Longtime Revere School System Financial Secretary
Jeannette (Connors) Foley died on May 17 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere following a long illness. She was 91 years old.
Born and raised in Oak Island, Revere, she was a 1939 graduate of Revere High School. She and her family were life-long supporters and devotees of the former St. Theresa Church of Revere and she spent more than 30 years as Financial Secretary of the Revere School System.
Although she and her late husband, Jeremiah A. Foley, considered themselves life-long residents of Revere, they lived in Haverhill for over 25 years in the fifties and sixties because of Jerry’s employment with John Hancock Life Insurance. ”Jerry” died in September of 1980.
Both Jeannette and her sister, Marie “ReRe” will long be remembered for their infamous daily walks on Revere Beach Boulevard. For over 20 years “The Sisters” would begin their walk at 8:30 a.m. from their home on Cary Avenue and make the total four-mile walk daily. You could not help but notice the “Duo:” their perfectly coiffured hair, the “Vogue” outfits and all the accessories that made them unique and elegant. This continued well into Jeannette’s middle-eighties, when her health began to decline.
Jeannette was a devout Catholic and attended mass regularly. She maintained a beautiful home, was an avid reader, an interesting conversationalist and was especially dedicated and devoted to her entire family and their needs.
She was the devoted mother of Karen M. Epler and her husband, Grant O. Epler of Lynnfield; the dear sister of Marie H. “ReRe” (Connors) Capodilupo and her husband, Justin P. of Revere and the late Thomas D. Connors and the late Jacqueline V. “Jackie” Grenda. She was the cherished grandmother of Scott A. Epler and his wife, Maryalice of Biddeford, Maine, Danielle M. Junkins and her husband, Todd of East Bridgewater and the late Grant P. Epler. She is also lovingly survived by her great-granddaughters, Sara M. and Kacy N. Junkins, her sister-in-law Rose Connors of Lynn and by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her niece, Jean M. Maguire and her brother-in-law, Frank M. Grenda.
Her Funeral will be held from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Tuesday, May 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151, ATTN: Patients’ Activities Fund.
Of Saugus, Formerly of Lynn
Lorraine (Forman) Walczak of Saugus, formerly of Lynn, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers after a brief illness. She was 75 years old.
Born in Lynn, the daughter of the late John A. and Sarah (Carroll) Forman, before her retirement, she was a waitress at several restaurants and retired from the Continental.
She was the beloved mother of Kathleen M. (Walczak) Campbell of Saugus, Robert E. of Londonderry, NH, Michael E. of Saugus and Richard E. Walczak of Pompano, Florida; beloved grandmother of Shauna and Norman Campbell and Bobby and Amanda Walczak; devoted sister of Joan Forman and her husband, Bill O’Donnell of Lynn. She also leaves her close cousin, Sandy and her husband, Chris of Rowley.
Lorraine’s final wish was to pay public tribute to her two caretakers, her son, Michael and sister, Joan. “You were both truly a ‘Gift from God.’ You both went so far beyond the call of duty and your caring made me feel so loved…..You are my heroes, my champions and my heart.”
At her request, there were no visiting hours or service. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Those who wish may make donations to the American Lung Association of MA, Essex County Branch, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 323A, Beverly, MA 01915-6185. Arrangements are by the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn, MA 01905. For Guestbook: nadwornyfuneralhome.com