Alice C. (Sullivan) McNiff

December 21, 2017

Alice C. (Sullivan) McNiff

ALICE C. (SULLIVAN) MCNIFF – of Woburn, Thursday, December 21st at eighty-five years of age. Beloved wife of Joseph L. McNiff, Sr. Cherished mother of Terrence McNiff, his wife Petrine of Methuen and Joseph McNiff, Jr. his fiancé Robert Allison of Boston. Dear sister of Paul Sullivan, his wife Elaine of Somerville and the late Marie Lynch, Coleman, Joseph, Anne and Barbara Sullivan and sister-in-law Bette McNiff. Very special “Nan” to Kelly McNiff, her fiancé David Lynch and Sean and Megan McNiff. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, December 27th at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 12 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Tuesday, December 26th from 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, rememberances may be made in Alice’s honor to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108 or at www.NECHV.org. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

Alice C. (Sullivan) McNiff, passed away at the Life Care Center of Stoneham on Thursday, December 21st with her loving family at her side. The beloved wife of Joseph McNiff, Sr., she was eighty-five years of age. Born and raised in the tight knit community of Charlestown, Alice was one of seven siblings born to the late Stephen and Katherine (Folan) Sullivan.

She attended Charlestown Public Schools where she received her diploma. Prior to graduating high school, Alice met the love of her life, Joseph McNiff through mutual friends in the neighborhood. They dated for several years and then in 1955, they married at St. Catherine’s Church in Charlestown, keeping their vows for sixty-two wonderful years. A homemaker most of her life, Alice and Joseph would then move to Woburn in 1962 where they proudly raised their two sons, Terrence and Joseph, Jr.

Alice was very athletic and active in her youth as she was known for being a fantastic swimmer and an avid bowler throughout the years. Another special hobby of Alice’s was her love for traveling the world. Along with her husband Joe and her children, Alice would annually travel to Bermuda for over twenty years and also visited places such as Ireland, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Alaska, summer getaways to New Hampshire and many other places. In addition to hobbies, Alice was a voracious reader.

Alice truly loved the holidays and spending time with her whole family, especially around Christmastime. She especially enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and was the world’s best grandmother. She was known for her amazing cooking and was always the one to make Thanksgiving dinner. Alice was very proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day too.

A very kind-hearted and loving person, Alice will always be remembered for the many, many friendships she had and was very good at making new ones all the time. Sadly, in addition to her parents, Alice was pre-deceased by her siblings Coleman, Joseph, Anne, Barbara Sullivan, Marie Lynch and her sister-in-law Bette McNiff.

Alice is lovingly survived by her husband Joseph L. McNiff, Sr. Cherished mother of Terrence McNiff, his wife Petrine of Methuen and Joseph McNiff, Jr. his fiancé Robert Allison of Boston. Dear sister of Paul Sullivan and his wife Elaine of Somerville. Very special “Nan” to Kelly McNiff, her fiancé David Lynch, and Sean and Megan McNiff. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Wednesday, December, 27th at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 12. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Tuesday December 26th, 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Alice’s honor to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108 or at www.NECHV.org. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Dear McNiff family: I am very sorry for your loss. I used to love going to your with my family house when I was kid to hang out with you all. You all very so very kind to me and my entire family. May Alice rest in peace. Tricia Marie Maguire Keenan (Paul and Pat Maguire’s daughter)

  2. Joe and Family——-Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Sincerely, Jean Courtney and family.

  3. Alice was a wonderfully kind and thoughtful soul. We feel so blessed to have known her for so many years. She was always a joy to be around. May warm thoughts and memories of her comfort you at this difficult time.

    God Bless you,
    Kevin and Shelley Farrell

  4. To the entire McNiff Family,

    There are no words to say right now. Im so very sad. Mrs. McNiff was one of the best! She is the sweetest woman I have ever met. She always had a smile on her face. She loved life and she loved her beloved family. Joe, we have so many memories of growing up and sharing laughs with both of your parents. I would randomly see them at MB and we would always chat and have a good laugh. May all your wonderful memories comfort you at this time.

    CHUCHU loves you Mrs. McNiff.
    Love, Jen Chuisa Gelvez

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