Ceili Ann Kinneen

September 1st, 2017

Ceili Ann Kinneen, age 12, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on September 1, 2017.

Ceili was born in Winchester, MA, on September 19, 2004; she was the cherished daughter of Shawn and Susan Kinneen. Ceili was raised in a loving home along with her brother and best friend Conor.

Ceili was a beloved 7th grader at the Wilmington Middle School who enjoyed “hanging out” with her friends. She also loved music and playing the flute with the Wilmington Middle School Band.

At home, Ceili, looked forward to spending time with her family, playing with her brother, and making and posting video’s; she was certain she could be the next big YouTube Star.

Ceili will be fondly remembered for her beauty and strength, inside and out. She was quite a fighter when needed but she always managed to light up the room with her smile. Ceili had a large support system of family and friends who admired her for never giving up when she faced adversity and she showered them with unconditional love.

Ceili will always be a “one of a kind” young lady and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ceili was the beloved daughter of Shawn and Susan (Graney) Kinneen, the loving sister of Conor Kinneen all of Wilmington, the special granddaughter of John and Margaret Graney of Wilmington, David and the late Karen Kinneen of Burlington. Dear niece of Kristen and Kevin Wiercinski, Karen and Jason Reilly, Kelly and Linas Virbickas, Mimi and Scott Loring, John Graney II, Michael and Mary Graney, Joseph Graney and Melissa Gerlach, Sarah and David Sullivan and Rebecca and Gabe Tharp. Ceili is further survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, September 5th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, September 4th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ceili’s memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.


25 Entries in Guest Book for “Ceili Ann Kinneen”

  1. Karen Brisbois says:

    Joe and I watched Ceili and Connor bring the gifts up at mass for years. She was a beautiful child who will be missed by many. Sending our deepest sympathy and blessings to Ceili’s family. May she rest in peace.
    Warmest regaards, Karen & Joe Brisbois

  2. Andrea Taylor says:

    May the peace of Christ be with you. Ceili has been called home to suffer no more her earthly mission. I truly know the heartache. We parents of children called home are connected by love and God’s grace. I pray you find comfort in His mercy. Your daughter is blessed, but so are you. Let your faith embrace you and His love and peace sustain you. There are no earthly answers, know that His will chose your child for her sake and she is at peace. Love, prayers and God bless.

  3. Noelle Salemi says:

    Kristen & All Ceili Family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My Thoughts & Prayers are with you all

  4. Mary Lee O'Grady says:

    I cannot imagine your pain at this sad time. We only met Ceili once, at lunch with Margaret. She was about 5 years old and a charming child. When we left she asked if that nice man, Ed, was coming again as she liked him. He would feel badly. I have prayed for her and the family, since she became ill. Nothing can take away your sorrow, but we’re lucky to have our faith to sustain us at this time.

  5. Mike Champoux says:

    We were all blessed to have Ceili on this Earth for 12 years. Now, Heaven is blessed with a new angel to watch over us. Prayers to her family and loved ones.

  6. Diane McAleer says:

    Susan, Shawn and Connor you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Chili was such a fighter and it was an honor to care for her. So sorry for your loss.

  7. Joan Phillips says:

    So sorry for your loss

  8. Nicole Maffeo says:

    Shawn and Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ceili fought so hard and for so long. It was my honor to care for her. I will always remember her bright eyes and shining smile. She has proven herself “fabulous, fierce, and funky.” I am thinking of you and your family.

  9. June and Joe Fagan says:

    Please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter, Ceili. My daughter and I used to see her at Mass, and we always marveled at what a kind and loving sister she was to her little brother. She would help him bring the gifts up to the altar. Ceilli stood out as someone very special, and while she only graced this Earth with her presence a short time, she will always be remembered for the kind and brave little girl she was. Rest in peace now sweet angel.

  10. Pat Archfield says:

    Shawn, Susan, and Connor you are in my thoughts and prayers. Ceili was a very special young lady. I had the honor of training Ceili to be come an altar server at St. Thomas. She was such a joy and so eager to become a altar server and serve at the table of the Lord. Her angelic smile and beautiful bright eyes warmed everyone’s heart. The sun has set on earth for Ceili but has risen in Heaven for her. No more pain and suffering dear Ceili just eternal rest and peace. Heaven has gain a new little angel????

  11. Wilmington Firefighters says:

    To the Kinneen Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts, and please let us know if we can help in any way during this difficult time.

  12. Thomas Thornton says:

    I don’t have the words to express my sorrow and my sympathy. I can only offer my prayers for this lovely child and my prayers for the extended Graney family. I know you can never get over this loss but I’ll pray that your happy days with Ceili will be your enduring memories. God bless.

  13. Edie D says:

    I saw Ceili’s obituary on a friend’s FB page. She and your family will be in my prayers–especially at tomorrow’s mass.

  14. Alison Smith says:

    Susan,Shawn and Connor,I was very saddened to hear the news of Ceili’s passing. She was such a sweet soul who definitely lit up the room with her beautiful smile. She was taken from this world all too soon but the hope is we can rest easy knowing the positive effect she had on this world with her charismatic attitude and that she can rest peaceful without pain. please accept my family’s sincere thoughts and condolences. ??

  15. Jimmy & Elaine Doherty says:

    My heart just broke when I heard this news..
    Ceili sure did fight a good fight.
    She will be sorely missed, but the wonderful love of the families will keep her memory alive.
    Praying your strong faith will sustain you..
    RIP beautiful little angel Ceili??

  16. Walter Desharnais says:

    Kayli was in Gods book of children to return to him due to her extraordinary fight in battling her disease, she deserves to return to the father because of her braveness.

  17. Walter Desharnais says:

    Our condolences to her parents and Grandparents.

  18. Naimo Family says:

    Words cannot express the sadness we have for your entire family. Sending our sincere condolences. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts in prayers at this difficult time. Heaven gained a beautiful Angel…rest in peace Ceili…we know how hard you fought. God bless

  19. wayne strattman says:

    I followed Ceilis trial through her aunt Mimi, this past year and it was so tragic and sad and its hard to express how much I want to express my sorrow for your families loss.

  20. Ken & Theresa Michaud says:

    Having our own children and grandchildren of the same age and same neighborhood, we are so deeply sorry for your loss.

    We just saw little Connor drive by our shed in grandpa’s golf cart. Every time this happens we will remember Ceici.

    The last time we saw here was at the town common with her little brother and the cousins. It was such a joy seeing all the joy and fun they had together. She will be missed.

    Again, we are so sorry for your loss of this precious child

    God Bless you.

  21. Chuck Donovan says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, May she rest in peace
    My thoughts and prayers

  22. Ritika and Vivek Masih says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy and blessings to Ceili’s family. She was such a beautiful, strong and loving girl who was always smiling. Although, Words are not enough to express how amazing she was we feel blessed to have met her and be in a little party of her life. You are all in our prayers.

    Warmest regaards,
    Ritika, Vivek and Anurag

  23. Ritika and Vivek Masih says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy and blessings to Ceili’s family. She was such a beautiful, strong and loving girl who was always smiling. Although, Words are not enough to express how amazing she was we feel blessed to have met her and be in a little part of her life. You are all in our prayers.

    Warmest regards,
    Ritika, Vivek and Anurag

  24. Mike Moor says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers go out to your family during this trying time.

    God bless,

  25. Carolyn Agostino (Nett) says:

    Shawn and family, I couldn’t believe when I chanced upon your Celi’s obituary. I am so sorry for your loss, but the other messages I read makes me wish I knew her. Keep talking to her, she will be able to hear you. I lost a 15 year old nephew, and my sister still talks about him with pride., and it’s been almost 40 years, you will be in my prayers for peace in your heart knowing your daughter is no longer in pain. God Bless you and your extended family.

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