February 7, 2021
Antoinette “Ann” Marie (Calabro) Quain, 97, of Longmeadow, longtime resident of Hingham; died peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
Born in Dorchester (Boston) on February 6, 1924, to the late Caroline M. Allodi and Joseph L. Calabro (both born in Sicily), Antoinette grew up in the Merrymount section of Quincy, the second oldest of nine children. She attended Quincy High School and was a graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1947. She served as a cadet nurse at Fort Devens during WWII.
A job opportunity brought Ann to the Midwest, where she worked as an occupational health nurse at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She met and married the late Ronald T. Quain of Detroit, MI in June of 1959, and started her family. Following her husband’s untimely death in 1968, Ann eventually returned to her roots on the South Shore of Massachusetts, settling in Hingham in 1971. There, Ann began a 20-year nursing career at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, a job which supported her four young children through their college years.
Over the decades and into her retirement years, Ann delighted in cooking, baking, and gardening. Active in music and the arts, she was a violinist in both the Hingham Civic and South Shore Philharmonic Orchestras. Ann’s adventurous spirit and love of travel led her to visit Hawaii, many countries in Europe, and to see much of the US. At the age of 88, she toured Sicily with her sister, a dream vacation come true! Ann always enjoyed sharing in a good meal, and attending a special occasion or holiday gathering. She loved to sit in the sun, read, and take long walks along the ocean, especially at Nantasket Beach in Hull. Above all, Antoinette was selflessly devoted to -- and so content to spend time with -- her large, extended family of Calabro’s and Quain’s.
Ann was a cherished and dedicated mother, wife, sister, aunt, grandmother, and close friend to many. She was a truly remarkable woman of great strength, courage, and faith. Her will to live, and to live well, was inspiring. After 45 years in her home, Ann moved to assisted living communities in Hingham (Linden Ponds) and Longmeadow (Glenmeadow), ending with a brief stay at East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center. Ann persevered to make certain that all the necessary ingredients of her recipe for life were included in her passing -- being surrounded by her loving family, and receiving the blessed sacrament of last rite. She passed in comfort, peace, and in faith, a day after her 97th birthday. May God eternally bless the beautiful spirit of our beloved Antoinette Marie Quain. She will be missed beyond words and remembered always.
Ann was the beloved wife of the late Ronald T. Quain; loving mother of Carol Glennon (husband Timothy F. Glennon, Jr.) of Elmhurst, IL, Linda M. Quain of Williamsburg, MA, Ronald M. Quain (partner Andrea SanMarco) of Madison, CT, and Janet Quain-Nowak (husband Ronald H. Nowak) of Longmeadow, MA; proud and cherished grandmother of Michael and Nicole Quain, Tim and Leo Glennon, and Liam, Sophia and Tessa Nowak; and caring sister of Joseph L. Calabro, Jr. of Weymouth, Edward Calabro of Quincy, Carolyn Mulholland of New York, Eleanor Sabini of Milton, Roberta Vernaglia of Brockton, and Richard Calabro of Arizona. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Joan Reid of Michigan and Wisconsin. Antoinette is predeceased by her sisters Jeannette G. Perot and Pauline M. Anderson.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday, February 14, from 2-6 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), Hingham, MA. Her funeral mass will be private. Normally, the funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. Although we cannot gather together with Antoinette’s family at this time, friends may still offer their support by sharing a special memory or message by clicking the link above. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Antoinette’s name to a charity of one’s choice.