Regina (McGovern) Breheny, 84, Former Sister of Charity, Educator For 50 Years

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FRAMINGHAM – Regina C. (McGovern) Breheny, 84, a resident of St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham for the past 2 years died Sunday, March 1, 2020.  

Born in Queens, New York she was the daughter of the late Hugh & Rita (McNeil) McGovern, and the beloved wife of the late John Breheny.

After high school, Regina entered the Sisters of Charity of Halifax.

For 17 years in that order, she served as both a high school and elementary school teacher, but eventually she discerned that she was called to marry and have a family.

Several years after being released from her vows, she married John Breheny in 1976. She continued to teach in Catholic schools for a total of 50 years.

She enjoyed gardening, spiritual reading, the beautiful scenery of northeastern Pennsylvania, her two dogs and two cats, and sharing her Catholic faith with others.

Regina is survived by her son Sean H. Breheny of Andover, her brother, John McGovern of FL, her sisters, Margaret Noller of NY, Sr. Anne McGovern of NY, and Rose McGovern of NY, and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband John, she was predeceased by her siblings Rita, Hugh, Joseph, Carolyn, and Patricia.

Family and friends will honor and remember Regina’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham on Thursday, March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday morning in St. Stephen’s Church, 251 Concord St. Framingham at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made in Regina’s name to: American Life League (

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