Maureen E. (Canniff) Valkanas, age 79

of Canton

Maureen E. (Canniff) Valkanas, age 79

Maureen E. (Canniff) Valkanas, age 79, of Canton, died peacefully, Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Norwood Hospital.

Maureen was born in Quincy, to the late Mary A. (Sullivan) and Edward T. “Tad” Canniff, Sr. She was raised in Hyde Park and was a graduate of Hyde Park High School, Class of 1958. She had lived in Canton for five years, previously in Marshfield for over twenty years, and earlier in Dedham for twenty-one years.

She was employed as a secretary and graduated from the former Boston Clerical School. She began her career at the Watertown Arsenal, where she would meet her husband. She later worked in various banking institutions. She finished her career working with her late husband at Mount Auburn Memorials in Cambridge.

Maureen was a daily communicant and an active parishioner of Saint Ann By The Sea Church in Marshfield, where she served as a Eucharistic minister. She had a special devotion to the rosary and enjoyed watching Boston Catholic Television.

Maureen was an avid gardener and loved to cook, especially Greek dishes. She was an avid traveler and enjoyed spending time in Marco Island, Fla.

Beloved wife of the late Andrew T. Valkanas.

Devoted mother of Michael A. Valkanas, M.D. and his wife Lynne of Canton and her beautiful daughter, the late Diane Valkanas.

Loving grandmother of Andrew Michael and Laura Diane.

One of seven siblings, she was the dear sister of Edward T. Canniff, Jr. of Mattapan, Susan A. Gillis and her husband Thomas of Hyde Park, Claire M. Sullivan of Weymouth and her late husband Paul, and was predeceased by Mary Lou Donovan and her late husband Francis, William S. Canniff and his surviving wife Patricia of Milton, and Kathleen A. Hansen.

Sister-in-law of Ann Karas and Bill Karas of New York and Aglaea Vranos and her husband Alex of Connecticut.

Maureen is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Interment took place at Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. A memorial Mass and celebration of Maureen’s life will be held at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Maureen’s memory may be made to the Diane Valkanas Scholarship Fund, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02466 or to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574 or at


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  • You will be sorely missed, my dear friend. Rest In Peace; you’re home. ❤️🙏🏻

  • My wife always said great things about her. They had a great relationship. May she rest in peace

  • Although I was serving her as a nurse aide, we had an almost perfect relationship. She was like a mum to me. Maureen was exciting to be around most of the time and I will always cherish the times we spent together. Fare thee well mum.

  • Dear Michael, Lynne, Andrew , and Laura,
    I am so grateful to all of you for opening your hearts and your home to my dear sister, Maureen, and for providing her with excellent care as she dealt with the devastating ALS disease.
    She was so happy to be living in your home, knowing you were close by. She loved seeing her beautiful grandchildren who were the light of her life.
    May you find comfort in remembering all those special times you spent with her, and may you know she is now at peace with her loving daughter, Diane, and her devoted husband, Andy.
    May God Bless all of you, knowing how much she loved you!
    Aunt Sue ❤️

  • Mike and Lynne we are so sorry for your loss. You both have been so devoted to her and her care.
    The Callahan, Pittsley Family

  • So sorry for your painful loss Michael, Lynn, Andrew and Laura. Maureen was ALWAYS ready with a bright smile. She was a beautiful person inside and out.

  • Sorry to hear about Auntie ReRe 😇❤️ She will be missed!
    Thinking of you Michael & Family at this sad time. She was a very nice & caring woman. Sue-Sue & I were “flower girls” in her wedding. (Although I don’t remember much of it, I was 4 yrs old). I used to babysit Diane & Michael & we all got to slept in her huge bed they had! She Always had a story to tell. She will be missed! May she Rest In Peace!
    We love you,
    Elaine & Allison Donovan

  • Love you beyond Auntie ReRe xox

  • My condolences to the Canniff and Valkanas family. I remember Maureen from the good old days at Rocky Pond.

  • I will forever hold you Aunt Maureen in my heart. We shared so many family fun holidays and vacations together. Your Greek cooking and brownies were the world’s best! I know you are at peace now that you have reunited with Diane and Uncle Andy. May your memory be eternal.

  • Still trying to accept the fact that I won’t be seeing her at night anymore. She would always say “God bless you” any time I did something for her. I’m extremely sad by her departure, my only consolation is that she is in a better place with her late husband and daughter. May she rest in God’s perfect peace. And God bless you Mike and Lynne for taking care of her in your home, where I had the opportunity to work as one of Maureen’s night nurses. She will be missed greatly.
    Rebecca Sackey, RN.

  • Mike and Lynne, so sorry for your loss. Seeing her picture brings back many memories of summers in Marshfield. We always felt like family there. You guys are in our prayers and thoughts.

  • I’ll always remember you as ‘Smiley’
    You always had a smile for me…and spanakopita.
    What a fight you gave to stay with your family and grandchildren as long as possible. I don’t know that I would be so strong. You always stayed inquisitive and concerned about all the details of the people you cared about.
    Rest In Peace…All my love..
    Your niece, Denise

  • I was so sorry to hear that Maureen passed away. The last time I saw her was at Sinai in Stoughton and she was enjoying some family photos. I will always remember her as being a loving beautiful, brave and gracious woman but what really stands out in my mind is that she showed me how to make stuffed tomatoes. Yes, sounds funny, but I had lunch with her many moons ago and she made the best stuffed tomatoes I ever tasted. Sending prayers and many loving thoughts to her family, Elaine Kinslow