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EASTON---Mary Jill (Sheehy) Martinelli, 82, of Easton, passed away on October 24, 2021 at the Residence at Five Corners. She was the wife of the late Salvatore "Tory" Martinelli.

Born in Pensacola, Florida, to Eugene and Anna Louise (Casali) Sheehy, Jill was raised in Framingham and attended Our Lady of the Elms College. She married Tory, a career US Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps. Together, they traveled the world including duty stations in Morocco, Italy, and Spain. Despite living for more than 35 years in Virginia, she never lost her Massachusetts accent and her family and friends never let her forget it.

She worked for over 30 years as a teacher and a librarian. She enjoyed gardening, puzzles, reading and cooking and even rivaled her mother-in-law Gilda with her Italian culinary efforts. She adored her many pets, especially her Irish Terriers and her English Setter. She also collected several stray animals along the way in the various places she lived, they clearly recognized her warm and generous spirit.

Jill is survived by her children, Melissa Parker and her husband Scott of North Easton and Jack Martinelli and his wife Adria of Wilmington, Delaware; a sister, Judith McNamara of Framingham; and three grandchildren, Gianna Martinelli, Owen Parker and Lane Parker. She is also survived by her cousin, Patricia Quinlan and her husband, Don of West Yarmouth and her sister-in-law, Enrica Casali of Framingham. Jill was also the sister of the late John Paul Sheehy.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) Easton with funeral prayers to be held at 1:30 p.m. For directions or condolences visit Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in Jill's memory may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association of MA, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA. 02452