Alice H.'s Story

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Alice H. Finneran of Peabody, Mass., died on May 4, 2017. She was born on September 25, 1921, in Medford, Mass., in the era of the "Roaring Twenties," came of age during the Great Depression, then married Robert Finneran during World War II, contributing to the war effort as a “Rosy the Riveter.” After the war, she and her husband moved to a post-war suburban development in Wakefield, Mass., with their daughter, Susan.            
During the 1950s and 1960s, Alice both embraced the cultural norm of becoming a suburban housewife while also breaking that norm by entering the work place. Through hard work and determination, she became an executive secretary to a division head at General Electric. Because life’s demands on her, financial and otherwise, prevented her from graduating from college, Alice settled later in life for history courses at Salem State, having always enjoyed reading and tracking down facts. Well into her 80s, she took to the computer to continue to delve into history until macular degeneration deprived her of pursuing her passion. 
Having a career enabled Alice to achieve independence and provide opportunities for her daughter that she had not been able to achieve for herself. Alice had always wanted to be Perry Mason. Instead, with discipline, sacrifice, and tenacity, she nurtured Susan through a full educational life, enriched with cultural experiences. It was with great pride that Alice saw her daughter graduate from both college and law school, achieving the Finneran dream of becoming a lawyer.  
During retirement, Alice developed interests in oil painting, making ceramics, playing cards, and beating everyone at Scrabble and Trivia (although she sometimes lost to her equally smart and competitive sisters, Mildred and Gladys). She loved travel, cruises with her family and friends in the Caribbean, following her daughter, Susan and beloved #2 Dolly, Deborah Cowan and her brother, Rory to Mexico, and visiting the British Isles, France and her cherished Irish Republic with her husband, Robert, daughter, Susan and Alice’s darling, Ginny Sykes. Indeed, travel was always in her thoughts. Just eight months ago, with her beloved sister, Mildred, Alice got new passports with prospects of more travel in mind. 
Of all her achievements and interests, however, she will be most remembered for her kindness, generosity and loving nature. She took such pleasure and pride in being a part of the lives of her great-nieces and nephews, Abbi and Tyler Tringale; Frankie, Sydney and Michael Lowry; and Danny and Jason Berman. Alice is survived by her only child, Susan R. Finneran; her beloved sisters, Mildred Lowry and Gladys Spring; her nieces and nephews, Robert Spring, his wife, Sharon and their children; Debra Lowry and her children; Gayle Tringale, her husband, Ed and their children; Frank Lowry, his wife, Mary and their children; #2 Dolly, Deborah Cowan; her darling “adopted daughter,” Virginia Sykes; her cherished friends, Sandy and Leigh; and so many others.
By request of the family, services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, family and friends who wish may make donations in name of Alice H. Finneran to New England Law/Boston, 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116.
Published on  May 9, 2017
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