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.
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.