SHREWSBURY, Mass. - R. Virginia (McDonald) Cleary, 88, of Jordan Road., formerly of Leicester, died Friday, Nov. 23 in the Lutheran Healthcare Center in Worcester. She was the wife of James F. Cleary, II who died in 2010.
She leaves her son James F. Cleary, III of Edgartown, three daughters Ann M. Johnson of Quincy, Marybeth Foote and her husband Kevin of Shrewsbury with whom she lived, and Rosanne M. Cleary of Weymouth, her sister Gertrude Lannan of Needham, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of James A. and Rose E. (Naughton) McDonald and lived in Leicester before moving to Shrewsbury in 1999.
Virginia was a medical transcriber at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester for 17 years, retiring in 1991. She was a former member of the Senior Citizen Club, and St. Pius X Church both in Leicester. She was a member of St. Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury.
The family would like to thank her doctors and nurses at UMass for their dedication and compassion during her illness. They also, would like to thank the nurses at Lutheran Healthcare for making her final journey peaceful and painless, and finally the staff at Summit Eldercare for making her final years happy.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. in St. Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Milford. Calling hours at the Morin-Morrison Funeral Home, 1131 Main St., Leicester are Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.