Ann M. (Flaherty) Mooney

April 17, 2018

Ann M. (Flaherty) Mooney

Relatives and friends are invited to meet directly at St. Patrick Church in Stoneham, Saturday morning, April 21st, 10 a.m.

of Woburn, April 17th at 81 years of age. Beloved wife of Francis M. Mooney, Jr. Devoted mother of  F. Michael  Mooney III of Florida, Dr. Kevin Mooney, his wife Kathy of Woburn, Nancy Cummings, her husband Paul of Reading, Timothy Mooney of Arlington and Colleen ParidiMonriva, her husband Glenn of Medford. Dear sister of A. John “Jack” Flaherty, his wife Carol of Woburn, Robert P. Flaherty, his wife Barbara of Natick, Ellin Donahue, her husband David of GA, Judith Flaherty of NH and the late Edward “Ted” Flaherty. Cherished grandmother of twelve. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ann’s Funeral Mass in  St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham, Saturday, April 21st at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours, at the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn on Friday, April 20th from 3 – 7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Ann’s memory to Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to Woburn Friends of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care vnacarenetwork.ejoinme.org/StepOutforHospice. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

On April 17th, 2018, Ann (Flaherty) Mooney, ended a most courageous battle with cancer. Ann passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side. Ann was a born and bred Woburnite, and was so proud of the city she called home. Throughout the years, she volunteered for many different charities in our community, including the Mother Cabrini Nurses Guild, Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Nurses, Woburn friends of Hospice, Supportive Living, Inc., and the Winchester Hospital Cancer Center.  Her pride in her city was never more evident than on Thanksgiving mornings, where she would be seen at the annual Woburn-Winchester football game wearing the same cheerleading sweater she wore as captain of the 1953 cheer squad.  After cheering on the team from “Cheapskate Hill,” she would host an open house at half time, which often had close to 200 people in attendance, yet still have the turkey dinner on the table shortly after the final whistle of another Woburn victory!

Ann graduated from Catherine LaBoure Nursing School in 1956. Her compassion, empathy and always positive nature was a perfect fit for her  chosen profession.  Ann worked at the Charles Choate Memorial Hospital right here in Woburn until 1972.  She then began a thirty year career at the New England  Rehabilitation Center.  Her dedication to ensure her patients received the best possible care, left a long impression on not only her patients, but their families as well.  In 1986 she moved to the referral department of NERH and brought that same spirit and dedication to ensure that patients and their families would receive every possible service to aid in their recovery.   Eventually Ann rose to the position of Director of Referral Services, where her management style  inspired and empowered those working with her to achieve their greatest potential.

As successful as Ann’s career was in nursing, her most important career and personal accomplishment was her role in raising and supporting her family.  Ann met Fran in 1951 and their almost sixty years of marriage brought into the world five children, twelve grandchildren, along with more laughter and cherished memories than can be chronicled.  It would be impossible to spend any time in the company of Ann and Fran and not leave them without a smile on your face!

Ann’s optimism and “can do” spirit always helped to buoy her family to meet any challenge. If any of her children, grandchildren or friends were ever at all troubled, a five minute “pep-talk” with Ann would have them feeling “fabulous” and ready to overcome any obstacle!

Ann and Fran’s adventures took them to many spots in the world, but nothing could or would ever top her two most favorites spots, Hampton Beach and Aruba. Ann had a life long love of Hampton beach, where she spent summers as a child and then brought her children and grandchildren to enjoy that same stretch of sand and crisp water.  In later years, she and Fran greatly enjoyed the time spend with the circle of friends they met at their Hampton Beach home.  For 30 years, Ann and Fran have spent a winter vacation in Aruba.  Beaches, casinos, and dinners with family and friends certainly made Aruba “one happy island” for Ann.  Remarkably, Ann left her sick bed just a few weeks ago for one last trip to Aruba with family and friends  This trip was truly a gift to Ann and Fran.  We will greatly miss the gracious hospitality, always present smile, and perpetual optimism of this special lady!

Ann is lovingly survived by her husband, Francis M. Mooney, Jr.; her children, F. Michael  Mooney III of Florida, Dr. Kevin Mooney, his wife Kathy of Woburn, Nancy Cummings, her husband Paul of Reading, Timothy Mooney of Arlington and Colleen ParidiMonriva, her husband Glenn of Medford and her siblings,  A. John “Jack” Flaherty, his wife Carol of Woburn, Robert P. Flaherty, his wife Barbara of Natick, Ellin Donahue, her husband David of GA, Judith Flaherty of NH and the late Edward “Ted” Flaherty. Ann is also the cherished grandmother of twelve.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ann’s Funeral Mass in  St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham, Saturday, April 21st at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours, at the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn on Friday, April 20th from 3 – 7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Ann’s memory to Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to Woburn Friends of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care vnacarenetwork.ejoinme.org/StepOutforHospice. 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. Judy and Dan Sweeney

    Our condolences to the Flaherty family on your loss. I have worked with Ann for many years at NERH. I will always remember her smile and how she celebrated every holiday with blinking earrings and holiday dress whether it was Christmas or Saint Patrick’s Day she was always so much fun.
    May you Rest In Peace until we meet again.

  2. Kathy O'Reilly Larmand

    To our dearest Auntie Ann, you will be forever in our hearts. Please watch over us and give Dad a big hug when you see him! We love you and we’re so very grateful for all the wonderful memories we’ve had with you over these many years. Until we meet again. Love, Kathy, Marc and the gang. XOXO

  3. Barbara Marsden

    What fond memories I have of this amazing woman, Ann. Never a dull moment! Always fun and laughter when Ann was around. My loving thoughts and prayers to Ann’s family.
    May your memories of her carry you through this sad time.❤️🙏🏻

  4. I am so sorry for your families loss! May your happy memories help to carry you all through this difficult time.

  5. Dearest Judy and family…Sending our most sincere condolences. Cherish the memories. ❤️
    With our love, Steve, Toni and family

  6. Dear Mooney and Flaherty families…my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the loss of Ann. May she be at peace and raising her glass and singing Irish ditties with the rest of her loved ones. God bless!

    Denise Wall

  7. Jacquie and Jack

    There is/was no one on this earth who was nicer, more caring, fun loving and loving than Ann Mooney. We never saw her without a smile on her face. The “Heads’ of State” have lost their matriarch. I’m sure she is already with Teddy and her parents having a few laughs. Our most sincere condolences at this very sad time.

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