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Lois Elizabeth Callaghan

December 23, 1922 February 24, 2019
Lois Elizabeth Callaghan
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Lois Elizabeth Callaghan

Lois E. Callaghan, 96, a longtime resident of Oak Ridge, died February 24, 2019 peacefully at her home following a brief illness. At her passing, she was surrounded by children and grandchildren who were blessed by her unconditional love and unwavering faith.
Until the last two weeks of her life, she was a tireless supporter of her church and community and a source of strength and inspiration for her family and friends.
“Lois was a pillar of St. Mary’s parish and touched many lives in Oak Ridge,” said close friend, Pat Zanolli. “She was a loyal friend and nurturing mother who will be lovingly missed.”
A devout Roman Catholic, Mrs. Callaghan initiated development of the Perpetual Adoration Ministry at St. Mary’s Church. With her parish partners, she fostered this ministry for almost 20 years. Decades earlier in 1958, she and her husband commissioned a marble statue of the Virgin Mary on the parish grounds that was sanctioned by the diocese Bishop as Our Lady of Oak Ridge.
She was born December 23, 1922 in Norristown PA to the late Elizabeth and Lewis Werkiser. After attending business school, she worked in an administrative capacity on the construction of the Alcan Highway between Alaska and Canada. She later moved to New York City to work for a U.S. government immigration agency. While at this job, she met and fell in love with Frank Callaghan, an Army intelligence officer.
They married in 1944 and moved in 1949 to Oak Ridge where he was director of security for the Atomic Energy Commission (now the Department of Energy). After his retirement from DOE in 1973, she worked alongside him at Frank Callaghan & Associates, an advertising and PR firm in Oak Ridge. Following his death in 1978, she owned and operated The Final Touch a women’s fashion accessory store.
In addition to her passion for her church and love of country, Mrs. Callaghan loved dogs and caring for birds outside her home.
She is survived by children Patti Callaghan of Newburgh IN, Susan Callaghan of Atlanta, Kathy Callaghan (Wayne Edwards) of Nashville, Chrissi Rhea of Oak Ridge, Kevin Callaghan (Deborah) of Dallas; grandchildren Bryan Gray (Sherissa) of Newburgh IN, Stephanie Brough (Curt) of Brownsburg IN, Andrea Reyes (Tim) of Knoxville, Kevin Rhea (Pam) of Knoxville, Dr. Jess Edwards (Mike Zelek) of Chapel Hill NC, Katie Callaghan of Dallas, Kimmie Callaghan of Dallas and eight great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her loyal and loving dog, Casey.
A visitation with the family will be Friday, March 1, 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church before the funeral mass at 2:30 p.m. The church is located at 327 Vermont Avenue, Oak Ridge. The burial service will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Rhea, Curt Brough, Bryan Gray, Russell Beaty, Mike Zelek and Tim Reyes.
Memorial donations can be made to St Mary’s Catholic School. https://school.stmarysoakridge.org/
An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com


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Visitation

Friday

1

Mar

1:00 PM 3/1/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:30 PM 3/1/2019 2:30:00 PM
Saint Mary's Catholic Church

327 Vermont Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Saint Mary's Catholic Church
327 Vermont Avenue Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

1

Mar

2:30 PM 3/1/2019 2:30:00 PM
Saint Mary's Catholic Church

327 Vermont Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Saint Mary's Catholic Church
327 Vermont Avenue Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Graveside

Friday

1

Mar

4:00 PM 3/1/2019 4:00:00 PM
Oak Ridge Memorial Park

1501 Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Catholic Garden

Oak Ridge Memorial Park
1501 Bethel Valley Road Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oak Ridge Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1501 Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

1501 Bethel Valley Road Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Mary's School

323 Vermont Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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