Shirley T. Geary, 91, of Leominster passed away peacefully at home on January 30, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 17,1929 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Arthur and Marceline (Pelletier) Phaneuf. She will always be remembered as a wonderful and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was an avid bingo player for many years, mostly accompanied by her first born Deborah. She enjoyed bowling with her husband, playing cards with family and friends, and loved spending time vacationing, preferably by a beach. She also loved spending time at the many family gatherings we had together. She lit up watching her great grandchildren play and interact with her right down to her last weeks.
Shirley was predeceased by the love of her life: her husband of 66 years, John “Jack” Geary. She is survived by her daughters: Deborah Grant and her husband Wayne of Hudson, Michele Geary of Southborough and Jacqueline Gionet and her husband Garry of Leominster; her sons: Jack Geary and his wife Ruth of Hudson, Michael Geary and his wife Jeanne of Maine, David Geary and his partner Mindy of Marlboro and Timothy Geary and his wife Ellen of Marlboro; her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, her brother Neil Phaneuf of Mattapoisett, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Her daughter Sandra, her grandson Joshua, her granddaughter Jaime, and her brothers, Eugene and Arthur Phaneuf all predeceased her. She will be greatly missed by all of those who got the special chance to be a part of her life.
Thank you to the hospice team, her nurses Katie and Karen, and her caregiver Gloria. They were incredible to her in every single way possible. We could not have asked for better care for Shirley and they helped guide us through this process. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your compassion, caring, and kindness.
All are invited to attend her visitation on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 9:30-11am at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749 with a prayer service to begin at 11am in the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Cox Street, Hudson, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley's memory to: The Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.