Theresa C. (Ahern) Spellman

April 4, 2007

Theresa C. (Ahern) Spellman

THERESA C. (AHERN) SPELLMAN – age 51, in Woburn, April 4th. Beloved wife of Bruce F. Spellman. Devoted mother of John T. and Timothy J., both of Woburn. Dear sister of Daniel Ahern of FL. Timothy Ahern of Woburn, Marie Ahern of Marshfield, the Rt. Rev. Jack Ahern of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, Brookline, Kathleen Hughes of Weymouth and Irene Cowdell of Lynn. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, April 10th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Sunday 6-8 p.m. and Monday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spellman Educational Fund, c/o Northern Bank and Trust Co., 215 Lexington Street, Woburn, MA. 01801.

OBITUARY:

Theresa C. Spellman of Woburn, 51, passed away at Winchester Hospital Wednesday evening, April 4th, following an illness of several months. She was the beloved wife of Bruce F. Spellman and had resided in Woburn since their marriage twenty-five years ago.

Born in Arlington, she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothea (Murphy) Ahern. One of seven children, she enjoyed many trips with her family, with whom she spent many happy hours at Wyman Beach as well as excursions to many parts of the country. She was a 1973 graduate of Arlington High School and attended Boston University where earned a bachelor of arts degree and was trained as a dental assistant. She worked for a dentist in Arlington for many years and then joined a family practice in Arlington.

Following their marriage in 1981, Terry and her husband moved to Woburn where she was very involved in her husband’s various businesses while raising her family. She volunteered at the Goodyear School as a lunch mother and also worked at Star Market in the evenings for over fifteen years. She began working in the special education program at the Shamrock School in Woburn where she remained for three years before going to work in the special needs program at the Joyce Middle School. She retired in January of this year due to her declining health.

A devoted and caring mother and friend, she was happy to help anyone, at any time, anywhere. With their children, she and her husband enjoyed boating on the Charles River, going to the beach in Marshfield where they would also travel by boat, and skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. They were a close-knit family who loved to spend time together.

A member and past president of the Massachusetts Dental Assistant’s Association, she was also an active member of Yankee Dental. Along with her sons, she was very involved in Woburn Little League, football, lacrosse, hockey and soccer.

Along with her husband Bruce, she leaves two sons, John T. and Timothy J., both of Woburn, her brothers and sisters: Daniel Ahern of Florida, Timothy Ahern of Woburn, Marie Ahern of Marshfield, the Rt. Rev. Jack Ahern of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, Brookline, Kathleen Hughes of Weymouth and Irene Cowdell of Lynn. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, April 10th at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spellman Educational Fund, c/o Northern Bank and Trust Co., 215 Lexington Street, Woburn, MA. 01801.

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  1. Rita & Vincent DeMeo & Marie Manuel:

    Deepest sympathy to Terry’s family. If Roses grow in Heaven, God please pick a bunch for Terry, place them in her arms and tell her they are from Rita, Vincent and Marie. God tell her we will miss her, and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile. Your family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. My deepest sympathy to all of Terrys’ family. Terry was one of those people who always asked “how are Ya” and took the time to listen to how you really were.she was always interested in what was not only going on in your life but your familys’ as well. That was what she was all about “family”. Now it is up to John and Tim to decide what they take from her life and incorporate it into theirs. I hope and pray it is her Humor, family values, and her careing way toward others. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Barbara Leary

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Terry’s family. I work with Marie. I know how much you all loved her. I know how much you will miss her. My hopes and prayers will be with you for the next few days. It will take time for your grief to turn to mourning. You will eventually find peace in wonderful loving memeories. May the Peace of the Lord grant you everlasting peace.

  4. Anne Callahan. Terry was one of the most unselfish, giving and caring people I have known. If ever anyone needed anything, Terry was there for them. Her quick wit and her sense of humor leaves me with some wonderful memories. I loved Terry and am honored to have had her as a friend. My deepest sympathies go out to Bruce, John, Tim and her family. Terry will always be missed and will never be forgotten.

  5. Terry,
    The first thing I will miss is “Hi, How ar ya? What do you think…….. a little Boston accent there! A truly generous person. So many acts of kindness throughout her whole life. Never forgot a soul. So far there hasn’t been one person I’ve talked, to send condolences that didn’t mention something Terry did for them, or their family member.Tons and tons more than I am aware of right now. I know I’ll hear more stories in the next few days, and beyond. Terry and I always had our connection through the years. Pick up when ever! Many good times and great conversations about life. I can’t imagine life without her, but already I have asked for her help in finding clothes,filling out a form, and getting Kelly a cheap airfare. So far so good.
    Thanks for everything Ter. I love you and will miss you. See you in Heaven.
    Love, Linda

  6. Marsha Fisher. I wanted to pass my condolences to Terry’s family. I worked with Terry for many years at Yankee Dental Conference as she was a volunteer. She was a joy to work with and to also converse with. My thoughts were with her many times after this past Yankee. I will keep her in my prayers.

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