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Maureen “The Good,” originally from South Groveland, MA, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 2nd at UMASS Memorial Hospital in Worcester. You may have heard of such historical figures as Alexander “The Great,” Attila “The Hun,” or William “The Conqueror,” but there was only one Maureen “The Good.” How does one earn such a moniker? As we celebrate Maureen’s life, it is our pleasure to share!
Maureen seemed blessed at birth with the kindness and generosity worthy of the title. It was cultivated by her (pre-deceased) extraordinary parents Eileen (Boner) and Joseph Sr. Shanahan. As the third eldest of seven children living in a 3-bedroom, 1-bath house in Groveland, MA, it was certainly tested! Maybe that’s why she served as a teacher at the Shanahan and Bagnall schools in Groveland for 32½ years. She graduated from St. James High School in Haverhill (class of ’59) and the State Teachers College at Lowell (class of ’63).
Maureen was a selfless and giving mother, who raised two beautifully strong women in Methuen– Christine Fisher and her husband Douglas of Grafton, MA and Donna Pentoney and her husband Scott of Holland, MA. She is the beloved “Grammy” or “Mimi” to 6 grandchildren: Ryan & Katie O’Hara, Douglas Fisher Jr., and Makena, Jack & Joseph Pentoney.
Her youngest sister, Kathy Kervin, with husband Dave still reside in the house where Maureen grew up . Across the baseball field lives another sister, Jean Lord and her husband Al. Her eldest sister Patricia Francis and husband Richard reside in Raymond, New Hampshire, while Geraldine Waslewski and her husband Richard hail from “atop the hill” in Adams, MA. Her sport-loving brother Timothy Shanahan lives in Haverhill, MA, and heaven’s newest angel reunites with her eldest brother Joseph Jr. Many nieces, nephews and cousins immensely felt her love and kindness.
Maureen “The Good” was a generous soul and fun-loving friend who traveled the world (Australia, Ireland and Greece just to name a few). Locally, Hampton Beach was a favorite vacation spot. She shared her love of wine, books (loved book club!), bowling and the professional New England sports teams. She was also a talented needlepoint artist. She was a master at our family trivia, often winning on Thanksgiving and Christmas! Those lucky enough to have been touched by the “good” are better for it and will be forever grateful. Thank you, Maureen. We love you.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at The Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill, MA. A funeral mass to celebrate Maureen’s life will be held Friday at 10:00 AM from St. Patrick Church, 114 Center Street Groveland, MA. Burial will take place at St. James Cemetery in Haverhill. The family kindly request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20037-1830.