Louise Marie Corcoran, a teacher, caregiver, and a woman devoted to her family passed away peacefully after a short illness on May 26, 2018. She was 91 years old.
Louise was born in Cambridge, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Henrietta Sullivan. Her summers were spent at the family beach house in the Sand Hills section of Scituate. A graduate of Rosary Academy in Watertown and Regis College in Weston, she later earned her Master’s in Education from Boston University. A great storyteller who didn’t hesitate to get down to a child’s level, Louise taught first grade at the Lewis School in Everett and later was a day care teacher.
She married her husband William E. Corcoran on May 26, 1962 and settled in Burlington. Louise’s life revolved around her family. She enjoyed spending time with her husband, daughter, parents, siblings, many nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends. She was a source of great strength for everyone, and was a caregiver to many. Louise was self-reliant and could do almost anything around her home including wood working, refinishing furniture, wallpapering, painting, or any other project that needed to be done. She was so proud of her daughter and was pleased to see her follow in her father’s, aunts’ and uncles’ footsteps graduating from Boston College. Louise’s greatest joy was becoming a grandmother. Called GMa by her grandchildren, she loved to play games and attend school shows, recitals, plays and sporting events. She cherished family trips, cruises, and vacations.
After over 30 years in Burlington, she spent much of her retirement on the Cape. Living in South Yarmouth, she was a “Kitchen Angel” at St. Pius Church, took Tai Chi classes, and was active in local senior programs. Louise later moved to Foxborough so she could be closer to her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. She was an active member of the Senior Center there and would make over 50 handmade dolls each year for the Saint Mary’s Church Christmas Fair. Her last months were spent at Brookdale Assisted Living in Attleboro, where she got involved in the activities and played piano for the residents.
Louise had a wonderful way about her that was unpretentious, warm and light hearted, and she leaves all family and friends with memories filled with laughter and love. Louise was the beloved wife of the late William E. Corcoran. She was the loving mother of Louise Honor and her husband Joseph of Mansfield. Proud grandmother “GMa” of Samuel and Lily Honor of Mansfield. Daughter of the late Henrietta and Lawrence Sullivan. Sister of the late Lawrence, Harriett, and Edward Sullivan. Sister-in-law of Walter and Patricia Corcoran of North Andover, Theresa Sullivan of Burlington, and the late Catherine Sullivan. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Sherman and Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main, MANSFIELD on Wednesday, May 30 from 4-8 p.m. On Thursday, May 31, a visiting hour will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Malachy Church, 99 Bedford St., Burlington at 11 a.m. Interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Louise’s name may be made to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114 or www.massri.wish.org