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LYNCH, Helen R. (Curley) 96, of Hingham, formerly of Dorchester, passed away peacefully July 8, 2016. Beloved wife of 70 years to the late John M. Lynch, Jr. of Hingham. Loving mother of John M. Lynch III of Brookline, Margaret A. Stonehouse and her husband Gerald of Hingham, Helen F. Loomis and her husband Kenneth of Hingham, Paul F. Lynch and his wife Kathleen of Hingham, James M. Lynch and his wife Linda of Hingham, Stephen D. Lynch of Brookline, and Kathleen M. Cochrane and her husband John of Hingham. Helen is also lovingly survived by 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Helen, the eldest of five children, was pre-deceased by Margaret Sheehan, John F, Curley, Esquire, James M. Curley, Jr. and is survived by Kathleen Eldredge of Chatham. After graduating from the Girls High School in Boston, she worked at the New Haven Railroad with her father and later, during World War II, at the Keystone Camera Factory in Dorchester. After the war, Helen and her husband John, a Naval Veteran and Boston Police Officer, made their home in Saint Brendan's Parish, Dorchester. After raising seven children, Helen went back to school, learned computer skills and was employed for many years at the Massachusetts Division of Employment Security. She was a person of great faith and became active in many parish activities including The Woman's Guild. She enjoyed cooking, arts and crafts and above all, the education and upbringing of her children. As her family grew, Helen was the family reporter and the conduit of all information concerning any significant family events and accomplishments. Nana was beloved by all. In the middle of her life, Helen and John purchased a quaint ocean front cottage on Wilson's Grove in Popponesset, which was the venue for numerous celebrations over the years. Wilson's Grove was a favorite retreat for Helen, who swam every summer day until the age of 95. After her husband's death, Helen lived at Allerton House in Hingham, where she made many friends, enjoyed Bingo, music and lively conversations with many visitors and the devoted and caring staff. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital) Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9AM Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Paul's Church, Hingham at 10 AM. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury. Donations in memory of Helen may be made to Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences or call 781-335-0045.
Published in The Boston Globe from July 9 to July 10, 2016
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