Noreen P. Folan, 60, a resident of Easton for the past 48 years, died peacefully Thursday, July 31, 2014 at home under the care of her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
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Noreen was born in Boston on October 29, 1953, a daughter of the late Patrick J. and Nora (Folan) Folan. Noreen was raised and educated in Dorchester, Stoughton and Easton and was a graduate of Oliver Ames High School. She continued her education at Wentworth Institute of Technology earning a bachelor's degree.
Noreen was the Vice President of Folan Waterproofing and Construction and President of Easton Industrial Rental Equipment both of Easton. She was the first woman to fulfill journeyman status as a waterproofer mason member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman and was a proud member for over 33 years.
Noreen was also the first woman to ever chair and negotiate a union contract with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local 3. She formally served as a board member for the Mason Contractors Association, Women in Construction and was a member of the SWRI.
Noreen held numerous certification and licenses including SOMWBA Certified-Commonwealth of Massachusetts State office of Minority and Women Business Association, Certified SIKA Applicator, Certified Sarnafil Applicator, City of Boston ABC Builders License, City of Boston Masonry and Waterproofing G9 License, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Riggers License.
Noreen was also a member of several Professional Organizations including the Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute, the Association for Preservation of Technology, Mason Contractors Association of Massachusetts, Womens Business Enterprise Alliance, Building Trades Association, Boston Society of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute and the Scaffold Industry Association.
Noreen dedicated her life to her family and love for her occupation. She could light up any room with her presence and had a heart of gold. She enjoyed the ocean, traveling and spending memorable time with family. Words can't be written to explain the wonderful impact she had on all that were fortunate to have known her or be a part of her life.
Noreen was the loving mother of Noreen Melchert and her husband Mark of Norton and is now reunited in heaven with her late cherished son, Kevin Sean Folan; devoted sister of Patrick H. Folan and his wife Debbie of Stoughton and Mary Ellen Card and her husband Tommy of East Bridgewater; beloved grandmother of Shamus P. Melchert and Kiley E. Melchert of Norton; caring aunt of Holly Ann Folan of London, England, Aimee Foley and her husband John of Easton, Patrick J. Folan and his wife Julie and daughter Anna Noelle of Easton, and Jeffrey Card, Faith Card and Derreck Card all of East Bridgewater; niece of the late Mary Feeney, Joseph Folan, Coleman Folan, Peggy Folan and Ann Folan; cousin of Padraic and Maureen Feeney of Westwood and their daughter Deirdre Sweger and her husband Brian of New Jersey as well as all of Maureen's sisters; also survived by Michael Niland and Family, Martin "Matty" Niland and family, Marie Cusick & Family, numerous relatives in Portland, Maine and family in Ireland; She was also the devoted godchild of the late Martin and Nora Niland;
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) Easton, on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in the Holy Cross Church, 225 Purchase Street, Easton, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Easton. Visiting hours Monday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Noreen's memory may be sent to the Holy Cross Church, 225 Purchase Street, Easton, MA. 02375. For directions or condolences visit www.kanefuneralhome.com
Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services
605 Washington St
Easton, MA 02375
Published in Boston Herald on Aug. 2, 2014