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Rena Carlow Mahar, 97

ADAMS, Mass. —  

Rena Carlow Mahar, a lifelong resident of Adams, passed away on July 16, 2021 at Williamstown Commons.

She was born in Adams on May 25, 1924, to Thomas and Katherine Bettendorf Carlow. She attended Adams schools and the former Bliss Business School.

After working in the Berkshire Mills as a young girl, Rena volunteered to serve as a WAVE in the United States Navy during World War II and was stationed in Arlington, Virginia. After the war, Rena worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an inspector for the Department of Labor and Industries for 29 years, retiring in 1986.

She married the boy next door, Henry Mahar, on May 10, 1947, and the two spent 63 years together before his death in 2010. They shared many wonderful trips together, including four to the Hawaiian Islands, and hundreds more to the “Chicken Stop” in Cheshire.

One of her favorite trips happened in 1999, when her grandsons Blair Mahar and Scott Mahar researched and arranged to take her to Talihina, Oklahoma, to visit the site where her brother, Lt. Thomas Carlow, died in a B-29 bomber crash 50 years earlier. With the help of local citizens, they not only found the actual site of the crash but were able to recover and bring back several pieces of the aircraft that were still on the ground. She was able to leave flowers and pictures of her brothers’ family, pray and say goodbye. For a woman of immense religious faith and devotion to family, this was an important step to closure for Rena.

Rena was a member of St. John Paul II Parish and its rosary sodality, the Catholic Daughters of America, American Legion Post 160, and Retired Employees of Massachusetts.

Rena leaves her devoted and beloved son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Donna Mahar, who cared for her in her final months with so much love and devotion. She also leaves two grandsons, Blair Mahar and his wife Greta of Savoy, and Scott Mahar and his partner Madeline Wendt of Northampton; Step grandson Jeff Baran and his wife Tracy of Rhode Island; Four great grandchildren who brought her so much happiness, Maya and Tess Mahar of Northampton, and Vienna and Chaz of Savoy; two step great grandchildren, Jonathan and Christopher Baran a Rhode Island; one brother, Bruce Carlow and his wife Carole, and one sister-in-law, Ann Carlow. She also leaves many nieces and nephews, all of whom were very dear to her.

She was predeceased by three brothers, William Carlow, James Carlow and Lt. Thomas Carlow, as well as a sister-in-law, Kathleen Crabtree Carlow.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 20th at 10:00 A.M. in the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams.

Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams.

A calling hour will be Tuesday morning from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires, 877 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

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We are so sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. We delivered meals to her (pre-COVID) through the St. John Paul II Meal Ministry program and I can tell you, she was the most uplifting, ray of sunshine EVERY TIME we saw her. Such a lovely woman. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family.
Chris, Diane, Mike and Matt Koperniak
from: Blair,on: 07-23-2021

Ron and Donna: This is a beautiful tribute to your mother. My love and sympathy to all your family.
from: Joseph Mooreon: 07-21-2021

Ron, Blair & Scott,
Prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May you find peace in knowing that others share very deeply in the loss of your mother/grandmother.
from: Dick & Barb Racineon: 07-20-2021

Dear Ron, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Know you're in my thoughts and prayers. God bless always ...
from: Bob Gallagheron: 07-20-2021

So sorry for your loss.
from: Cathy Dunn on: 07-19-2021

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you now. I have fond memories of a very sweet couple coming into our family restaurant the Chicken Stop. You always knew they would be in on the same day, time and ordered the same thing all the time. They always had that special smile and greeting when they came in. These special memories have become treasures. Our love and prayers ,
John and Elaine Daniels
from: John and Elaine Danielson: 07-19-2021

Blair, Scott, and Ron,
Iím so sorry for your loss. Her spirit lives on in all of you: your dedication to your family, your sense of duty and pride in our country, and your gentle warmth.
from: Jude KoaMayaon: 07-18-2021

My sincere condolences to Renas family. Such a kind, sweet lady. I have many fond memories of Henry and Rena from the Chicken Stop. RIP Rena
from: Jodie Piloton: 07-17-2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Rena's passing. She was such a nice lady & I'm glad I had the pleasure of meeting her when she lived in the same apartment building as my dad
from: Susan Bedinion: 07-17-2021

Ron, Donna and all the Mahar clan, Iím sorry to hear of your Momís passing. She sounded like a very interesting wife, Mom and Grandma. I hope all the fond memories of her help you get through these tough times.
God Bless You
from: Tom Maharon: 07-17-2021

To Ritaís family,
Rita was a treasure to have known. Rest In Peace, lovely lady.
With love, Theresa Kennedy
from: on: 07-17-2021

Scott and Blair, I am sorry for you loss.
from: Lynda Shaferon: 07-17-2021

Rest in peace, Rena, God bless...
from: Herman Bishopon: 07-17-2021