Mrs. Miriam A. (Reade) Linihan, of Waltham, died Sunday, December 4, 2022 at home with her family at her side. She was 95.
Miriam was born on June 13, 1927 in Waltham a daughter of the late Francis and Katherine (Cahill) Reade. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School and later married Eugene T. Linihan in June of 1952 in Saint Mary’s Church. Lifelong Waltham residents Eugene died February 25, 2001.
In her early years during World War II Miriam worked as a secretary for the Department of the United States Navy in Boston. She then stayed at home to raise her six daughters and returned to the work as a secretary for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District in Hanscom.
She loved life and the people in it! She banked as much time possible on the beach at Hampton. She camped at her family’s cottage on Pine River Pond in Wakefield, New Hampshire, and faithfully followed her much loved Boston Red Sox. Miriam volunteered many years with the Meals on Wheels program through the Waltham Senior Center and loved to travel with her sister, Jackie. Perhaps her most favored trip was with family to Ireland and throughout her life she loved listening to Irish music. She kept active with swimming and looked forward to her daily walks.
Miriam kept her mind active with board games, cribbage, scrabble and jig saw puzzles and in most recent months relished in the smile of her great-grandchild, Charlie.
In addition to her husband of 49 years, Eugene she was predeceased by her siblings, Arthur Reade, Frank L. Reade, Lawrence K. Reade and Jacqueline L. Cunniffe and son-in-law, Richard Hinch.
She leaves her daughters, Rose M. DeNucci and Patricia A. Hinch, both of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Kathleen L. Giammarinaro (Paul) of Framingham, Margaret I. Landry (Doug) and Mary F. Rufo (Larry), all of Waltham and Nancy E. Zagami of North Reading; her grandchildren, Andrea Prusi (Nathan), Julie Ho (Steve), Cheryl Martin (Patrick), Barbara Gumlaw (Nick), Jay Hinch, Kelly Snow (Jesse), Jess Carpino (Dave), Nicole LaRoche (Jake), Noel and April Landry; also survived by eleven great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Miriam’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, December 9th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary’s Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.
Memorials in her name may be made to Waltham Senior Center, Meals on Wheels Program, 488 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02542 or Tunnels to Towers, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306 (www.t2t.org/donate)