Mary E. O'Donnell
July 11, 1936 – August 23, 2020
Mary E. O’Donnell (“Betty”), 84, of Seekonk passed away August 23, 2020. Born July 11, 1936 in Boston, she was the daughter of William and Mary (Veracka) Kremmell.
Mary led a long and interesting life. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph after completing high school and during her 10 years of service she held many positions, including teaching high school French. Mary wed Francis O’Donnell in 1969 and their journey together lasted 41 years, he passed away in August 2010. They settled in Norwood, and while raising two small children Mary completed her studies at the Peabody School of Nursing in 1980, achieving her LPN. She enjoyed her many years of nursing at Norwood Hospital before joining Francis in his endeavors at Norfolk Country Club as the food and beverage manager. She always greeted members with a smile despite the chronic pain that she managed gracefully throughout her life. Mary and Francis transitioned from Norwood to Merritt Island, FL where they enjoyed their retirement for 15 years. During the last years of her life, Mary was able to enjoy time with her children and grandchildren, as well as the beloved dogs who spent their days with her- laughing at the Ellen show, bird watching and gobbling up the treats she was always ready to throw their way.
Mary is survived by her loving children Bill O’Donnell and his wife Lisa, Marybeth Waite and her husband Todd; her adored grandchildren, Chloe Murphy, Rowan and Riley Waite; her brother, Father Bill Kremmell and her sister Ann Fowler and David Fowler.
A private viewing will be held at Gillooly Funeral Home in Norwood. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s name to the Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org