, Salem, MA

April 15, 2013

M. Virginia (Agnew) Doonan

Lynn, MA — Mrs. M. Virginia (Agnew) Doonan, of Lynn, age 87, died Friday, April 12, 2013, at Salem Hospital. She was the beloved wife for 47 years of the late George P. Doonan, Sr., long-time Latin and history teacher and chairman of the Foreign Language Department at Lynn Classical High School.

Born in Lynn, Virginia was the daughter of the late Leonard and Mary (Foley) Agnew. She graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1942. Following high school, Virginia graduated from Salem Teachers College, now Salem State University, in 1946. Virginia began her teaching career at Ashland High School, in New Hampshire, in 1946. Returning to Lynn in 1947, she taught grade 3 at the former O’Keefe Elementary School until 1949. For the majority of her career, Virginia taught business education subjects at Lynn English High School from 1949, until her retirement in 1989. In addition to her lifetime dedication to the education of children, Virginia served as chairman of the Business Education Department at Lynn English High School from 1973-1989. She was a member of the American Federation of Teachers, serving as corresponding secretary for several years and also a member of Lynn Teachers Union.

A devout Catholic, Virginia was a lifelong communicant of Sacred Heart Church in West Lynn, also attending St. Ann’s Church in South Peabody in her later years. Her involvement in church expanded as she was the former organist and member of Sacred Heart Church choir and she also was a former member of Sacred Heart Ladies Sodality. In addition to her commitment to Sacred Heart Church, Virginia was a weekend organist at the former St. Cecelia’s Church in Wolfeboro, N.H., for 30 years, and she was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, Fla., for 18 years. Virginia enjoyed spending time with her family and spending time at her residences in Wolfeboro and Sun City Center.

She is survived by sons, George Doonan, Jr. and his wife Mary (Savage), of Peabody, John Doonan, of Taunton, and Joseph Doonan and his partner, Jane Humphrey, of Framingham; daughters, Cathleen Landry and her husband, Thomas, of Peabody, and Virginia “Ginger” Nollet and her husband, James, of Saugus. She is also survived by grandchildren, Catherine and Michael Landry and Patrick, Christine and Gregory Doonan. She was the sister of Leonard J. Agnew, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, of West Hartford, Conn., Carol J. Smith, of Intervale, N.H., sister-in-law of Genevieve (Doonan) Tyrell and her husband, Richard, of Winthrop, and aunt of several nieces and nephews. Virginia was predeceased by her son-in-law, Frank Bartholomew. Virginia’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Jewish Family Services of the North Shore, Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody and Hospice of the North Shore for their wonderful and compassionate care.

ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. Doonan’s Funeral will be held from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Wednesday at 9 a.m., a Funeral Mass will follow at Sacred Heart Church, Lynn, at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting Hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Jewish Family Services of the North Shore, 39 Norman St., Ste. 302, Salem, MA, 01970, or Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. B-102, Danvers, MA. 01923. For online guestbook, please visit