Virginia A. Shannon

  • Born: June 2, 1948
  • Died: May 21, 2019
  • Location: WORCESTER, Massachusetts

Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home

61 Myrtle Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel. (508) 755-1500

Tribute & Message From The Family

WORCESTER- Virginia "Ginny" A. (Prior) Shannon, 70, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home after an illness and with her loving family by her side.

She was born in Worcester, daughter of Arthur H. and Margaret (Minns) Prior and graduated from St. Peter's High School. Ginny continued on to Worcester State College where she earned a degree in elementary education. She taught first grade at Downing Street School and after many years at home with her children, returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher for Worcester Public Schools.

Ginny was a longtime and active parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Church. She was also active with The Compassionate Friends, an organization she held close to her heart after the death of her daughter Kerry in 1993 at the young age of five. Ginny was a member of the LAOH, enjoyed listening to Irish music and was very proud of her Irish heritage. She spent many years at Irish step dancing competitions with her daughters and enjoyed her many trips to Ireland with Martin and her family. Ginny loved music and passed this along to her son, a musician. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed spending time at the beach, especially Corporation Beach in Dennis.

Ginny will be dearly missed by her beloved husband of nearly 42 years, Martin A. Shannon and their children; Timothy J. Shannon of Salem, Megan M. Collins and her husband Daniel of Norwell and Colleen M. Shannon and her husband Noah Weiskoff of Beverly and her grandson, Aidan Collins. She was eagerly awaiting the birth of her second grandson in June. Ginny also leaves a brother, Robert Prior of Worcester, a sister-in-law, Eileen Prior, as well as many nephews and nieces including, Katherine Prior and Colm, Sean, Sarah and Lorcan Shannon and several others in Ireland.

Virginia's funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 29th from Callahan Fay & Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle Street with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 551 Pleasant Street. Burial will follow at Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Visiting hours to celebrate Virginia's life will be held on Tuesday, May 28th from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Flowers are welcome. Contributions in Ginny's memory may also be made to Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 10 Judith Road, Worcester, MA 01602.


Condolence & Memory Journal

You are all in my prayers.

Posted by Judy Hatstat - Paxton, MA - Friend   May 23, 2019

I am deeply sorry for your loss. May she rest in perfect peace and may you, Shannon, be held in the palm of her love and appreciation of you.

Posted by Sandra Espinoza - MARBLEHEAD, MA - Friend   May 22, 2019

Megan, sorry and prayers

Posted by George and elaine Sacco - Medford   May 22, 2019

So sorry to hear thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Sue Bernstein

Posted by Sue Bernstein - New York, NY - Family   May 22, 2019

Dear Megan - So Sorry for the loss of your Mom; Ginny sounds like a lovely lady who gave so much to her family and to the community
God Bless YOU and YOUR FAMILY during this time of grieving.

Posted by Diane Young - Canton, MA - Coworker   May 22, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones. I was Ginny's long-time caregiver and I will never forget her stories of her love of reading, teaching! I always looked forward to my visits and felt that I was treated like family. Hugs to all.

Posted by Linda Orcutt - Worcester, MA - Friend   May 22, 2019

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