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“Patty, we are praying for you and your family it's rough to loose someone but a parent is the first friend and love you had . She will always be...Read More »
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“Patti and family, Sorry for the loss of your mother. Thinking of you during this difficult timeMary Baker ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Baker - Waltham, ME

“So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Melissa Tessendorf - Watertown, MA

“To Maureen's family, We are so sorry to hear about her passing. She was an amazing spirit and friend at not only the LAOH but in the neighborhood...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Heidi Falter Monroy - Watertown, MA

“Dear Patti and Jimmy,I fondly remember your lovely mother. May she rest in eternal peace with the Lord.Sincerely,Marylou Marchant ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Marylou Marchant - Leominster, MA

“Dear Patty,Patty and I were so saddened to see your mother's obituary in today's Boston Globe. We both remember your mother's brilliant smile and...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Doris Duggan - FRANKLIN, MA

“Many blessings to all of Mrs Halligan's loved ones.She was a kind lovely lady.God rest her soul. ”
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Watertown – Mrs. Maureen E. (Shyne) Halligan, of Watertown, died Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham following a period of declining health. She was 94.

Maureen, referred to fondly by family and friends alike as 'Nana', or simply 'Mo', was a beacon of light. She cared for her high-school sweetheart and husband, Jimmy, a US Marine Corps veteran, who was paralyzed due to the polio epidemic in 1955, until he passed in 1974. Maureen was always a positive force and never complained.

From 1974 until retirement, she spent her career working for Mass Bay Community College and the historic Grover Cronin's in Waltham. Maureen's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the center of her life. She could always be found on a sideline in her bucket hat watching their sporting events.

Maureen was an avid traveler, with annual trips to Hawaii with her pals, and was a top supporter of the USA Women's Soccer Team. When she was recently admitted to the hospital, her lone request was cable to watch "her girls" prepare for the 2020 Olympics.

Maureen forever loved her hometown of Watertown. She was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 14 for more than sixty years. A devout Catholic, she was a proud volunteer at Saint Patrick's food pantry, where she served every Tuesday until the age of 94. She loved life and life loved her. Her light will continue to shine within all who knew her.

The beloved wife of the late James J. Halligan, she leaves her children, Patricia A. Nurse (William 'David') of Waltham and James J. Halligan of Waltham; her grandchildren, Mackenzie Giuffre (Adam), Taylor Nurse (Dan Haggerty) and David Nurse (Cathleen); her great-grandchildren, Evelyn Rose and Cora Shyne Giuffre and her sister, Claire Curran.

She was also a sister of the late Daniel Shyne, Larry Shyne and Eleanor Chandler.

Family and friends will honor and remember Maureen's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, February 11th from 3 to 7 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Patrick's Parish, 26R Chestnut St, Watertown, MA 02472.