Ann Elizabeth (Hare) Goossens, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the Wilmington Health Care Center, on Sunday morning, February 10, 2013. She was 82 years old. Ann was born in Everett, MA the daughter of Newfoundland immigrants, the late Joseph Hare of Burgeo, Newfoundland and Edith Symes of Francois, Newfoundland. She grew up in Everett and Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School. In middle school, a young boy noticed her playing the violin at a school assembly and eventually asked her out on a date. Their romance continued for 68 years. They married at the age of 20 and spent 62 years of marriage with mutual respect, humor, and life experiences. They settled in Burlington, MA in 1960 where they raised their 5 children. Ann started her professional career at Liberty Mutual but due to her great love for children, most especially infants, she gravitated to careers working with children. She worked as a Teachers Aid at Memorial School, Burlington Day Care, and the Magic Unicorn day care center. Ann was an active member of St. Margarets Church and volunteered her time maintaining the alter linens. Anns life revolved around her family. Family events, vacations, Sunday dinners, and holidays where extremely important to Ann. Yearly family trips and vacations were always a special event and bond. She traveled across the United States and overseas to Europe, Hawaii, Bermuda, and cruises to the Caribbean that provided countless great family memories. But some of Anns fondest family memories were spent vacationing with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren at their vacation home in Harrison, Maine. She enjoyed playing Bingo with her girlfriends and trying her luck in Foxwoods and Las Vegas. And she was always up for a game of Scrabble. She enjoyed old movies and reading. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her sister and best friend Mary. Ann leaves her family with endless love and a strong bond, a wonderful example of how loving your spouse is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. Ann was the loving wife of William R. Goossens. She was the loving mother of Mary Ann Hernandez of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, David Goossens & his wife Mona of Dade City, FL, Robert Goossens & his wife Elizabeth of Methuen, MA Joan Doran & her husband James of Halifax, MA and Nancy Sallese-Meehan & her husband William Meehan of Woburn. MA. She was the sister of the late Mary Hare. Mother-in-law of the late Edward Sallese and grandmother of the late Danny Sallese. She was also survived by 14 grandchildren & 10 great grandchildren. Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margarets Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Thursday 5-8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Anns name may be made to Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center Trust, 800 Washington St., Box 231, Boston, MA 02111.
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Published in The Burlington Union from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2013