Mary Frances (Callahan) McDonough

September 13, 2018

Mary Frances (Callahan) McDonough

of Woburn, September 13th. Beloved wife of the late William M. McDonough. Loving mother of seven, Catherine D’Elia, her husband Ralph of Australia, Stephen McDonough, his wife Kathleen of Woburn, William F. McDonough, his wife Lisa of Natick, Sara McDonough of Woburn, Patrick McDonough, his wife Jennifer of NH, Mary E. McDonough – Jacques, her husband Andre of NH and John J. McDonough, his wife Amy of Tewksbury. Cherished grandmother of ten. Dear sister of Richard Callahan, his wife Anne Marie of Lowell and the late Catherine Callahan Sullivan, Edward and John Callahan. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, September 19th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Funeral Home, from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Mary Frances (Callahan), passed away early Thursday morning, Sept 13 at the Kaplan Hospice House, in Danvers.  The beloved wife of the late William M. McDonough, she was seventy-seven years of age.

Born in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Helen S. (Cox) Callahan.  Raised in the South End of the city Mary Frances was one of five children born into the Callahan family. Mary Frances was educated at St. Charles Elementary and High School, graduating with the Class of 1958.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College in Boston in 1962 and went on to a career in teaching, primarily in the Woburn school system. She taught at the Wyman School before getting married. She left the school system to raise her family and returned, first as a substitute teacher, and then at the Goodyear, Clapp and the Hurld as a full-time teacher.

Mary married William (Bill) in 1968 and moved to Woburn’s Central Square where they raised their seven children.

Mary’s greatest pride was her family. She was a devoted mother to Catherine D’Elia of Australia, Stephen of Woburn, William of Natick, Sara of Woburn, Patrick of Salem NH, Mary (Jacques) of Salem NH and John of Tewksbury. Known as “Maisie” to her ten grandchildren, Mary’s favorite times were those spent in the company of her large and loving clan.

Mary was a devout Catholic, attending daily Mass after she retired. She volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister at St Charles Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband William (Bill), brothers John and Edward Callahan, and her sister Catherine Sullivan. She is survived by her brother Richard Callahan, her seven children and ten grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, September 19th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Funeral Home, from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. 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. John, Amy, and family

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. I’m so very sorry for your loss . Your Mom always reminded me so much of my own Mom . Their greatest pride and joy is in the family they raised. May you all find strength in the love that binds you together and the many happy memories you share.

  3. To our dear Catherine, your work family send prayers and hugs from Sydney. We are all grateful that you were able to be with your beautiful mum when she passed, and have quality time with you siblings as you remember her life. ❤️

  4. To all of you we are so sorry for your loss. Sending loving thoughts and parayers. Love Celeste & Lucien

  5. McDonough Family,
    Words can’t express how very sorry I am for your loss. Hold each other tight. Love one another right. We’re all better people for having known your Mom. Love and prayers for all of you.

  6. Joanie and Butch Murray

    Sara, Steve, and the Whole McDonough Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about your mom, she was a pretty amazing woman. Please know that we’re thinking of you all, and send our deepest condolences (from Lakeland Florida.)

    Joanie and Butch Murray

  7. Kellie & Dustin Bossert

    Mary & family: We are so very sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother of your children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time. One thing is for certain, your Mom did one hell of a job with you all. She left many of us blessed and fortunate to have the McDonough’s as an extended family. Family runs through every vein of who you are, the best of all legacies. Much love

  8. Ashley Antonuccio - WMFCU

    Steve, John, Marybeth and Family–

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Please let us know if you need anything.

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