Obituaries 05-01-2014

Anne Tiernan

IRS Retiree, Old Charlestown School Girls Association Member and Active Swimmer

Anne T. Tiernan, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, passed away peacefully on April 28. She was 86 years old.

Anne was born on June 26, 1927 to William J. Tiernan and Sarah Winifred Walsh Tiernan who emigrated from Galway, Ireland. Her father was a World War I Army veteran who died in 1929 after serving honorably in Mexico and Europe, leaving his wife Sarah to raise five children alone through the dark years of the depression.

Anne graduated from St. Mary’s Grammer School and Charlestown High School, Class of 1945. She was a member of the Old Charlestown School Girls Association where her niece Sally Klessens serves as President. She was also an active swimmer for years with memberships to the Armed Service YMCA in Charlestown and the Holiday Inn Pool Club in Somerville.

Anne worked since middle school for over 40 years as a bookkeeper at Eddie Henry’s Variety Store on Main Street in Charlestown. She then worked at the JFK Building for the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in January of 1996 after many years of service.

She was the devoted sister of Margaret Klessens of Somerville and the late Mary Sanborn, William Tiernan and Frances Coyne; the loving aunt of Sally W. Klessens of Somerville, William F. Klessens of New Hampshire, Cornelius J. Klessens and his wife, Donna of Beverly, Thomas F. Klessens and his wife, Jean of Tyngsboro, William Sanborn and his wife, Lorraine of Saugus and Maureen O’Malley and her husband, Robert of Holliston. She is also survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Anne was tremendously loved and will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by family members and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Anne’s Funeral on Friday, May 2 at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St. Charlestown at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. To send a message of condolence, please visit

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