Maureen “Maura” Winnett

February 12th, 2017

Maureen P. Winnett (Carew) fondly known as “Maura” to her family and friends, age 82, of Wilmington and Falmouth, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 11, 2017.

Maura was born on January 24, 1935 in Medford, MA; she was the dear daughter of John and Jane Carew. Maura grew up in a large and loving family on 24 George Street in Medford and was the 7th child out of 10 siblings which consisted of 2 boys and 8 girls. Maura attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School in Medford and graduated from St. Clements High School in Somerville. Maura went on to continue her education at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and graduated with the Class of 1956.

Prior to retiring, Maura had a long and successful career as a labor and delivery room nurse. She first worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, then Choate Hospital in Woburn, and then on to the Winchester Hospital in Winchester, where she helped many local families welcome their babies into the world. Maura was one of the “rare” nurses and she was special; her care and compassion for her patients, their families, and their newborn babies was unwavering. She would always stay calm in rough situations and she treated everyone as if they were her own family; the nursing world was truly blessed to have such an incredible lady.

Maura married the “love of her life” William H. Winnett on September 21, 1957; following their wedding the couple moved to Alexandria, Virginia where they lived for two years and had their first two children Christine and William Jr. Maura and Bill relocated back to Massachusetts; they settled in Wilmington where they went on to welcome six more children for a total of 8; 4 boys and 4 girls.

Maura was a very devoted mother and grandmother; she always enjoyed the time she spent with her family especially the holidays. Maura’s unconditional love and devotion to her family was always evident and she was so proud of each and every one of them.

Upon Retirement, Bill and Maura moved to Falmouth to their home by the sea where they spent many happy years, volunteering for meals on wheels. Maura was a woman of great faith and she and bill were very active communicants of St. Patrick’s Church. Maura sang in the Choir at St. Patrick’s Church, while Bill was a lector, and they both served as Eucharistic ministers. Maura and Bill loved their Cape home where they made many friends and enjoyed their time by the water.

After Bill’s passing in 2013, Maura moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody where she made lots of friends, sang in the choir, and went to shows.

Maura will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and an incredible nurse. She was quite a lady who will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Maura was the beloved wife of the late William H. Winnett, devoted mother of Christine M Briggs & her companion Mark Depasquale of Salem, NH, William H. Winnett, Jr. of Taunton, MA, James P. Winnett of Malden, MA, Margaret M. Winnett-Welch of Haverhill, MA, Mary A. Giroux of Wilmington, MA, Paul J. Winnett of Billerica, MA, Francis X. Winnett and Elizabeth M. Lawrenson & her husband Jerry all of Wilmington, MA. Loving “Nana” of Meaghan E. Briggs & her fiancé Sean Strasshofer, Katie Briggs, Devin P. Giroux, the late Joshua R. Giroux, Ryan M. Giroux, Nolan E. Giroux, James Lawrenson, Tommy Lawrenson, Sophie Welch and Jeremiah Welch. Cherished daughter of the late John J. and Jane F. (Malloy) Carew, dear sister of Kenny Carew & wife Marion of Merrimac, MA, Betty Pothier & her late husband Gerald of Stoneham, Dottie MacAveeney of Medford, Sheila Lane & her late husband James of Brewster, Kitty Macri & her late husband Tony of Melbourne, FL, the late Barbara Ferry, the late Paula Mahoney & her late husband Charles, the late Jack Carew, the late Sister Jane Carew of Sisters of St. Joseph, sister-in-law of Richard Ferry of Florida, Gloria Carew of Medford, MA, MaryAnn & Nick Rimbocchi of CT, Paula & Charles McAuliffe of VA, and Francis & Mary Winnett of VA. Maura is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 15th 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. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Maura’s memory may be made to the Beacon Hospice, 529 Main St., Suite 126, Charlestown, MA 02129


25 Entries in Guest Book for “Maureen “Maura” Winnett”

  1. Mary Barry says:

    To the Winnett Family

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom…You are all in my thoughts & prayers at this most difficult time…

    “If roses grow in heaven, Lord pick a bunch for me.
    Place them in my Mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me.
    Tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.
    Because remembering her is easy, I do it everyday.
    But there’s an ache within my heart that will never go away”

  2. Dot McAveeney says:

    Wonderful person. Will be terribly missed by everyone

  3. Jane & Walter Papasodoro says:

    Maura was truly a “special person”…filled with love and laughter that she graciously shared with all. To all her children please accept our sincerest condolences and know you are all in our thoughts and prayers…take comfort in the knowledge that she is back with her love Bill. Sorry we will not be able to attend her services as we are in Fl. but thinking of you all.
    Cousin Jane & Walter Papasodoro

  4. Diane E Trott says:

    our sincerest condolences

  5. Carolyn Balavitch says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Sending lots of love to you and the girls.

  6. Gloria Smith says:

    My heartfelt condolences to all the Winnetts. I always admired Maura for a multitude of reasons, not least of which was her loving care and support of her large family. She was certainly a beautiful woman, inside and out. Sadly, our childhood neighborhood has lost yet another lovely soul…

  7. MaryBeth Gentile-Tierney says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Winnett family. Growing up in our neighborhood was memorable with your parents and the kids. Mrs. Winnett was a very special lady. May she rest in peace.

  8. Beth Ritchie Pidgeon says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May all your wonderful memories, and I know there are many, help you through this difficult time.

  9. Beth Ritchie Pidgeon says:

    Dear Christine and Mark, Bob and I send you both our love and prayers during this sad time. Losing a parent is so difficult no matter the age, of us or them. My heart hurts for you but I know you will always have your mom (and dad) with you always. Hugs to you both ???

  10. Connie and Carl Townsend says:

    our deepest sympathy…

  11. Rose-Marie Tyler Robertson says:

    Deepest condolences from all of us. Mrs. Winnett had a lot of patience, and a lovely voice. We have lost another childhood neighbor mom.

  12. Joe and Erin Macri says:

    Thanks for never forgetting to send a birthday card. Miss you aunt Maura.

  13. Mike Champoux says:

    Franny and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time of loss for you. May you find peace and comfort in the faith that your Mom rests with her loved ones who preceded her to heaven.

  14. Chris DiCecca and Family says:

    Sorry for your loss … Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  15. Janet &Bill Roderick Sr says:

    Beth, we are so sorry for your loss , as always we are here for you , love Janet & Bill.

  16. George and Alice Hooper says:

    Franny and family. so sorry too hear of your loss,our prayers and thoughts are with you and family.
    Alice & George.

  17. Jeanne Grant says:

    To all of the Winnett Family, God be with you all at this most sorrowful time. Maura was always such a wonderful and loving friend and has been and will remain in my prayers each and every day. I am so pleased that she will once again be with Bill and I know that will bring her much peace. Love each of you.

  18. Gail Protopapas says:

    My deepest sympathy.

  19. Lorraine Malloy & Lorraine Malloy says:

    Maura was a wonderful colleague @ Winchester Hospital and a great friend to be with at our periodic luncheons! Her quick wit and bubbly personality will be sorely missed. To her family both my daughter and myself send our heartfelt condolences and will always remember Maura fondly.

  20. Paula Hatfield says:

    Chris and family,
    What a beautiful tribute regarding your mom. She clearly lead a full life and touched many others with kindness along the way. To envision the birth of “All those babies” and their families, as well as your own family, under her care; is a story of love. You and the girls are in my thoughts, with sympathy. Treasure all the wonderful memories she made. xo

  21. John Lippiello says:

    So sorry for your loss. You and your sister sang beautifully at the funeral mass. I’m sure your mother is very proud of you. Wishing you the best.
    John & Shelley

  22. Denise (Roberts) Quilty and John Quilty says:

    Mary and family
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I hope that all the happy memories you have with her will help you in the days ahead.
    You will be in our prayers.
    Denise and John

  23. Maureen Boyle Mils says:

    Mary and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I was lucky enough to work with her for years at Winchester Hospital Labor & Delivery. She was the epitome of a great Nurse. She had an innate understanding of birth and what was needed to keep Moms grounded and their babies safe. She was gracious in sharing her knowledge never being the type nurse “that ate their young.” I always felt graced to have worked with her. Peace to your family as you adjust to life without her.

  24. Pat & Alma D'Antonio says:

    Beth & Jerry:

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Pat & Alma

  25. Mary Zawoysky says:

    Maura and Bill were wonderful volunteers for Birthright of Falmouth and have been sorely missed after Bill passed away and then Maura moved away. Our deepest condolences.
    Mary and all their friwnds at Birthright of Falmouth

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