Dorothy M. (Shea) Shack

November 28, 2006

Dorothy M. (Shea) Shack

DOROTHY M. (SHEA) SHACK – in Woburn, formerly of Mission Hill, November 28th. Beloved wife of the late John G. Shack. Devoted mother of Dorothy “Bunny” Byington and her husband James and John G. Shack, Jr. and his wife Marie, all of Woburn, Charles Mark Shack of Ann Arbor, MI, and Edward Shack and his wife Mary Louise of Austin, TX. Dear sister of Gladys Healy and Robert Shea and his wife Elaine, all of Hanover, Marie Blaisdell of AZ, Margaret Lorraine Silvestre of Cambridge and Marshfield, and the late Charles Shea. Sister-in-law of Janet Shea of Norwood and Virginia Lucas and her husband Joseph of Hull. Loving grandmother of James Byington and his wife Katherine, Johnna Byington, Ameena Langford and her husband Nicholas, John Shack III, Kyle, Michael, Bernadette and Bridget Shack, and great-grandmother of Kayla and Arianna Langford. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. Interment in Mt. Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury. Donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the Medical Missionaries of Mary, 179 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

OBITUARY:

Dorothy M. Shack, formerly Dorothy Shea, a longtime resident of Valley Road in Woburn, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 28th. A former resident of the Mission Hill section of Roxbury, Mrs. Shack was eighty-five years of age.

With brief exceptions, Mrs. Shack has lived on Valley Road since 1957. Born in Roxbury, Dorothy attended Mission Grammar School and graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School. Dorothy married her late husband, John Shack, during World War II while John was serving in the Marine Corps.

Dorothy was an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was the past Grand Regent of the Mission Church chapter, Past President of the Past Grand Regents Club, and was a Past District Deputy. Dorothy was a founding member of the Mothers Guild at Arlington Catholic High School (now Parents Club) and was that group’s second president.

After John retired in 1972, Dorothy and John contributed much of their time to performing charity work for the Medical Missionaries of Mary. In 1975 Dorothy and John moved to Ireland to perform Apostolic work for the Medical Missionaries of Mary Mother House in Drogheda, County Louth. They lived and worked in Ireland for two years.

After her husband died in 1979, Dorothy started her working career in the communications department of Lahey Clinic, where she worked for more than twenty years. Dorothy traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Shea.

Surviving her are four children, Dorothy “Bunny” Byington and her husband James and John G. Shack, Jr. and his wife Marie, all of Woburn, Charles Mark Shack of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Edward Shack and his wife Mary Louise of Austin, Texas. She also leaves three sisters, Gladys Healy of Hanover, Marie Blaisdell of Arizona, and Margaret Lorraine Silvestre of Cambridge and Marshfield, a brother, Robert Shea and his wife Elaine of Hanover, and her sisters-in-law, Janet Shea of Norwood and Virginia Lucas and her husband Joseph of Hull.

She was also the loving grandmother of James Byington and his wife Katherine, Johnna Byington, Ameena Langford and her husband Nicholas, John Shack III, Kyle, Michael, Bernadette and Bridget Shack, and great-grandmother of Kayla and Arianna Langford.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Mt. Benedict Cemetery, 409 Corey Street, West Roxbury.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the Medical Missionaries of Mary, 179 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

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  1. Dorothy was one of a kind, a warm, loving, caring woman who, in the 30 years I knew her, never said an unking word about anyone. She was a real woman of faith, and lived it in word and deed. I feel priveleged to have known her and will miss her greatly.Sr. Cheryl Blanchard MMM

  2. Dorothy was one of a kind, a warm, loving, caring woman who, in the 30 years I knew her, never said an unking word about anyone. She was a real woman of faith, and lived it in word and deed. I feel priveleged to have known her and will miss her greatly.
    Sr. Cheryl Blanchard MMM

  3. Dorothy Shack was such a loving and giving person. She will be missed. My heart-felt sympathies to her family.
    With love,
    Lisa Sears

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