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Janet Tierney

Newton – Janet L. Tierney, of Newton, formerly of Needham, died Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Boston Medical Center. She was 67.

Janet was born in Boston on April 18, 1952, a daughter of Virginia T. (Houghton) Tierney of Waltham and the late Joseph F. Tierney. She was raised in Needham and was a 1970 graduate of Needham High. Four years later she earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Until her retirement two years ago she was the Nuclear Medicine Division Manager at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton where she'd worked for more than forty years. Janet lived in Milford and in Sherborn before moving to Newton in 2002.

She loved and cared for many people during her life. Janet helped with the daily care for her mother, raised a successful daughter and cherished time spent with her 2 year old and 5 month old grandsons when her daughter was away as a Coast Guard reservist. She loved Earl Grey tea and Sudoku. She embraced adventure with her daughter and recently visited Colorado, Guam, Alaska and Iceland.

Her giving nature extended beyond her death when after being stricken with a fatal aneurysm she became an organ donor. Janet will long be remembered as being warm, loving, kind and generous.

In addition to her mother, Virginia, she leaves her daughter, Sarah E. Ernst (Torsten) of Rabun Gap, Georgia; her grandson, Elias A. and Amundsen O.A. Ernst; her sisters and brothers, Patricia J. Sullivan of Newton, Joseph F. Tierney of Needham, Lawrence R. Tierney of Waltham, Virginia M. Schwoerer of Storrs, CT and Timothy P. Tierney of Needham and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Janet's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, March 13th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington Street, Newton where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private.


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03/08/20 04:21 PM #1    

Paul Sullivan

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Tierney family. Janet was a shining star. Sorry for your loss Joe

03/09/20 07:11 AM #2    

Sue Ann Stansfield (Fecteau)

Janet was a very nice and caring person. I am so sad to hear of this. Gone to soon. Prayers and thoughts to her family.

Sue-Ann Stansfield Fecteau

03/10/20 06:01 PM #3    

Anthony Socci

Rest in peace: Condolences to family and friends. Always sad to see one of our contemporaries pass on at a relatively young age. 

03/14/20 03:41 PM #4    

Paul Neale

Janet was a true jewel! She was always there to help in any capacity she could.  I danced with her 50 years ago and I got to dance with her again, recently. It was great! She was preparing for the "retirement" phase of her life and had many plans to enjoy every day of it.  She had every intention of attending the "50th" and renewing old friendships.  She has a wonderful family and a beautiful daughter that will miss her terribly as will I. My deepest sympathies on her loss.

03/17/20 11:13 PM #5    

Joel Werthman

I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Janet Tierney.  She and

I were classmates in an English class.  That was fifty years ago

in senior English taught by my  favorite teacher ever, Mrs. Liliian Berlew.

I remember  Janet as a kind and highly intelligent girl  with a radiant

smile. If my memory isn't playing tricks on me, I remember that outside

of class we would pretend that we were professors in some of the storied

universities of Europe.  My thoughts are with her loved ones, and may

she rest in peace.

Joel Werthman



03/25/20 08:29 PM #6    

Laurie Baldelli (Carney)

Janet & I reconnected when I worked at St Elizabeth's Hospital from 1978 until I moved to FL in 1990.   She was well respected by her colleagues.   I remember the first time I saw her in the halls of the hospital.....Mickey Mouse said it ...".it's a small world"!    It was great reminiscing with her .   I had my Mom transported to St E's a few times and it was comforting when she was in Janet's hands in the Nuclear Medicine Dept. God bless her and all she left behind.

03/26/20 11:05 AM #7    

Joan OConnell

Janet's family lived on Mayo Ave, near mine on Stevens Road, and we often walked to and from Stephen Palmer together. She just always had a smile on her face!   I suspect we all remember her first and foremost as sweet and generous. 

I always enjoyed talking with her at the reunions - she was so proud of her daughter!  I will really miss catching up with her at our next reunion.  

03/26/20 12:35 PM #8    

Walter S. Morris

I remember Janet's kindness and an openness to be friendly with everyone.  She had an incredibly warm smile that must have enhanced the lives of the patients and co-workers at St. E's.  Janet's loving legacy will live on in the hearts of everyone that knew her.  My heart goes out to the entire wonderful Tierney family!                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Walter

06/28/20 05:23 PM #9    

Beth Nardone (Fridinger)

I am so sorry to hear this. 

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