SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 9, 2013

Ann M. McGee, 88


Danvers — Mrs. Ann M. (Sorrenti) McGee, 88, of Danvers, formerly of Lynn, died peacefully surrounded by her family on December 6, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was the former wife of the late Hon. Thomas W. McGee, former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Ann was born in Everett, and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine (Libro) Sorrenti. She was a resident of Lynn for most of her life, before moving to Danvers three years ago. She was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1943. After her children were grown, she returned to work at Vogue Apparel and later Brooks Brothers, and loved nothing more than to share her keen sense of style with a neophyte.

Ann’s true devotion was raising her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending the kid’s games and different events and activities. Annie loved entertaining, was an excellent cook, and you could be assured that there was a pot of sauce, or a soup simmering on the stove.

She loved to travel to Florida and the Caribbean, and we still talk about how much she enjoyed her trips to Italy and Ireland.

She loved beautiful things, whether it was a tree that caught her eye or the cut of a beautiful suit. Ann was an avid sports fan and never missed watching the Pats. This year’s Red Sox World Series win gave her special delight. She was a rabid fan of all things Notre Dame, and was immensely proud of seeing her daughter graduate from ND - surpassed only by attending her granddaughter’s graduation in South Bend and her grandson’s upcoming graduation as a member of the Class of 2015. She was a longtime, dedicated St. Mary’s communicant for many years.

She read the newspaper daily and loved to comment on current affairs, and her political insights were more astute than the Gallup poll - any politician that managed to get her approval was well on the way to victory. She was elegant, generous and loving, and fought valiantly against the indignities of Parkinson’s to maintain her unique style and grace.

She was the devoted mother of State Senator Thomas M. McGee and his wife, Maria, of Lynn, Shawn P. McGee and his wife, Sheryl, of Georgetown, Colleen McGee Kavanaugh and her husband, Gerry Kavanaugh of New Bedford and Alexandria, Va., and her devoted son and caregiver ,“My Michael” McGee of Danvers; loving grandmother to Kelly Carter and her husband, Mike, Marianne, Shawn Patrick and Erin McGee, Casey Stanton and her husband, Felipe Witchger, Gordon Stanton, and Thomas and Katherine McGee; doting great-grandmother to Brianna, Aidan and Logan Carter, Savannah and Leah Rando, and Micaela Josephine Witchger; and dear sister of the late Joseph Sorrenti, Annette ”Bebe” DeLuca, Anthony Sorrenti, Lillian Porcaro, Thomas, Frank and John Sorrenti, and Mary Wood. Ann was also loved by several nieces and nephews.

The McGee family wishes to thank Ann’s loving companions and caregivers, Lisa Brown, Terrie Curtis, Regina Lorenzetti, and Joan Gallagher for their friendship and immense devotion. The family also wishes to thank all of her dedicated physicians at Mass General Hospital, including Dr. James Dineen, and particularly, the efforts of the Blue Team in Medical ICU led by the amazing nurse Courtney.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, on Friday, at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, 8 South Common Street, Lynn, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are on Wednesday and Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, www.michaeljfox.org/Give_To_Research?. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. For her register book, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.