Geraldine F. (Coleman) Carpenter

October 12, 2007

Geraldine F. (Coleman) Carpenter

GERALDINE F. (COLEMAN) CARPENTER – in her hundredth year, in Woburn, October 12th. Beloved wife of the late William M. Carpenter. Devoted mother of William M., Jr. and his wife Mary, Paul C. and his wife Rosemary, and Peter A. and his wife Julia, all of Woburn, and Susan K. Carpenter of Ellicott City, MD. Dear sister of the late Rev. Jeremiah Coleman, S.J., Evelyn Hurd, Margaret Maguire, and Muriel Keefe. Loving grandmother of Kelly, William, Susan, Paul Jr., Kristen, Michael, Peter Jr., Katie, Patrick and Joseph. Also survived by 16 great-grandchildren. A memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Saturday, October 27th at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and interment is private. Donations may be made in Mrs. Carpenter’s memory to the Campion Jesuit Retirement Center, 319 Concord Road, Weston, MA 02193-1310. Arrangements are by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Geraldine F. Carpenter of Woburn passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on Friday, October 12th, just weeks before she was to observe her hundredth birthday. She was the wife of the late William M. “Mugsy” Carpenter, who died in 1983.

Born in New York, New York on November 24th, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah F. and Margaret (Austin) Coleman. Her family moved to Stoneham when she was a child and she attended schools there, graduating from St. Patrick’s High School. Since the time of her marriage she had made her home in Woburn.

In addition to raising her family, she worked for many years in the insurance industry, primarily as a clerk for the Wilcox-Hodges Insurance Agency in Woburn.

After she retired when she was in her 60’s, Mrs. Carpenter enjoyed traveling. Along with her family, she made twice-yearly trips to Atlantic City so that they could all spend time together. On her 90th birthday the whole family celebrated at Foxwoods, a trip she enjoyed so much that they made it an annual event. Their last trip together was in May of this year.

She was devoted to her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren.

Along with her husband William, who was well-known in Woburn for the school bus company he operated for many years, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Jeremiah Coleman, S.J., and three sisters, Evelyn Hurd, Margaret Maguire, and Muriel Keefe.

Surviving are three sons: William M., Jr. and his wife Mary, Paul C. and his wife Rosemary, and Peter A. and his wife Julia, all of Woburn, and her daughter, Susan K. Carpenter of Ellicott City, Maryland.

She was also the beloved grandmother of Kelly, William, Susan, Paul Jr., Kristen, Michael, Peter Jr., Katie, Patrick and Joseph, and great-grandmother of sixteen great-grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Saturday, October 27th at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and interment is private.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Carpenter’s memory to the Campion Jesuit Retirement Center, 319 Concord Road, Weston, MA 02193-1310. Arrangements are by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.

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  1. What a wonderful woman that was in my life. I was so blessed to have known her. My heart will always have a special place for Aunt Gee. With thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Maryanne Salera

  2. Dear Susan,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. It was nice to hear that you were able to be in Boston to help with her care. She was quite fortunate to have a daughter like you and I am sure you feel the same about her. I have been keeping your mother, Doris, you, and your family in my prayers. May God bless all of you.
    Francine Storch

  3. Dear Susan, Bill Peter and Paul,
    I join in celebrating the long and wonderful life of your dear Mother. I have happy memories of visiting Woburn with Susan many years ago and of your Mom’s warm hospitality. I know she will be greatly missed.
    Please know you are all held in prayer. May loving memories of both your parents sustain you and your families.
    Love and God Bless, Anne marie

  4. Our lives take us down many paths through out time. One of those paths is filled with memories of family gatherings and lots of love. We are all blessed to have had you in our lives. Your memories will fill many hearts.
    Wishing you all the happiest of memories, Geraldine F. Lau ( Phyllis’s Daughter)

  5. Peter and Julie

    So Sorry to hear of your mother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Ed and Lois Friedrich

  6. Peter & Family, Very sorry to hear of your mother passing.The times that I met her with your dad will be as I remember her, a wonderful lady and as you all reflect a great mother. Very Sincerely, Bob & Anne Simonds

  7. Peter and Paul

    So sorry to hear about your Mom, but how lucky you were to have her for so long.
    I can remember Mt. Pleasant St., like it was yesterday. We had so much fun and she was always so good to all of us.
    I am just sorry that I never got to see her like we planned down to Tanner Tavern.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all

    Love,
    Judy and Jim Simonds

  8. Gee was a bright light in many lives. She brought her quiet dignity, her humor and her wise insights to all who knew her. It is our legacy to carry on her wonderful
    ways of giving to others. Her long life was a gift to all of us and she will be mightily missed. Our thoughts and prayers include all the family at this time.
    How graced we are to have known Gee.
    Sr. Barbara Beauchamp SND

  9. There are no written words to express our love and gratitude for the presence of Gee in our lives. We have been gifted with a lifetime of wonderful celebrations with her, and loving memories which will make us smile and lift our hearts with joy; this is her greatest gift to us. Now Heaven & Earth will “toast” Gee at 4PM and every Sunday.
    All Our Love,
    Mike, Mal and Family

  10. We, who have enjoyed the love of a wonderful mother, know how deep you feel your loss. Our prayers are with you all. Love, Fred & Pat Scearbo

  11. Pat (Lucas) Padden

    Dear Sue,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was the Matriach of such a wonderful, loving family! Please know that I will keep her and you and your entire family in my prayers.
    justme….pat padden

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