Mary Ann (Naceski) Ulcickas

Mary Ann (Naceski) Ulcickas died on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the age of 81.

A lifelong New Hampshire resident, Mary Ann was beloved as a teacher, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, and, above all, as the wife of Peter Ulcickas, the love of her life, whom she married in 1963. Like Peter, Mary Ann was the descendant of Lithuanian immigrants, and together they embraced their shared values of hard work, family and faith, facing life’s adventures hand in hand with humor, integrity and indomitable strength. It is impossible to describe the depth of their bond with, and love for, each other. They were rarely seen apart. After Peter died, Mary Ann stayed strong, despite the void, and poured her energy and love into support for her children and grandchildren.

Mary Ann was devoted to her children, Marianne and John, and son-in-law Steve, and the deep and steadfast love she gave them was matched only by the extraordinary love she bestowed on her grandchildren, Katherine, Hannah, Samuel (who predeceased her), Joshua and Alex. Her dedication to them cannot be put into words. “Grammy” was so thrilled to have this legacy, to teach these children, and pass along the most important lessons of a life well lived, the lessons of her life with “Bumpa” Peter: hard work, family, integrity and strength.

Throughout her life, Mary Ann demonstrated these values with her actions and words. She was so proud to have been a teacher, and loved to talk about her memories and joy as an educator. Never was her strength and courage so evident as after the loss of her beloved Peter, when, instead of giving in to her crushing grief, she learned to drive, overcoming her fear because she knew she would need to drive if she wanted to carry on helping her children instead of becoming a burden to them. She never faltered in offering all her energy and support to the family she loved so much.

Mary Ann’s motherly warmth and wisdom was shared far beyond her family, generously extended to all the children whose lives she touched: her students, her children’s friends, her grandchildren’s friends, all the children of Team Believe. Mary Ann was Grammy to them all. To everyone lucky enough to be part of her life, she was a great friend. She leaves behind many, many wonderful memories. She loved telling her stories, loved to share laughter, and loved creating new adventures.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on April 27, 2019 at St. Mary’s Church, 258 Concord Street, Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462. In lieu of flowers, Mary Ann requested that donations be made to Best Buddies/Team Believe. Best Buddies is a non-profit charity that provides jobs and friendships to people with special needs, and Team Believe is the family team raising funds for Best Buddies that Mary Ann spent many years supporting: Best Buddies, c/o PO Box 26, Middleton, MA 01949.