Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 10, 2012

Virginia Kenny Rourke, 81

Virginia Kenny Rourke, 81 died May 1, 2012, at Fox Hill Village in Westwood, MA, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late James Arthur Rourke, MD.

Born and educated in Lynn, Virginia was the daughter of Francis H. and Esther Ryan Kenny. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn and from the Lynn Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse for several years at Lynn Hospital and then as a rehabilitation coordinator in Boston. Virginia also participated in the choir and the garden club at Fox Hill Village.

Virginia is survived by a daughter, Carol Rourke Nohelty and her husband Richard D. Nohelty of Andover; three sons, James Francis Rourke of Lexington, Thomas Arthur Rourke and his wife Terry of Sudbury, MA, and Bryan John Rourke of Providence, RI; a sister, Carol Monsivais of Del Rio, TX; a brother Richard P. Kenny of Danvers; five grandsons, Austin, Eric, Lain, Richard, and Alex; and several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Augustine Church in Andover with burial to follow in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Friends will be warmly received on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., Methuen, Ma.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451-1991. For directions and to send online condolences please visit