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Virginia D. Meagher, 84

WEST BOYLSTON - Virginia Dolan Meagher, 84, of West Boylston and formerly of Worcester, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the UMass-Memorial Medical Center after being stricken ill at home.

She leaves her husband of 50 years, Richard A. Meagher; a son Richard A. Meagher Jr. and a daughter Kathleen D. Ryder, both of Worcester; two grandchildren, Allison and Thomas Ryder; a brother, William G. Dolan and his wife Mary of Annapolis, Md., and Kathleen Dodge and her husband Ogden of Riverside, R.I.; three sisters-in-law, Janice Dolan, Marilyn and Dolores Meagher; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, John B. Dolan Jr. and Philip M. Dolan, and her sister Josephine K. Reney.

Virginia was born in Worcester, daughter of John B. and Josephine (Kelley) Dolan.

She lived most of her life in Worcester until moving to West Boylston 10 years ago.

Virginia was a graduate of North High School and Worcester State University.

After teaching for several years in the Worcester Public Schools, Virginia served for 20 years as the Title One Coordinator for the Worcester school system. She received the Key to the City from Worcester Mayor Raymond Mariano in 1995 for service to the children of Worcester, when she retired after 32 years as a Worcester educator.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, the Friday Afternoon Club, and the Worcester Art Museum.

She enjoyed her summers with her family on Cape Cod at her home in South Harwich, including membership in the Wychmere Harbor Club.

Throughout her many years, Ginny's interests and hobbies were innumerable. Golf, tennis, bridge, gardening, home improvements, entertaining, love of piano, and the morning crossword puzzle were among her passions. Her ability to host family holiday gatherings was unsurpassed, with upwards of 50 family members visiting Ginny and Dick's Bay State Road home throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Her steadfast belief in the positive impact public education has upon society was unshakable, as was her dedication to her family. Ginny was a forceful and dignified presence in our collective world.

Calling hours are Tuesday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester.

The funeral will be Wednesday, April 5, from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Virginia's memory may be made to the St. John's Food for the Poor, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604 or the Worcester County Food Bank, 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.


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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 1 to Apr. 3, 2017.
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April 5, 2017
My dear friend and mentor Ginny I am so sad to read of your passing. We lost touch over the years but I have never forgotten all you have taught me both professionally and personally. You were truly one of the most passionate advocates for all students in the WPS, especially those kids who needed an advocate the most. Thank you for what you did to advance the WPS elementary curriculum, especially in the area of literacy. Neil and I will always have a special place in our heart for you. Until we meet again, Godspeed.
Joan Fitton
April 4, 2017
Dear Meagher and Dolan Familes,
We were stunned and saddened to learn of Ginny's passing. She was always very good about checking in on her brother's widow, our sister and aunt, Patricia Doyle Dolan. Ginny was always happy to cheer on the successes of others, and she was always earnestly interested in their stories. Always an upbeat person, she will long be missed and lovingly remembered.
Ginny, and those she loved, are in our thoughts and prayers.
With heartfelt sympathy,
John and Mary Jane (Doyle) Calhoun and Family
John Calhoun
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