Isabel Welch

Isabel J. Welch (Austin)

Wednesday February 7, 1917 - Tuesday August 6, 2019
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On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Isabel J. (Austin) Welch, 102, passed away at home; the love of her family surrounded her as she passed. Isabel was born in Shoreham, Vermont, one of four children to the late Charles T. and Matilda E. (Bennett) Austin. She lived in Pittsfield, MA prior to moving to Northborough 76 years ago.

Isabel earned her LPN certification at the former Westborough State Hospital. She worked there her entire career, retiring 47 years ago. She also operated the former Kiengirset Kennels, raised Irish and English Setters, and for many years managed the town dog pound.

Isabel enjoyed her winter home in St. Petersburg, FL and summer home on Dorothy Pond in Millbury. Painting, collecting butterflies, card games and tending to her flower gardens were favorite past times. She is survived by three children, Carol A. Sinclair and her husband Samuel of Northborough, Kenneth L. Welch, Jr. and his wife Lora of Sun Lake, AZ, and George E. Welch and his wife Linda of Hudson; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great- grandchildren. Isabel’s three siblings, Wallace Austin, Nobel Austin, and Genieva Webster, all preceded her in death.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 14, from 5-7 p.m at the Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. A funeral will be held from the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, with burial following in Howard Street Cemetery, Northborough. To leave a condolence please visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday August 14, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday August 14, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hays Funeral Home
    56 Main Street
    Northborough, MA 01532
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday August 15, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday August 15, 2019 10:00am
    Hays Funeral Home
    56 Main Street
    Northborough, MA 01532
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Thursday August 15, 2019 |
    Thursday August 15, 2019
    Howard Street Cemetery
    Howard Street
    Northborough, Massachusetts 01532
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Diane Hunt

Posted at 09:19am
To the Welch Family my heartfelt condolences. But what an amazingly long life Isabel lived. Gram, Aunt Ruth and Isabel the three musketeers are back together again. Let the games begin

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