Helen McCarthy (Walsh), age 93, of Dorchester passed away at home March 8th surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City, she was raised and educated in Ireland and came back to the United States at age19. She was a devoted housewife and mother and has lived in Dorchester for the last 57 years. Beloved wife of the late Florence “Finn” McCarthy. Devoted mother to Edward McCarthy and his wife Helen of Franklin, Finbarr McCarthy and his wife Paula of Dedham, Maureen O’Donnell and Roy of Norfolk, Eileen Coughlin and her late husband Robert of Pembroke, Patricia Ferraro and her husband Christopher of Milton, Richard McCarthy and his wife Maureen of Marshfield, Helen C. McCarthy and her husband Declan Hourihan of Dorchester and the late Denis McCarthy and his wife Donna of Marshfield.
Sister of Mary Driscoll of Milton and the late Richard, Michael, and Edward Walsh. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral Mass at St. Gregory Church, Dorchester Saturday morning at 10 am. Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton, Friday afternoon from 4-6 pm. Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, W. Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Gregory’s Church 2215 Dorchester Ave Boston, MA 02124.
Helen was bon in New York City and raised in Ardfield, County Cork, Ireland. At the age of 19, she moved to Boston with her brother Dick and worked as a nanny in Boston and lived in a convent. She met her husband Finn, a fellow Irish immigrant, at a local dance. They married in 1951 and a family of 8 followed. From there, her life was devoted to motherhood, an occupation she excelled at.
Helen was a great friend to many. She kept in touch with all of family and friends and spoke on the phone to her sister Mary everyday.
Sunday nights was the night for all of mom and dad’s friends to gather at the kitchen table for a debate on current events.
The door was always open for a cup of tea, a slice of Irish bread and a welcome smile. She loved to shop and loved a bargain even more.
A devout Catholic, Helen attended mass at St. Gregory’s until the end as well as being a Eucharistic minister.
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