Obituary of Rose Mary Hanafin
Rose M. Hanafin, who leaves a tremendous legacy of a strong faith and a loving family, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, July 7th, 2019. She was 86 years old. Rose was born in Boston. Her parents, Jeremiah and Mary McGillicuddy were Irish immigrants.
She was raised on Mission Hill in Roxbury where life centered on the Basilica of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, commonly known as The Mission Church. While attending Mission Church High School she met the love of her life, Charlie Hanafin, in 1947. They were married in Mission Church in 1954 while Charlie was serving in the Marine Corps. They moved to Burlington, MA shortly after and raised their 11 children in a modest house that remained home to the Hanafin family throughout their entire lives. Charlie worked as a banker while Rose quietly ran the home. Raising a large family may have its challenges, but Rose managed it incredibly well. She and Charlie’s mission in life was to raise a family that had its priorities in order. Devotion to the Catholic Faith, dedication to your family, and a strong work ethic were the backbone of a purposeful life. As a mother she had such an instinct and an awareness of what each of her 11 children’s unique needs were. She was always there to provide love, encouragement and support exactly when it was needed. For 63 years she was a loving and devoted wife.
She supported Charlie in his faith and in his works until his passing in October of 2017. Their love for each other never wavered. She and Charlie served as the Burlington Chapter Chairs of the Mass Citizens for Life. Their family was named MCFL family of the year multiple times.
Rose and Charlie spoke up for the unborn who had no voice with a firm belief that there will be a chorus of angels to speak up for those who remained steadfast in their defense. Rose was a beautiful woman of grace who leaves a legacy of 11 children and their spouses, 66 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren (and counting)…
Rose was the beloved wife of the late Charles L. Hanafin. She was the loving mother of Charles & his wife Judy, Rosemary Farrow & her husband Michael, John & his wife Mary, Jim & his wife Susan, Gerard & his wife Cecile, Diane Reale & her husband Dan, Christine Scola & her husband Michael, Kathleen Coluci & her husband Kevin, David & his wife Lori all of Burlington, Jean Armano & her husband Robert of Methuen, and Dan and his wife Angela also of Burlington. She was the sister of Eileen Dyson and Ann Melia both of West Roxbury, Peggy MacKenzie of Franklin and the late Joseph and John McGillicuddy. She was the grandmother of 66 and great grandmother of 30. She was also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn Street on Thursday, July 11th from 4-8 p.m. The evening will conclude with a Wake Vigil beginning at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Margaret’s Church on Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. The burial will follow at Chestnut Hill
Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Rose’s name may be made to Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center, PO Box 153 Burlington, MA 01803
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050