fraser

  • When our grand-daughter (Danielle) married Michael Montani Danielle and her family became part of the Montani family. MaryJo will be missed by so many. But remember always as a great Mom to Michael and his wife Danielle plus those three grandchildren who made her so happy. Sue & Ed Gitlitz.

  • To Chris and Theresa and the entire Montani Family:

    We are so sorry to learn about Mary Jo. We have come to know her through her support and attendance at many of our First Parish events. She was always cheerful and smiley and happy to be present. Wed keep you in our prayers as you grieve and celebrate her life. Our best wishes to you all.

  • My condolences to the Montani family. My late brother Fr. Tim McCarthy and my late mother Pauline were friends of Mary Jo and your family. Your family was so kind to my brother. My
    thoughts and prayers are with your family.