ELEANOR J. (WEAFER) McELHINNEY

December 28, 2022

ELEANOR J. (WEAFER) McELHINNEY

Eleanor J. (Weafer) McElhinney – passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 28, 2022. The loving wife of the late John A. McElhinney, she was 88 years old. Devoted mother of Kathy Cantore, her husband Bill of Hershey, PA, Jack, his wife Maureen of Winchester, Bill, his wife Cheryl of Woburn, and Paul, his wife Peggy of Reading. Proud grandmother of Tom Cantore, Katie Foley and Chrissy Dantzler, Sam McElhinney and Julia Knight, Sean and Owen McElhinney, and Patrick McElhinney. Cherished great-grandmother of George and Nicholas Cantore, Henry, Lucas and Maryn Foley, Will Dantzler, and Ava and Clare McElhinney. Dear sister of William Weafer, his wife Marie, and the late Dorothy Radville, her husband Fred.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, January 5th at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday, January 4th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made in Eleanor’s name to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 8 Summer Street, Woburn, MA or the Woburn Senior Center 144 School Street, Woburn, MA.

Eleanor J. (Weafer) McElhinney passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 28, 2022. The beloved wife of 59 years of the late John A. McElhinney, she was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Woburn, she lived her entire life at the Weafer homestead on Bedford Road. She could readily recall details of both her family and Woburn history. She was one of three children of William and Agnes (Corry) Weafer. She was a graduate of the Woburn High School Class of 1952. Eleanor attended Lowell Teachers College and received a B.A. in Education in 1956. 

Eleanor’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, who meant the world to her. She took great pride in her children’s and grandchildren’s many accomplishments. She loved attending all their events from baptisms, first communions, and weddings to their many sporting events.

Eleanor had a very strong work ethic and Catholic faith, both of which she instilled in her children. Her faith was evidenced by her readiness to help anyone in need. Eleanor was a lifelong educator and instilled a love of learning in all her children. She taught in the Woburn Public Schools in a variety of positions over the years. 

When the children were grown, Eleanor and John took some long-awaited trips to Ireland, Austria, Italy, and Alaska, where they had many new experiences and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Eleanor left a legacy of love of the outdoors with her children and grandchildren. Gardening, walking the pond or neighborhood, going to the Gloucester beaches and family vacations were some of her favorite activities. She also had a soft spot for cats. 

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Kathy Cantore and husband Bill of Hershey, PA, her son Jack and wife Maureen of Winchester, MA, her son Bill and wife Cheryl of Woburn, MA, and her son Paul and wife Peggy of Reading, MA. She was the proud and devoted grandmother of Tom Cantore, Katie (Cantore) Foley and Chrissy (Cantore) Dantzler, Sam McElhinney and Julia (McElhinney) Knight, Sean and Owen McElhinney, and Patrick McElhinney. Eleanor was also the proud great-grandmother of George and Nicholas Cantore, Henry, Lucas and Maryn Foley, Will Dantzler, and Ava and Clare McElhinney.

Eleanor’s brother William Weafer and his wife Marie, of Kansas, also survive her. In addition to her parents and husband John, Eleanor is predeceased by her sister Dorothy (Weafer) Radville and her husband Fred.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, January 5th at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday, January 4th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made in Eleanor’s name to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 8 Summer Street, Woburn, MA or the Woburn Senior Center 144 School Street, Woburn, MA.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, January 5th at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday, January 4th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made in Eleanor’s name to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 8 Summer Street, Woburn, MA or the Woburn Senior Center 144 School Street, Woburn, MA.

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  1. Annette Thompson

    She went to heaven filled with pride over the beautiful family she left behind to carry on her legacy..

  2. I am Marie Carroll (Palmer)’s daughter. Marie was Eleanor’s older cousin and was very fond of Eleanor. I saw that Eleanor had passed away and wanted to send condolences to you all from our family. Sincerely, Carole Palmer

  3. Katy Gannon-janelle

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time, and thinking of the loving care you showed your mom/grandmother. Be at peace knowing she is at peace.

  4. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May your mom rest in peace, and may the New Year bring you and your families solace.

  5. Patricia McMahon

    Eleanor was the sweetest lady. I hope she is surrounded by much love and resting peacefully. Kathy and Billy I’m keeping you both in my thoughts. Patty McMahon

  6. Such a wonderful woman from a fantastic family, Mrs. Mac and her entire family have been a lifelong friend to me, may she R.I.P. ♥️ Robert ” Bird “Burgess

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