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Janet A. Sprague, 84

WORCESTER - Janet A. (Riordan) Sprague, 84, of Worcester, died Friday, April 22, 2016 in her Briarwood home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the beloved wife of 57 years of the late Paul H. Sprague.

Janet was the loving mother of two sons, David P. Sprague, his wife Donna, of Foxborough (formerly of Sharon) and John M. Sprague, his wife Eileen of Medfield (formerly of Wellesley Hills); the adored grandmother of Kelly, Michael, Megan and Laura Sprague; and an aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Brian J. Riordan of Billerica.

Janet was born in Boston, the daughter of Anthony C. and Vera A. (Clifford) Riordan. She lived in Worcester for more than 50 years. She was a graduate of the Boston Latin School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Simmons College in Boston and a Master's Degree in Education from Worcester State College.

Janet was a librarian and classroom teacher in the Worcester Public Schools for 27 years, retiring in 1998.

Janet was very active in her community taking on leadership roles in her many volunteer positions including: Worcester Simmons College Club (Past President), Nelson Place PTA, MA Association Educational Media, Worcester Music Guild, American Association of University Women, Assumption College, Worcester Public School Libraries, and Friends of Worcester Public Library.

She enjoyed spending time reading, gardening, attending the theater, traveling, listening to classical music and spending time with her family and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Counsel, 111 Worcester Street, West Boylston. Burial at Rural Cemetery in Worcester will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to: Briarwood Residences Assistance Fund, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA 01606.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2016.
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