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Life Celebration

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home
Thursday February 24th, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saint Mary's Church
Friday February 25th, 2022

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Marjorie A. Rooney

Marjorie A. (Cronin) Rooney, age 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2022, at her home in East Walpole, Massachusetts, surrounded by her loving daughters.  Born in Norwood, Massachusetts on August 4, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Lillian (Coughlin) Cronin.  She spent her early years in Norwood, before settling with her family on Pleasant Street in East Walpole at the age of eleven.  Following Marjorie's graduation from Walpole High School in 1950, she took a position with Toby Duchman's Metal Shop in Norwood. 


Marjorie married her beloved husband, Francis P. Rooney, on June 29, 1952, in Saint Catherine's Church in Norwood.  The young couple made their home together on Pleasant Street in East Walpole, where they welcomed two daughters, Ellen and Christine.  While her children were young, Marjorie worked part-time as a waitress, however, after both her girls were enrolled in school, she returned to work full-time, taking a position with Spark's Department Store in Norwood.  In 1972, Marjorie went to work at Fernandes Grocery Store in Walpole, working as a meat wrapper.  Eight years later, she took a position with Shaw's in Norwood, continuing to work as a meat wrapper, until her retirement in 1997.


Following her retirement, Marjorie enjoyed spending time with her friends, playing bingo at Saint Catherine's Church in Norwood, the Walpole Senior Center, and the Norwood Senior Center.  She enjoyed an active lifestyle and looked forward to participating in exercise classes at the Norwood Senior Center.  Marjorie enjoyed some quiet time too, working on one of her knitting, sewing, or crocheting projects at home.  Most of all, Marjorie was dedicated to her family.  She was delighted at the birth of her grandchildren and loved taking an active role in their lives.


Beloved wife of the late Francis P. Rooney. Loving mother of Ellen M. Evans and her husband, Rickey, of Ohio and Christine A. Forshee of East Walpole. Cherished grandmother of Christopher W. Forshee of North Attleboro, Jennifer A. Forshee and her fiancé, Tyler Poulin, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Michele Stroh and her husband, Richard, of Kansas; great-grandmother of Cash, Dakota, Sophie, and Bruen. Sister of Jeanne Peavey of Walpole, June McCarthy of East Walpole, the late Gerald Cronin, the late Leo Cronin, the late Shirley Daniels, the late Patricia Jenks, and the late Lillian Gianetti. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.


Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Marjorie's Life Celebration on Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.


All are invited to gather in the funeral home on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 9:30 AM, prior to Marjorie's Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Church, 176 Washington Street, East Walpole at 10:30 AM.  Interment will follow in Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marjorie's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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For all that could not make it I wanted you to hear what was said: I want to first of all, extend my gratitude to all the relatives, friends, and attendees who have come today to honor this great woman, Marjorie Rooney, a person we have all come to love and cherish for many years. The amount of people who have shown up to pay their last respects is only a testimony to the lives she has touched.
All of us knew her in a variety of roles. Mother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, nana, gigi, and great friend. I have been privileged to know her as my nana. It's within this context mostly that I will speak from and share the greatness of this woman. As she played a variety of roles, her biggest yet aside from being a mother and wife was our nana. After she retired in 1997 she took on a full time job of watching my sister and I. We could argue that nana was her favorite name. - LOL That is until she became gigi, then we are all sidelined to second place. - LOL. In August of 2016 a whole new light sparked in nana. Her best friend was here. Boy were they trouble together. Cash (little dixie) as she would say and nana had a very special kind of bond, one that can't be broken even in death. Once Dakota was here, she jumped right into the chaos of nana and cash. Nana cherished the time spent with the littles, she could act like a kid herself without judgment or question. It was a nice sight to see. She was determined and enthusiastic about Sophie's arrival, she waited patiently to be able to meet the newest, smallest addition to her club of grand babies.
Margie was a women's rights advocate long before she was anything else. You could see this with her personality and how she wasn't afraid to be a woman in a man's place. Nana did a remarkable job at balancing the important stuff that needed to be done when papa was laid up from being shot. From raising her kids, putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads, all the way to handling insurance issues and paperwork and most things "a man" would do at that time. This showed her perseverance and resilience. She was a starch defender when it came to her loved ones. She would make it a point to stand up for any underdog in her midst. Out of her siblings she was known to be the enforcer, as she would right any and all instances of people being tyrannized. To say that our nana was fierce would be an understatement. She is by far one of the strongest, most determined and compassionate women I've known. I can say with a matter of fact that I can see these attributes clearly in all of us, because of her. I'm honored to have been so heavily influenced by such an amazing woman.
As nana had such a drastic hand in who we've grown to be, we will forever be grateful to have had her for as long as we did. From playing the Easter bunny, (we loved to go to nanas to hunt eggs filled with money) LOL to making it her mission for us to do well in school, we would sit at that table for what felt like an eternity learning all the state capitals, how to have good penmanship when writing in cursive and of course, arithmetic. That was one mission she did not take lightly. LOL She was strict with her ways but she had an amazing ability to embolden us in everything we did. And believe me we did A LOT. She was a busy woman who had her hands full with the two of us kids (and an extra one or two from the neighborhood).
One of my favorite memories with Nana was when we were younger, when we would go on our blue hills trips. We loved to go there and hike to the tower to eat and spend the day outside. She was far from limited in the role she played for us. I'm sure Jen would talk about when she started horseback riding and nana would bring her and watch her ride when she was younger and first started, before anyone knew it she was there more and more feeding the animals and sweeping. Our schedule was constantly jam packed with activities and lessons that she also enjoyed attending. Her compassion was shown in many different instances but one in particular that comes to mind was grandparents day in elementary school. Our grandparents would all come into school and eat lunch with us. While she was there and we went to sit in the cafeteria, one of my classmates wasn't sitting with grandparents so nana was his grandmother for the day without question or hesitation, we sat with him and ate our lunch together. She was truly remarkable. Nana will forever be alive within us, just as papa is now. We will without a doubt hear their voices in times of trouble and also in times of greatness. We were blessed to have such a dedicated, loving, supportive nana for as long as we did. We will all miss her deeply, but we will carry her in our hearts.
"After all, to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."

Christine A Forshee Feb 28 2022 8:34 AM

Ellen Evans Feb 24 2022 2:39 PM

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Tanya Adames Feb 24 2022 10:36 AM

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Nancy Decoulos Feb 23 2022 11:17 AM

Auntie Marge will surely be missed. So sorry for your loss, sending the deepest love and sympathy to Ellen and Christine .

Nancy ( Daniels) Decoulos Feb 23 2022 11:16 AM

Prayers and thoughts go out to mu cousins, Christine, Ellen and their families. Auntie Margie…you will be so missed. You were always so thoughtful, quick-witted and always had a kind word. A gentle soul. You can be rejoined with your husband, my Uncle Dixie ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Mary Ellen Ross (niece) Feb 22 2022 7:33 PM

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Mary Ellen Ross Feb 22 2022 7:28 PM

I am truly sorry for your loss, Auntie Margie you will be surely missed, much love.💗💞💜🙏🙏🙏

Cheryl Roach Feb 22 2022 5:21 PM

I just sat and read her work history , forgetting that I actually worked with Auntie Marge on 4 different jobs !!!! Four !!!! A truly special lady who will be forever missed ❤️🙏🏻

Kathy Demartini Feb 22 2022 5:08 PM

We are so very sorry for the loss Aunt Marge , sending the deepest love and sympathy .
Richard , Cathy and Matthew Daniels

Cathy Daniels Feb 22 2022 4:37 PM