Noreen E. Friend, 82
Leicester - Noreen E. (Mara) Friend, 82, of Leicester, died peacefully at home Sunday, January 8, 2017 surrounded by her family.
Noreen leaves her husband of 61 years, Thomas P. Friend; six children, Thomas P. Friend Jr. of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Timothy M. Friend of Leicester, Theresa M. Friend and her husband James Jacobs of Porcupine, So. Dakota, Theodore F. Friend and his wife Amy of Leicester, Tara J. Friend and her husband Steven Geistfeld of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Trevor J. Friend of Worcester; nine grandchildren, Kevin Friend, Timory Jacobs, Nicholas Friend and his wife Caitlin, Katelyn and Rebecca Friend, Hudson and Mara Geistfeld, and Hayden and Eathan Friend; a great-grandson Declan Friend; a daughter-in-law Gina Friend of Holden; and many nieces and nephews.
Noreen was born in Worcester, daughter of Edward Mara and Mary Cavanaugh. She was the last surviving child of their nine children.
Noreen was a graduate of the former Worcester Classical High School.
She enjoyed visiting Cape Cod over the years and lived in West Yarmouth for more than ten years, before returning to Leicester in 2005.
Some of her best times were spent with her sisters Kay and Barbara, going to dinner and shopping on Cape Cod, but her favorite times were spent with her nine grandchildren and her great-grandson.
Funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter St., Worcester 01610.
The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2017.