RUTLAND, Vt./WORCESTER, Mass. - Mildred Theresa (Lynch) Shea, 93, died on December 28, 2012, in Rutland, VT, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Jim Perkins. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family.
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Born in Worcester, on December 7, 1919, Mildred was the youngest daughter of Owen Francis and Annie (Mahoney) Lynch. A lifelong resident of Worcester, Mildred moved to Vermont from her home of 55 years in April of this year.
Her husband of 45 years, Attorney John M. Shea, teacher, coach, former Massachusetts State Representative, City Councilor and Mayor of Worcester, died in 1988. Millie is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Perkins and husband, James, of Rutland, VT; Patricia Foley and husband, William, of Worcester; and a son, John Shea and wife, Hope Hotchkiss, of Franklin, MA. She is also survived by grandchildren Molli (Perkins) Barnes and husband, Terrence, of MD; Daniel Perkins of CA; Timothy Foley and wife, Patricia (Quirk), of Natick, MA; Sarah (Foley) Lawlor and husband, Sean, of Shrewsbury; and Matthew Foley and girlfriend, Corrie Guinen, of Boston; as well as step-grandchildren Peter Hotchkiss and wife, Liana (Kachakhmadze) of Albuquerque, NM; and Christian Hotchkiss of Ostersund, Sweden. She also leaves great-grandchildren Liam, Will, and Teagan Lawlor, of Shrewsbury; and step-great-grandchild Mia Hotchkiss of Albuquerque, NM. Mildred was predeceased by her infant son Paul; a sister, Dorothy; and her brothers, George F. Lynch, Leo P. Lynch, and Raymond Lynch.
Millie was a 1938 graduate of Commerce High School and a graduate of Salter Secretarial School. She worked for Heald Machine and Tool Co. until her marriage on June 12, 1943.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, a board member of The Guild of Our Lady of Providence, a long time volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital, and a member of the Friday Afternoon Club.
In her early years, she loved to swim, horseback ride, and golf. Millie and Jack were also excellent ballroom dancers and had their dance cards filled up quickly at events.
Mildred cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always looked forward to and so enjoyed family gatherings and birthday celebrations. Mildred, Millie, Mom, Nana, Nans will be remembered for her quiet ways, carefully selected words of wisdom, her thoughtfulness, generosity, her directness, and her tasteful and stylish dress for every occasion. Mildred was also blessed with great friends over the years. Our family will most remember her for always putting our needs first and for her loving devotion and support of our Dad.
A Funeral will be held Saturday, January 5, from Callahan and Fay Brothers Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester, with a Mass at 11:00 A.M. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. A Visiting Period will be held Saturday, January 5, from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.
Donations may be made in Mildred's memory to St. John's Food Pantry, c/o Father John Madden, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604; or to Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, PO Box 787, Rutland, VT 05701. To place an on-line condolence, please visit. www.callahanfay.com.
Published in Rutland Herald on Jan. 2, 2013