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1941 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
REYNOLDS, Jo-Ann E. (Quirke) In Marlborough formerly of Brighton passed away peacefully and comfortably at home on May 25, 2016 following a graceful and valiant journey with Dementia. Predeceased by her beloved and cherished husband James T. Reynolds to whom she was married for 52 years. Also, her father John J. Quirke originally of County Kerry, Ireland, Kathleen E. (Coffey) Quirke originally of South Boston, brother Michael Quirke and sisters Kathleen (Quirke) Cox and Susan (Quirke) Bray. A graduate of St. Columbkille's Class of 1959, Jo-Ann began the early days of her career as a stenographer, legal and private secretary. Upon starting a family, Jo-Ann left the work force and devoted herself fulltime to her family until her youngest child was of school age. At this time Jo-Ann commenced employment with the City of Marlborough, initially with the Planning Board, incorporating graduate learning at Salve Regina University and then retiring 30 years later in 2006 as the City Clerk. The strongest, yet most gentle, patient and selfless person, Jo-Ann sacrificed so much in her life for her family. A dedicated and devoted mother to: son Jeffrey and his wife Sarah of Wallingford, CT; son Jerard and wife Gretchen of Scarborough, ME; daughter Jennifer of Marlborough. Grandmother to five treasured grandchildren who brought "Nana" the utmost joy: Brendan, Ryan, Liam, Maggie and Aidan. She is survived by her siblings: Kerry Quirke of Brighton, Brenda (Quirke) Boyle of Marlborough, and Maurice Quirke of Clinton, along with many nieces and nephews. Jo-Ann is a former C.C.D. teacher, member of St. Mary's and Immaculate Conception Parishes and Councils and Hudson Catholic High School Board and Athletic Committee Member. She was an endless supporter of such charities as: the , Pan-Mass Challenge, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital and Boys Town. She loved the Christmas season embracing the true spirit of giving by participating in Adopting A Family in virtual secrecy. She also enjoyed gardening-especially on brutally hot summer days, and all things Irish-including being an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Jo-Ann loved to travel, having taken family trips to Ireland, Hawaii and Cape Cod and anniversary and Alaskan cruises with her dear "Jimmy." Jo-Ann will be remembered for her wisdom, nurturing touch and guidance, quick wit and faithful, genuine care and compassion for her family and others. Funeral from Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home, 63 Chestnut Hill Ave., (nr. Brighton Courthouse) BRIGHTON Saturday June 4th at 9:30 am. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Columbkille Church, 321 Market Street, Brighton at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday June 3rd from 4-8 pm. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made directly to one of the forenamed charities supported by Jo-Ann or that of your choice. Funeral Home Handicapped accessible. For directions and guestbook please visit www.lehmanreen.com. Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home Brighton 617-782-1000
Published in The Boston Globe on May 30, 2016
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