Jean M. (Sullivan) Shannon

February 8, 2007

Jean M. (Sullivan) Shannon

JEAN M. (SULLIVAN) SHANNON – in Woburn, formerly of Cohasset, Thursday,February 8th, beloved wife of the late Lt. Col. Frederick M. Shannon. Devoted mother of Janet Farrell and her husband Daniel of VA, David Shannon and his longtime partner, Lori Erickson, of Medford, Joanne O’Donnell and her husband Paul of Winchester. Dear sister of Alice Leary of West Roxbury. Loving grandmother of Melissa, Chris, Tim, Colleen, Patrick and Caitlin. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Anthonys Church, 10 Summer Street Cohasset, on Monday at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn , on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery, Bourne, at 3 p.m. Donations may be made in Mrs. Shannon’s memory to the Sea Chest Consignment, 754R Chief Justice Highway, Cohasset, MA 02025, to benefit the Road to Responsibility.

OBITUARY:

Jean M. (Sullivan) Shannon of Woburn, formerly of Cohasset, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8th at the Woburn Nursing Center. The beloved wife of the late Frederick M. Shannon, she was eighty-two years of age. Born in Boston, Mrs. Shannon was the daughter of the late Arthur W. and Helen (McAleer) Sullivan. Educated in East Boston, she was a graduate of East Boston Girls High School, graduating in 1942 and went on to attend college at Bryant and Stratton. After completing her studies, Mrs. Shannon was employed at the Dewey Gould Company which was involved in the wool trade and remained there for several years serving as their secretary.

In 1951, Mrs. Shannon married her husband, Frederick, to whom she was devoted for fifty-three years. They made their home in Peabody before settling in Cohasset in 1961. Cohasset was to be their permanent home and the community where they raised their three children and formed many wonderful friendships. Mrs. Shannon had a special love for Cohasset and was involved with their Consignment Shop for over twenty-five years. She was also a longtime member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish and the Social Service League. In her leisure, she and her husband loved to camp and did so extensively throughout the United States. Mrs. Shannon also loved to sew and play solitaire. She took great pleasure in her family and friends and in the simple joys of life.

Mrs. Shannon was predeceased by her husband, Frederick M. Shannon.

She is survived by her children, Janet Farrell and her husband Daniel of VA, David Shannon and his longtime partner, Lori Erickson, of Medford and Joanne O’Donnell and her husband Paul of Winchester, her sister, Alice Leary, of West Roxbury and her grandchildren, Melissa, Chris, Tim, Colleen, Patrick and Caitlin. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 129 South Main Street Cohasset, on Monday at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, WOBURN , on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery, Bourne, at 3 p.m. Donations may be made in Mrs. Shannon’s memory to the Sea Chest Consignment, 754R Chief Justice Highway, Cohasset, MA 02025, to benefit the Road to Responsibility.

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  1. Ellen Marlette
    Dear Joanne, David and Janet:

    It was a comfort to live next to your dearest parents. I somehow felt that if I had ever had an emergency or problem I would run to their door.

    Your dear mother, Jean, was the quintessential “lady”. She was very bright, insightful and caring.

    Like your late father, dear Fred, she ended each conversation with “keep in touch”. I miss them , and send you my sincerest condolences on your loss.
    Ellen Marlette Rustic Drive

  2. From Tom Farrell
    There were times when I was in grad school that the only bit of sanity and peace in my life was a cup of coffee and a little chat about every day things served by Jean Shannon on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Many times, that was all it took to put things in perspective. And in those simple moments of caring, her whole life of loving concern was revealed for me.

  3. Janet, David, and Joanne,

    Jean’s sweet and gentle ways will be missed. She always had a smile for everyone. That smile carries on through her children and grandchildren, who are lucky enough to have those same wonderful Irish eyes and of course those great dimples.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. I feel blessed to be a part of this special family.

    Lori

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