Maureen (McManus) Mahoney
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formerly of Fitchburg
WEST BOYLSTON -- Maureen (McManus) Mahoney was born in 1940 in Fitchburg to John L. McManus and Mary (Cassidy) McManus. She was the oldest of 11 children, and leaves six sisters and four brothers, and many nieces and nephews who adored her. She was a 1958 graduate of St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg and a 1962 graduate of Anna Maria College in Paxton, where she was class president, an English major, and active in music and theatre.
Maureen married the love of her life, Edward L. Mahoney of Leominster in 1963. They began their nearly 50-year journey by driving cross country to Tucson, Arizona, and later moved to Worcester, West Des Moines, Iowa and West Boylston, where she lived for 43 years. Throughout their literal and metaphorical journey, Maureen and Ed planned many trips that took their family all over the country and were the source of cherished family stories.
Maureen took great pleasure in creating a lovely home where she made everyone feel like a special guest. She loved to host family and friends for small gatherings or large holiday parties. She would drop everything to have a cup of tea and a treat with an unexpected visitor.
"Moe" taught in Tucson, at Leominster High School, at Yeshiva Academy in Worcester, and most recently was a substitute teacher in West Boylston. She served as administrative assistant to the West Boylston Building Inspector for many years. She had been a member of the American Association of University Women and the Junior League of Worcester where she met some of her lifelong friends. More recently, she was active in book and bridge clubs, the "Queens" and Tuesday night dinner group.
Maureen was an intelligent, funny, dynamic, articulate, elegant lady who loved to travel and celebrate events both large and small. It gave her great joy to share her love of Wells Beach, Maine with family and friends. But her favorite role was being "Mamma" to her 13 grandchildren, Paul, his wife Joanne, Tyler, Connor and Beau Beardsley, Abby and CJ Moylan, Mitchell, Rylie and Quinn Butman, Maddie and Lilly Lunson, Grant Mahoney and Liam Mahoney.
She leaves her husband Edward L. Mahoney of West Boylston, and her six children and their families: Kathleen and Kevin Moylan of Worcester, Erin and Andrew Beardsley of West Boylston, Ted and Sarah Mahoney of Rutland, Meaghan and John Butman of Holden, Molly and Lyle Lunson of Newport, RI, and Brendan and Erin Mahoney of West Brookfield.
Surrounded by her loving family, Maureen (McManus) Mahoney passed away at home after a brief illness.
MAHONEY -- Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, in Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Road, Sterling. Funeral services for Maureen will be held on Friday, March 1, from the funeral home with a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 111 Worcester Street, West Boylston. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the
in Worcester for the Mahoney team, "The Walk Lobsters" at www.relayforlife.org. To share a memory or offer an online condolence, visit www.milesfuneralhome.com
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Feb. 27, 2013