WILMINGTON, MA — Agnes C. Romano (Doherty), age 99, of Tewksbury, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 10, 2018, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.
Agnes was born in East Boston, MA on April 4, 1919; she was the dear daughter of the late William and Catherine Doherty. Agnes was raised and educated in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School. Agnes loved her “East Boston” roots; she spent many hours as a young girl working at her dad’s florist shop in Day Square where she enjoyed interacting with her neighbors and friends.
Agnes also enjoyed countless hours of summer fun at her parent’s summer retreat around Silver Lake in Wilmington where many wonderful memories were made throughout the years.
During World War II Agnes worked as a Switchboard Operator for AT&T. She would often talk of her time working during the war and had a deep sense of pride for the support she and others gave to the war effort.
On August 19, 1942, Agnes married the “love of her life” Francis (Frank) Joseph Romano. Agnes and Frank lived in East Boston for several years before moving to Tewksbury where they raised their loving family of eleven children. Agnes was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who showered her family with unconditional love and support. She especially enjoyed going to dance recitals, sports, school events, plays, musicals, graduations, baptisms, first communions, or any special event that celebrated a milestone for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Agnes beamed with pride as she spoke of their accomplishments and cherished watching them grow into wonderful people.
Agnes was a woman of great faith and was extremely active in her parish of St. Dorothy’s which serves the people of Wilmington and South Tewksbury. She was active in the Ladies Sodality for many years and served as the Past Prefect where she was very instrumental in running a multitude of Church events such as the Christmas Bazaar, Penney Sale, Whist Partie, Strawberry Fair and May Procession just to name a few. One of her great passions was making Baptismal robes for countless babies being welcomed into the Church through baptism and she did so for over fifty years.
Agnes could not do enough to support her Church and help fellow parishioner’s; this did not go unnoticed when she was awarded the Chevrus Award for her outstanding work and dedication to the Parish of St. Dorothy’s. Agnes’ unwavering support and love did not stop there. She also gave of her time, talents and resources to the Catholic Charities, The Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center, she sent care packages and Christmas gifts to orphanages in Chile and Costa Rica as well as giving support to various Indian Reservations. Agnes was also a Girl Scout leader for many years; always encouraging, supporting and leading the young women of the future by example.
Agnes had a special place in her heart when it came to Veterans and their families. She was the wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of four generations who served this country and she was extremely proud of each one of them. During the Vietnam war, when her son was serving overseas, Agnes sent special care packages each containing a scapula and a special hand-written note to hundreds of Veterans, giving them encouragement, strength, and prayers during their darkest days. Agnes was also involved in the weekly Local Heroes group that sent packages overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan. For many years Agnes was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post 8164 in Tewksbury where she went above and beyond to help with various fund raisers or just to help a Veteran in need. She was a woman who never forgot our Veterans from World War II to present day. Agnes had a motto; “Love of God, Love of Family and Love of Country”; these were words that she not only said but words that she lived by.
Agnes went out of her way to do for others; she shared her time, talents and heart to help everyone. She was truly a remarkable lady; kind, caring, giving but most of all loving. Agnes will always be in the hearts and minds of those she touched; an angel on earth who will forever be missed by her family and friends.
Agnes was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Romano, devoted mother of Mary Lamont of Wilmington, Gina Weichert & husband Rudy of Portsmouth, NH, Tommy Romano & wife Mary of Tewksbury, George Romano & wife Helen of Billerica, John Romano & his late wife Nancy of Pelham, NH, Peggy Romano & husband Marty of Parkman, ME, Richard Romano of Salem, NH, Agnes Fiumara & husband Dominic of Wilmington, Francis Romano of Tewksbury, Susan Kerr & husband Paul of Tewksbury and David Romano of Wilmington. Loving Grandmother of 28 Grandchildren, 40 Great-Grandchildren and 12 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late William F. J. and Catherine T. (Gallagher) Doherty, dear sister of Catherine Clinch of Salisbury, the late Edyth Sullivan, William and Francis Doherty. Agnes is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38) Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 14th from 3:00-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Agnes’ memory may be made to the Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center, c/o St. Margaret’s Church, 113 Winn St., Burlington, MA 01803, the Tewksbury Community Pantry, Inc., 999 Whipple Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876 or to the Wilmington Food Pantry, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.
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