Marblehead — Sandra (Curtis) Callaghan, 72, loving wife of 46 years to the late Jeremiah “Jerry” Callaghan, died at the Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Beverly, following a long illness. Born in Marblehead, Mrs. Callaghan was the daughter of the late John and Florence (Smethurst) Curtis. She was a lifelong resident of Marblehead, and graduated from Marblehead High School.
Following high school, Mrs. Callaghan was employed with John Hancock Insurance, where she met her husband, Jerry. They married in 1965, and after a brief time of living in Roslindale, they moved back to Marblehead to raise their children. Mrs. Callaghan was employed with the Town of Marblehead for over 30 years. She started working her career part-time with the school department, transferring full-time to the assessor’s office, and retired from the building inspector's office.
Mrs. Callaghan was very active with her MHS Class of 1959 classmates. Together, they spent countless hours organizing wonderful class reunions. She was an avid knitter and enjoyed making sweaters, mittens and hats for her children and grandchildren. She was also had a great sense of support for her husband’s business, JP Callaghan Plumbing and Heating. She enjoyed her daily walk "around the ferry" with her husband.
She is survived by two children, Sheila Callaghan and her husband, Kevin Scheeler of Wakefield, and Kevin and his wife, Tawny Callaghan of Marblehead; a brother, William Curtis and his wife, Ruth, of Salem; two sisters-in-law, Caroline Curtis of Marblehead, and Sheila Callaghan, S.N.D, of Woburn; two brothers-in-law, William Callaghan and John Callaghan, both of West Roxbury. She was also the cherished grandmother of Patrick, Kristen, Derrick, Dylan, and Emma, who all loved and adored her. She is also survived by her best friends from childhood, Judy Cuzner and Josie Crowley; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late John “Stu” Curtis and Richard Curtis.