Weir Mac Cuish Family Funeral Home

144 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148

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Irene Alvina Griffin

     Irene A. (Senchuck) Griffin passed away at home after a long illness, she was 86 years old.  Irene was born in Brockton, MA on July 2, 1923 to Ignace and Bertha (Zielinski) Senchuck.  The family moved to Chelsea, MA shortly after her birth.  Irene graduated from Chelsea High School in 1941, where she achieved the honor of Co-Captain of the Chelsea High School Cheering Squad.

     In addition to her daughter, Judith Griffin of Malden, she also leaves two sons.  She was preceded in death by her youngest and only sister, Lorraine P. Francis, late of Malden.  Irene was cherished by her two nieces, Patricia A. Zola and her husband, Andrew, and Gail M. Doherty and her husband, Henry, all of Malden, and her favorite nephew, Peter J. Francis, Jr. and his wife, Joan, of North Andover.  She leaves two grand-nephews and three grand-nieces, all of whom she took extraordinary pride in.  Irene also leaves her brother-in-law, Peter J. Francis, Sr. of Malden.  Irene leaves many, many great friends that she made and kept throughout her life, and she leaves many wonderful neighbors from her home in Maplewood, where she resided for 58 years. 

     After her children had grown, she went to work for the New England Telephone Company as an information operator on Elm Street in Malden; she retired after 19 years of service from NYNEX.  She was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America where some of her favorite times were their bi-annual luncheons.  Irene was fond of Las Vegas and loved the West Yarmouth / Lewis Bay area of Cape Cod, where she spent many summers with her family and friends.

     Funeral from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem Street, Malden on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 9AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem Street, Maplewood Square, Malden at 10 AM.  Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery, next to her beloved sister.

Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 4 to 8 PM.

Contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to either of the following organizations:

            Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116

            Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial Street, Malden, MA 02148-7312

            Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin Street, Malden, MA 02148


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