Josephine Reney
1924 - 2016
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Josephine Reney, 91


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.
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April 4, 2016
My condolences to Tom, Sue, David, Paula, and Caroline. Fondly remembering your Mother who displayed kindness, warmth, intelligence and humor as we enjoyed your family's hospitality on Brighton Road and Cape Cod.
Chuck Rosseel
April 1, 2016
Only today I learned of Mrs. Reney's passing. The Reney children should know that "Jo" was among the most impressive women I've ever known. I babysat at the Brighton Road home in the 1950's when I was a teen. I was in awe when your lovely Mother appeared ready to step out with Tom. She was so beautiful. What a role model she was for me. It was my good fortune to know her.
Sarah (Sally Murphy) Healy
April 1, 2016
We at Briarwood were privileged to be warmed by Jo's gracious presence while she lived with us. Our condolences to all of you who shared loving relationships with her for so long.
Daria Meshenuk
March 30, 2016
To Tom and family, you are all in my prayers at this time of sorrow. Family is forever. As is love.
Sincerely, Deborah Campbell
Deborah Campbell
March 29, 2016
Condolences from The Gary Thomas family, we have fond memories of your Mother and Father. We are so sorry for you loss.

Martha Thomas
March 28, 2016
Jo and Tom Reney left an enduring gift--five fine children and their families--now and future. She was a fine neighbor to my family living as we did across our back yards.

Tommy and Paula are the two children I know best. You two turned out bright, caring, and lots of fun--a priceless legacy of your mom.
Wayne Thomas
March 28, 2016
To Tom, David Sue, Paula and Caroline,......she was a very fine and intelligent lady and goes back with my mother as far back as we go back
a long good life, children, grand children, great husband, father to her children...spared of horrible tragedy or disease
I always thought the best of her.
as you say it's a blessing
Condolences to all. She led a happy life,
Tom Connor
March 25, 2016
I will always remember Aunt Jo with fondness and smile for her warmth and kindness.
Barbara Livingston
March 24, 2016
Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod, MA
A true lady, gracious and giving in every way. A wonderful aunt, and a great friend to my mom. Love to all.
Betsy Reney
March 24, 2016
im sorry for our familys loss and josephine will be in my prayers so that she can soar with the angels love your great nephew paul reney
March 24, 2016
To all of my deareast cousins,
My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. Our joy should remain in the fact that your Mother,my Aunt...was an amazing woman.Her love for her children,extended family and friends was unsurpassed. She will be missed forever. I know she is with your dad,and the entire Reney clan! She is with the Angels,as she should well be.I Loved her,always will.
Love to you all,Frances Reney-Genduso
frances genduso
March 24, 2016
Love and Blessings to your family. May your mother's light continue to help guide your path forward!
Constance Bigony
March 24, 2016
Joe Reney
March 24, 2016
Joe Reney
March 23, 2016
our sincerest sympathy for your loss of your mother, may she rest in peace... the Hennessy Family
Lisa Hennessy
March 23, 2016
My condolences to Reney and Dolan families
Charlie O'Connor
March 23, 2016
How lucky you all were to have a mother as sweet as Jo. When I think of her I remember her humble nature and beautiful smile. May she ret in peace with Tom.
Martha Hehir Wally
March 22, 2016
Josephine warmly welcomed my parents across the hall at Briarwood. I remember how proudly she spoke of her home and family in Worcester. May she rest in peace.
Janet (Waite) Cyganski
March 22, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the family. We shared many memories from our younger days at North High, and later at New England Telephone & Telegraph. Everyone knew the Dolans - wonderful family.

Mary Diggins Woods
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