CRONIN Mary M. “Maura” (Varian), S.F.O., of Norwood, formerly of Brookline and Ireland, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family. Daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth A. (Spriggs) Varian; beloved wife of the late John Stephen Cronin; loving mother of Stephen H. Cronin and his wife Maureen of Norwood and James B. Cronin of Acton; cherished “Nana” of Maura, Stevie, Risn “Rosie” and Trisha Mary Cronin; devoted sister of William Varian and his wife Marie of Naples, FL, James Varian and his wife Susan of Malden and the late Dennis Varian, Eileen McCarthy and her husband Richard (whom survives) of West Dennis and Henry Varian and his wife Miriam (whom survives) of Nantucket. Also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Maura was a devout Catholic, a daily communicant, and a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. She was a frequent lector at St. Augustine’s in Cork. She was a Munster Champion Irish step-dancer as a teenager and taught step dancing to children when she moved to Boston. Maura had a zest for life and was a truly devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She adored her grandchildren and loved to take them swimming, shopping, and for ice cream. A lover of nature and all of God’s creatures, she tried every day to walk in the path of Jesus. She was the consummate caretaker for her husband and made everyone she ever met feel special and loved. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 A.M. from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Rte. 1A), NORWOOD, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 547 Washington Street, Norwood. Interment, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in memory of Mary M. Cronin may be made to EWTN Global Catholic Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL, 35210 or to Mass Citizens for Life, 529 Main Street, Ste. 1M9, Boston, MA 02129. Gillooly Funeral Home Norwood 781-762-0174 www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Boston Herald on May 2, 2016