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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.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2017.
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June 22, 2017
Noreen, a wonderful person whose kind spirit and energy will go on and on. Tom, my family and I extend our most sincere condolences. I'm sorry I didn't know sooner.
Norman Coates
January 11, 2017
So sorry for your loss.
Howie Bottomly
January 11, 2017
To Tara and her family, I am very sorry for your loss. I am sure she we always be watching over you all. God bless you all.
Shawn chesley Stevens
January 10, 2017
Tom and Family, With Heartfelt sympathy.God Bless you all. The O'Connor Family
Pat Stone
January 10, 2017
My sincerest condolences to Tara and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Lori Molina
January 10, 2017
Sending my condolences to the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Ann DeYoung (Lajoie)
January 10, 2017
To the Friend family - our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
The Hallen Family
January 10, 2017
To Tim and Family, My prayers are with you with the loss of your mother. She certainly left a great legacy and enjoyed a great life. May Noreen rest in God's peace.
John Riley
January 9, 2017
She will be missed. Christine McCarthy
January 9, 2017
Katie and family,

Our hearts go out to you all. Let your warm memories of your grandmother carry you through this differcult time.

With sympathy, Ginny, Mike, Mike and Sam
January 9, 2017
I extend my condolences and prayerful best wishes to all of the Friends - a fine family which has long been dedicated to its community, to public service, and to the education and well-being of young people.
Brian O'Connell
January 9, 2017
Dear Tom
So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your family.

Patricia Kenneway
January 9, 2017
Thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time.

"Those we love can never be more than a thought away....For as long as there's a memory they live in our hearts to stay"

With deepest sympathy
Mary and Jon
Mary Geoffrion
January 9, 2017
Tom and Family
My deepest sympathy to all
Joan Sturtevant
January 9, 2017
Ted and family,
Sorry to hear of your loss - deepest sympathy
Tom Miville
January 9, 2017
Tara and Trevor,
So sorry for your loss. May the memories you have of your Mom carry you through the toughest times. She will forever be in your heart.
Jackie (Rodrique) Puglisi
January 8, 2017
Tim and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Helen and Fran O'Brien
January 8, 2017
Ted and Amy,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs, thoughts and prayers.
Joyce &a Dan Doane
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