Rose (Spillane) Plunkett

Rose Plunkett, 94, formerly of South Boston, West Roxbury and Milton


Boston – She called everyone “Lovey” and asked her family and friends to live life according to the Golden Rule of doing to others as you would have them do to you. On September20th,  Rose Ann Plunkett died in peace of natural causes at Sherrill House in Jamaica Plain surrounded by her family.

Born in Boston in 1918, Rose Plunkett was raised in South Boston where she lived for 40 years before moving to West Roxbury and then Milton.

She was baptized, schooled and married at St. Augustine’s Parish in South Boston where she regularly brought her family to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. As a young woman she worked as an office manager in the meat markets of Faneuil Hall before taking an administrative job with the Boston Public Schools where she enjoyed working with special education students whom she saw as “God’s children”. In retirement she enjoyed summers on Cape Cod at her “Irish Villa” and winters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Rose enjoyed regularly attending the St. Patrick’s day parade in South Boston where she hugged politicians and danced to “The Irish Belly Dancer”.

She leaves her sister Helen of South Boston; her son Joseph P. Plunkett III and his wife Carole of Milton; her grandson Joseph P. Plunkett IV and his wife Beth of Milton; her granddaughter Kate Plunkett Tobin and her husband John Tobin of West Roxbury; her grandson Michael  Plunkett and his wife Paquita Bass of Dedham; and her six beloved great-grandchildren Patrick, Paige, Matthew, Daniel, Susie and Rose.

She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Plunkett, Jr. (US Army WW II  POW, Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient), the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Spillane of County Kerry, Ireland and was the sister of the late John, Charles and Buddy Spillane and of Mary Mackie and Sister Saint Agnes, SND.

She will be waked at Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home in Milton Village at the intersection of Adams Street, Randolph Avenue, and Canton Avenue. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, September 24 from 4-8.  A Funeral Mass will be said on Tuesday,  September 25 at 10 am at Saint Elizabeth Church on Reedsdale Road in Milton. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury.

Donations in Rose Plunkett’s memory may be made to the South Boston Boys & Girls Club, 230 West Sixth Street, South Boston, MA 02127.