Joan E. (Callahan) McEachern

July 24, 2018

Joan E. (Callahan) McEachern

of Woburn, July 24rd, 2018, at seventy five years of age.  Beloved wife of the late Robert E. “Bob” McEachern.  Devoted sister of Walter Callahan, his wife Denise of Woburn, Jeanne Pecora, her husband John of Bedford, Claire Guyette, her husband Bruce of NH and Cheryl Callahan of FL.   Joan is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, July 30th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Sunday, 3-7 p.m. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

Joan E. (Callahan) McEachern passed away peacefully at her home with her beloved family by her side.  The lovingly devoted wife of the late Robert E. “Bob” McEachern , who passed away just seven months ago, was seventy five years of age.

Born in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late  Walter and Genevieve (Breagy) Callahan.  Raised and educated here, Joan was a very proud graduate of St. Charles School, with the Class of 1960.  Following graduation,  Joan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame,  where she served faithfully for a decade.  During that time she had earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Emmanuel and began teaching at St. Gregory’s in Dorchester and St. Mary’s in Worcester. 

Joan loved to teach!  After returning home in 1969, Joan began teaching in the Woburn Public Schools, where she remained for thirty five years.  Thirty of those years were at the Shamrock School and for five years at the Reeves School.  Her tenure as a teacher was extraordinary.  Joan was very well respected amongst her colleagues and administrators, and thought the world of by the children.  A wonderful gift to all.

In 1971,  Joan married the true love of her life Bob McEachern.  Together they journeyed over the next forty six years.  First living in Braintree, then to Woburn twenty years ago.  They travelled the world, but their most favorite spot was Disney World.  The magic, the innocence and fun they had there, was also shared by members of their families too!  Summers were spent in Falmouth for over forty years as they both enjoyed the sun, the sand and the water, again surrounded by her family.

A very kind, good and loving person, Joan was by her husbands side throughout his illness.  They had been truly loving soulmates for forty years, having just passed away six months ago.  A beautiful person, a loving daughter, sister, wife , aunt, friend and teacher, Joan shared a very special part of herself with all, and will be sadly missed by those whom she held dear.

Sadly, in addition to her parents, Joan is predeceased by her husband, Robert E. “Bob” McEachern.  She is lovingly survived by her siblings, Walter Callahan, his wife Denise of Woburn, Jeanne Pecora, her husband John of Bedford, Claire Guyette, her husband Bruce of NH and Cheryl Callahan of FL.  Joan is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, July 30th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Sunday, 3-7 p.m. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

 A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, July 30th at 9 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours Sunday, 3-7 p.m. 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. Walter:

    I got home this week to find Joan had passed. She was a friend and classmate of mine. So sorry for your loss.

    Mazie

  2. I just heard the news of you’re sisters passing today when i came home! I am so very sorry for the families loss! I will always remember her kindness to me and her beauty! Love and prayers to you all!

  3. I was deeply saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. We were 2nd grade partners at the Shamrock School for 14 years. We shared many happy memories both in and out of the classroom. Joan was a great mentor and friend to me. I’m sure she is now with her soal mate, Bob. May you find peace in all your fond memories of Joan.

  4. Lois Friedrich

    Please accept my condolences. I worked with Joanie at the Reeves. She was a remarkable lady with a great sense of humor. I would love to tease her on being such a fashion plate! And the principal at the time would look at her shoes and tell her he hoped they would not have a fire drill today! I was honored to know her and wish her,and her family, peace.

  5. Jim and Judy Simonds

    Wally,
    We were so sorry to hear about your sister, our prayers and thoughts are
    with you and your family at this very sad time.

    Love, Jim and Judy Simonds

  6. Charles Culhane

    Walter and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

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