JANET MARY DUFFY

December 31, 2022

JANET MARY DUFFY

Janet Mary Duffy – died peacefully, December 31st at her home at seventy-six years of age. The beloved daughter of the late Edward and Prudence Duffy. Loving sister of Nancy Pare, her husband Robert of Covington, PA and Edward Duffy, his wife Jacqueline of Woburn. Treasured aunt of Andrew, Scott, Edward, and Timothy as well as several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Friday, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Janet’s name to the the Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac St, Woburn, MA 01801

Janet Mary Duffy – died peacefully, December 31st, at her home at seventy-six years of age.

Janet was born October 12th, 1946, a beloved daughter of the late Edward and Prudence Duffy. Janet graduated from Saint Charles School in Woburn in 1964 and began life as a religious sister shortly after graduation.

Along the way, driven by her love of books, education, and service, she earned degrees in English and Education from Emmanuel College, writing a thesis on the writer May Sarton. She taught in Catholic schools throughout her career.

After leaving religious life, she was a teacher and staff member for over twenty years at Newton Country Day School where she taught Religion and was known for her warmth, humor, and sweet tooth. In retirement, she remained an avid reader, a reliable friend for long phone chats, and a loving sister, aunt, and neighbor. 

Loving sister of Nancy Pare, her husband Robert of Covington, PA and Edward Duffy, his wife Jacqueline of Woburn. Treasured aunt of Andrew, Scott, Edward, and Timothy as well as several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Friday, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Janet’s name to the the Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac St, Woburn, MA 01801

 

 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Friday, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Janet’s name to the the Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac St, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Jillian Pagliocca

    Janet, your spirit of grace and goodness will be remembered by all of those whose lives you touched.

  2. Kathleen Carey (Montreal)

    Janet how lucky I was to have met you . Visiting my daughter from Canada and starting up a neighbourly conversation led to me knowing such a kind loving compassionate and caring woman. My trips to Leonard Street will never be the same. Meeting you has made me a better person I will never forget you and will hold you dearly in my heart everyday. To Janet’s family May our Lord hold you all tight during this very difficult time. Rest in peace Janet and shine your light upon us all.

  3. To know Janet was to be seen and heard. Her warmth, quick humor, and love of books made stopping by her office a special treat. Memories of her kindness will be treasured by the generations of students and staff who had the great honor of knowing her.

  4. Mary-Louise Coates

    To the Duffy family – I cannot be with you in this time of sorrow, but I share your grief at Janet’s passing. She was a wise, witty, and immensely kind person who kept me sane and laughing all the years we worked and taught together. Her love for all the children in the Middle School and her calmness in the midst of chaos were models for all of us. I will miss her.

  5. Melissa Bleakney-Dalton

    There was no end to Janet’s wit and wisdom, matched only by her generosity of spirit and capacity to really see people and know their hearts, particularly where her students were concerned. She was the best person to sit next to for any sort of experience – the mundane, the spiritual, the beautiful, the difficult. She was a consoling and uplifting presence at all times and will be greatly missed and heartily remembered.

  6. Kathleen Scully Hodges

    Janet kindness, warmth and quick wit made her beloved to students and colleagues at Newton Country Day School. Her memory will ever be a blessing.

  7. Erin Santamaria

    Janet, when we moved next door to you, you literally became family. You were so kind to us, and treated our daughters with so much love.

    One of the best parts of living on the street was having you as a part of our lives.

    We are so heart broken to loose you, but we know you are now with your family and Belle.

    We will love you forever and will always have you in our hearts.

    You and I were the Uber eats and Door Dash Queens of Leonard Street, and we always had a chuckle about that.

    To Janet’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was one of the best people we have ever met.

    We love you Janet
    Love Erin, Adam, Jaime, Emma and of course, Millie

  8. Without Janet, we all will be missing her generosity, compassion and wicked sense of humor. She missed nothing and cared deeply about all—issues and people. As you always said Janet, “Peace.”

  9. Kathy Lucas Morrell

    Like all who knew and loved Jan, my heart is broken for her loss. I will miss her loving advice, her selflessness, her gentle guidance and support. Since being classmates at Saint Charles High, she was such a big part of my life; she will continue to live on in my heart as one of the dearest friends anyone could ever know. Heaven has gained another saint.

  10. Brother John, OFM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and Ed and all the family. I have
    no doubt that Janet is already praying for her family, friends, and for
    all who knew and loved her. …a truly loving woman… …a dear friend..
    With prayerful sympathy, Brother John

  11. Janet, I’ll miss seeing your smile and wave when I drive by your house. Rest In Peace ❤️

    To Janet’s Family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great neighbor

  12. Janet was the sweetest, kindest, generous and most considerate friend. If you were her friend you knew you were a priority. It was never about her but what was going on in your life. She was a great listener. If you were in her company there was always much laughter! She had a wicked sense of humor! I will miss her immensely but take comfort in knowing she will be putting in a good word for me. Lol. Rest In Peace my friend.❤️

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