Barbara E. (Veno) Curran

August 21, 2016

Barbara E. (Veno) Curran

BARBARA E.(VENO)CURRAN- of Woburn, August 21st, eighty-five years of age. Beloved wife of the late Thomas M. Curran. Devoted mother of William P. Doherty Jr. his wife Maryellen of Merrimack, NH., Edward J. Doherty his wife Mary of Franklin, NH., Deborah A. (Doherty) Gunkel her Husband Kurt of Lynnfield. Loving sister of William “Billy” Veno his wife Willa of Gloucester. Dear sister in law of Catherine Scalley, Richard Curran both of Woburn. Special “Barbzie” of April, Edward, Jennifer, Kathleen, Robert, Bonnie, Jonathan Doherty all of NH, Casey Gunkel of NY City. A Funeral will be held on Friday, August 26th at 11:30 a.m. from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at Noon. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Friday morning from 9-11:30 prior to the Mass.

OBITUARY

Barbara E. Curran of Lynnfield, passed away peacefully at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday, August 21st after a brief illness. Beloved wife of the late Thomas M. Curran, she was eighty-five years young.

Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Mary A. Veno. Barbara graduated from Woburn High with her Class of 1948. She was devoted to her children and helped form the Buddy Warner Ski Team which brought many Woburn families together for skiing at Horn Pond Mountain and Mount Snow in Vermont. In the early 1970s, she and her late husband Tom relocated to Maui, Hawaii with her children. Thereafter, she returned home and began a lengthy career at the Woburn District Court. After retirement, Barbara moved to Lynnfield. Her true joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. Her caring ways fused her friendships into family. Next was her love of travel. She also loved going out to lunch. In season, she was a regular at Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit, Maine. She also spent many years island hopping in the Caribbean, chasing the America’s Cup races in Newport and San Diego, visiting home countries of Nova Scotia and Ireland, exploring the shops and cafés of Paris and tracing her father’s footsteps at memorial sites in Normandy. Eventually, St. Barts in the French West Indies became her second home for almost forty years where she enjoyed her days by the sea on Lorient surrounded by her “family”.

Barbara is survived by her children William P. Doherty, Jr. his wife MaryEllen of Merrimack, NH, Edward J. Doherty and his wife Mary of Franklin, NH, Deborah A. (Doherty) Gunkel and her husband Kurt of Lynnfield. Loving sister of William “Bill” Veno his wife Willa of Gloucester. Dear sister in law of Catherine Scalley and Richard Curran both of Woburn. Special Grandmother to April, Edward, Jennifer, Kathleen, her husband Sean, Robert, Bonnie, Jonathan Doherty all of NH, Casey Gunkel of NYC, and great-grandmother of Anna, Maddie, Andrew, Alissa, Dean and Michael. Barb, Barbie, Barbzie is also lovingly survived by numerous nieces and nephews and an endless list of cherished friends. A Funeral will be held on Friday, August 26th at 11:30 a.m. from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at Noon. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Friday morning from 9-11:30 prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Jamie’s Joy, 4 Bennett Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or the American Cancer Society.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to Deb, Kurt and family
    Barb’s will be sorely missed by many. She
    Was the definition of class ,happiness and fun.
    I will miss her very much .
    Forever
    Your hairstylist
    Leah ❤️

  2. Debbie and Family,
    I’m heartbroken and saddened by Barbie’s passing! The only comfort I have is that she lived life to the fullest! I called her ” The Energizer Bunny!”I had a hard time keeping up with her!! Her obit said she had endless friends, that’s no exaggeration! She had friends from near and far and all different walks of life! I loved listening to her adventures! I will miss you Barbie, I will toast to you whenever I have a glass of Chardonnay!! Love and miss you already! Mary

  3. To the family my deepest condolences. The death of a cherished loved one is devastating. At times it seems unbearable. Please know that God has such loving concern for bereaved ones. He cares for you 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 34:18 He is near to those broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. Cherish all the wonderful memories you’ve made with Barbara. May they bring you comfort.

  4. Dear Deb and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss.
    Because of your mother (and father) my family
    and I enjoyed skiing and racing in the Buddy Werner Ski League. It was such a great organization that they started for the youth of Woburn. We had so much fun.
    I was so glad to see your mum at my mothers funeral and spend a few minutes talking to her.
    Deb you were a wonderful daughter and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts in the days and months to come.
    Marcia Donohoe

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