CHARLOTTE (SHIELDS) KERRIGAN

November 12, 2022

CHARLOTTE (SHIELDS) KERRIGAN
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War

Charlotte (Shields) Kerrigan – November 12th, of Woburn, at the age of 88. Beloved wife of 65 years to the late Richard L. Kerrigan. Devoted mother of Michael Kerrigan, his wife Laura of Haverhill, Donna McElhinney, her husband Daniel of Methuen, David Kerrigan of Woburn, Linda Farrell, her husband Robert of ME and Kevin Kerrigan of NH. Cherished “Grammy” of Justin and Ashley Kerrigan, Bobby, Steve and Richie McElhinney, Billy, Colleen and Brian Farrell, and Patrick, Kaitlin, Meghan and Krista Kerrigan, as well as 8 adored great-grandchildren. Dear sister of the late Connie Shields, Betty Miller, and Roberta Shields. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Charlotte’s  memory to, Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St. Reading, MA 01867.

 

Charlotte (Shields) Kerrigan passed away peacefully, Saturday evening, November twelfth, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House.  The beloved wife of the late Richard Kerrigan, who just passed away a year ago, was eighty-seven years of age.
 
Born in Corry, Pennsylvania, Charlotte was one of four children born to the late Wendall and Doris (Fish) Shields.  Raised and educated in Corry, Charlotte was a graduate of Corry High School. In 1953, following high school, Charlotte enlisted in the United States Navy where she proudly served her country.  Her journey began in Bainbridge, Maryland, where she graduated from Recruit Training Command at the U.S. Naval Training Center and was then stationed at U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, VA, where she served in the Fifth Naval District Special Services Office.  It was during this time that she met her husband, Richard “Dick” Kerrigan, who was also serving in the United States Navy, serving on board the USS Wisconsin. They began their journey while in the Navy and married in 1956. Both Dick and Charlotte fondly reminisced about their Navy days, which meant so much to them.
 
Following their time in the Navy, they returned to Dick’s hometown, Woburn, where they made their home and raised their family.  They had five children that blessed their home and grew as a close family.  With Dick’s parents just down the street, they had so many wonderful family times together, as well as traveling every summer, for two weeks, to Corry, Pennsylvania to visit Charlotte’s parents and family.  Corry was a community which was rural in surroundings, but very rich in family, food and fun.
 
When their youngest child was in high school, Charlotte joined the working world.  She began in bookkeeping, at Woburn Bank and Trust, and then on to Careway Medical Supply, Woburn, where she worked for many years.  Charlotte enjoyed working and worked right up to 2018!
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In her spare time, Charlotte loved playing the piano. Over the years, Charlotte took sewing classes and she also loved to crochet and knit.  The lucky recipients of her sewing, knitting and crocheting were her family, from dresses to summer outfits, blankets, sweaters, and more, they were all very much cherished and enjoyed. Grammie, as she was called, so loved being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed every opportunity to share time with them.
 
Charlotte and Dick also enjoyed Sunday afternoon rides with the kids when they were small and continued long after they were grown. They loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises to different countries in Europe, the Panama Canal and Alaska, just to name a few. 
 
A very happy, loving, kind and knowledgeable woman, Charlotte’s greatest legacy is her family, which she cherished so much.
 
Devoted mother of Michael Kerrigan, his wife Laura of Haverhill, Donna McElhinney, her husband Daniel of Methuen, David Kerrigan of Woburn, Linda Farrell, her husband Robert of ME and Kevin Kerrigan of NH. Cherished “Grammie” of Justin and Ashley Kerrigan, Bobby, Steve and Richie McElhinney, Billy, Colleen and Brian Farrell, and Patrick, Kaitlin, Meghan and Krista Kerrigan, as well as 8 adored great-grandchildren. Dear sister of the late Connie Shields, Betty Miller, and Roberta Shields. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 
 
Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Charlotte’s memory to, Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St. Reading, MA 01867.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Charlotte’s  memory to, Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St. Reading, MA 01867.

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  1. Kim Devaney Desrochers

    Donna, Linda and family, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was such a nice lady and always made me feel at home.

  2. David you took so great care of Gram and Aunt Charlotte. Donna and Linda the care you took of your mom well you both know. Angels in heaven look down on you. Love M.

  3. So sorry to hear about Charlotte. She was such a wonderful woman. Now she can be with her love Dick!!!!

  4. Joseph Turner, Master, Converse Lodge

    The officers and members of Converse Masonic Lodge, Wakefield, sent their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Charlotte Kerrigan.

  5. Rest in Peace Mrs. Kerrigan. Another one of the great South End mothers. My condolences to the whole family. May the good memories be of some comfort to all of you.
    Jayne Lee

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