Enjoyed attending opera, ballet and theater

Published August 28, 2019

CAMBRIDGE — Ann Wadden Bolger of Cambridge, formerly of Groton, passed away peacefully on Aug. 26, 2019 surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Ann was a brilliant, strong, selfless and caring woman who wished to be remembered most as a loving mother of five and grandmother of 10. Ann devoted her life to her family and they were her pride and joy. In her retirement, she spent countless days caring for her grandchildren and loving every minute of her time with them. In the past 15 years, Ann attended hundreds of Lynnfield youth sports games, rarely missing an opportunity to see her grandchildren in action.

Ann taught fourth grade in the Groton Public Schools for close to 20 years. Her students revered her and often spoke of how she shaped their lives as learners. Upon her retirement from teaching in 1995, Ann moved back to her hometown of Cambridge, where she enjoyed attending the opera, ballet, theater and the symphony.

Ann is survived by her five children and their families: Carol and John Esposito of Georgetown and their children, Joseph, Christopher, and Mary; David and Amy Bolger of South Burlington, Vt. and their children, Sade and Liam; Judy and Steve Benardete of Amenia, N.Y. and their daughter, Emma; Elise and Chris Ruggles of Topsfield and their daughter Abby; and Michael and Jessica Bolger of Lynnfield and their children Jacob, Declan and Devin. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Ann’s name to Doctors Without Borders.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 at Brown and Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Rd., Belmont. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 29 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge.