OBIT: Marylouise McDermott, 87, Served on Several Town Boards, Local Business Owner & Was Active at St. Pat’s Church

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Marylouise McDermott

A Funeral Mass for Marylouise Pallotta McDermott, 87, will be held on Wednesday August 16, 2023, in the Church of Saint Patrick, 212 Main St., Watertown.

Mrs. McDermott, a daughter of the late Giovanni & Antonetta (Lanni) Pallotta, was born in Avellino, Italy. She attended Rosary Academy and graduated from Boston University for her bachelor’s degree. She furthered her education receiving an MBA and master’s degree in education from Boston University. Marylouise taught in the field of business administration.

Marylouise and her husband Thomas were the co-owners of Evans and Faulkner Printing in Watertown. Later, the two of them co-founded AlphaGraphics, Watertown. She was active in Watertown serving over the years as first being elected to the Watertown School Committee and then being named Chair of the School Committee. In fact, she served as Chair of the School Committee at the same time her husband Tom served as Chair of the Board of Selectmen, becoming the first couple to serve in those positions at the same time in the State of Massachusetts. Marylouise was also appointed to the Watertown Conservation Commission, where she served as Chair for many years. Outside of Watertown, she held membership at the Hyannisport Club.

Throughout the years, she had been very active in Saint Patrick Parish serving as a lector and as a Eucharistic Minister, bringing communion to the elderly and shut ins. She and her husband, Tom, were the co-chairpersons of the Saint Patrick Parish 150th Anniversary Committee. Marylouise passed on Monday, August 7, 2023, in the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, after a long illness.

She was the beloved wife for 56 years of the late Thomas J. McDermott; devoted mother of John P. McDermott and Thomas J. McDermott, Jr. both of Watertown; dear sister of Johanna Pallotta Stephen (Michael) and family: Jacqueline, Antonia, Michael, and Andrew. She was predeceased by her brother Ernesto Pallotta. Sister-in-law of the late Joseph P. McDermott (Mary), Eileen M. McDermott, Francis M. McDermott (Eleanor), John P. McDermott (Bernadette) and Marion E. Cote (Paul). She also leaves many more nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the MacDonald Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St. Watertown Wed. August 16, at 9 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Patrick 212 Main St., Watertown at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Tuesday 4 to 7 a.m.
Interment St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic TV PO Box 9196, 34 Chestnut St. Watertown MA 02472 or at

3 thoughts on “OBIT: Marylouise McDermott, 87, Served on Several Town Boards, Local Business Owner & Was Active at St. Pat’s Church

  1. May her memory be eternal. Marylouise offered so much for the betterment of Watertown.

  2. She was a wonderful woman who along with her husband did so much for St. Patrick’s Church. They were a devoted team in so many areas of Watertown and were true representatives of people who cared and gave back. May her family know that all their hard work was appreciated and may Marylouise now rest in peace with her husband.

  3. Sad to hear this. She and Tom gave so much to our community over decades of service. She was personally very kind to me in the late 70s and early 80s as a young man interested in politics in my hometown.

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