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NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Maureen A. (Sheridan) Hanawalt, 84, passed away peacefully December 28, 2017, after a brief illness with family and her beloved dog Kassidy by her side. She was born on July 2, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., the oldest daughter of William and Alice Sheridan. Maureen (or Moe, as friends and family knew her) married and moved to Connecticut and then to Andover, Mass., where she raised a family of five. After her kids were mostly grown, Moe obtained her teaching degree from Merrimack College, as well as a Masters in English from Salem State College. She spent many years as a high school English teacher at both Andover and Winchester High Schools, where she enjoyed challenging young minds and pushing them to do better. When she retired from teaching, Moe worked part-time at the front desk and as an emergency room attendant at Lawrence General Hospital, where she loved the camaraderie of the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff, as well as the challenge working in the ER brought. Moe made the switch from grading papers and preparing lesson plans to performing CPR and running EKGs as she did with all things no fuss, just get down to it. "I need to be around people," was her lifelong mantra, and she was true to her word.
A communicant of St. Michael Parish, North Andover, Moe served as a Eucharistic minister, bringing communion to local nursing homes and hospitals. She taught CCD for St. Michael's, and volunteered for various church activities. She was an exceptional baker, delivering cookies and baked goods to whomever was lucky enough to be in her good graces. Moe loved basketball and hockey, playing basketball in high school and later cheering on the Bruins for many years. When she wasn't working, with family, or volunteering, Moe loved visiting the beach or her home-away-from-home, Galway, Ireland, where she had many friends and took graduate-level courses at the University of Galway.
Moe is survived by her sisters, Kathie Fitzpatrick and Sally Grady, and her brother, Bill Sheridan. She was predeceased by her brother, Dick Sheridan. Moe leaves her five devoted children and their spouses, Nancy Charron and her husband, Tom of Ashburnham, Greg Hanawalt of Melrose, Kevin Hanawalt of Andover, Eileen Stevens and her husband, Rick of Groton, and Meghan Hanawalt and her wife, Sheri White of Falmouth. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Jason, Jacqui, Nick, Sarah, and Jessica, and many cherished nieces and nephews. Moe also leaves her special friends, Jack and Noreena Doyle of Galway, Ireland.
Moe will be missed for forever being a teachereither of her students, her kids or grandkids, or the world in generalas well as her stubborn Irish streak and her love of laughter and hugs.
Relatives and friends may call at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 3rd Street, North Andover, on Friday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will take place at St. Michael Parish, 196 Main Street, North Andover, on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in her memory to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (https://www.glaucoma.org). For online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 9, 2018
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