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Anne "Bobbie" (Woods) Quirk

September 22, 1936 ~ June 18, 2018 (age 81)


Anne Woods Quirk, known to many as “Bobbie,” to her children as “Mom,” and to her grandchildren as “Nana,” passed away surrounded by her family on June 18, 2018. A life-long resident of Holyoke, Bobbie grew up with her six siblings on Fairfield Avenue. She attended Holyoke Public Schools before attending Westfield Teachers College and graduating from American International College. She was a long-time special education teacher in the Holyoke Public Schools and devoted her life to helping her students. She met her husband John Quirk at Westfield Teachers College and they married in 1956. Together they created a home on Stanford Street filled with laughter, faith, and character for their five children. Those values are carried on by her “perfect dozen” grandchildren whom she loved so dearly. She loved her family, her garden, her home, and her city. She will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved her. Bobbie was predeceased by her husband John J. Quirk, parents James H. Woods and Katherine Mahoney Woods, her brothers John, Pat and Richard Woods. Her legacy includes her five children Anne Heston (Frank) of Florence, Kate Hebert (Ken), Mary Quirk Fallon (Dan), Liza Lavelle (Jimmy) all of Holyoke, and John Quirk (Samantha) of Longmeadow. She leaves her twelve grandchildren, Elizabeth and Katherine Heston, Thomas and Erin Hebert, Danny and Sheila Fallon, Hugh, Grace, Owen and John Lavelle, and Emily and Will Quirk.  Bobbie leaves three sisters, Kathy Burke and Susan Woods of Holyoke, and Paula Kaufman of Weymouth, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. The funeral will be held Thursday at 9:00am at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, followed by Mass in Our Lady of the Cross Church at 10:00am. Burial will be held in St. Jerome Cemetery. Calling hours will take place Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Friends of Holyoke Public Schools, PO Box 10261, Holyoke, MA 01041

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