Anna L. ‘Viese’ (Keaney) McHugh

November 10, 2015

Anna L. ‘Viese’ (Keaney) McHugh

ANNA LOUISE “VIESE” McHUGH – of Woburn, Tuesday, November tenth. Beloved daughter of the late John and Nora (Curristan) Keaney. Loving wife of the late John J. McHugh, Jr. Devoted mother of Maureen A. McHugh of Reading, John “Jack” J. McHugh III and his wife Cindy (Cantrell) of Chelmsford, Joanne A. McHugh of Woburn, and Kathleen L. McHugh of Woburn and her boyfriend Joseph J. Morgan of Billerica. Cherished grandmother of Nicholas C. Bingham of Reading and mother-in-law of Thomas L. Bingham. Loving sister of Rev. Francis J. Keaney of Winchester and Joan F. Cole of Woburn and her late husband Laurence. Sadly predeceased by her brothers John Keaney, Jr. and Terrance M. Keaney, her sister Mary T. and her husband Donald W. Martin. Survived by sisters- and brothers-in-law Mary Healy of Marstons Mills, Thomas McHugh and his wife Sally of Southborough, Marguerite and her husband Carl Cioffi of Salem, N.H., Michael McHugh and his wife Peggy of Whitman, Agnes and her husband Paul Marino of Mashpee, Anna O’Donnell of Stoughton, and Nancy Duval of Derry, N.H. Predeceased by brothers- and sister-in-law James McHugh and his wife Patricia and John Healy. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, November 16 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday, November 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Anna’s memory to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803 or to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Anna Louise (Keaney) McHugh, known to many as Viese, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, November tenth. Beloved wife of the late John Joseph McHugh, Jr., she was seventy-eight years old.

Born and raised in Winchester, she was the fifth of six children, daughter of Irish immigrants to the late John and Nora (Curristan) Keaney. She graduated from St. Charles School, Woburn, Class of 1955. Immediately after graduating, Miss Keaney began working at Boyt, Dalton and Church and later as an illustrator at the Telephone Company located in Boston. In 1956, while attending a family friend’s wedding, she met her future husband, John J. McHugh, Jr. In May of 1961, they were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Winchester and resided in Medford for two years, before making their home on the west side of Woburn. She was a proud stay-at-home mother of four children, who was very involved with her family.

Anna was a very honest, polite, thoughtful, kind and giving woman, with a very big heart who always took the time to listen and give great advice. She was very hard-working and followed God’s teachings. She was devoted to teaching CCD religion classes and attending sports, school and college activities, in addition to the many family functions throughout the years. Always enthusiastic to lend a helping hand, she enjoyed taking care of her grandson and elderly brothers. She gave so much of herself and proudly prepared home-cooked meals for her family, whom she loved so dearly.

Anna attended St. Barbara’s Church on Sundays, was a member of the Ladies Sodality and volunteered at the fall festivals. Generous with her volunteer efforts, she readily and happily gave to many charities and organizations.

Anna enjoyed being outside, spending time gardening and walking around Horn Pond. She loved outdoor adventures and was always eager to try something new, including skiing, snowshoeing and yoga in recent years. Up until Monday, she was very active in exercises classes at Lahey Clinic’s Pink Program in Burlington.

Anna enjoyed traveling with her family throughout New England, especially to the White Mountains and her timeshare unit in Falmouth, Cape Cod. One very memorable trip included traveling abroad to her parents’ native homeland of Ireland, where she visited her aunt, uncle and many cousins, some of whom she met for the first time.

Anna’s kindness extended to animals, especially her pets. She touched each and every person who had the pleasure of knowing her. She had a gift for making everyone she met feel at home and very special. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, Anna was sadly predeceased by her husband John J. McHugh, Jr., her siblings John Keaney, Terrance Keaney and Mary T. and her husband Donald W. Martin.

Anna is lovingly survived by her children, Maureen A. McHugh of Reading, John “Jack” J. McHugh III and his wife Cindy (Cantrell) of Chelmsford, Joanne A. McHugh of Woburn and Kathleen L. McHugh of Woburn and her boyfriend Joseph J. Morgan of Billerica. Cherished grandmother of Nicholas C. Bingham of Reading and mother-in-law of Thomas L. Bingham. Loving sister of Rev. Francis J. Keaney of Winchester and Joan F. Cole of Woburn and her late husband Laurence. Sadly predeceased by her brothers John Keaney, Jr. and Terrance M. Keaney, her sister Mary T. and her husband Donald W. Martin. Survived by sisters- and brothers-in-law Mary Healy of Marstons Mills, Thomas McHugh and his wife Sally of Southborough, Marguerite and her husband Carl Cioffi of Salem, N.H., Michael McHugh and his wife Peggy of Whitman, Agnes and her husband Paul Marino of Mashpee, Anna O’Donnell of Stoughton, and Nancy Duval of Derry, N.H. Predeceased by brothers- and sister-in-law James McHugh and his wife Patricia and John Healy. Survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, November 16 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday, November 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Anna’s memory to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, MDSC, 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Joanne,

    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends.
    May you find peace in this very difficult time.
    Love,
    Jeanne Leduc

  2. My heart and prayers are with the McHugh and Martin families. So sorry for the loss of your beloved “Viese”. She was such a lovely lady, who will truly be missed. Love from Peggy and Bob Mahar

  3. I am so sad to hear of Anna’s passing. I got to know her through the YMCA Pink Program. She will be missed by all of us. She was always friendly and in good spirits. My condolences to her entire family.
    Kelly Dineen

  4. Anna attended our Pink Program class regularly for many years. She is a kind, strong and inspirational woman. She is loved by all and will truly be missed. We pray for peace and comfort for her family in this difficult time.

  5. Dear Jack and Family,
    Our Family wants to express our deepest sympathy on the death of your Dear Mother. She had a strong faith and was kind to everyone. She left great memories to her Family which will help in the days ahead.
    Love and Prayers,
    The O’Connor Family

  6. To Jack, Maureen, Joanne and Kathleen,

    Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother.

    We know firsthand how wonderful a person that Anna was and we will have such fond memories of her as we can only imagine that you have so many wonderful memories of her to keep you going.

    Please accept our prayers for you to have strength during this most difficult time.

    The Rippin Family

  7. The Columban Fathers here at Bristol RI join me in sending our condolences to the McHugh and Keaney families at this time of sudden loss. May eternal rest be granted to Anna Louise.

    Fr John Burger, vice director

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