Cartwright Funeral Homes


McCARTHY, Helen C. (O’Neil) of Braintree formerly of North Cambridge passed away peacefully on March 1, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was 94. Beloved wife of the late Girard D. McCarthy. Loving mother of Robert G. McCarthy and his wife Nancy of Weymouth and Gayle M. O’Connell and her husband Dan of Weymouth. Daughter of the late Michael and Hannah (Breene) O’Neil. She was the sister of the late John, Henry, Francis and James O’Neil, and Marie Herb and Agnes McAnneny. Beloved “Nana” of Connor, Liam and the late Kate McCarthy; and, Kimberleigh, Brendan and Johnny O’Connell, all of Weymouth. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Helen was born in Boston, grew up North Cambridge and graduated from St. John’s Catholic School. She went on to graduate from Fisher College. Helen worked for both H.U.D. and the E.P.A. for over 35 years as a purchasing manager. After her retirement, she worked for 10 years as a bookkeeper for McCarthy Appraisal Service. An active parishioner at St. Clare Church, Braintree, Helen taught C.C.D. for 25 years, was a 40-year member and past President of the Braintree Catholic Women’s Club and a long-time member of St. Clare’s Mr. and Mrs. Club. She was an avid sports fan and loved watching her grandchildren compete. She loved the Boston Red Sox and attended over forty Red Sox opening day games, including last April. Her greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren and granddogs, Mac, Sammy and Louie. Helen loved Irish music and spending summers on the Cape with her family. Visiting hours Monday, March 5 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree MA 02184. Reposing at the funeral home until 9:15AM Tuesday followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Clare Church, 1244 Liberty St, Braintree MA 02184. Burial will take place at Braintree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to the Braintree Catholic Women’s Club, c/o St. Clare Church, 1244 Liberty St., Braintree MA 02184.

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