Theresa M. (MacDonald) Babineau

February 19, 2015

THERESA M. (MacDONALD) BABINEAU – of Woburn, Thursday, February 19th. Beloved wife of the late William A. Babineau. Devoted mother of Virginia M. Babineau of Woburn, Janet M. Allen and her husband Charles of Shrewsbury, Karen R. Chamberland and her husband David, and William J. Babineau, all of Woburn. Dear sister of the late John MacDonald, Margaret MacDonald Scott, Rose MacDonald Grunwald, Lillian MacDonald O’Rourke, Rita MacDonald Ricci, and Mary Agnes MacDonald. Cherished “Nan” of Charles III, Jeffrey, Linda, and Olivia and eight great-grandchildren. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Monday, February 23rd at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Calling hours will be held at Graham Funeral Home on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Professional services are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Theresa M. (MacDonald) Babineau passed away Thursday evening, February 19th, lovingly surrounded by her devoted family. The wife of the late William A. Babineau, she was ninety nine years of age.

Born in Cambridge she was one of seven children born to the late John and Mary Louise (Schnider) Mac Donald. Raised and educated in Everett, graduating with the Class of 1933. Theresa was very fortunate enough to continue her education receiving her certificate from Chandler School for Women in Boston. After graduating from Chandler, she secured herself a position at Lever Brothers in Cambridge where she remained for over a decade.

While attending a gathering of friends and family, Theresa was introduced to Bill MacDonald, to whom she made a life long commitment to in 1942, when he was home on leave from the service. After their marriage they made their home in Everett, where they remained until 1958 when they moved to Woburn. While Bill was serving in the US Army during WW II, Theresa wanted to do her part and help protect the country. She joined the Massachusetts Women’s Corps and served as a “plane spotter.” Theresa would travel into Boston at night and be posted at the tops of different buildings, watching for any enemy planes headed this way.

When the children came along Theresa could not have been prouder. Three daughters and a son became her world. She was actively involved in all their academic, sporting and social events. In particular, her role as a Girl Scout Leader, her dedication and commitment brought her to where she received the St. Ann Award and the Forgotten Youth Award, which are the highest awards presented by the Catholic Church to a leader in this organization. It was quite an honor to be in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for this award. New Hampshire was the destination during the summer months. They had a home at Lake Winnipesaukee, where family and friends gathered throughout the summer months and many happy and treasured memories were made.

After the children were all in school she began working for the City of Woburn in the Public Works Dept., having served during the Allie Wall tenure. At sixty seven years old she retired and the world became her oyster! Theresa, Bill and children often travelled together anywhere and everywhere. From Hong Kong to Egypt and any place in between, they were there. Cruising to Alaska, finding the nook, cranies and corners of Ireland or seeing the gala festivities and sharing in the festivities of the new millennium with all its fireworks and celebrations. Throughout her lifetime, there was always something to see and places to visit, which she did!

A very strong willed, determined woman, she was truly the matriarch of her family and all family events. Her children, were very close to each other and shared an extraordinary relationship with their parents. They were all good friends, which was a bond that only grew greater and stronger, as the years have passed. The children have lost not only their mother, but a very dear and devoted, very best friend.

Sadly Theresa was predeceased by her husband Bill and all her sisters and brother.

Devoted mother of Virginia M. Babineau of Woburn, Janet M. Allen and her husband Charles of Shrewsbury, Karen R. Chamberland and her husband David, and William J. Babineau, all of Woburn. Cherished “Nan” of Charles III, Jeffrey, Linda, and Olivia and eight great-grandchildren. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Monday, February 23rd at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Calling hours will be held at Graham Funeral Home on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Professional services are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. When God calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories. My heart aches for your loss.

    Your classmate, Phyllis Champlin Tapley

  2. Hi Ginny: I am sorry for your loss. Your mom was of very nice woman! I enjoyed working with her at City Hall (with you too). She had a long and happy life and I know you will all miss her. Happy memories will linger on. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Eileen (Heslin) Dixon

  3. Dear Ginny:

    My sincerest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother. She was always kind to me and ran a great ship! Hold on to all your beautiful memories. May she rest in peace.

    Denise Wall

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