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Margaret  E. 'Betty' (Hann) Shanley

Margaret E. 'Betty' (Hann) Shanley
  • April 16, 1936 - March 14, 2019
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

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“My heart is heavy upon hearing about Betty's passing. I worked with her at Waltham Visiting Nurses for decades. She was such a pleasure to work with...Read More »
1 of 2 | Posted by: LInda Auld - Salem, MA - Friend

“40 years of friendship and so many memories shared and glad to have been a family member for all this time Rest in peace my friend ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Ann Purcell - Auburndale, MA


Betty Shanley knew that 'together' was a wonderful place to be and her home on Marlborough Road in Waltham is where love resided, memories were created, family and friends gathered regularly and where laughter never ended. Her family all knew she was the boss…and they loved her for it! She was a wonderful cook and was happiest when her home was filled with company. She also loved tending to her gardens and plants at home.

Betty died in her home with her family by her side on Thursday, March 14, 2019. She was 82. In heaven she is reunited with her childhood sweetheart and husband of 58 years, Thomas J. Shanley Jr. and their daughter, Karen M. Alosso.

Margaret E. Hann was born April 16, 1936 in Waltham a daughter of the late Edward S. and Margaret E. (Leonard) Hann. Raised in Waterown she was a graduate of St. Patrick High School and earned her certificate from the nursing school at Waltham Hospital.

She married Thomas J. Shanley Jr. on October 29, 1956 in Saint Patrick's Church. Tom died on October 5, 2014.

As a licensed practical nurse she worked for the Waltham Visiting Nurses Association for over 40 years. Upon retirement she worked at the Belmont Senior Center in its medical clinic.

Betty leaves her children, Thomas J. Shanley III (Alice) of Londonderry, NH, Nancy E. Brown, Michael J. Shanley (Jill), Robert E. Shanley, all of Waltham and the late Karen M. Alosso; her grandchildren Patricia, Theresa and Catherine Shanley, Jennifer Alosso (Patrick) and Daniel Alosso (Melissa), Nicole, Jack, Grace and Daniel Shanley; her great-grandchildren Joshua, Lindsey, Brendon and Hailey; her great-great grandchildren of Heiden, Charlotte and Caroline; her brothers, Edmund Hann of Texas, David Hann of Rhode Island, Charles Hann of Tennessee and Francis Hann of Sutton; also survived by nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Betty's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, March 18th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.

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