Maureen E. Shanahan
1936 - 2021
McCarthy Funeral Homes
36 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA
Maureen E. Shanahan

Greenfield, MA — Maureen Elizabeth (Touher) Shanahan, 85, formerly of 11 Montague Street, Turners Falls, MA, passed peacefully on the evening of Thursday, September 30, 2021 at her home at The Arbors of Greenfield following a period of declining health.

Maureen was born on September 18, 1936 to Elizabeth (Verville) and John B. Touher, the youngest of four children. Maureenattended the former Holy Trinity Parochial School in Greenfield and was a graduate of Greenfield High School, in the Class of 1954.

Shortly after her graduation, she accepted a position as a dental assistant in the practice of the former Dr. Charron in Greenfield. Maureen met and fell in love with John William "Bill" Shanahan, whom she married on August 8, 1959 in Holy Trinity Church of Greenfield. They resided for the greater part of their 51 years of marriage at 11 Montague Street in Turners Falls, MA, where they raised their four children.

Maureen, the quintessential devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, was the matriarch of the Shanahan household. She supported her husband's efforts in nurturing the growth of the family business, The Turners Falls Coal Company and

Shanahan Construction Supply. Caring for her home and family was a great source of pride for Maureen. She was an accomplished cook, baker and delighted her family, friends, and guests with her culinary prowess.

The Shanahan household was holiday central, with Maureen delighting in entertaining her family and friends at each holiday occasion. She served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader for her children and made homemade costumes for Halloween and school plays for her children and grandchildren. She was referred to by her family as "Mrs. Fix It" as there was nothing that Maureen couldn't fix when needed. Her grandchildren called her home "Camp Grammy" as spending overnights with her and Popa was like "going to camp".

She was a communicant of the former St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, now known as Our Lady of Peace and member of the Catholic Women's Council. She was a member and volunteer of the Farren Memorial Guild of the former Farren Memorial Hospital in Turners Falls, MA.

Sadly, she was predeceased by her loving husband Bill on May 5, 2010 a few months shy of what would have been their 51st wedding anniversary. Shortly thereafter, Maureen moved to the Millhouse Apartments on Wells Street, in Greenfield, MA, where she had many friends. In 2018 Maureen moved to The Arbors of Greenfield enjoying social activities and the companionship of new friends.

She is lovingly remembered by her children: Katie Shanahan Murphy (Jim) and their children Erin, Kelly and Colleen. John M. Shanahan (Karen) and children Ryan, Michael and Kevin, Ryan Dietert and Rachael Sterns. Timothy Shanahan

(Lisa) and their children Emma, Holly and Kerry, Christopher Shanahan (Tina) and their children Jack and Will, as well as great granddaughters Laine Morrow and Maeve Grannemann. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bill and by her three siblings.

In keeping with Maureen's request for simplicity, visiting hours are omitted and she will be cremated. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated in her memory, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM, at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA, with Rev. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor, as the Celebrant. Rites of committal and interment will follow in St.

Mary's Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her late husband Bill. Maureen's family will receive guests in the rear vestibule of the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral liturgy. Flowers are respectfully asked to be omitted. Expressions of one's affection are preferred to Pioneer Valley

Hospice and Palliative Care, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301. The family would like to especially thank the staff of the Arbors of Greenfield for their kindness, care, and compassion for our mother throughout her stay.

The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, entrusted with Maureen's care and services. Guest book and condolence message available at

Published by The Recorder on Oct. 6, 2021.
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Brian and Lori Meek
October 14, 2021
Sending my heartfelt sympathy to her beautiful family. Maureen was always a shinning star putting smiles on our faces and sunshine in our hearts. May she Rest In Peace knowing that she touched so many hearts in a magical way. You will be missed my friend.
Sharon Lamonakis
October 9, 2021
Very sorry for for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of your mom as my Girl Scout leader and working with her at the dentist office.Such a lovely soul who always greeting me with her beautiful smile. Keeping all your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary M Madden
October 7, 2021
John, Katie, Tim and Chris, She was a great lady, I have great memories of her. May she rest in peace with your dad now.
Gary Strysko
October 6, 2021
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