Irene Antonucci

Obituary of Irene Antonucci

Irene M. (Sweeney) Antonucci, a supporter for those with Multiple Sclerosis, passed away at the Emerson Hospital in Concord on Thursday evening, October 9, 2008. She was 70 years old. Irene was born and raised in Medford. She was one of five children born to the late David and Ethel Sweeney. She was a graduate of Medford High School. She had worked at the Department of Commerce as an administrative assistant. Twenty eight years ago, Irene was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and it changed her life. Rather than give in to the disease she became an advocate and supporter for all those living with MS. She was involved in the Mystic Valley Support Group of the MS Society for over 25 years. Irene and her husband John ran the group for 12 years. They also volunteered at the Mount Auburn Hospital on Tuesday nights as peer counselors. She was a member of the Access Is Mandatory organization in Wilmington. Her positive outlook and personal experience helped to guide and comfort others struggling with the effects of MS. She was able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of many and she will be fondly remembered by those whom she has touched. Irene resided in Lexington for almost 40 years. She had a warm and welcoming personality and had many friends and good neighbors. She had a strong social conscience and considered herself a “Peace Activist”. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling when she was younger. She was a passionate Red Sox fan. She was an animal lover and her house was always filled with all sorts of pets. Irene was the beloved wife of 40 years of John D. Antonucci. She was the loving mother of Amy L. Antonucci of Madbury, NH and Michael Antonucci of Washington, D.C. She was the sister of Kathleen Smith of Andover, Barbara Carey of Melrose, Helen Shaw of Chelmsford, and the late David Sweeney. Irene was also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Funeral Services will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Westview Cemetery, Lexington. Memorials in Irene’s name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England Chapter, PO Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945.
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