BARBARA P. (LACASSE) RAFFERTY

October 31, 2022

BARBARA P. (LACASSE) RAFFERTY

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 10th, in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Wednesday, November 9th in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 3-7 p.m.

Barbara P. (LaCasse) Rafferty   –  in Woburn, October 31st, at ninety-three years of age.  Beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Rafferty.  Cherished mother of Mary Ellen McAvoy, her late husband Jim of Billerica,  Janice M. Rafferty of Woburn, Barbara Ann Whitcomb, her late husband Mark of Bradford, Joseph E. Rafferty Jr., his wife Norma of ME., Thomas M. Rafferty, his wife Denise of Woburn and Robert P. Rafferty, his wife Jane of NH.  Special Grandmother of fifteen grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 10th, in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Wednesday, November 9th in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 3-7 p.m.

Barbara P. (LaCasse) Rafferty, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully, at the Woburn Nursing Center, at the age of ninety-three, with her beloved family by her bedside on Monday, October 31st.  Beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Rafferty.

 

Born and raised in Woburn, Barbara was the only child of Joseph P. and Margaret B. (Coyne) LaCasse.  Throughout her life, Barbara resided in the North Woburn section of the city.  As a graduate of the Woburn High School, Class of 1947, she remained involved with her classmates, friends, and enjoyed attending her many class reunions!

 

While in high school, she met Joseph Rafferty, her future husband.  Barbara and Joe were married for over 40 years; after his passing, she remained devoted to him.  Together, they made a loving home in North Woburn, where they raised six children, three girls and three boys. At home, with their family, there was never a dull moment! Throughout her life, Barbara remained actively involved in her children’s lives.  She was an avid football fan- especially when her children were playing. In addition to her own children, Barbara was an exceptionally caring aunt to many nieces and nephews and always kept up on all their lives.  She was everyone’s favorite aunt and fondly known by all as “Auntie Barb.”

 

Barbara worked for many years for the Woburn Public Schools, in the School Lunch Program. She worked in many schools throughout the city, including the High School, Kennedy Junior High School and several elementary schools, later retiring from the Wyman School. Barbara enjoyed her time cooking for and serving the students of the Woburn Schools.  She was a devoted, helpful employee, who took pride in her work. 

 

Barbara was a devout Catholic who worshiped at St. Anthony’s Church, since her Baptism. Throughout her life, she remained an active parishioner and was faithfully dedicated to the church.  Barbara and her family attended Mass regularly throughout the years. Barbara’s faith carried throughout all aspects of her life.  She was a very gentle and caring woman, who always put others first.  She was kind, generous, and supportive.  She had a way to see the good in others, no matter what. 

 

Barbara was the quintessential grandmother, known to all 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren as “Nana.” Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.  She loved and cherished each one of them.  Barbara often spent her free time with her grandchildren, babysitting or attending their events.  She was proud to celebrate the accomplishments, big or small, of each of her family members, especially her grandchildren.  There was not a school play, event, game, recital, graduation, birthday, gathering, holiday or cookout, that she would miss.  As much as she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, they too all enjoyed spending time with Nana.  She had a way to make each of them feel special and loved, whether it be from wink across a holiday table, a special nickname, or their favorite snacks and treats stocked- just for them!

 

In addition to spending time with her grandchildren, she enjoyed visiting with her children, cousins, in-laws, neighbors, and friends.  As an only child, Barbara was particularly close with her cousins and Joe’s many siblings.  She remained in close touch with each of them. Even though Barbara did not drive, she always found a way to visit those she cared most about.  She enjoyed catching up over lunch, a shopping trip, phone call, or card in the mail. For those who visited Barbara at home, they always knew the door was open and they were welcome!

 

Barbara was most proud of her large family. Her legacy will live on through them.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, will all treasure their wonderful memories and time they spent with such a truly lovely person.

 

Barbara is the cherished Mother of Mary Ellen McAvoy, her late husband Jim of Billerica, Janice M. Rafferty of Woburn, Barbara Ann Whitcomb, her late husband Mark of Bradford, Joseph E. Rafferty Jr., his wife Norma of ME., Thomas M. Rafferty, his wife Denise of Woburn and Robert P. Rafferty, his wife Jane of NH.  Loving Grandmother of fifteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. Barbara was predeceased by her granddaughter, Christine “Chrissy” Rosati.

 

In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is also survived by her sister-in-law Patricia (Rafferty) Galante and her husband, John of Brewster, her dear cousins, many nieces and nephews and lifelong friends. Additionally, Barbara was a caring Mother-in-Law to the late Jerome “Jerry” Donovan, of Woburn. Barbara was the devoted Godmother to many including the late, John P. “Jack” Gibbons, III. She was also a special Aunt to, Paul LaCasse Jr., the late Lynette “Becky” (LaCasse) Delarue and the late Bryan LaCasse.

 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 10th, in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Wednesday, November 9th in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s honor to either: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – https://www.stjude.org/donate or By Mail to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or Woburn Social Concern, 2 Merrimack St. Woburn, MA 01801. 781-935-6495 Council Of Social Concern – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 10th, in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment n Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Wednesday, November 9th in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn from 3-7 p.m.

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  1. Sincere condolences to the extended Rafferty Family at the passing of Barbara. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ John Adams and Family, Kennebunk, Maine and Kenmare, Ireland

  2. Frank Markiewicz

    Rafferty Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  3. I want to wish the entire Rafferty family my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved mom. Whenever I had the privilege of speaking with her, she was sure to mention she really enjoyed growing up with my dads family in North and East Woburn which meant the world to me. Barbara Rafferty was a hero from The Greatest Generation who can never be replaced. The end of and era for sure. May you rest in Eternal Peace – John Beauchamp

  4. Brenda LaCasse-Sheehan

    Sending much love and prayers to you all at this difficult time…You will be missed. Rest in Paradise Auntie. XoXoX

  5. Barbra was beautiful inside and out . Sending prayers to the family during this difficult time . With love from , The Pepe Family

  6. Janice I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Great memories with my cousins in north Woburn at Auntie Barbs & Uncle Joe. Auntie Barb always made me feel like one of her own. God bless her.

  8. Sharon (Donovan) Bourassa

    You were the BEST Nana a person could have. I have so many special memories with you, Papa and my cousins at your home. You pushed me through high school and nursing school when I struggled. I am happy you are reunited with Papa, my father, Becky, Chrissy and the many others you loved.

    RIP my sweet Nana. Your beautiful smile and laugh lives forever in my heart. ❤️

  9. Dr Robert Ferullo,, Ed.D

    My condolences and sympathies to the families of Barbara.
    She has been a contemporary of mine since elementary school. She was kind and friendly then, and more so in later life. A devoted daily Communicant of St Anthony of Padua, our conversations were always uplifting. I’m sure she is on an express to meet the Lord. Pax domini sit semper vobiscum.

  10. Dianne Connor Carbone

    Janice and family
    So very sad to hear of your Mom’s leaving this earth going onto her journey to heaven where she will be greeted by so many loving family and friends of which my Mother was to her. They shared the same birthday, graduated together a did Janice and I, they were friends my Mom’s entire life. Her infectious smile is what I remember most about your Mom. The angels will be singing as she enters heaven. Be strong!!
    Dianne Connor Carbone

  11. Lawrence Ferreira

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Rafferty family. Barbara was a wonderful woman and will be missed by so may. Rest in sweet peace Aunt Barbara.
    Love,
    Larry and Jenine Ferreira

  12. Denise A Barrett

    Janice,
    My deepest sympathy and prayers, to you and your family. She has gone home and will live forever in your hearts.

  13. JACQUELINE' CONSTANTINEAU

    OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE ENTIRE RAFFERTY FAMILY. MAY THE MEMORIES YOU HAVE OF HER COMFORT YOU.

    LOVE JACKIE

  14. Sharon Walsh Duke

    My prayers for the Rafferty family. I have the best memories playing basketball at your corner. I loved to visit Barbara every time I came home to visit family. We would travel down memory lane.
    Barbara will be missed by many. Love to all of you

  15. Bernadette Lemaire

    Beautiful picture of a sweet lady. I only saw you a few times but you always so nice. Rest In Peace.

  16. My deepest sympathies to the Rafferty family . Barbara was a special kind of nice to all who were lucky enough to have crossed paths with her . 🙏

  17. So sorry for your loss, Fuzzy & family. Losing a parent is always hard, no matter the age. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you!

    Dave & Bonnie

  18. What wonderful picture-

    You were always so nice to me and made me feel good about myself-
    Thank you for that-

    You’ll be missed by many-

    Shawn –

  19. What a lovely picture of Barbara. This is how I remember her. My deepest sympathy to the entire Rafferty family. No matter how old we are, it’s very difficult to lose your mother. ~ Deb Rizzo

  20. Sorry for your loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful lady. She’ll be missed. Our condolences to all the Rafferty Family.

    Love Jodi & T.C. George

  21. I am going to miss u nana I appreciate everything you did for me i couldn’t have asked for a better grandmother than you your going to be well missed by me and family and friends u will always be on my mind and in my heart R I P Nana Rafferty love Jay Pay ❤❤❤❤

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