Peabody — Rita A. (Coughlan) Cronin, 98, of Peabody, wife of the late Edward T. Cronin, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, with her family by her side. She was born in Revere on November 12, 1914, to Julia (O’Brien) and John Coughlan. She graduated from Rosary Academy in Watertown and Salem State Teachers College.
Rita was raised in Revere, and moved to Peabody, where she met and married the love of her life, Eddie, and raised six children. Rita loved life, loved her children and grandchildren, and boy, did she love to shop!
Rita was employed as a school teacher for over 30 years, most of which was spent teaching 5th grade at the West Memorial School.
She is survived by her five children, Edward T. “Bob” Cronin and his wife, Barbara, of Hubbardston, Joyce Cunney and her husband, Richard, of Danvers, Janet Flynn and her husband, Paul, of Peabody, Philip Cronin and his wife, Jennifer, of Salem, Elizabeth McGivern and her husband, James, of Danvers; 11 grandchildren, Jeffrey and his wife, Karen, of Maryland, Erin and her husband, Mick, of Peabody, Jennifer and her husband, Brett, of Hubbardston, Carolyn and her husband, Andrew, of Salem, Jeremy and his wife, Lisa, of Boxford, Maura of Boston, Tim and his wife, Syrah, of Medford, Elizabeth and her husband, Fran, of South Boston, Lauren and her fiancé, Travis, of Baltimore, Taryn of Melrose, and Maria of Salem: her 13 great- grandchildren, Sean, Anna, Christian, Margaret, Meredith, Julia, Lily, Abigail, Fiona, McKenzie, Charlotte, Seamus, and Robbie; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Neil Cronin, and her siblings, John and Raymond Coughlan, Sr. Mary “Florentia” Coughlan, and Imelda Reitz.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held on Friday, at 10 a.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Peabody, followed by a Funeral Mass, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Church, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. For directions, or her obituary, please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.