Giovanna (Jenny) (Mazzola) Moynihan, 90, of Leominster, died peacefully on February 11 at her home. She was the wife of the late Richard Moynihan and leaves a son, John and his wife Judy, of Hopkinton and a daughter, Mary, of Worcester. Jenny is survived by her sister, Lucia (Lucy) Hutchinson of Leominster, was predeceased by her brother, Gerardo (Gerry) Mazzola and leaves several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jenny was born on September 2, 1931, the daughter of Loretto and Antonia Mazzola (Pellegrini), and lived in Leominster her entire life. She graduated from St. Bernard’s High School, received her BA from Salem State University and M.Ed. from Fitchburg State University. While at Salem State, Jenny was active in several campus organizations and a member of the school's women's tennis team.
Jenny retired from the Leominster School System after teaching business education at the high school for 25 years. She also served as the school's senior class yearbook advisor. During retirement, she and Richard enjoyed their home in Yarmouth Port and travelled throughout Italy. Jenny and her family were lifelong parishioners of St. Ann’s, where she taught CCD for the parish.
Jenny will be remembered for her gracious, thoughtful and reserved presence. She was a loving wife, a caring and devoted mother, a loyal friend and a mentor to her students. John and Mary are forever grateful to the caregivers who assisted their mother in her final years.
The funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, February 15, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anna’s Church, 194 Lancaster St., Leominster.
There are no calling hours.