Had a passion for learning and a desire to teach and educate

Published in the May 12, 2016 edition

Irene-Bourne-Obit-webNORTH ANDOVER — Irene C. (Turilli) Bourne, 79 , of North Andover and formerly of Dover, Delaware and North Reading, died at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill on Friday, May 6, 2016. She was the loving wife of the late George W. Bourne, III.

Born in Somerville on November 30, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Ferdinando Turilli and Delphina (Tiberii) Turilli. She grew up in and attended school in North Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School as well as Lowell State Teacher’s College. She was retired elementary school teacher in North Reading, Reading and Dover, Delaware.

Irene has been a resident of North Andover for over 40 years and member of St. Michael Parish. She was a member of the Red Hats, a local women’s bowling league and a variety of clubs.

Irene had a passion for learning and a desire to teach and educate. She had a strong love for family and friends and a powerful devotion to her Italian Heritage as well as a joy for cooking and baking. Her many interests and hobbies included painting, reading, bowling, speaking Italian, Zumba and spending time with family.

Family members include her loving son, George W. Bourne, IV and his wife Cynthia of Boston; her daughter, Cathy O’Neill and her husband Sean of West Peabody; sisters, Josephine Doherty of North Reading, Rose Babine of Andover, Anna Mercuri of Chelmsford, and Mary Turilli of Stoneham; grandchildren, Jessica and Jillian Bourne, and Nicole, Julia and Leah O’Neill and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, May 11, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt.62), North Reading.   Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Turilli–Bourne Scholarship Fund, Please make check payable to: Maryann MacKay, Treasurer, 235 North Street (Town Hall), North Reading, MA 01864.