Obituary of Joyce A. Flaherty

JOYCE A. FLAHERTY _ of Woburn, February 9th, 2018 at seventy seven years of age. Beloved daughter of the late William H. and Della (Flaherty) Flaherty. Loving sister of Jeanne Marashio of Woburn and the late Elizabeth Doherty, Joan McCauley and William Flaherty. Dear sister in law of Eileen Flaherty of Billerica. Cherished long time friend Barbara Allen of Lowell. Lovingly devoted aunt of Billy and Sharon Murphy, Robbie and Patty McCauley, Robert and Mary Ellen Doherty, Patricia Doherty, David and Pat Doherty, Brian, Michelle, and Matthew Doherty, Paul Marashio, Peter and LeeAnne Marashio, Marcia and George Smith, Andrea and Frank Cosentino, Billy and Elsie Flaherty and Richie and Mary Flaherty. Also survived by many wonderful great and great grand nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home on Thursday, February 15th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Wednesday evening 4-8p.m. At the family's request remembrances may be made in Joyce's honor to the Joseph Briere Foundation, PO Box 147, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

Joyce A. Flaherty passed away after a brief illness Friday afternoon, February 9th at the Winchester Hospital. The beloved daughter of the late William and Della (Flaherty) Flaherty, she was seventy-seven years old.

Born in Woburn, she was on of five children; four daughters and a son.

Joyce was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1957, at the age of sixteen. She continued on to Lesley College to become a “Loyal Leslie Daughter” graduating with her degree in Education in 1961. Joyce also received her M.Ed from Boston College and was very well prepared to devote the next forty years in Education.

Joyce began her career at the Hurld School in the third grade for her first year of teaching and then for the next thirty nine she was an outstanding second grade teacher at the Hurld School! Joyce loved teaching and all the little ones that passed through her doors. In later years it always warmed her heart when she would run into an “old” student, recognize them or they her, and a conversations would ensue! She had a terrific memory and never forgot a face or a name!

Throughout all the years Joyce remained devoted to her family. Her sisters, brother and all of their children were very near and dear to her. She made her home all her life in Woburn and summers were spent with family in Yarmouth and holidays were always together. All family festivities, weddings, graduations, confirmations, communions and baptisms, combined with the holidays, were always spent with the Flaherty Clan.

Over the years she held seasons tickets for both the Bruins and Celtics, but held on longer to the Celtics. Joyce and her very dear friend would attend each and every game, cheering them on as truly devoted fans over the decades.

Traveling was no stranger to Joyce. She enjoyed much of the entertainment and fun of traveling to Foxwoods and Las Vegas throughout the years. Occasional trips through out the United States, but her most favorite place to be was always with her family!

Since her retirement she has returned to the Hurld School to read stories to the different classes each week, just to keep in touch with children and the profession she so loved.

Joyce was a very feisty, witty , fun loving, caring and kind person. Her family was her world that she gave so much too and received so much in return. She was a lifetime parishioner of St. Charles Church and had tremendous faith. This was surely an honest and true reflection of just how Joyce lived her life, not just for herself, but embracing her entire family and all those whose lives were touched by her wonderful attributes.

Loving sister of Jeanne Marashio of Woburn and the late Elizabeth Doherty, Joan McCauley and William Flaherty. Dear sister in law of Eileen Flaherty of Billerica. Cherished long time friend Barbara Allen of Lowell. Lovingly devoted aunt of Billy and Sharon Murphy, Robbie and Patty McCauley, Robert and Mary Ellen Doherty, Patricia Doherty, David and Pat Doherty, Brian, Michelle, and Matthew Doherty, Paul Marashio, Peter and LeeAnne Marashio, Marcia and George Smith, Andrea and Frank Cosentino, Billy and Elsie Flaherty and Richie and Mary Flaherty. Also survived by many wonderful great and great grand nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home on Thursday, February 15th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Wednesday evening 4-8p.m. At the family's request remembrances may be made in Joyce's honor to the Joseph Briere Foundation, PO Box 147, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.