Barbara Ann Hourihan of Roslindale died peacefully in her sleep on March 13th. Beloved wife for 57 years to the love her life, the late John Hourihan Sr. Devoted mother of Peter and his wife Nicole, of South Boston, the late Dianne of Roslindale and the late John Jr. and his wife Kerrie formerly of Walpole. Daughter of the late George Joseph Sr. and Anna of Roslindale. Loving grandmother of Jillian, Jaclyn, Ryan and Lucy. Great grandmother to Mason, Emmy and John. Loving sister of the late George Joseph, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Brighton, Thomas Joseph and his wife Elaine of Alton Shores, NH, the late Frances Joseph of Canton, the late Maryann Palmer and her husband David of Canton, and Peter Joseph of Norwood.
Barbara was a loving and devoted daughter growing up in Roslindale with her parents and five siblings. As the oldest of six, when her parents needed help with her brothers and sisters or in any way, Barbara was always there to assist. A big part of their childhood was time spent in Gloucester during the summer months. Every year on the last day of school, the car would be packed, and the entire family would head to their grandmother’s house to enjoy family, friends and the beach. Barbara graduated from high school and began her professional career in Boston. Her whole life changed on December 31, 1954, when she was introduced to the love of her life, John, by her brother George (Sonny). On October 21, 1956, they were married and began their lives together which lasted for 57 years until John’s passing. Barbara and John raised their family in Roslindale. Barbara was an amazing wife, mother and homemaker. Once the children were old enough, she went back to work and was a valued employee of Raytheon and Norfolk and Dedham Group. Nearly forty years later, she still has close friendships with her former colleagues. Barbara was also a cherished aunt to all of her siblings’ children as well as a trusted friend for too many to mention. Barbara was so happy to become a nana. She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren for almost four decades. Over the past few years, she had the privilege of becoming a great grandmother three times.
Barbara enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, playing cards, bowling and cheering for the Celtics, Patriots and especially the Red Sox. The two words that are synonymous with Barbara are devoted and loving. She was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, cousin and friend.
Funeral from The Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St. West Roxbury on Friday March 17, at 9:00 am. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in The Holy Name Church at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours in the funeral home on Thursday March 16, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Interment Mt. Benedict Cemetery. For complete obituary www.lawlerfuneralhome.com
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