Published in MetroWest Daily News on April 22, 2010
Anne Theresa (Ahearn) Chiappinelli, of Milford, Conn., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. She was 83 years old. Born and raised in Natick, the daughter of the late George and Katherine (Hickey) Ahearn, Anne was educated in the Natick schools and a graduate of Natick High School. She went on to study at the Waltham Hospital School of Nursing. While serving her internship at Boston City Hospital, Anne met and eventually married the late Dr. Dante Chiappinelli. She left her nursing career to be a dedicated wife and mother. After raising her family, Anne returned to school earning her Bachelor's Degree from Quinnipiac College and her Master's Degree from New Haven University. Anne was employed as the Elder Outreach Coordinator for the Orange, Connecticut Senior Center until retiring in 2005. Anne was a true lover of the seashore enjoying time spent on Nantucket and in Gloucester and Cape Ann. She also enjoyed attending plays, traveling, and reading, however nothing compared to the time she spent with her granddaughters and family. Anne was the cherished mother of David Chiappinelli of Billerica, Prof. Vincent Chiappinelli and his wife Suzanne of Washington, D.C., and Diane Chiappinelli of Watertown and the adored grandmother of Katherine and Alexandra. She is also survived by two sisters, Marie Hurley of Bedford and Jean White of Natick; many nieces and nephews; and her daughter's beloved Corgi "Mabel". Anne was predeceased by her sister Louise Driscoll. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend Anne's funeral in the Chapel of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. (at Natick Common) NATICK, Friday, April 23, 2010, at noon. Her family will receive visitors for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Natick. Anne's family requests that donations in her memory be made to the American Heart Assoc. 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701; or to the Lahey Clinic Palliative Care Service, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. For directions and online guestbook please visit www.everettfuneral.com.