Frances Rita Cosgrove, 84, of North Falmouth died December 6.
The daughter of John A. and Anna (Callahan) Connerty, she grew up in West Roxbury. After graduation from Roslindale High School, she earned her teacher’s degree in 1958 from Boston State Teacher’s College and taught elementary grades in Boston and Norwood public schools.
She married Joseph J. Cosgrove, also of West Roxbury, on November 7, 1959. During their 59 years of marriage they raised four children and set up homes in Walpole and Easthampton, Colorado Springs, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Santa Cruz in California, and Andover.
Throughout the opportunities for travel to six continents due to her husband's position as vice president of worldwide manufacturing for Digital Equipment Corporation, Ms. Cosgrove’s favorite place remained Cape Cod, and every summer she returned to the family summer home in New Silver Beach, North Falmouth. The couple moved there permanently in the early 2000s when her husband retired. Mr. Cosgrove died in January 2019.
While raising her children she was a Cub Scouts den mother, activities coordinator, substitute teacher, English tutor and, while living in Easthampton, an elected member of the school committee in the 1970s and early 1980s.
She leaves her children, Joseph M. Cosgrove and his wife, Rita Cosgrove, of Methuen, Jeanne F. Cosgrove and her husband, William Steffancin, of Fort Worth, Texas, and North Falmouth, Mary Verbeke and her husband, John Verbeke, of Simsbury, Connecticut, and Brendan M. Cosgrove and his wife, Sylvia Cosgrove, of San Mateo, California; seven grandchildren, Benjamin Cosgrove, Dr. Kate Cosgrove, Kara Cunningham, Sean Cunningham, Ryan Flynn, Sophie Verbeke and Nathaniel Verbeke; a brother, Paul Connerty of West Roxbury; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her brother John Connerty, who died in July 2016.
A private funeral Mass will be said on Thursday, December 10, at St. Theresa’s-Avila Church in West Roxbury, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury.
A public celebration of her life will be at a later date.