Muriel F. Haggerty Print E-mail

Muriel F. Haggerty
a beloved lifelong resident of Lowell;


Muriel F. (Shanahan) Haggerty, 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 17, 2022 at the Palm Center in Chelmsford.

She was the wife of the late Philip J. Haggerty and resided in Lowell her entire life until moving to the Bayberry Assisted Living community in Tewksbury in 2016.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 9, 1924, the daughter of the late Edward F. and the late Mary F. (Fitzgerald) Shanahan, she was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception parish of Lowell and a former communicant of St. Patrick’s parish until she married Philip in 1950.

A proud graduate of St. Patrick’s Girl’s High School in Lowell, the entire class of sixteen with whom she graduated from St. Patrick’s with were all lifelong friends and Muriel shared many fond and cherished memories of their fun times together. She also attended Lowell Commercial College.

While raising her children, Muriel worked part-time as a clerk for the Lowell School System. Later in life, she retired after many years working for Mass Opticians in Lowell.

She will be fondly remembered for her strength of character and zeal for life, long into her 90’s. She and Phil enjoyed many years ballroom dancing with friends.

Muriel loved to sing to her family, meet with old and new friends, follow all the NE sports teams (especially the Red Sox) and swam in the ocean into her early 90’s. Muriel enjoyed playing cribbage and read the Lowell Sun newspaper every day. But her very favorite activity was to talk proudly of her beloved granddaughter, Molly.

Surviving Muriel are her two daughters, Mary Jo Sudol and her husband Stephen A. Sudol of Dracut and and Susan F. Jones and her husband John L. Jones of East Aurora, NY; her beloved granddaughter Molly B. of East Aurora, NY; and her sister H. Ursula Shanahan of Lowell. Muriel also had many loving friends of all ages who were like family to her.

She was also the sister of the late Edward F. Shanahan.

Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Monday morning July 25, 2022, from 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Her Funeral Mass will follow at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell, at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing to, may make contributions in her memory to The Immaculate Conception Restoration Fund, 3 Fayette Street, Lowell, MA 01854 or Compassus Hospice, 790 Turnpike St., Suite 202, N. Andover, MA 01845. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (6)
  • Sharon & Don Cyr  - A wonderful woman
    Dear Mary Jo & Susan A wonderful woman has gone to Heaven. Please accept our sincere sympathy. To have the pleasure of knowing your Mom was to love her. She was sure a special person and the kindest woman ever. What a wonderful daughter you were to her for many years. Rest in Peace Muriel Love, Don & Sharon Cyr
  • Donna Giuffrida  - Many blessings
    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family!!Although I only knew Muriel for a short few months, she was always, thoughtful, considerate and kind. What a Wonderful loving family. My deepest condolences. Donna Giuffrida
  • Eileen Sharkey  - So sorry to hear this
    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Haggerty’s passing. The world was a better place because she was in it. She used to talk to us kids as if we were adults and listened as if what we said was as important as anything an adult would say. And she was so kind.
  • Joann (PENS) Almeida
    I don't know where to begin. I met your family though you Dad at Saints I know you will remember me your Dad called me Pens. He was the grumpy old man that I wouldn't leave his room till I got a smile, he would be reading the newspaper and put it down enough to see it was me and he would say oh its you lol. That how I got to know your family and I was blessed to have met you all. I am so sorry for loss, your Mom was a great women. I pray to God to give your family the strength to get though this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My your Mom rest in peace. God Bless
  • Bernie & Donna Spellissy
    Mary Jo and Steve sending sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom.
  • Dennis and Patricia Cahill  - Deepest Sympathy
    Words, however kind can not mend your heartache. May you find strength and comfort in the love of family, the warm embrace of friends and the wonderful memories of you and your beautiful mother. She will always be by your side. Rest In Peace, Muriel. Our deepest sympathy to a beautiful family. Love, Dennis & Patricia Cahill
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