The family of Mary (Molly) McClatchey Fratantonio sadly announces her recent, sudden passing. She was 35 years old.
Molly leaves behind two beautiful children who will be raised by their grandparents on Cape Cod. Molly grew up on Nahant Road in Nahant, Massachusetts; her beloved grandma, Nancy Kennedy (Clune), lived just down the street on Highland Road.
Molly was a valued and accomplished public school Special Education teacher who strived to help struggling students meet the high standards of a Massachusetts public education. She was an achiever in her own professional pursuits, having attained a Master’s degree from Lesley University. She was also halfway through a second highly specialized Master’s degree in English as a Second Language.
Molly will be greatly missed by her students, who showed boundless affection for her. She taught in New Bedford and Hyannis, where she landed her dream job at Barnstable High School this past September. She believed that every student could be successful and was an inspiration to them and to their families. She was loved and admired by her colleagues who, along with her family, are devastated by this incomprehensible loss.
Molly’s two children were the loves of her life and, no matter what hardships she personally endured, Molly made sure that they were well cared for and thriving. She was committed to providing a safe and loving environment for them and was very close to achieving her goal when her life was cruelly taken away. Her family is grateful beyond words for the thoughts, prayers, love and support the community has showered on her and her children.
Molly is predeceased by her father, Paul McClatchey, of South Burlington, Vermont. She leaves her mother, Joan, and stepfather, Tom Kilbourne, of Harwich Port, Massachusetts. Molly is survived by three heartbroken brothers, Ian McClatchey of New York, Tom Kilbourne of West Harwich and Peter Kilbourne and his family of Portland, Oregon. She also leaves an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins to cherish her memory.
Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. this Friday, March 10, 2017 at John Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts. Molly’s lineage is linked to the Johnson family of Nahant, whose members were very active in the town’s history for decades; she will be interred in a Johnson family plot at Greenlawn Cemetery in Nahant.
For anyone wishing to contribute in Molly’s memory, her family has established a trust dedicated to support the health and education of her surviving children, ages 2 and 6. Donations to the Molly McClatchey Fratantonio Memorial Trust can be made via a GoFundMe webpage established for this purpose, as well as by check payable to the Molly M-F Memorial Trust, c/o Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank; P.O. Box 10; Orleans, MA 02653, or in person at any branch of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.