Rita F. (Allen) Walsh

November 22, 2008

Rita F. (Allen) Walsh

RITA F. (ALLEN) WALSH – in Gloucester, formerly of Woburn, Stoneham, and Winchester, November 22nd. Beloved wife of Robert J. Walsh. Devoted mother of Kathleen Cardone and her husband Lawrence of Chelsea, Eileen Graves and her husband David of Gloucester, Colleen Barrett and her husband Thomas of Reading, Sharon Sanchez and her husband Edward of Duxbury, Sandra Corrao and her husband Charles of Gloucester, Andrea Walsh of Stoneham, and Robert Walsh of Gloucester. Dear sister of Linda Falzano of Winchester, Thomas Allen of Ipswich, and James Allen of California. Also survived by seventeen grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, November 26th, at 11:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 12 noon. Calling hours Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Donations may be made in Rita’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Rita F. Walsh of Gloucester, 72, a native of Woburn, passed away at Addison-Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester on Saturday, November 22nd, following a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Robert J. Walsh for the past fifty-two years.

Born and raised in Woburn, Rita was the daughter of the late James and Belinda (McHugh) Allen. She graduated at the top of her class from Woburn High School in 1953, and went on to attend Lowell Teacher’s College. She met and married her husband, Robert Walsh, and over the years they lived in Woburn, Winchester, and Stoneham before taking up residence in Gloucester ten years ago.

Rita’s life was devoted to caring for her family of seven children. She worked for a time as a secretary at Epsilon in Burlington.

Rita was a Past President of St. Brendan County Kerry Association, and a Life Member of the Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr Cork Club. In recent years she and her husband were active members of Holy Family Parish in Gloucester.

Along with her husband Robert, she leaves six daughters: Kathleen Cardone and her husband Lawrence of Chelsea, Eileen Graves and her husband David of Gloucester, Colleen Barrett and her husband Thomas of Reading, Sharon Sanchez and her husband Edward of Duxbury, Sandra Corrao and her husband Charles of Gloucester, and Andrea Walsh of Stoneham, and a son, Robert Walsh of Gloucester. She was also the dear sister of Linda Falzano of Winchester, Thomas Allen of Ipswich, and James Allen of California. Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, November 26th, at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Rita’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. BOB & FAMILY,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We had alot of great laugh at many a dances, May she rest in peace, Genevieve

  2. Dear Rita,

    May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be ever at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    And the rain fall softly on your fields
    And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand

    Love,
    The McHugh Family

  3. Rita was a beautiful woman in every way. Her smile could light up a room — and often did, as she and her husband led so many efforts and activities together. Thanks to them, I was welcomed into the Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr. Alas, I made few substantive contributions as a member, but always paid my dues faithfully, deeply liked the idea of being on the rolls, and appreciated Rita and Bob very much for the gentle, good-humored encouragement that made it possible.

    — Mike Barrett

  4. We will never forget how special Rita was to our Dad, Joe McCarthy. She opened her heart and home to him with such love and kindness.

    May Rita’s soul make a stop in Ireland on her way to heaven.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    With Sympathy,
    Kathy & Max

  5. Rita was a lovely lady. Even when she was ill, she still managed to have the strength to support my brothers and I by showing her respects 7 weeks ago after my father,James”Jim” McHugh, passed away. It meant a lot to us and the extended family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.’They” will both be with us this Thanksgiving. Though not physically, they “will” be there!
    God bless them both,
    Stephen Michael Corcoran McHugh

  6. From Larry “Doc”

    I never had the honor of meeting Rita but I do know her daughter, Andrea and her son, A.J. – two of the most important people in my life and if they are any indication of Rita’s influence…then Rita was a great Mom and grandmother.

    A.J. has told me many stories about he and his grandmother. It is obvious they loved each other in their own individual way.

    She will be missed by her large family and cicle of friends.

    My sincere empathy goes out to each member of Rita’s family.

    Rita has gone to a better place…perhaps by an ocean…where she is without pain and at peace.

    Larry Warnock

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