Anne "Nancy" E. (McTiernan) McLaughlin passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 14, at her residence in Agawam, at the age of 75. Nancy was born in Springfield, MA, on September 16, 1942, a daughter of Terrence J. and Anna (Hartford) McTiernan. She was raised and educated in the Forest Park section of Springfield and later graduated from Ursuline Academy, before attending and graduating from Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee with her bachelor’s degree in Education. Nancy began a long career as a teacher that spanned over thirty seven years. She resided for many years in Newburyport and was an educator for most of her career at Exeter Junior High School in Exeter, NH, where she eventually retired from in 2003. She also assisted at the Middlesex House of Corrections for a few years as a teacher. Nancy was a continuous learner herself and during her teaching career, she obtained two master's degrees. Her first was a master's in Reading from Lowell University in 1976 and the second was a master's in Administration from Salem State in 1988. After her full retirement, she returned to this area and has resided in Agawam ever since. Nancy was a voracious reader and belonged to the Book Club at the Springfield Library and read for the blind on public radio broadcasted from Springfield Technical Community College. She enjoyed traveling throughout the world and enjoyed all sorts of movies. She was a woman of great knowledge and intelligence, who had the ability to retain many facts. Nancy was very political and a strong supporter of the Democratic Party. She is survived by her sister, Alice R. Rolland of Feeding Hills; her nieces, Lisa Rolland of Feeding Hills and Michelle Fisher and her husband, Scott of Huntersville, NC; her nephews, Joseph Rolland of West Springfield, Mark Rolland and his wife, Cori, of Southwick and Matthew Rolland of Feeding Hills; seven loving grandnieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and professional colleagues over the years.
Family and friends will gather on Thursday, April 19th, for a period of visitation from 9 - 10 a.m. at the Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St., Springfield. Burial will follow immediately after the mass at St. Michael's Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Anne's name may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. www.hafeyfuneralservice.com