Sr. Mary Ann Quinn, 87, a Sister of St. Anne


Marlborough – Sr. Mary Ann Quinn (Sr. M. Jacques du Sacré Coeur), 87, a Sister of St. Anne, died Aug. 10, 2019 in Alliance Health at Marie Esther Center.

Born in Newton, she was the first of 12 children born to Timothy James Quinn and Catherine (Doucette) Quinn.

She attended elementary school at St. John Evangelist in Newton and graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians High School. After graduation, she joined the Sisters of St. Anne in Lachine, Quebec, Canada, and pronounced vows. During her years as an educator, Sr. Mary Ann earned a BA degree in Education from Anna Maria College (Paxton, MA), a MA degree in Latin from Boston College, a MA degree in French from Assumption College (Worcester, MA) and a MA degree in Pastoral and Education Ministry from Emmanuel College (Boston, MA).

A well-remembered educator and administrator, Sr. Mary Ann taught at the elementary, secondary and college levels. She was a Principal at both the elementary and high school levels and was a lecturer and Associate Professor of French at Anna Maria College where she chaired Anna Maria College’s Modern Languages Department. She taught at other schools staffed by the Sisters of St. Anne. These were in Holyoke, Worcester, and Marlborough in Massachusetts and in Central Falls, R.I.

Sr. Mary Ann served as Principal at the former St. Jean the Baptiste High School in Lynn, at Immaculate Conception School in Cambridge, and at St. Jerome School in Weymouth. She was the Director of Religious Education at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Woburn. Before returning to Marlborough, Sr. Mary Ann was the Director of Centro Marie Esther, a retreat house sponsored by the Sisters of St. Anne in Santiago, Chile.

In addition to her religious family of the Sisters of St. Anne, Sr. Mary Ann leaves to grieve siblings Norma Mackay of Billerica, Janet Shanshiry of Newton, Laurence (Janis) Quinn of Auburndale, Stephen (Lorraine) Quinn of Berlin, Robert (Brenda) Quinn of Clinton, John Quinn, and nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, Timothy, Bevan, Edward, Richard and Joseph Quinn.

The viewing will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 9-10:15 a.m., at St. Anne Convent, 720 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough. The funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the convent Chapel, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home, (, 378 Lincoln St., Marlborough.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Sisters of St. Anne Retirement Fund, 720 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough, MA 01752, or to a charity of your choice.