Julia A. (Taylor) Tiernan

January 18, 2007

Julia A. (Taylor) Tiernan

JULIA A. (TAYLOR) TIERNAN – in Woburn, January 18th. Beloved wife of the late Francis J. Tiernan. Devoted mother of Maureen C. Tiernan, Stephany T. Tiernan and her husband Thomas J. Plsek, all of Woburn, June F. Black and her husband Jack of Somersworth, NH, Gregory W. Tiernan and his wife Lisa of Westford, and Francis J. “Frank” Tiernan of Methuen. Dear sister of Joseph Taylor of WV and Cynthia Jenseth of CT. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, January 22nd at 8 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, W. Roxbury. Donations may be made in Julia’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Julia A. Tiernan, a longtime Woburn resident and a gifted artist, passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington after having been stricken less than two weeks ago. The wife of the late Francis J. Tiernan, who died in 1963, she was eighty-seven.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (McKay) Taylor. She attended Boston schools and continued her education at an art college, where she studied fine art. She had made her home in Woburn since her marriage.

Although the fine arts were her first love, she worked most of her life in the field of commercial art. During World War II she worked for the US Government as an artist and illustrator. She later worked for a variety of businesses, drawing illustrations for newspaper ads, painting scenic murals for a tile company, and designing window displays for such department stores as Jordan Marsh and Filene’s. Mrs. Tiernan continued painting for her own enjoyment until very recent years.

A natural musician, she was a talented pianist and singer, and passed along her love of music and art to her children. She was devoted to her family, and at the time of her death was eagerly anticipating the imminent arrival of her sixth great-grandchild.

Mrs. Tiernan was active until just a few weeks ago, and enjoyed regular visits to the Woburn Senior Center, where she had many wonderful experiences.

Surviving are three daughters, Maureen C. Tiernan, Stephany T. Tiernan and her husband Thomas J. Plsek, all of Woburn, and June F. Black and her husband Jack of Somersworth, NH, her twin sons, Gregory W. Tiernan and his wife Lisa of Westford, and Francis J. “Frank” Tiernan of Methuen, a brother, Joseph Taylor of West Virginia and a sister, Cynthia Jenseth of Connecticut. She also leaves seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, January 22nd at 8 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Donations may be made in Julia’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. To My Dear Friend (and neighbor)Maureen,and her family –
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Julia is at peace now.
    Love,
    Gina Venturini and Robert Kennedy

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