Barbara T. (Folan) Callahan

March 5, 2008

BARBARA T. (FOLAN) CALLAHAN – in Woburn, March 5th. Beloved wife of the late Daniel Callahan. Devoted mother of Donna M. Dever, James F. Callahan and his wife Barbara, John P. “J.P.” Callahan, all of Woburn, and the late Daniel J. Callahan. Dear sister of Joan Hanlon of RI, Bridget Conneely and Sally Mogan, both of County Galway, Ireland, and the late Matthew, Coleman, and Oona Folan, Margaret McCabe, Anne Robinson, Kate O’Rourke, Norah Dignan, and Mary Crilly. Loving grandmother of AnnMarie and Molly Dever, James Callahan, Jr., Patrick and Colleen Callahan, and Jacqueline Callahan. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, March 10th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Barbara T. Callahan of Woburn passed away at her daughter’s home in Woburn Wednesday morning, March 5th, following a long illness. She was the wife of the late Daniel Callahan, who died in 2000.

Barbara was born in County Galway, Ireland, on March 2, 1928. She was raised in Ireland, one of twelve children of the late Coleman and Bridget (McDonagh) Folan. As a young woman she came to the United States and lived in Chestnut Hill until her marriage in 1955. She had made her home in Woburn for the past fifty years.

Mrs. Callahan loved taking care of her home and family, and was very involved in her children’s activities, particularly at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, as they were growing up. The weekly Bingo games at the club were a favorite pastime. In more recent years she was devoted to her grandchildren, for whom she was a willing babysitter for many years. Her days were filled with their comings and goings, and she spent a great deal of time with her daughter Donna as they went on shopping trips or had dinner at the Country Club.

Preceding her in death, along with her husband Daniel, were her son, Daniel J. Callahan, two brothers, Matthew and Coleman Folan, and six sisters: Oona Folan, Margaret McCabe, Anne Robinson, Kate O’Rourke, Norah Dignan, and Mary Crilly.

Surviving are her daughter, Donna M. Dever of Woburn, two sons, James F. Callahan and his wife Barbara and John P. “J.P.” Callahan, all of Woburn, three sisters, Joan Hanlon of Rhode Island and Bridget Conneely and Sally Mogan, both of County Galway, Ireland.

She was also the loving grandmother of AnnMarie and Molly Dever, James Callahan, Jr., Patrick and Colleen Callahan, and Jacqueline Callahan.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, March 10th, at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. dear cal and fam, our condolences on your loss. may your mom be forever happy with her family in heaven. steve paula and steve jr

  2. Dear Jimmy, Barbie and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your Mom passing. We love you and wish we could be there. I’ll talk to you soon.

  3. Jim, Barbie and Family:
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you are yours.

    Sharon, Jack, Ashley and Jared

  4. Jim, Barbie and Family;

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  5. Donna,
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom.
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Charlotte Czerwonka

  6. Dear Donna, I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I always check the paper and was sad to see the notice. I know she was so close to you and your girls and was a wonderful Mom and Grandmother. I read the entire obituary and noticed she had been staying with you. You took great care of her and she was with her family. You are in my thoughts – Mothers are so special. Bev

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