1934 - 2021
VisitationJanuary 12, 2021
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., N.Chelmsford, MA 01863
FuneralJanuary 13, 2021
St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford, MA.
Irene A. Shaughnessy, 86 of Chelmsford, MA passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Belvidere /Bear Mountain Healthcare, Lowell, MA.
She was the loving wife of Robert J. Shaughnessy, who passed away in 1998.
Born in Lowell, MA on May 22, 1934, the daughter of the late Francis P. and Irene J. (Johnson) McMahon. She was a graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1954.
She worked at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell for over 12 years until 1992. For many years, she was also the loving daycare provider for family and many children who became her family, she loved each and everyone as if they were her own.
She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church of North Chelmsford.
Irene’s greatest joy was her large family especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, whom she was so proud of. She loved the beach and spent much of her summer at Old Orchard Beach with her family and friends that became family. She always loved family holidays and celebrations especially St Patrick’s Day which was one of her favorite holidays. She enjoyed playing Bingo at St. Williams Church in Tewksbury with her sister Esther, scratching tickets and playing keno with her late twin sister Shirley.
Irene is survived by her loving children, Robert Shaughnessy and his wife Calia of Orlando, FL, Thomas Shaughnessy and his wife Dodi of Chelmsford, MA, Patricia and William Rigg, Kathryn and Brian Hayes both of Nashua, NH, Diane Millette and Glen Rivard and Colleen and Dennis Sargent both of Lowell, Ma and Erin Shaughnessy and Daniel Finnegan of Chelmsford, MA.
Also surviving Irene are her 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, who all held a special place in her heart. Alissa Anctil and her fiancé Jonathan Malloy and her children Bria and Ryleigh of Nashua NH, Ryan Sargent and his wife Amanda and their children Caleb and Kenley of Green Bay WI, Lindsey Caron and her husband Sean of Nashua NH, Thomas Shaughnessy of Chelmsford, MA, Sarah Rigg and her significant other Jeremy Wolfe and their soon to be born son Mitchell of Nashua NH, Jacob and Derek Millette of Lowell Ma.
Irene is also survived by her sister Esther Peavey of Tewksbury, MA, her brother Robert McMahon of Lowell, Ma, and a sister in law Cindy McMahon of Dracut, MA. along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was the sister of the late Francis McMahon, George McMahon, Gerald McMahon, Beverly Flood, Rita Burk and Shirley Mello.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Belvidere Health Care of Lowell MA, especially Colette Whitney and Daniel Emerson for the compassion and care that they have given to our Mom over the last 15 months.
Visiting hours Tuesday, January 12 2021 from 3-7 P.M. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, No. Chelmsford, MA. CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE STREAM OF FUNERAL MASS. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America @ ALZFDN.org…. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.