Helena L. Lawn

January 20, 2006

Helena L. Lawn

HELENA L. LAWN – of Woburn, January 20th. Daughter of the late Patrick J. and Sadie I. (Connery) Lawn. Beloved sister of Sarah I. “Sal” Lawn of Woburn and the late Ann Urban, Thomas P. Lawn, and Dorothy “Dot” Brown. Loving aunt of Gaynor Ferrie and Paula Packard, Janice Craugh and the late Jane Redmond, Patricia Brown, William Brown, Debra Lindmark, and Leslie Smith. Also survived by many grandnieces and nephews, great-grandnieces and nephews, cousin Mary Bowie of Australia, and many other cousins. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, January 24th, at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Helena’s memory to Hospice Care, Inc., 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA 02180, or to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Helena L. Lawn, a lifelong Woburn resident who had resided at the Gables in Winchester for the past several months, passed away at her home on Friday, January 20th, following a long illness. The daughter of the late Patrick J. and Sarah I. “Sadie” (Connery) Lawn, she was eighty-two.

Born and raised in Woburn in the Rag Rock section of the city, she was a 1941 graduate of Woburn High School. She later lived on Wyman Street for over forty years before taking up residence with her sister at the Gables in Winchester.

Helena began her working career at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Boston, and later was employed at the Federal Reserve Bank. For thirty-eight years, she was affiliated with the Choate Memorial Hospital in Woburn, retiring in 1985 as head of the Fiscal Department.

Helena’s love of knowledge led her to attend Northeastern University, where she completed several courses after her retirement. Her love of reading was passed along to her nieces and nephews. She was a member of the book club at the Woburn Public Library and the Bible study group at St. Charles Church for a number of years.

Her keen interest in genealogy led her to become the unofficial family archivist. Several generations ago when her ancestors emigrated from Ireland, some of the family relocated to Australia, and Helena maintained close contact with them, particularly her dear cousin, Mary Bowie, of Sydney, Australia.

Preceding her in death were two sisters, Ann Urban and Dorothy “Dot” Brown, a brother, Thomas P. Lawn, and a niece, Jane Redmond.

Helena is survived by her sister, Sarah I. “Sal” Lawn of Woburn. She was also the loving aunt of Gaynor Ferrie and Paula Packard, Janice Craugh, Patricia Brown, William Brown, Debra Lindmark, and Leslie Smith, as well as many grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews, and cousin of Mary Bowie of Sydney, Australia, and many other cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, January 24th, at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Donations may be made in Helena’s memory to Hospice Care, Inc., 41 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180, or to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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