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Barbara Jean (Doherty) Callahan

June 27, 1941 — October 28, 2023


Hudson, MA

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mom, Barbara Jean (Doherty) Callahan of Hudson, MA on Saturday, October 28, 2023 after a courageous battle with Alzeimers. She was the beloved wife of the late James P. Callahan who died in 2003.

Barabara was born on June 27, 1941 to the late George and Margaret (Stegman) Doherty. She was raised in Allston, MA attending local schools and she was a graduate Brighton High School. Barbara resided in Waltham and Hudson for the last 50 years.

Barbara, Barbara Jean, Momma, Diva, Nana, Mother, …simply the best. Our best cheerleader and number one advocate, she was strong and ever-present. Her heart and mind were filled with an unconditional love, and steadfast loyalty to those whom she loved. The role of mother suited her perfectly. Equally lucky and blessed...she was our friend! Barbara will forever be remembered by her eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren for her loveable and strong hug; the forever fashionista in her own matchy-match look along with the best Nana & Gigi they came to know, adore and love.

She leaves her children, Gail S. Lawler and her husband Robert Marchand of Bristol, NH, Jami M. Aucoin and Edward Flagg of Framingham, MA, Pamela J. Reed and her husband Peter of Hudson, MA. She was predeceased by her daughter Darlene M. Taber. She also leaves her grandchildren, Christopher Lawler and Brandon Lawler, Courtney, Cory and James Taber, Brianna Aucoin, Jordy Callahan and Cameron Reed.; her sisters-in-law, Marian Hickey, Ann Hughes; her brothers- in-law, Larry Callahan, Bernard Callahan and his wife Anna Mae along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved. She was predeceased by her beloved bothers, James, Robert and Lawrence Doherty, Patrick Kennedy, and her sister Joanne Martin.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 4pm-7pm at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 10am in Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning Street, Hudson, MA; followed by a procession to Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barbara may be made to: Good Shepherd Community Care, 160 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459 or .

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home

50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, November 3, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Forestvale Cemetry, Hudson

, Hudson, MA 01749

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