Theresa Cooney, 88, Former Auburn Educator

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Theresa Cooney
Theresa Cooney

AUBURN, Mass. – Theresa F. Kavanagh Cooney, a former longtime resident of Auburn, died Sunday, Jan. 13. She was 88.

Cooney was born in Providence, R.I., to George A. and Katherine Downes Kavanagh. She lived in Auburn for many years before moving to Charlton, Mass., 10 years ago.

She graduated from Classical High School in Providence and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Rhode Island College. She also received a master's degree in education from Boston University.

She began her career as a teacher in the Providence public school system. She held supervisory and administrative positions at Danvers and Auburn public schools, where she served as director of elementary education.

Cooney retired in 1982 as principal of Bryn Mawr School in Auburn. She was also a stay-at-home mother for 11 years while raising her children.

She was a member of St. Ann's Parish in North Oxford and of the Rhode Island College Alumni Association, Boston University Alumni Association, National Retired Teachers Association and Retired Educator’s Association of Massachusetts.

Cooney is survived by three daughters, Ann T. (Craig) Trombly and Catherine M. Vangos, both of Charlton, Mass., and Mary F. (Dennis) McCarthy, of Nashua, N.H.; eight grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, George A. Cooney, in 2006; a son, George M. Cooney, in 1984; a brother, George M. Kavanagh; and a sister, Katherine E. Hansen.

Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Britton-Wallace Funeral Home in Auburn. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann’s Church in North Oxford. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Auburn.

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