June Hastings, 85
WORCESTER - June (Kelly) Hastings, 85, of South Dennis, and formerly of Worcester, died peacefully Tuesday, December 5, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Wingate of Brewster after a long illness.
She leaves her husband of 55 years, Seán Hastings; four children, Maura Hastings, Seán P. Hastings, Sheila Hastings-Houston and her husband Donald Houston, all of Worcester, and Séamus Hastings and his wife Colleen Dolan-Hastings of Middleboro; five grandchildren, Caitríona, Caitlin and Douglas Houston, and Declan and Cole Hastings; two brothers, James and Edward Kelly, both of Dublin, Ireland, and a sister Frances Donnelly of Dalkey, Ireland; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Cyril, Patrick and David Kelly.
June was born in Dublin, daughter of Pádraic and Johanna Kelly. She graduated from the Loretta Convent School in Rathmines, Dublin.
Soon after June married Seán in Ireland, they emigrated to the United Sates and settled in Worcester.
For many years, June was a sales clerk at the former R. H. White department store in Worcester. She later joined the food services staff of the Worcester Public Schools and worked at several schools including Norrback Ave. School, where she was working when she retired.
She had a profound understanding of Irish culture and shared in its distinctive Celtic spirituality. She lived a faith-filled life and was a devoted, daily church-goer, being a member of St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth, and a former member of Immaculate Conception Church in Worcester.
June had many interests. She enjoyed Irish music, singing and dancing. She had a deep appreciation of her Irish heritage and took great pride in its traditions. She was a regular visitor to her home in Dublin and Seán's home in Westport, Mayo. She was also a longtime member of the Emerald Club in Worcester and the Irish-American Club of Cape Cod.
She welcomed the company of family and friends, just as she herself was always joyful company. She was a warm and gracious hostess, bringing 'a touch of class' to proceedings.
She was funny and humorous. Laughter was an integral part of her being, as was her charm. She cared for all whom she met, ensuring that everyone was well looked after. She was a 'faithful friend and sure shelter,' loyal to the last.
Her family members were the center of her life, with her devoted and loving husband, Seán, her anam chara (Irish translation of soul friend). She loved her children deeply and got a special joy from being with all her grandchildren, whom she cherished dearly.
June's family would like to thank the staffs of Wingate and Beacon Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
The funeral Mass will be held Monday, December 11, at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove St., Worcester. Entombment will follow in the St. John's Cemetery Mausoleum, Worcester. At June's request, there are no calling hours.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis. (May her faithful soul be on God's right hand.)
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Dec. 7 to Dec. 10, 2017.