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Vivien A Regan
March 26, 1931 - July 17, 2021
Obituary For Vivien A Regan
Vivien A (Covino) Regan of Peabody, formerly of Saugus and Winthrop, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2021, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was the devoted wife of the late Walter J. Regan, with whom she shared over sixty years of marriage. No doubt Dad was waiting with open arms.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Joseph (Giuseppe) Covino who emigrated from Italy and Eva (Studzinska) who emigrated from Poland. Vivien grew up in Winthrop and was a proud graduate of WHS, Class of 1949 (the 49ers). She was also proud not to be a member of the Naughty Niner’s. Her mom, Eva (pronounced Ev ah) had a green thumb, was an animal whisperer, and was terrified of thunder and lightning. When thunder rumbled through Winthrop, her mom would sit on the table in the middle of the kitchen, clasping Holy Water to her chest. No lightning ever dared strike Eva’s Catholic home. Her dad Joseph was a gentle and well-educated man who once owned a fish market in Boston and died in his beloved Italy.
Vivien was a dear and dedicated sister to Rose Larson, Connie Mustone, Gloria Panarello, Grace Price, Josephine Natale, and Francis (Frank) Covino - the only son of a proud Italian father, and that made him a big deal. Mom and her sisters were affectionally known as CBS (the Covino Broadcasting System) based on their timely and efficient dissemination of local “news” from one sibling to the next, a telephone line Vivien manned with her family and friends for the rest of her life.
Vivien is survived by her sons Tim (Deb) Regan, Paul Regan, Matt (Kathy) Regan, Jack (Michaela) Regan and her daughter who was her “heart”, the aptly named Joy (Andrew) Wallace; her beloved grandchildren, Chris and TJ (Stephanie) Regan, Alex, Matthew and Nicole Regan, Jill, Katie and Samantha Wallace, and Jack and Caitlyn Regan; and by two great grandchildren, Mason Regan and Brody Walter Regan. She loved her siblings’ children as her own and was the “favorite” Auntie Bib to so many loving and devoted nieces and nephews. Their love for our mom was palpable and kept her heart full as she prepared to move on to heaven.
Our mom also had a legion of friends, and many would say that she was the glue that kept them together all these years. It is impossible to reflect upon our mom’s life without thinking of all her Pals. Before she died, she told me to “tell my Pals I love them”. And that she did.
To our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend, we are so lucky to call you ours. 90 years on earth is quite the accomplishment. What an honor it was to share our time with you.
Service Information: Friends and family are invited to attend Vivien’s Funeral Mass on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Saint Jude at www.stjude.org.
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