Phyllis M. Minehan, 90, of Marlborough


Obit Phyllis MinehanMarlborough – Phyllis M. (Corrigan) Minehan, 90, of Marlborough, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center after a long illness.

Born in Dorchester, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Elsworth) Corrigan. Orphaned as a young child, she and her sister Verna were raised by the late mayor, Michael P. and Marguerite (Grady) Cronin, and resided in Marlborough since 1933.

She was the wife of the late Francis L. Minehan, Jr. for 51 years.  She was predeceased by her brother, Billy Corrigan of Dorchester, and two sisters, Verna Shepherd of Marlborough and Elinor Cincotta of Randolph.

She leaves four daughters, Marguerite Ratford of La Quinta, Calif., Maryellyn Carrigan of Peterborough, N.H., and Frances Gruttner and Jane Brecken of Marlborough, and two beloved nieces, Deborah (Marshall) McCormack of Marlborough and Linda (Marshall) Thompson of Tustin, Calif. She was blessed with seven grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan (Jay), Damian, Aaron (deceased), Jonah, Katie and Kevin, along with two great-granddaughters, Maizie and Maryn Delano.

After graduating from Marlborough High School in 1942, Phyllis then went to assist at the Port of Embarkation in Norfolk, Va. during World War II. She also worked as a switchboard operator for New England Telephone in Marlborough. While bringing up her family, she enjoyed her waitressing job at Ken’s Steak House in Framingham for over 25 years.

Phyllis was full of life and a friend to all. She had the gift of encouragement and an endearing sense of humor that brought light to many. When she wasn’t on the golf course, she would be entertaining the neighborhood kids by the poolside. She had a great love for dogs and there was always a family pet or two.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, from 2-4 p.m., in the Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln St., Marlborough.  A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 29, at 9 a.m., in Immaculate Conception Church, Prospect Street. Burial will be private.

Family and friends are invited to sign Phyllis’s online guestbook at

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