HELEN M. (HOGAN) WHITE – of Woburn, May 8th. Beloved wife of the late William J. White Sr. Loving mother of William J. White, Jr. and his companion Betty of Woburn, Edward H. White and his wife Nancy of Milford, Richard P. White and his wife Judy of Salem, Robert D. White and his wife Jeanne of Woburn and Kenneth H. White and his wife Jill of N. Conway, NH. Dear sister of the late Agnes, Theresa, Ethel, Margaret, John, Edward and Richard Hogan. Devoted grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 11th at 9 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Calling hours are Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Mrs. White’s memory to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 720 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.
Helen “Mamie” M. (Hogan) White, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 8th in Wilmington. The beloved wife of the late William J. White Sr., she was ninety-one years of age. Born and raised in Arlington, Helen was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Margaret (Mahoney) Hogan.
She was a graduate of Arlington High School and went on to work in Boston following high school. She married William J. White Sr., with whom she shared fifty-four years. After their marriage they moved to the Central Square area of Woburn where she has remained. Mrs. White, affectionately known as “Mamie,” was a proud and dedicated mother of five sons, who took part in all of their educational and sporting activities. She was in on the ground floor with the Woburn Little League, helping it to get its start, doing everything and anything to see it to its fruition. During the summer months the White family would travel to PEI in Canada, where they would visit Mr. White’s family for several weeks, enjoying the company of family and the sights of Canada.
After her children were all in school, Mrs. White began working for Jordan Marsh in Boston. There she began working in the furniture department where she remained over the next twenty-eight years and had the distinct honor of being the first woman in the history of Jordan Marsh to work in that department. While working in Boston, and also being a woman of very strong religious beliefs, she was a daily communicant at the Park Street Church for Mass. Following her retirement from Jordan’s, Mrs. White devoted all her time to her sons and their families. An extremely active woman she would exercise daily, which was something she did faithfully right up until the last several years. She was a very enthusiastic bowler, donning her bowling shoes for over fifty years in all sorts of different leagues and with her family. Every week she had a standing hairdressing appointment which she never would miss.
Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. Spending time with them, shopping, and going to sporting events were all part of her daily routine right up until this last year. She was a very strong, proud, generous woman of extremely strong faith, a legacy she has passed on to them all.
Helen was predeceased by her husband “Bill”, siblings John, Edward, Richard, Agnes, Theresa, Ethel and Margaret, her granddaughters, Kristen and Kerry, and her daughter-in-law, Betty (Newman) White.
She is lovingly survived by her children, William J. White Jr and his companion Betty of Woburn, Edward H. White and his wife Nancy of Milford, Richard P. White and his wife Judy of Salem, Robert D. “Bo” White and his wife Jeanne of Woburn and Kenneth H. White and his wife Jill of N. Conway, NH, 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 11th at 9 a.m followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Calling hours at the funeral home are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Mrs. White’s memory to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 720 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.