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AYER — Mary C. (Caciola) Bloom, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at her home after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

Mrs. Bloom was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on March 28, 1927, a daughter of James V. and Angela (DiBella) Caciola and resided many years in Concord before moving to Ayer in 1998. She grew up in Binghamton, N.Y., and was a 1945 graduate of Binghamton Central High School.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Edwin J. Bloom Jr.; a son, Edward J. Bloom, of West Concord; three daughters, Mary Catherine Bloom, of Pasadena, Calif., Theresa Ann Hontas, of North Bend, Wash., and Donna Marie Schaff, of Shirley. She leaves a sister, Josephine Merrette, of Binghamton, N.Y., and four grandchildren, Duncan Schaff, Tyler Schaff, Angela Hontas and Samantha Hontas.

She was the sister of the late James Caciola, of Nebraska; Charles Caciola and Anna Dicerchio, both of California; Florence Molo, of Binghamton, N.Y.; and Natalie Ferraro, of Florida.

For 12 years, Mrs. Bloom worked as the business manager at the Concord Public Library, retiring in 1997. Prior to that she worked in the office of Dr. John O’Malley, also in Concord.

She was an active member of St. Theresa’s Church in Harvard. She enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking and sewing.

A memorial Mass was celebrated on Monday, Jan. 7 at St. Theresa’s Church, Still River Road, Harvard. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veteran’s Cemetery in Winchendon.

Mary’s request is that memorial contributions be made to the St. Theresa’s Church, Still River Road, Harvard, MA 01451.

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