Noreen Leahy (O’Leahy) of Billerica, MA passed away on March 24, 2021 in her daughter’s home in Williamsburg, VA, with family present. She was eighty-eight years old and is survived by her three children, Donald Contini, John Contini, and Kathleen Borres (Bryan), her six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other members of the family and friends she held close to her heart.
Noreen was a young-hearted, spirited woman of Irish descent. She loved to learn; and pursued higher education in her middle years, ultimately earning a BA in Psychology from the University of Lowell (1983) and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire (1986). She put her knowledge into practice, maintaining as she could a part-time, private counseling service. Noreen loved music, books, paintings, and cultural artifacts. She loved to travel and lived in and visited many different places in the world, even staying in hostels. She was resourceful, kind, and generous and imagined and hoped for the best in all. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly and, in spirit, has taken them and other loved ones with her into eternity. She was loved by them all and by so many other family members and friends. May she rest in peace, in the realization of what only faith can bring.
There will be a 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Billerica, MA (796 Boston Road) on April 8, 2021, followed by an 11:00 a.m. committal service at Fox Hill Cemetery in Billerica, Ma (130 Andover Road). Per current CDC and state guidelines, the Church requests that face covering and distancing requirements be respected. In addition, those planning to attend the Funeral Mass are asked to register through the Church’s website, using SignUp Genius. Noreen’s funeral is listed on that webpage. See https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4aaaaa2eaaf94-billerica4.
Those who wish to express sympathy may consider making a donation in Noreen’s memory to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5710 or Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, P.O. Box 300, 1350 Route 8, Garrison, NY 10524-030. Other expressions of sympathy, including flowers and cards, are also welcome.
Cremation Society of Virginia-Newport News assisted the family with arrangements.