McHugh Funeral Home

283 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH


Shirlene F. Linehan

June 21, 1937December 28, 2019

On December 28th, 2019 a gentle, loving, woman – wife, mother, sister and friend – slipped away peacefully. Shirlene [Fife] Linehan was born June 21, 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah the daughter of John J. and Letha Lenora Fife. Shirlene graduated from South High School. In 1955 she met and married the love of her life, Arthur F. Linehan of Manchester, New Hampshire, who was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Shirlene volunteered at and later worked for Catholic Medical Center (CMC).

Shirlene is survived by her six children and their spouses, Terry (Mark), Bill (Rachel), Sean (Michelle), Colleen (Kirk), Maureen (John), and Tim; her grandchildren Melissa (Travis), Stephan, Alec, Connor (Melanie), Danielle (Jon), Thomas (Jordyn), Samantha, Timothy, Seamus and Taoighan and great-grandchildren, Liam, Easton, Addison and Christian. Siblings Tom and Frank. Sisters-in-law Claudia, Irene and Janice.

She was preceded in death by husband Arthur, her parents, brothers Terry and Steven, sister-in-law Geri, brothers-in-law Dave and Paul, and daughter-in-law Patricia.

Her family imagines the grand reunion with all who have passed before her. Shirlene’s legacy of love, forgiveness, gentleness and stubbornness will live on in all who loved her.

There were no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, January 4 at 10 am at St. Raphael’s Church, 103 Walker Street, Manchester. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford. Family and friends were requested to meet at the church. A memorial luncheon followed in St. Raphael’s Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Shirlene’s name be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org) or to St. Raphael’s Food Pantry (foodpantry@saint-raphael-parish.com). The family entrusted the McHugh Funeral Home with her care.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 4, 2020


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Bobbie Burns Caine

January 2, 2020

To the family of Shirlene Linehan, I would like to send my condolences and love to you. She was such a beautiful lady who loved her family and friends. I believe she is dancing with Arthur or having tea with my mom. God bless.

Kim Kassaras

December 31, 2019

Sean, Terry, Maureen, Colleen ,Tim and all, our deepest condolences on the passing of Shirlene. I know that Steve holds her dear and always loved his time and conversations with her. He says she was always his favorite “mom”. So sorry that the wages of this sinful life is death but we know that she knew the Lord and is safe in heaven. She was such a sweet soul and we are grieving with you. Steve, Kim and Elias Kassaras

Jean Sousa

December 31, 2019

I remember the 1st time I met Mam at Maureen's house. She was so inviting, gave me a big hug and offered positive advise. She always had something nice to say. She reminded me of my own grandmother. She became a grandmother to my own children, Alex and Mikayla. She will always have a special place in our heart.
God Bless you Mam. I know you are up in Heaven watching over your children and those you know. Love you, Jean

Lee Burns

December 30, 2019

No words can express the loss of such a person of exception. Both Shirlene and Arthur Linehan were exemplary examples of loving parents and wonderful people who left so much in their wake. They truly opened their arms to all who walked through their doors,,,,they changed lives,,, they changed mine. There are so many happy memories !!
,To me,, they were the definition of all that is good, that is true. Leaving a huge impact on me and I’m sure, other people. They were my extended family and I am saddened by their passing and send hugs to their children and extended family. God bless,,,,,


Catherine Handy

December 30, 2019

Moe and I have been friends since high school. There are so many memories.
I was welcomed with open arms and spent many visits sitting at their beautiful kitchen table nibbling on whatever homemade goodies were around. Always in awe of Mrs. Linehan for her strength, beauty (her twinkling blue eyes and embracing smile), her laughter and always a shoulder to cry on, a person with a huge heart to talk to.
I especially remember many Christmas night gatherings with Moe and her family. Those times were definitely highlights in my life.
I love you Mrs. Linehan and I am so grateful to you, Moe and your whole family.
Rest in sweet peace. Heaven has another wonderful angel.