Maria B.  Devlin
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Maria Barbara (Krause) Devlin, 82, of North Andover, Massachusetts and Venice, Florida, died on Oct. 19, 2019, at Lawrence, Massachusetts General Hospital, from complications of lymphoma.
She was born to Otto and Martha Krause in 1937, in Breslau, a German city that was lost to Poland after World War II.
When the Russian army moved into Breslau, her mother fled with Maria and her younger brother. They narrowly escaped death in one instance by her mother's ability to speak Polish with sufficient fluency to convince a Russian soldier that the family was not German. The Krauses were reunited after the war in the village of Stockach, Germany.
Once she had made her Abitur, Maria sought to improve her English by establishing correspondence with an American student. This turned out to be Jim Devlin, of Brighton, Massachusettes, who was then a student at Harvard.
Their correspondence led to their meeting and a marriage that lasted nearly 50 years, which ended with Jim's death in 2011.
Upon Jim's completion of military service, Maria, Jim and their two young boys moved to New York, where Jim had taken a teaching position in the English department at the State University College in Oneonta. The family settled in Oneonta, where her sons attended public schools.
Maria co-owned the Golden Rooster gift shop on Main Street in Oneonta with her close friend, Patricia Devine.
After Jim's retirement from the college, Jim and Maria divided their time between Venice, Florida and Kennebunk, Maine. They traveled extensively.
Maria moved to North Andover, Massachusetts, following Jim's death in order to be nearer to family.
Maria's life was centered in art and music. She loved language and was fluent in English, German and, earlier in her life, French. She read constantly. She was widely familiar with European music from the 18th through 20th centuries.
She contributed her strong alto voice to the St. Mary's choir and Community Chorale, with which she toured Europe performing Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
She acted and sang in plays and musicals in and around Oneonta.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Peter Devlin of North Andover, Massachusetts, and his wife, Dr. Arlene Curran, her son, Christopher Devlin, Esq. of Portland, Maine and his wife, Julia Sheridan, Esq.; and five grandchildren, Margaret and Catherine Devlin and Nicholas, Timothy and Claire Devlin.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael's church in North Andover, Massachusetts, at 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 26, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, contributions to the YMCA in the name of Maria B. Devlin may be sent to 360 Merrimack St., Suite 270, Lawrence, MA 01843, or link to Memorial Giving - Merrimack Valley YMCA.
Published on October 21, 2019


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