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McCARTHY, Jeanne T. (O'Sullivan) In Burlington, formerly of Arlington, Tuesday August 10, 2016. Loving wife of John J McCarthy and mother of Stephen of Roslindale, Brian of Freeport, ME, Elaine and Randolph Briggs of Norwalk, CT and Karen of Groton. Devoted grandmother to Nina, Lydia, Simon and Elizabeth. Beloved sister of the late Msgr. Francis G. O'Sullivan and cherished cousin of Paul and Janet Andrews and their family in Woburn. Jeanne (O'Sullivan) McCarthy was born February 8, 1932 to Jeremiah and Mary (Harkins) O'Sullivan in Woburn. She received her early education at St. Charles School in Woburn where she graduated in 1949. Throughout her youth Jeanne also helped in her father's neighborhood grocery store ("Sully's") in the Green Street area of Woburn. Mrs. McCarthy enrolled at Regis College in 1949. In her junior year she began courses at Boston University in the emerging field of Speech, Language and Hearing Therapy. The following year Mrs. McCarthy started as a student teacher in the Waltham School Department where she continued teaching part-time while completing a masters degree as a speech and hearing therapist. This was the precursor to many years teaching in Waltham. Jeanne met John McCarthy at a Newman Club St. Patrick's Day party in the late 1950s and the two were married in November of 1959. They moved to Arlington the following year and Mrs. McCarthy withdrew from teaching when the first of her four children was born in 1961. Ten years later she returned to speech therapy as a working mother and remained a fixture in the Waltham Public Schools until her retirement in 1992. In retirement Jeanne and John traveled the US, the Caribbean and Europe and worked as volunteers with the Boston Museum of Science and the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. Mrs. McCarthy was active in the St. Eulalia (Lexington) chapter of Voice of the Faithful and served as a mentor and advocate for immigrant families from Haiti living in Cambridge. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St. (Adjacent to Saint Agnes' Church) Rte. 60 ARLINGTON on Saturday at 8 am. Funeral mass in Saint Eulalia's Church, Ridge St., Winchester at 9 am. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Friday from 4-8 pm. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: of Mass/NH 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472 http://alzmass.org. To send an online condolence visit www.keefefuneralhome.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 11, 2016
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