SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 31, 2013

Virginia Curran, 88


Beverly, MA — Virginia M. Curran (Shinnick), 88, died peacefully at home in Pomfret, Conn., on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Virginia was bornon February 5, 1925, in Winchester, Mass. She married Walter J. Curran in 1947, and prior to her marriage, she worked as an administrative assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She and her husband moved to Beverly, Mass., where they raised their three children. Virginia had an incredible spirit. Despite having suffered a disabling stroke in 1968, Virginia went on to live a happy and positive life.

Virginia leaves three children, seven grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law. Virginia’s family includes a son, Dr. Walter J. Curran Jr. and his wife, Laura, and sons, Max and Kyle Palickar-Curran of Atlanta, Ga., and his daughters, Maris Curran of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mia Curran and her husband, Tiernan Morgan of New York, N.Y.; daughter, Pamela Ruff and her husband, David, of Pomfret, Conn., and their sons, Brett Curran Ruff and his wife, Virginia, of Lafayette, Calif., and Trevor Curran Ruff of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter, Sharon Curran-Wescott and her husband, Earl Wescott of The Woodlands, Texas, and their son, Skye Curran Wescott; her sister, Kay and her husband, William Conkling of Lexington, Mass.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Virginia was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. She previously held volunteer leadership positions in the United Way in Beverly, Mass., and in the Beverly High School Track and Field Boosters Club.

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint James School Scholarship Fund, 120 Water St., Danielson, CT 06239, or the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd., Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322. Services will be held privately in Pomfret, Conn., and a memorial Mass will be held later at Saint James Church in Danielson, Conn.

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