Josephine Reney, 91
CHATHAM, MA -
Josephine Kelley Dolan Reney, 91, formerly of 34 Brighton Road, Worcester, Massachusetts, died on March 20 at Liberty Commons in Chatham. She was the widow of Thomas F. Reney, Jr., who died in 2009. Born on June 21, 1924, she was the daughter of John B. and Josephine K. Dolan, who were both born in Worcester. Josephine is survived by her five children, Thomas F. Reney III, husband of Margaret G. Reney, of Holyoke; David F. Reney of Paris, France; Susanne R. Taylor, wife of K. McNeill Taylor, Jr. of Chatham; Paula M. Stookey, wife of Jeffrey Stookey, of Boston and Chatham; and Caroline S. Lane, wife of Scott R. Lane, of Chatham.
She leaves four grandchildren, Daniel S. Taylor, Kelley Taylor Baum, wife of Jason D. Baum, David S. Taylor, and Elizabeth W. Lane.
She also leaves her brother William G. Dolan of Annapolis, Maryland, and her sisters Virginia Meagher of West Boylston, and Kathleen Dodge of Barrington, Rhode Island; her brothers-in-law Richard A. Meagher and Ogden M. Dodge, and her sisters-in-law Mary, Pat and Janice Dolan. She was predeceased by her brothers John B. Dolan, Jr., and Philip M. Dolan. She was a devoted aunt to 41 nieces and nephews.
Josephine was a graduate of North High School in Worcester and Emmanuel College in Boston, Class of 1946. Upon graduation, she worked as a service representative for New England Telephone & Telegraph, and after raising her children, she was employed by the Worcester Public Schools as a guidance counselor.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, where she and Tom were married in 1950. Mrs. Reney was a member of the Friday Afternoon Club and was a former member of the Guild of Our Lady of Providence and the St Agnes Guild.
Jo was renowned for her intellect, her eloquence, her sweet demeanor, and for her warm and welcoming hospitality to family and friends in Worcester, and throughout many summers at Dennisport on Cape Cod, where she was a member of the Wychemere Harbor Club. She was a most gracious host of sumptuous dinner parties for crowds of seven to seventy. She and Tom enjoyed travel, whether it was the backroads of New England or trips to Europe and the American Southwest. Her hobbies included bridge and gardening, and she was an inveterate reader of newspapers and periodicals, history and politics. Jo cast her ballot confidently for candidates of the Democratic Party.
Calling hours for Mrs. Reney will be held on Friday, 5-8 p.m., at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester.
A prayer service will be held at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, 25 Fales Street, Worcester, on Holy Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial at St. John's Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Reney's memory to the Emmanuel College Fund, Class of 1946.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2016.